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Japan's Light Novel Rankings For 1H of Fiscal 2012

by dtshyk
May 31, 2012 8:29 PM | 38 Comments
Here are the light novel sales rankings for the first half of the fiscal year of 2012. (Dec 5, 2011 - May 28, 2012)

Volume by volume
*1, 587,891 Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho vol.1
*2, 446,631 Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho vol.2
*3, 253,678 Koimonogatari
*4, 249,938 Toaru Majutsu no Index: New Testament vol.3
*5, 220,504 Bokura ga Ita
*6, 200,100 Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai vol.10
*7, 199,950 Toaru Majutsu no Index: New Testament vol.4
*8, 194,649 Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu vol.10
*9, 136,213 Sword Art Online vol.9
10, 132,549 Another vol.1
11, 119,064 Another vol.2
12, 114,266 Hidan no Aria vol.11
13, 104,883 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei vol.4 Part 2
14, *98,311 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei vol.5 Part 1
15, *93,281 Seitokai no Ichizon vol.10
16, *92,753 Kotenbu Series vol.1 Hyouka
17, *92,208 Accel World vol.11
18, *90,847 Accel World vol.10
19, *85,575 Full Metal Panic! Another vol.2
20, *85,214 Durarara!! vol.11
21, *83,338 Toshokan Sensou vol.1 Small sized edition
22, *79,249 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Anthology
23, *71,008 Mayo Chiki! vol.10
24, *70,951 Highschool DxD vol.11
25, *70,697 Full Metal Panic! Another vol.3
26, *63,673 Highschool DxD vol.12
27, *61,805 Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! vol.9
28, *61,746 Ro-Kyu-Bu! vol.10
29, *60,929 Date A Live vol.4
30, *57,294 Mayo Chiki! vol.11
31, *57,057 Accel World vol.1
32, *54,119 Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko vol.5
33, *52,064 Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? vol.9
34, *50,938 Sword Art Online vol.1
35, *49,677 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai vol.1
36, *49,532 Accel World vol.2
37, *49,495 Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! vol.1
38, *48,237 Chrome Shelled Regios vol.19

Author rankings
*1, 1,034,522 Mikami En ("Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho")
*2, *,920,087 Kawahara Reki ("Sword Art Online")
*3, *,898,301 Nisio, Isin ("Bakemonogatari")
*4, *,896,547 Arikawa Hiro ("Toshokan Sensou")
*5, *,699,624 Kamachi Kazuma ("Toaru Majutsu no Index: New Testament")

Sources: Oricon, Oricon Youtaiju

20 of 38 Comments Recent Comments

moridar said:
g-rabe said:
GaZsTiC said:
dtshyk said:

*1, 587,891 Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho vol.1
*2, 446,631 Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho vol.2


I still have no idea why Japan is going crazy over this series.


thankyou zero.i keep asking that exact question. come on MAL!!!


I've been wondering the same thing for quite some time. I find it surprising that it has so much success in Japan but that we can't find anything about the author or the novels on English sites. It's been some months since the novels sold really well.


jikentecho = notebook case. I always thought "Jiken" meant event or incident.
Koshoten = Old rare bookstore

Judging by the illustrations and the bastardized google translator, the story seems to be based on a small quiet used bookstore run by a young beautiful woman. She seems very shy and anxious around customers. But she has a strong desire to understand old and rare books.

Jun 5, 2012 4:53 AM by Cirris

GaZsTiC said:
dtshyk said:

*1, 587,891 Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho vol.1
*2, 446,631 Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho vol.2


I still have no idea why Japan is going crazy over this series.


The thing is I have no idea what it's about, FUCK are there any chinese sites about it??

Well, if it sells SO damn well, then I think I should know about it

Jun 4, 2012 1:10 PM by GodlyKyon

dtshyk said:

*1, 587,891 Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho vol.1
*2, 446,631 Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho vol.2

I want to read it just after looking at sales and cover. Seriously though, the info on that series is way too hard to obtain for something selling so good.

Jun 4, 2012 12:51 PM by OrochiPL

shellykanto said:
At least Durarara!!'s still up there...
Considering that volume came out May 10, that's pretty good.

Jun 3, 2012 3:11 AM by adamantine

dtshyk said:

13, 104,883 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei vol.4 Part 2
14, *98,311 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei vol.5 Part 1


Underrated, going to be good if it ever gets animated.

Jun 2, 2012 7:30 PM by Layfonkun

AP24 said:
dtshyk said:

12, 114,266 Hidan no Aria vol.11


If Hidan no Aria sells this well then they should make another season.


The author says that more DVDs or Blue Rays have to be sold to make another season. I wish.

Jun 2, 2012 6:00 AM by tisizho

dtshyk said:

12, 114,266 Hidan no Aria vol.11


If Hidan no Aria sells this well then they should make another season.

Jun 2, 2012 5:23 AM by AP24

dtshyk said:
Here are the light novel sales rankings for the first half of the fiscal year of 2012. (Dec 5, 2011 - May 28, 2012)

Volume by volume

13, 104,883 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei vol.4 Part 2
14, *98,311 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei vol.5 Part 1

I believe that this series wiil turn into anime. Recently,there have been few novels such this as the hero is no hot-blood, does not train to be strong and the strongest from the beginning.


35, *49,677 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai vol.1
dtshyk said:
Here are the light novel sales rankings for the first half of the fiscal year of 2012. (Dec 5, 2011 - May 28, 2012)

I'm surprised that the first volume is still sold well. the vol.8 is published on June 25.

Jun 2, 2012 4:22 AM by tisizho

Wow vol11 of durarara was released on may 10th and managed to sell 85k copies in 18 days, impressive!

Jun 1, 2012 10:12 PM by edwd2

Koimono... Good to see all the weeaboo bungholes didn't lose faith in a great series after the anime adaption is Nisemono... Silly, silly butthurt... So, so much of which went around.

Can't wait for Koi and the best of the Bakemonogatari series to be turned into animu~~~ I'd rub mad tits to that no homo.

Jun 1, 2012 7:56 PM by icantfeelmyarms

hell yeah Toaru Majutsu no Index: New Testament

Jun 1, 2012 2:19 PM by Mr_Gutts

g-rabe said:
GaZsTiC said:
dtshyk said:

*1, 587,891 Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho vol.1
*2, 446,631 Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho vol.2


I still have no idea why Japan is going crazy over this series.


thankyou zero.i keep asking that exact question. come on MAL!!!


I've been wondering the same thing for quite some time. I find it surprising that it has so much success in Japan but that we can't find anything about the author or the novels on English sites. It's been some months since the novels sold really well.

Jun 1, 2012 12:55 PM by moridar

Glad to see Reki Kawahara's works doing well. Hope both adaptations would do well too. I really liked SAO LN's and Accel World looks good so far too.

Jun 1, 2012 4:37 AM by Nachtwandler_21

GaZsTiC said:
dtshyk said:

*1, 587,891 Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho vol.1
*2, 446,631 Biblia Koshoten no Jikentecho vol.2


I still have no idea why Japan is going crazy over this series.


thankyou zero.i keep asking that exact question. come on MAL!!!

Jun 1, 2012 3:57 AM by g-rabe

Gash_V-D_Hetchum said:
Ovindel said:
What is H1?

1st half of financial/calendar year

Kamachi Kazuma-Sensei + Toaru Majutsu
No Index

Index 3? Or Railgun 2?


Let's hope so.

Jun 1, 2012 3:36 AM by SilentTruth

No surprise seeing TAMNI and SAO on top there.

Jun 1, 2012 3:35 AM by SilentTruth

Ovindel said:
What is H1?


Half One ?

Jun 1, 2012 2:54 AM by Melisandre

Oh, Another is there, maybe the sequel will get animated, too?

Everyone wants to see a second season of Durarara!! and just where is it, come on, Japan.

The SAO anime didn't even air yet, I wonder how big the boost is going to be.

Jun 1, 2012 2:49 AM by Zhou

Ovindel said:
What is H1?

1st half of financial/calendar year

Kamachi Kazuma-Sensei + Toaru Majutsu
No Index

Index 3? Or Railgun 2?

Jun 1, 2012 2:48 AM by Gatchum_Bye-Bye

What is H1?

Jun 1, 2012 2:34 AM by Ovindel