Many worldly famous manga have been published by a traditional Japanese manga publishing company Shueisha, and the best part of them have been serialized on the best-selling manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump.
However, there is the twin manga magazine running along with Weekly Shonen Jump, which is Jump Square (Jump SQ). Lots of high-quality manga are serialized simultaneously including the brand new titles and the current popular series moved from Weekly Shonen Jump.
For manga fans all over the world, I’d like to introduce the list of the best Jump Square manga series of all time including the completed masterpieces and the latest ongoing comic books.
Jump Square (Jump SQ) is a monthly manga magazine published by Shueisha starting its publication in 2007. The name of SQ means “supreme quality”, and many top-rated manga have seen the light since the manga magazine was founded.
Around 20 exclusive manga titles are serialized at the same time, which includes the popular series moved from Weekly Shonen Jump.
1. Dark Gathering
Dark Gathering (ダークギャザリング) is a new horror action manga serialized by Kenichi Kondo since 2019. While Jump Square has produced many dark fantasy mangas, Dark Gathering stands out as a genuinely scary horror work, uniquely blended with comedy elements. In 2023, OLM adapted it into an anime with a swift production of 25 episodes, significantly boosting its popularity.
The story features Keitaro, a protagonist who attracts spirits and enrolls in college, where he becomes a tutor for Yayoi, a cousin of his childhood friend Eiko. Despite being a primary school student, Yayoi, like Keitaro, can sense spirits, a skill that intensified dramatically after she lost her parents in a traffic accident. Recognizing Keitaro’s similar ability, Yayoi, whose mother’s soul was taken by an evil spirit, asks him to draw ghosts to her so that she can hunt and gather them.
Manga Artist: Kenichi Kondo
Published: from 2019
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Claymore (クレイモア), the second manga series written by Norihiro Yagi is a long-running dark-fantasy adventure manga series. It started its serialization on Monthly Shonen Jump in 2001 and moved to Jump Square in 2007. The anime adaptation was released with 26 episodes in 2007.
The dark-fantasy manga is set in the world inspired by the medieval Europe where heinous monsters called Yoma exist feeding on human beings. Claymores, who are half-human, half-Yoma female warriors, fight against the Yoma there. The story follows a main character Claymore named Clare distinguished from others.
Manga Artist: Norihiro Yagi
3. D. Gray-Man
D. Gray-Man is one of the most famous Jump Square manga series, which started its serialization on Weekly Shonen Jump in 2004. And, it moved to Jump Square in 2009, and then, to Jump SQ.Crown in 2015, which has been taken over the successor Jump SQ.Rise since 2018. The first anime adaptation was released in 2006-2008, followed by the second part D.Gray-man Hallow in 2016.
The dark-fantasy adventure manga is set in the fictional Europe around the late 19th century, where humanity is threatened by artificial vicious creatures called Akuma that are created by the antagonist The Earl of Millennium. To fight against them, a 15-year-old boy Allen Walker embarks on a hard journey as an Exorcist.
Manga Artist: Katsura Hoshino
Published: from 2004
4. Platinum End
Platinum End (プラチナエンド) is a popular dark-fantasy and thriller manga series worldwide. It was published on Jump Square from 2015 to 2021, written and illustrated by the famous collaboration between Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, who are also famous for Death Note and Bakuman. Its anime adaptation is to be broadcasted in the autumn of 2021.
Platinum End follows a middle schooler Mirai Kakehashi, who feels despair in his life after losing his parents and brother in an accident. He attempts to kill himself by jumping off a building but is saved by an angel Nasse, who grants him the wings and arrows with hope of life.
Manga Artist: Written by Tsugumi Ohba/Illustrated by Takeshi Obata
5. To Love Ru Darkness
To Love Ru Darkness (To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス) is a spin-off of the popular Shonen Jump harem comedy manga series To Love Ru, serialized on Jump Square between 2010 and 2017. It was adapted into two seasons of the anime series aired in 2012 and 2015.
To Love Ru Darkness begins a few days later from the end of To Love Ru and centers on a previous heroine Lala’s little sister Momo. She falls in love with the high schooler Rito and makes the Harem Plan while a heroine Golden Darkness plots the Darkness Plan.
Manga Artist: Written by Saki Hasemi/Illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki
6. World Trigger
World Trigger (ワールドトリガー) is a popular sci-fi action adventure manga series published on Weekly Shonen Jump from 2013, which moved to Jump Square in 2018. The first season of the anime series also started in 2014, followed by the recent second and third season in 2021.
World Trigger depicts the battles between the alien monsters called Neighbors and the the National Defense Agency called Borders. The story proceeds when a 15-year-old boy Yuma Kuga, who is actually a humanoid Neighbor, meets a Border Osamu Mikumo at the same school.
Manga Artist: Daisuke Ashihara
Published: from 2013
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7. Seraph of the End
Seraph of the End (終わりのセラフ) is one of the most popular recent dark-fantasy manga series on Jump Square. It has been serialized since 2012 and was adapted into the first anime series with 24 episodes in 2015.
Seraph of the End is set in a collapsed world, where adults goes extinct due to an unidentified virus and surviving children are kept alive donating their blood to vampires living underground. The story follows a 16-year-old boy Yuichiro Hyakuya, who tries to escape to the ground with his best friend Mikaela Hyakuya.
Manga Artist: Written by Takaya Kagami/Illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto
Published: from 2012
8. Blue Exorcist
Blue Exorcist (青の祓魔師) is one of the front manga series on Jump Square, published from 2009. The dark-fantasy adventure was made into the first season of an anime adaptation consisting of 25 episodes in 2011, which was followed by the second season’s 12 episodes in 2017.
Blue Exorcist revolves around a 15-year-old boy Rin Okumura and his twin brother Yukio Okumura. Rin enrolls at an exorcist school True Cross Academy to become a strong exorcist to beat Satan, the king of demons, while he is a son of Satan.
Manga Artist: Kazue Kato
Published: from 2009
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