No fewer than four long-running series have come to an end in Weekly Shonen Jump over this past year, constituting a massive change in line-up for the legendary magazine. This necessitates some thinking on the part of the editorial team, who must now figure out how to fill the holes in the roster, as well as a moment of reflection for the fans – the latest issue of Jump GIGA, the ‘2020 Summer’ edition, provides just that.
Released every quarter, Jump GIGA collects one-shots and short manga from across the Jump family and new authors alike, and often comes with free gifts. This Monday’s Jump GIGA 2020 Summer also functions a “celebration” of all those high-profile series that have recently concluded, featuring a gorgeous illustration by The Promised Neverland artist Posuka Demizu depicting the main characters of The Promised Neverland, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs, and Haikyu!! all together.
By virtue of its unbridled cheerful energy alone, that illustration is worth highlighting. But Jump GIGA 2020 Summer also comes with a ton of free goodies: new covers for Haikyu!!, The Promised Neverland, and Kimetsu no Yaiba’s collected volumes; a Kimetsu no Yaiba-themed fan, as well as the opportunity to win signed illustration boards from the authors of Yuuna, Haikyu!!, Neverland, and Kimetsu.
In each and every sense, Jump GIGA 2020 Summer is the perfect celebration of a turning point in Weekly Shonen Jump’s history. Not only is the magazine’s line-up now remarkably fresh, it is also missing such key subgenres as sports. Where the magazine goes from here on out will determine its continued dominance, so if you’re looking to pick something special up for the collection, this is definitely it. You can order through the official Jump Book Store, as well as other online retailers such as Amazon Japan.
On a final note, savor that cover illustration – it may be the final time that we ever see Tanjiro, Hinata, Emma, and Yuuna all smiling together…