Jump Square

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Jump Square
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Jump Square December 2007 Issue, cover dated November 2, 2007
Editor Kôsuke Yahagi
Categories Shōnen manga[1]
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 246,667[1]
(July–September, 2016)
First issue December 2007
Company Shueisha
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Website jumpsq.shueisha.co.jp

Jump Square (Japanese: ジャンプスクエア, Hepburn: Janpu Sukuea, romanized as Jump SQ) is a Japanese monthly shōnen manga magazine. Published by Shueisha, the magazine premiered on November 2, 2007 as a replacement for Monthly Shōnen Jump, another manga anthology that Shueisha discontinued in June of that year. The magazine is a part of the Jump line of magazines. The manga titles serialized in the magazine are also published in tankōbon volumes under the Jump Comics label. The manga series within the magazine target young male readers and tend to be set in a fantasy setting with a large amount of action scenes. Like most monthly shonen manga magazines, Jump Square is aimed at ages 16 to 21. The current (2015) editor-in-chief is Kôsuke Yahagi.[2]

History[edit]

Jump SQ, also called Jump Square, was created as the replacement for Shueisha's canceled Monthly Shōnen Jump manga anthology.[3] The title has three stated meanings: public square ("a plaza where comic lovers and talented artists and writers come together"), algebraic square (Weekly Shōnen Jump²), and "SQ = Supreme Quality" (referring to its "Supreme Quality Manga Magazine" motto).[4] Four manga serials were temporarily moved to Weekly Shōnen Jump, until Jump Square's release. These four series, Tegami Bachi, Rosario + Vampire, Claymore, and Gag Manga Biyori were among the magazine's premiere series, along with debuting series, including Embalming -The Another Tale of Frankenstein-, Kure-nai, and Dragonaut -The Resonance-.[5]

Circulation[edit]

When Jump Square was launched, the initial printing of 500,000 copies quickly sold out. Over 70% of the copies released across Japan sold within three days. Shueisha printed an additional 100,000 copies to help meet the demand, something normally not necessary with Japanese magazines.[5] The second issue also sold well, requiring a second printing of 60,000 copies.[6] After the first issue excitement died down, circulation leveled off in the vicinity of 370,000 copies and by 2015 had declined to 270,000, mirroring a general drop-off in circulation throughout the industry.[7]

Features[edit]

Jump Square's primary content is manga serials. In addition to the manga series, some issues include serialized light novel chapters from works published by the Jump j-Books label. One-shots from established manga writers are featured in a section of the magazine called the "Supreme Yomikiri Series" (SUPREME読切シリーズ, Supurīmu Yomikiri Shirīzu), while pieces from up-and-coming writers occasionally appear in the "Explosive Yomikiri Series" (Explosive読切シリーズ, Explosive Yomikiri Shirīzu) section.

Series[edit]

There are currently twenty-two manga titles being regularly serialized in Jump Square. Out of twenty-two series, one series is serializing irregularly, and two series are currently in hiatus.

Series Title Author Premiered
Ao no Exorcist (青の祓魔師) Kazue Katō April 2009
Black Torch (ブラックトーチ) Tsuyoshi Takaki December 2016
Chihaya-san wa Sonomama de Ii (千早さんはそのままでいい) Kuzushiro December 2014
Dokyū Hentai H×Eros (ド級編隊エグゼロス) Ryōma Kitada May 2017
Futaribocchi Sensō (ふたりぼっち戦争) Erubo Hijihara June 2017
Gate 7 (ゲート セブン) Clamp February 2011
Hōkago no Ōjisama (放課後の王子様) Takeshi Konomi, Kenichi Sakura November 2008
Katsugeki Tōken Ranbu (活撃 刀剣乱舞) DMM Games, Nitroplus, Honami Tsuda July 2017
Kemono Jihen (怪物事変) Shō Aimoto December 2016
Kono Oto Tomare! (この音とまれ!) Amyū August 2012
Masuda Kōsuke Gekijō Gag Manga Biyori GB (増田こうすけ劇場 ギャグマンガ日和GB) Kōsuke Masuda December 2014
Mr. Clice (ミスタークリス) Osamu Akimoto February 2017
Owari no Seraph (終わりのセラフ) Takaya Kagami, Yamato Yamamoto, Daisuke Furuya September 2012
Parman no Jōnetsuteki na Hibi (PARマンの情熱的な日々) Fujiko Fujio Ⓐ November 2007
Platinum End (プラチナエンド) Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata November 2015
Salaryman Exorcist Okumura Yukio no Aishū (サラリーマン祓魔師 奥村雪男の哀愁) Kazue Katō, Minoru Sasaki April 2015
Sentaku no Toki (選択のトキ) Kiri Gunte August 2017
Shin Tennis no Ōjisama (新テニスの王子様) Takeshi Konomi March 2009
Sōsei no Onmyōji (双星の陰陽師) Yoshiaki Sukeno November 2013
Taishau Wotome Otogibanashi (大正処女御伽話) Sana Kirioka July 2015
Yūgai Shitei Dōkyūsei (有害指定同級生) Kuroha July 2017
Yūkoku no Moriarty (憂国のモリアーティ) Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes series), Ryōsuke Takeuchi, Hikaru Miyoshi August 2016

Special Issues[edit]

Jump SQ. II (Second)[edit]

Jump SQ II (Second) (ジャンプSQ.II, Janpu Sukuea Sekando) short for Jump Square Second (ジャンプスクエアセカンド), is a spin-off issue of Jump SQ of which three volumes have currently been published, beginning on April 18, 2008.[8]

The first issue featured the collaborative effort between American comic writer Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei, called Karakuridôji Ultimo (using the Marvel Method). [9][10][11]

A contest organized by Shonen Jump (a monthly English version of Weekly Shōnen Jump) and Jump SQ., offered a Jump SQ II (Second) issue autographed by Lee and Takei to the random winner at the 2008 New York Comic Con.[12] Three regulars: Sekai no Chūshin de Taiyō ni Hoeru, Tsumikabatsu, and Mahō no Ryōri Chaos Kitchen; were put in the SQ II magazine as their own SQ II exclusive one-shot, along with other one-shots like Missing Battery, Cross, or Alone Again.[13]

The success of Ultimo led to the extra mini book named The Man Who Created "Spider-Man" and the "X-Men" - Stan Lee the book! (「スパイダーマン」「X-MEN」を作った男 スタン·リー the Book!, "Supaidāman", "Ekkusumen" o Tsukutta Otoko - Stan Lee the Book!) which is completely based on Lee's American comics, mostly Amazing Fantasy (first Spider-Man, Iron Man, and The Hulk.

Jump SQ.19[edit]

Jump SQ.19 (ジャンプSQ.19, Janpu Esu Kyū Ichi Kyū) is a spin-off issue of Jump SQ, first published on May 19, 2010. It includes one shots and Jump SQ series' side stories, and a series that only serializes in Jump SQ.19. Initially, it was scheduled to release quarterly on the 19th of every February, May, August, and November.

On February 18, 2012, Jump SQ.19 announced a magazine changed to a bimonthly release. It was then published on the 19th of every even-numbered month[14] until its publication ceased on February 19, 2015.[15]

Jump SQ.Crown[edit]

Jump SQ.Crown (ジャンプSQ.CROWN, Janpu Esu Kyū Kuraun) is an spin-off issue of Jump SQ which started publishing on July 17, 2015. It follows a structure similar to Jump SQ.19, like: the series which only serialize in Jump SQ.Crown; the one-shots by newbies and experienced authors; and the side stories from Jump SQ. series. It is released quarterly.

Series[edit]

There are currently five manga titles being regularly serialized in Jump SQ.Crown.

Series Title Author Premiered
Bōken Ō Beet (冒険王ビィト) Riku Sanjō, Kōji Inada, Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru April 2016
D.Gray-man (ディー・グレイマン) Katsura Hoshino July 2015
Kekkai Sensen Back 2 Back (血界戦線 Back 2 Back) Yasuhiro Nightow July 2015
Salaryman Exorcist Okumura Yukio no Aishū (サラリーマン祓魔師 奥村雪男の哀愁) Kazue Katō, Minoru Sasaki July 2015
Sōsei no Onmyōji Adashino Benio-hen (双星の陰陽師 化野紅緒編) Yoshiaki Sukeno July 2017

Jump SQ.Lab[edit]

Jump SQ.Lab (ジャンプSQ.LaB, Janpu Sukuea Labo) is a spin-off issue of Jump SQ, first published on July 15, 2011. Jump SQ.Lab follows same format as Jump Next; it includes the one shots by both the experienced and the newcomer manga creators, and the side stories for both Jump SQ and Jump SQ.19 series.

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