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'Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!' 2015 Rankings Revealed

by Snow
Nov 21, 2014 7:29 PM | 65 Comments
Here are the Top 10 Light Novel rankings collected by the "Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!" (This Light Novel is Amazing!) annual magazine.

Light Novels
*1. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (Oregairu)
*2. Sword Art Online (SAO)
*3. No Game No Life (NGNL)
*4. Toaru Majutsu no Index (Index)
*5. Koukyuu Rakuen Kyoujou - Harem League Baseball
*6. Zetsushinkai no Solaris
*7. Escape Speed
*8. Toaru Hikuushi no Seiyaku
*9. Kono Koi to, Sono Mirai
10. Tenkyou no Alderamin

Female Characters
*1. Yukino Yukinoshita (Oregairu)
*2. Misaka Mikoto (Index)
*3. Yui Yuigahama (Oregairu)
*4. Asuna Yuuki (SAO)
*5. Othinus (Index)
*6. Index (Index)
*7. Shino Asada (SAO)
*8. Komachi Hikigaya (Oregairu)
*9. Misaki Shokuhou (Index)
10. Shiro (NGNL)

Male Characters
*1. Hachiman Hikigaya (Oregairu)
*2. Touma Kamijou (Index)
*3. Kazuto Kirigaya (Kirito) (SAO)
*4. Accelerator (Index)
*5. Tatsuya Shiba (Mahouka Koukou)
*6. Sora (NGNL)
*7. Rentarou Satomi (Black Bullet)
*8. Bell Cranel (DanMachi)
*9. Saika Totsuka (Oregairu)
10. Sorouku Ikuta (Tenkyou no Alderamin)

Combined Characters
*1. Hachiman Hikigaya (Oregairu)
*2. Touma Kamijou (Index)
*3. Yukino Yukinoshita (Oregairu)
*4. Misaka Mikoto (Index)
*5. Kazuto Kirigaya (SAO)
*6. Yui Yuigahama (Oregairu)
*7. Asuna Yuuki (SAO)
*8. Accelerator (Index)
*9. Tatsuya Shiba (Mahouka Koukou)
10. Othinus (Index)

Light Novel Artists
*1. Ponkan 8 (Oregairu)
*2. Haimura Kiyotaka (Index)
*3. abec (SAO)
*4. Buriki (Haganai, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko)
*5. Ukai Saki (Black Bullet)
*6. Kantoku (Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.)
*7. Miho Takeoka (Bungaku Shoujo, Hikaru)
*8. Yuu Kamiya (NGNL)
*9. Yasuda Suzuhito (Durarara!!)
10. Tsunako (Date A Live)

New Works
*1. Koukyuu Rakuen Kyuujou: Harem League Baseball
*2. Zetsushinkai no Solaris
*3. Kono Koi to, Sono Mirai.
*4. Kiniro Quartet!
*5. Danshi Koukousei de Urekko Light Novel Sakka wo Shiteiru keredo, Toshishita no Classmate de Seiyuu no Onnanoko ni Kubi wo Shimerareteiru.
*6. Higashi Ikebukuro Stray Cats
*7. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai
*8. Majo wa Tsuki Izuru Tokoro ni Nemuru
*9. Steam Heaven Freaks
10. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Source: Otakomu

20 of 65 Comments Recent Comments

Ngnl all the way with love comedy

Dec 26, 2014 7:33 PM by pokeguy123

BiriBiri21 said:
mikoto's down T___T


Biribiri :'(

Dec 12, 2014 9:48 PM by Ara_

mikoto's down T___T

Dec 12, 2014 9:37 PM by Erika___

That Oregairu domination.

Nov 29, 2014 6:55 AM by tsudecimo

Hahalollawl said:

Really? I'm not sure about the LN, but I liked the movie Tsuioku quite a lot. Different tastes perhaps.

Definitely different tastes, considering I wasn't more impressed by the movie than the LN, either.

Nov 29, 2014 2:01 AM by Zefyris

Oregairu well deserved :)

Nov 27, 2014 11:35 AM by justvincexd

hmm, seems like i'm not the only one who uses this list to find new unknown things to read. I like a decent amount of the popular LNs but seriously; this list is far better to see where the lesser known series rank. You don't really need a poll to affirm that what you're reading is worth it if you're already 10+ volumes into the series.

Nov 27, 2014 11:14 AM by Icehism

Geezus, Oregairu completely topping the charts.

Nov 25, 2014 2:12 PM by ChronosXIII

Zefyris said:
what are you talking about? Index is still running with its second series. That's the second series you're seeing in the ranking, not the first.

Sorry, a "happy trigger" episode, didn't notice... But still frustrated that they aren't adapting the rest.

Nov 24, 2014 11:39 AM by Snaita

what are you talking about? Index is still running with its second series. That's the second series you're seeing in the ranking, not the first.
And that second series will take year to finish, as well.
AdolTheRed said:

Also, since there's no comedy tag, I'm having a hard time imagining him getting sidetracked into playing baseball with the girls and his interaction with the girls, without it being comedic in nature lol. Maybe its because most animes I've watched that have such scenes/events are comedies.

The thing I'm most curious about though, is the baseball. Must be a pretty big harem for one, and how the MC actually plays into the baseball parts of the story.

YEah, some people in the reviews were expecting a comedy judging by the component of the story, and were surprised that it's not. This author wrote well done comedy as well before, like Kuzu ga mirumiru sorenari ni naru for example, so it's not like the author didn't know how to do that properly. Still, he choose instead something serious, like he did with vampire summer time, and well, seems like it works.
The baseball part, which is the main focus, has been praised quite a bit by everyone. Seems like it really transcribes well this sport.

Nov 24, 2014 11:26 AM by Zefyris

It still surprises me that the Index, at 1st place years in row until it's last volume, continuing in the top Novels after ending and still they didn't adapted the fucking whole thing, stopped at a cliffhanger!!! The cow is still full of milk when will they do it!?

Nov 24, 2014 10:17 AM by Snaita

Alencia said:
AdolTheRed said:

This guy must be pretty strong/bad-ass huh? Anime adaptation please!

Ikuta is the most badass military tactician I've seen. He's also well developed and one of the few male protagonists that I find charming.

Now I'm even more interested in the series. I hope it gets an anime adaptation soon.

Zefyris said:
AdolTheRed said:
After reading Zefyris's explanation about Koukyuu Rakuen Kyoujou - Harem League Baseball, I'm curious......... is the Gender-Bender tag correct too? If it is, then does that mean the MC is a guy cross-dressing as a girl and joins the emperor's harem by pretending to be a girl and plays baseball with them?


Yes, you guessed well. Although the review I quoted above don't cover that point at all, other reviews make mention of this point. He disguise himself indeed to enter the harem palaceand assassinate the emperor. There, it seems like he get himself involved in the baseball matches... I don't think that was what he had planned though.

In fact, , I would guess that the girl on the cover is actually the MC cross dressing. Not sure though.

Because that emperor love baseball, the harem concubines give their best to appeal to him and being favored by him by playing well baseball.
That author is among those authors knows to be able to construct a proper story line and world building with components that seem to be difficult to conciliate. ImO this is a skill that most author are lacking. ImO the only japanese authors outside of him that I saw being able to do that until now were Kawakami and more or less Akira~.

An assassin huh? If the girl on the cover really is the MC, then wow, he must be really good at disguises.

Also, since there's no comedy tag, I'm having a hard time imagining him getting sidetracked into playing baseball with the girls and his interaction with the girls, without it being comedic in nature lol. Maybe its because most animes I've watched that have such scenes/events are comedies.

Well, at least the girls love their emperor, and since it only has one volume, I doubt there was any time to even have any romance between the MC and any of the girls (even though that would be NTR lol).

The thing I'm most curious about though, is the baseball. Must be a pretty big harem for one, and how the MC actually plays into the baseball parts of the story.

Nov 23, 2014 1:53 PM by AdolTheRed

Holy oregairu :D

Nov 23, 2014 1:09 PM by Matthz

Hachiman saves anime.

Nov 23, 2014 7:03 AM by AderTheBloodedge

AdolTheRed said:
After reading Zefyris's explanation about Koukyuu Rakuen Kyoujou - Harem League Baseball, I'm curious......... is the Gender-Bender tag correct too? If it is, then does that mean the MC is a guy cross-dressing as a girl and joins the emperor's harem by pretending to be a girl and plays baseball with them?


Yes, you guessed well. Although the review I quoted above don't cover that point at all, other reviews make mention of this point. He disguise himself indeed to enter the harem palaceand assassinate the emperor. There, it seems like he get himself involved in the baseball matches... I don't think that was what he had planned though.

In fact, , I would guess that the girl on the cover is actually the MC cross dressing. Not sure though.

Because that emperor love baseball, the harem concubines give their best to appeal to him and being favored by him by playing well baseball.
That author is among those authors knows to be able to construct a proper story line and world building with components that seem to be difficult to conciliate. ImO this is a skill that most author are lacking. ImO the only japanese authors outside of him that I saw being able to do that until now were Kawakami and more or less Akira~.

Nov 23, 2014 12:56 AM by Zefyris

ahh, im so proud of Oregairu. I can't wait for vol 10 to be fully translated

Nov 22, 2014 10:32 PM by LusciousLobsters

Well Oregairu has here..

Nov 22, 2014 9:43 PM by Roseanne26

Oregairu :3 :3 :3

Nov 22, 2014 6:19 PM by anandthama

AdolTheRed said:
After reading Zefyris's explanation about Koukyuu Rakuen Kyoujou - Harem League Baseball, I'm curious......... is the Gender-Bender tag correct too? If it is, then does that mean the MC is a guy cross-dressing as a girl and joins the emperor's harem by pretending to be a girl and plays baseball with them?

The story kind of reminds me of Dress na Boku.

10. Sorouku Ikuta (Tenkyou no Alderamin)

AdolTheRed said:
This guy must be pretty strong/bad-ass huh? Anime adaptation please!

Ikuta is the most badass military tactician I've seen. He's also well developed and one of the few male protagonists that I find charming.

Nov 22, 2014 4:39 PM by Alencia

After reading Zefyris's explanation about Koukyuu Rakuen Kyoujou - Harem League Baseball, I'm curious......... is the Gender-Bender tag correct too? If it is, then does that mean the MC is a guy cross-dressing as a girl and joins the emperor's harem by pretending to be a girl and plays baseball with them?

10. Sorouku Ikuta (Tenkyou no Alderamin)

This guy must be pretty strong/bad-ass huh? Anime adaptation please!

Really happy for all the LNs that ranked, especially the ones I like :P . They should all celebrate with new seasons and new anime adaptations!

Nov 22, 2014 2:38 PM by AdolTheRed