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Jump Square

Jump Square Volume 1, Issue 1, cover dated November 2007
Takanori Asada
Categories Shōnen manga
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 500,000
First issue November 2, 2007
Company Shueisha
Country  Japan
Language Japanese
Website jumpsq.shueisha.co.jp
ISSN 00476

Jump Square (ジャンプスクエア Janpu Sukuea?, often written as Jump SQ.) is a Japanese monthly shōnen manga magazine with a circulation of over 500,000. 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. 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.

Contents

History

Jump Square, also called Jump SQ., was created as a replacement for Shueisha's canceled Monthly Shōnen Jump manga anthology.[1] 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).[2] Four manga tiles being serialized in Monthly Shōnen Jump when it was canceled 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-.[3]

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 out within the first three days. Shueisha printed an additional 100,000 copies to help meet the demand, something normally not necessary with Japanese magazines.[3] The second issue also sold well, requiring a second printing of 60,000 copies.[4]

Features

Jump Square's primary content is the chapters of the manga titles currently being serialized within it. In addition to the regular, on-going 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 one-shots from new, upcoming writers occasionally appear in the "Explosive Yomikiri Series" (Explosive読切シリーズ Explosive Yomikiri Shirīzu?) section.

Jump Square's official website offers online only manga series, excerpts from Jump Square's printed manga series and those being serialized in the magazine, and interviews about non-Square series.

In 2008, Jump Square introduced the "Jump SQ. Comic Grandprix", a contest to discover new artists, with winning entries published by Shueisha under the Jump SQ. Selection label.[5]

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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, and its first publication was 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 Karakuridōji Ultimo (using the Marvel Method).[7][8][9] A contest organized by Shonen Jump (a monthly English version of Weekly Shōnen Jump) partnered with Jump SQ., Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei signed a Jump SQ. II (Second) issue and handed it out 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」を作つた男 スタン·リー the Book! "Supaidāman", "Ekkusumen" o Tsukutta Otoko - Stan Lee the Book!?) which is completely based on Stan Lee's American comics, mostly Amazing Fantasy (introduced first Spider-Man comic), Spider-Man, Iron Man, and The Hulk. The mini book also tells of many Spider-Man merchandise such as the box set of all three movies: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3., translated into Japanese.

Series

Current Manga Series

Series Title Author Premiered
Claymore (クレイモア?) Norihiro Yagi November 2007
Embalming -The Another Tale of Frankenstein- (エンバーミング -THE ANOTHER TALE OF FRANKENSTEIN-?) Nobuhiro Watsuki November 2007
Kōsuke Masuda Gekijō: Gag Manga Biyori (増田こうすけ劇場 ギャグマンガ日和?) Kōsuke Masuda November 2007
Kure-nai (紅 kure-nai?) Kentarō Katayama, Yamato Yamamoto, Hideaki Koyasu, Daisuke Furuya November 2007
Luck Stealer (ラック スティーラー?) Hajime Kazu November 2007
Parman no Jōnetsuteki na Hibi (PARマンの情熱的な日々?) Fujiko Fujio (A) November 2007
Rosario+Vampire II (ロザリオとバンパイア II?) Akihisa Ikeda November 2007
Tegami Bachi (テガミバチ?) Hiroyuki Asada November 2007
Tsumikabatsu (罪花罰?) Honemaru Mikami November 2007
Shiki (屍鬼?) Fuyumi Ono, Ryu Fujisaki December 2007
Binbōgami ga! (貧乏神が!?) Yoshiaki Sukeno June 2008
Genkaku Picasso (幻覚ピカソ?) Usamaru Furuya September 2008
The Prince of Tennis Tribute: The Prince of After School (放課後の王子様?) Takeshi Konomi, Kenichi Sakura November 2008
Karakuridōji Ultimo (機巧童子ULTIMO?) Stan Lee, Hiroyuki Takei February 2009
The New Prince of Tennis (新テニスの王子様?) Takeshi Konomi March 2009
Ao no Exorcist (青の祓魔師?) Kazue Kato April 2009
Dr. Rurru (Dr.るっる?) Risou Maeda October 2009
D.Gray-man (ディー・グレイマン?) Katsura Hoshino November 2009
Shyonbori Onsen (しょんぼり温泉?) Tobira Oda November 2009
Kakko Kawaii Sengen! (カッコカワイイ宣言!?) Jigoku no Misawa January 2010
Mayoi Neko Overrun! (迷い猫オーバーラン!?) Tomohiro Matsu, Kentaro Yabuki, Peko January 2010
Sengoku Basara 3 -Roar of Dragon- (戦国BASARA3 -ROAR OF DRAGON-?) Capcom, Asagi Ooga February 2010

Former Manga Series

Series Title Author Premiered Finished
Akiba Zaijū (アキバザイジュウ?) Daisuke Kadokuni November 2007 July 2008
Dragonaut -The Resonance- (ドラゴノーツ -ザ·レゾナンス-?) NAS, Satoshi Kinoshita November 2007 April 2008
Kiyoku Tadashiku Utsukushiku (清く正しく美しく?) Ufotable, TāTan Check November 2007 February 2008 (moved to online manga)
Mahō no Ryōri Chaos Kitchen (魔法の料理 かおすキッチン?) Shōta Hattori November 2007 May 2009 (moved to online manga)
Matsuri Special (まつりスペシャル?) Yoko Kamio November 2007 September 2009
Pat-Ken (パト犬?) Masanori • Ōkamigumi • Katakura November 2007 October 2008
Sekai no Chūshin de Taiyō ni Hoeru (世界の中心で太陽にほえる?) Ponse Maeda November 2007 July 2008 (moved to online manga)
Tales of Innocence (テイルズオブイノセンス?) Namco Bandai Games, Hiroyuki Kaidō November 2007 May 2008 (moved to online manga)
Tista (ティスタ?) Tatsuya Endō November 2007 July 2008
Hōkago Wind Orchestra (放課後ウインド·オーケストラ?) Yūichirō Usa March 2008 May 2009 (moved to Jump SQ. Ⅱ)
Kuzumoto-san Chi no yon Kyōdai (葛本さんちの四兄弟?) Satoshi Kinoshita July 2008 June 2009
Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahō (よくわかる現代魔法?) Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Miki Miyashita August 2008 September 2009
Airebo -Ice Revolution- (アイレボ-Ice Revolution-?) Aya Tsutsumi, Yōhei Takemura November 2008 July 2009
Kekkai Sensen -Mafuugaikessha- (血界戦線-魔封街結社-?) Yasuhiro Nightow January 2009 March 2009
Goshimei Desu! (ご指名です!?) Mayu Shinjo August 2009 October 2009
Dust to Dust (ダスト トゥ ダスト?) Tokihiko Ishiki September 2009 November 2009

Online Manga Series

Series Title Author Premiered Finished
Mahō-tsukai Kurohime (魔砲使い黒姫?) Masanori • Ōkamigumi • Katakura December 2007 Ongoing
Tales of Innocence (テイルズオブイノセンス?) Namco Bandai Games, Hiroyuki Kaidō June 2008 August 2008
Sekai no Chūshin de Taiyō ni Hoeru (世界の中心で太陽にほえる?) Ponse Maeda August 2008 October 2008
Kiyoku Tadashiku Utsukushiku (清く正しく美しく?) Ufotable, TāTan Check November 2008 September 2009
Mahō no Ryōri Chaos Kitchen (魔法の料理 かおすキッチン?) Shōta Hattori June 2009 September 2009

Light Novels

Jump j-Books (JUMP j-BOOKS?) light novels are also serialized near the end of Jump SQ.

Series Title Author Premiered Finished
3 Year Z-Class GinPachi Sensei (3年Z組銀八先生?) Hideaki Sorachi, Hitoshi Ōsakichi December 2007 May 2008
Katekyō Hitman Reborn! Hidden Bullet (家庭教師ヒットマンREBORN! 隠し弾?) Akira Amano, Hideaki Koyasu July 2008 March 2009

References

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