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Jump Square

Jump Square
Jump Square December 2007 Issue, cover dated November 2, 2007
Editor Takanori Asada
Categories Shōnen manga
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 316,667 (2013)[1]
First issue December 2007
Company Shueisha
Country  Japan
Language Japanese
Website jumpsq.shueisha.co.jp
ISSN 00476

Jump Square (Japanese: ジャンプスクエア Hepburn: Janpu Sukuea, written as Jump SQ but pronounced "Jump Square") 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 all monthly shonen manga magazines, Jump Square is aimed at ages 16 to 21.

History

Jump SQ, also called Jump Square, was created as the replacement for Shueisha's canceled Monthly Shōnen Jump manga anthology.[2] 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).[3] 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-.[4]

Circulation

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.[4] The second issue also sold well, requiring a second printing of 60,000 copies.[5] After the first issue excitement died down, circulation leveled off in the vicinity of 370,000 copies.

Features

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

There are currently twenty-four manga titles being regularly serialized in Jump Square. Out of twenty-four series, two series are currently in hiatus.
Series Title Author Premiered
7th Garden (セブンスガーデン) Mitsu Izumi August 2014
Ao no Exorcist (青の祓魔師) Kazue Katō April 2009
Boku no Manga (ボクのマンガ) Ryōsuke Kataoka December 2011
Chihaya-san wa Sonomama de Ii (千早さんはそのままでいい) Kuzushiro December 2014
D.Gray-man (ディー・グレイマン) Katsura Hoshino November 2009
Embalming -The Another Tale of Frankenstein- (エンバーミング -THE ANOTHER TALE OF FRANKENSTEIN-) Nobuhiro Watsuki, Kaoru Kurosaki November 2007
Gakumon!〜Ohkami Shōjo wa Kujikenai〜 (がくモン!〜オオカミ少女はくじけない〜) Robinson Haruhara April 2014
Gate 7 (ゲート セブン) Clamp February 2011
Hanna Sensei Shigoto wo Shitekudasai! (ハンナ先生仕事をしてください!) Tetsuya Hayashi December 2014
Hotel Helheim (ホテル ヘルヘイム) Osamu Nishi October 2014
Hōkago no Ōjisama (放課後の王子様) Takeshi Konomi, Kenichi Sakura November 2008
Iiyone! Yonezawa Sensei (いいよね!米澤先生) Jigoku no Misawa April 2014
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
Nightmare Funk (ナイトメア・ファンク) Yōhei Takemura July 2014
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
Shin Tennis no Ōjisama (新テニスの王子様) Takeshi Konomi March 2009
Shinai Naru Koroshiya-sama (親愛なる殺し屋様) Petenshi October 2013
Sōsei no Onmyōji (双星の陰陽師) Yoshiaki Sukeno November 2013
Tegami Bachi (テガミバチ) Hiroyuki Asada November 2007
Teiichi no Kuni (帝一の國) Usamaru Furuya February 2012
To Love-Ru Darkness (To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス) Kentarō Yabuki, Saki Hasemi October 2010
μ&i Mu and I (μ&i みゅうあんどあい) Ryōma Kitada May 2014

Special Issues

Jump SQ. II (Second)

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.[6]

The first issue featured a then-one-shot collaboration between the world-famous American comic writer Stan Lee and Shaman King's Hiroyuki Takei, called Karakuridôji Ultimo (using the Marvel Method). [7][8][9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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

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 of 2012, Jump SQ.19 announced a magazine changed to a bimonthly release. It is now published on the 19th of every even-numbered month.[12]

Series in Jump SQ.19

There are currently eight manga titles being regularly serialized in Jump SQ 19.
Series Title Author Premiered
Cherry Teacher Sakura Naoki (CHERRY TEACHER 佐倉直生) Kazumi Tachibana October 2013
Hakoniwa Yūgi (箱庭遊戯) Aya Tanaka February 2014
Karakuri Dôji Ultimo (機巧童子ULTIMO) Stan Lee, Hiroyuki Takei February 2012
Kekkai Sensen (血界戦線) Yasuhiro Nightow May 2010
Libido Hunter Takeru (リビドーハンタータケル) Yui Jōyama October 2012
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 October 2013
Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume (灼熱の卓球娘) Yagura Asano December 2013
To Love-Ru Darkness Bangaihen (To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス 番外編) Kentarō Yabuki, Saki Hasemi February 2011

Jump SQ.Lab

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.

References

  1. ^ "Boy's Manga" (in Japanese). Japanese Magazine Publishers Association. September 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jump Square to Replace Monthly Shōnen Jump in November".  
  3. ^ "What's Jump SQ.?".  
  4. ^ a b "500,000-Copy Jump Square Debut Gets 2nd Run of 100,000".  
  5. ^ "News of Jump Square Reprint". Jump Square website (in Japanese).  
  6. ^ Jump SQ II (Second)
  7. ^ Marvel's Stan Lee, Shaman King's Takei to Join Forces (Updated) - Anime News Network
  8. ^ Stan Lee and Shaman King Teams Up in Jump Square II | ComiPress
  9. ^ VIZ Media . news . press room
  10. ^ VIZ Media . news . press room
  11. ^ セブンアンドワイ - 雑誌 - JUMP SQUARE増刊 2008年6月号
  12. ^ http://jumpsq.shueisha.co.jp/sq19/

External links

  • Official Jump Square website (Japanese)
  • Shūeisha S-Manga.Net Jump Square website (Japanese)
  • Jump Square at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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