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Japan's Weekly Light Novel Rankings for Jan 11 - 17

by Snow
Jan 20, 2016 12:38 PM | 55 Comments
Here are the weekly light novel rankings for January 11 - 17

Rank / This week's sales by copies / Cumulative sales / Titles

*1. 66,100 *66,100 Monogatari Series: Off Season Vol.2 "Wazamonogatari"
*2. 12,615 *12,615 Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut Vol.8
*3. 10,434 120,800 No Game No Life Vol.8
*4. *7,459 *13,714 Mitou Shoukan://Blood Sign Vol.4
*5. *7,367 246,944 Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol.4
*6. *6,664 *14,965 Fate/Labyrinth
*7. *6,196 **6,196 Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi Vol.13 "Saiki no Daichi"
*8. *5,831 *10,777 DOWL Masters Vol.3
*9. *5,760 *10,221 Elf Yome to Hajimeru Isekai Ryoushu Seikatsu Vol.1
10. *5,367 *52,308 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1

11. *5,039 **5,039 Manga de Wakaru Nanatsu no Shuukan Plus
12. *4,878 **8,355 Madoushi wa Heibon wo Nozomu Vol.12
13. *4,722 **8,375 Yagate Maken no Alicebell Vol.6
14. *4,706 *43,411 Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
15. *4,531 *42,333 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.2
16. *4,398 **7,750 Nareru! SE Vol.14
17. *4,388 *69,080 Okitegami Kyouko no Taishoku Negai
18. *4,367 **4,367 Seijo to Ousama
19. *4,007 *37,142 Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut Vol.2
20. *3,798 **3,798 Ryuuou no Oshigoto! Vol.2

21. *3,713 *12,676 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Vol.1
22. *2,975 **2,975 Sengoku Komachi Kuroutan Vol.1
23. *2,855 **2,855 Yuukyuu no Gusha Asley no, Kenja no Susume Vol.2
24. *2,837 **5,156 Isekai Gardening Vol.1
25. *2,528 **5,008 Boukensha Debut ni wa Ososugiru?

Separated by Specific Ranking
Bunko
11. 12,615 *12,615 Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut Vol.8
15. 10,434 120,800 No Game No Life Vol.8
25. *7,459 *13,714 Mitou Shoukan://Blood Sign Vol.4
26. *7,367 246,944 Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol.4
34. *6,196 **6,196 Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi Vol.13 "Saiki no Daichi"
37. *5,831 *10,777 DOWL Masters Vol.3
38. *5,760 *10,221 Elf Yome to Hajimeru Isekai Ryoushu Seikatsu Vol.1
40. *5,367 *52,308 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1
45. *4,722 **8,375 Yagate Maken no Alicebell Vol.6
46. *4,706 *43,411 Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut

47. *4,531 *42,333 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.2
(cut-off 4,451)


Book
*1. 66,100 *66,100 Monogatari Series: Off Season Vol.2 "Wazamonogatari"
24. *6,664 *14,965 Fate/Labyrinth
44. *5,039 **5,039 Manga de Wakaru Nanatsu no Shuukan Plus
50. *4,878 **8,355 Madoushi wa Heibon wo Nozomu Vol.12
(cut-off 4,878)


Literature Books Genre (duplicates removed)
*8. *4,388 *69,080 Okitegami Kyouko no Taishoku Negai
13. *2,975 **2,975 Sengoku Komachi Kuroutan Vol.1
15. *2,855 **2,855 Yuukyuu no Gusha Asley no, Kenja no Susume Vol.2
16. *2,837 **5,156 Isekai Gardening Vol.1
18. *2,528 **5,008 Boukensha Debut ni wa Ososugiru?
(cut-off 2,348)

Source: Oricon Youtaijou

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Jiharo said:
Tevens said:



"Orokamonogatari"
the meaning of the title always makes me curious.


You prolly should read it. It's pretty good.


already translated ? i can't read japanese YET.

Jan 28, 2016 4:22 AM by Tevens

Tevens said:

Jiharo said:
Orokamonogatari which also took first place upon release iirc.

I recommend reading the off season too. It's pretty good.


"Orokamonogatari"
the meaning of the title always makes me curious.


You prolly should read it. It's pretty good.

Jan 28, 2016 2:23 AM by Jiharo

Oh yay, Konosuba got a boost. The anime turned out better then the trailer made it out to be.

Jan 26, 2016 6:07 PM by Konoetan

Madhouse, i'm begging you. season 2 of NGNL please!
And that rank one, Wazamonogatari. i wish i can buy it.

ehmmm....that rank.2 , is it really that good ? because not many people like the adaptation.

Jiharo said:
Orokamonogatari which also took first place upon release iirc.

I recommend reading the off season too. It's pretty good.


"Orokamonogatari"
the meaning of the title always makes me curious.

Jan 26, 2016 9:12 AM by Tevens

AP24 said:
I estimate Rakudai Vol 1 is almost 80k by now. Too bad it looks like Rakudai's boost is finally over now.

Why too bad? That's exactly what you want to happen for another season. You want an LN boost while airing and then it to drop off afterwards. That provides incentive for the LN publisher to push for another season to boost sales again, so as long as Rakudai keeps pumping out LNs to sell, there's a decent chance for another season (well, decent as far as these things go anyway).

They have sold out the first press of all the Blu-Rays and DVDs for each volume of the anime, so Silver Link will likely reach their sales projections and profit. Also good.

All things considered, it actually isn't in a bad position for fans at all right now.

Jan 23, 2016 1:48 PM by RealityRush

Snow said:
Here are the weekly light novel rankings for January 11 - 17

Rank / This week's sales by copies / Cumulative sales / Titles

*1. 66,100 *66,100 Monogatari Series: Off Season Vol.2 "Wazamonogatari"

Source: Oricon Youtaijou

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It's out. Time to buy Wazamonogatari. May Nisio Isin works live forever!

Hopefully Shaft adapts the off season as well.

Antearion said:
Wazamonogatari? He made another? This man is just great. He keeps putting out work and they're always great. Happy to see it at number one.


Wazamonogatari is the second volume in the off season. The first was Orokamonogatari which also took first place upon release iirc.

I recommend reading the off season too. It's pretty good.

Jan 21, 2016 8:29 PM by Jiharo

hpulley said:
WhiteFlamee said:
i will check monogatari soon
...
20 books out already and 2 more on the way. I hope you're a fast reader!

The books may well continue forever but I wonder if the promise to animate the whole thing will be kept that long.

i know.

I can read fast

Jan 21, 2016 3:58 PM by WhiteFlamee

ichii_1 said:
barmar said:

Well the blu-ray specials were a blast.Now Vol 10 where art thou?

March 2, the author already finished it a while ago, but the publisher is delaying it for some reason.
Maybe a season 2 announcement with it? XD
Hopefully thats the final date and doesn't get delayed any further.Maybe it's because of specials and stuff.Well either way I'll probably reread it in the meantime.

As for the anime...


I'd be up for Vol 4's movie adaption like some people were saying.Would transition well enough.(Need the chair meme to be animated, doesn't feel right)

Jan 21, 2016 9:36 AM by barmar

Simplo said:
hpulley said:
20 books out already and 2 more on the way. I hope you're a fast reader!

The books may well continue forever but I wonder if the promise to animate the whole thing will be kept that long.


It sells amazingly. Fans love it. Why would they stop?

It still sells very well, over 25K for Owarimonogatari. I'm not sure it will ever get low enough to stop making it, even if Owari 2 drops to 20K it would be worth making it. But it is not making what it sold as Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari once did so it has dropped a lot. It is way more than most other anime so it is probably still safe but my point is more that I don't think they imagined 22 or more volumes coming out when they made that promise.

So unless there is something else Aniplex and Kodansha wants to make you're right, they are probably good. Just hard to believe with already about 80 episodes made of the franchise.
Josuke-kun said:
Hrm, nothing really sticking out to me this week. I don't have any LN adaptions I'm into this season.

hpulley said:
20 books out already and 2 more on the way. I hope you're a fast reader!

The books may well continue forever but I wonder if the promise to animate the whole thing will be kept that long.


I'm a super fast reader, so 20 books should be no problem for me. I did finish the last HP book in about a day. I picked up the EN release of Kizu the other day, totally loving it. I hope they'll continue with the EN releases cause I'd love to collect them all! I may settle for fan translations until they get published though.

The books will at least continue until the author passes away, but I'm sure he's still got plenty of life in him! He may get tired of writing the stuff, but if James Patterson can keep writing Maximum Ride books I'm sure Nisiosin can keep going!
NisioisiN is quite young so that won't be a problem. He is still writing 6 novels a year unless I'm missing some. 3 of them will be Monogatari this year. Game of Thrones, no new book since 2011? Japan's writers are so prolific by comparison.

I'm not sure if NisioisiN would be allowed to stop making more while it is making money unless Okitegami Kyouko is making even more money or something.

Jan 21, 2016 8:01 AM by hpulley

POS ranks for series with anime airing in Winter 2016:

Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
31 9784797386127 最弱無敗の神装機竜 8 SBクリエ 明月千里 2016.1.15
95 9784797374667 最弱無敗の神装機竜 SBクリエ 明月千里 2013.8.10
118 9784797375510 最弱無敗の神装機竜 2 SBクリエ 明月千里 2013.11.15
153 9784797376135 最弱無敗の神装機竜 3 SBクリエ 明月千里 2014.3.15
206 9784797376821 最弱無敗の神装機竜 4 SBクリエ 明月千里 2014.7.15
250 9784797377637 最弱無敗の神装機竜 5 SBクリエ 明月千里 2014.12.15
286 9784797383201 最弱無敗の神装機竜 6 SBクリエ 明月千里 2015.6.13
297 9784797385038 最弱無敗の神装機竜 7 SBクリエ 明月千里 2015.10.15

KonoSuba:
83 9784041010204 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! KADOK 暁なつめ 2013.9.28
114 9784041011102 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! 2 KADOK 暁なつめ 2013.11.30
180 9784041012420 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! 3 KADOK 暁なつめ 2014.2.28
235 9784041035405 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! 8 KADOK 暁なつめ 2015.12.26
238 9784041015704 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! 4 KADOK 暁なつめ 2014.4.26
288 9784041015711 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! 5 KADOK 暁なつめ 2014.8.30
338 9784041035399 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! 7 KADOK 暁なつめ 2015.8.29
344 9784041022672 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! 6 KADOK 暁なつめ 2015.2.28

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar:
161 9784906866229 灰と幻想のグリムガル 1 オ-バ-ラ 十文字青 2013.6.22
246 9784906866472 灰と幻想のグリムガル 2 オ-バ-ラ 十文字青 2013.11.22
339 9784906866694 灰と幻想のグリムガル 3 オ-バ-ラ 十文字青 2014.3.22
456 9784906866915 灰と幻想のグリムガル 4 オ-バ-ラ 十文字青 2014.7.24

Sourced direct from the shoseki blog because book-rank.net was being slow at getting the rankings up, hence the weird formatting. The number on the left is the rank.

Jan 21, 2016 7:54 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Let's just see if either KonoSuba or Bahamut can sell over 100k total in the first month of anime airing or 150k total in 2 months or 200k total in 3 months, which was how much Rakudai accomplished. For now both of them are doing better than Asterisk did.

Jan 21, 2016 7:50 AM by AP24

kuuderes_shadow said:
eromangasensei said:


k_s, what's the deal with prince of stride? the LNs come from Dangeki girls style which specifically targets female otaku right? Are there any other titles from this label that sell well?


I don't really know anything about it, but a lot of places treat it as a manga, and it is published under the Sylph Comics label.

The volumes are mostly several years old, though, so the series is probably only ranking because of the anime.

eromangasensei said:


oh so that's how it was. Thanx.

No wonder Kadokawa keeps making more LNs like these & give them 1 cour tv anime


Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut and Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry are both GA Bunko, which is owned by Softbank, not Kadokawa, by the way.


gotcha. Looked more into GA bunko - softbank and it has DanMachi, oda nobuna no yabou, etc. Nice.

ichii_1 said:
barmar said:

Well the blu-ray specials were a blast.Now Vol 10 where art thou?

March 2, the author already finished it a while ago, but the publisher is delaying it for some reason.
Maybe a season 2 announcement with it? XD


more than likely, lol. I doubt anybody expected Overlord to get this big.

Jan 21, 2016 7:47 AM by JetNoir

barmar said:

Well the blu-ray specials were a blast.Now Vol 10 where art thou?

March 2, the author already finished it a while ago, but the publisher is delaying it for some reason.
Maybe a season 2 announcement with it? XD

Jan 21, 2016 7:43 AM by ichii_1

kuuderes_shadow said:
eromangasensei said:


oh so that's how it was. Thanx.

No wonder Kadokawa keeps making more LNs like these & give them 1 cour tv anime


Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut and Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry are both GA Bunko, which is owned by Softbank, not Kadokawa, by the way.
BTW Bahamut and Cavalry also have join Comiket event.

Jan 21, 2016 7:28 AM by NeoAnkara

eromangasensei said:


k_s, what's the deal with prince of stride? the LNs come from Dangeki girls style which specifically targets female otaku right? Are there any other titles from this label that sell well?


I don't really know anything about it, but a lot of places treat it as a manga, and it is published under the Sylph Comics label.

The volumes are mostly several years old, though, so the series is probably only ranking because of the anime.

eromangasensei said:
AP24 said:


Actually Rakudai did. Before the anime aired Rakudai Vol 1 had already sold almost 50k. During the first week after first episode aired, Rakudai Vol 1 added about 5k and most likely another 6k during the next week.
23. *4,819 *52,488 Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry Vol.1

I estimate Rakudai Vol 1 is almost 80k by now. Too bad it looks like Rakudai's boost is finally over now.


oh so that's how it was. Thanx.

No wonder Kadokawa keeps making more LNs like these & give them 1 cour tv anime


Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut and Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry are both GA Bunko, which is owned by Softbank, not Kadokawa, by the way.

Jan 21, 2016 7:25 AM by kuuderes_shadow

AP24 said:
eromangasensei said:
Konosuba was already selling around 40k, nice. Bahamut is the most surprising, asterisk & cavalry werent really selling this well & getting early boosts like these.


Actually Rakudai did. Before the anime aired Rakudai Vol 1 had already sold almost 50k. During the first week after first episode aired, Rakudai Vol 1 added about 5k and most likely another 6k during the next week.
23. *4,819 *52,488 Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry Vol.1

I estimate Rakudai Vol 1 is almost 80k by now. Too bad it looks like Rakudai's boost is finally over now.


oh so that's how it was. Thanx.

No wonder Kadokawa keeps making more LNs like these & give them 1 cour tv anime

Jan 21, 2016 7:17 AM by JetNoir

eromangasensei said:
Konosuba was already selling around 40k, nice. Bahamut is the most surprising, asterisk & cavalry werent really selling this well & getting early boosts like these.


Actually Rakudai did. Before the anime aired Rakudai Vol 1 had already sold almost 50k. During the first week after first episode aired, Rakudai Vol 1 added about 5k and most likely another 6k during the next week.
23. *4,819 *52,488 Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry Vol.1

I estimate Rakudai Vol 1 is almost 80k by now. Too bad it looks like Rakudai's boost is finally over now.

Jan 21, 2016 7:08 AM by AP24

kuuderes_shadow said:
Oricon series rankings:

*1 77,700 Monogatari Series
*2 34,690 Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
*3 26,317 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
*4 16,756 No Game No Life
*5 14,691 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
*6 10,596 Overlord
*7 *9,941 Boukyaku Tantei Series
*8 *9,116 Sword Art Online
*9 *9,018 Sword Art Online Progressive
10 *8,286 Mitou Shoukan:// Blood Sign
11 Prince of Stride
12 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
13 Fate/Labyrinth
14 Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu
15 Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi
16 Ryuuou no Oshigoto
17 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.
18 Dowl Masters
19 Elf Yome to Hajimeru Isekai Ryoushu Seikatsu
20 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka.

source: Ejc's post above (sales figures), oricon website (rankings)

Interesting that this means that Ryuuou no Oshigoto vol 1 sold >2.1k copies...


POS ranks still not out.


k_s, what's the deal with prince of stride? the LNs come from Dangeki girls style which specifically targets female otaku right? Are there any other titles from this label that sell well?

Jan 21, 2016 6:43 AM by JetNoir

Oh wow, the boosts already started. Grimgar wasnt even selling 10k before anime, surprising since rpg games setting LNs are trendy these days. Konosuba was already selling around 40k, nice. Bahamut is the most surprising, asterisk & cavalry werent really selling this well & getting early boosts like these.


Agafin said:
Ejc said:


I had a look in my Oricon data archive, it has been in the Top 10 Weekly Light Novel Series ever since June 29 to July 5, 2015 week. So it's been there for 29 weeks in a row now.


Thanks. Boy, that's huge. And it looks like the sales are not dropping anymore. They've basically stabilised above 10k for the past few weeks (I just checked some of the previous lists). That's probably among the leggiest anime effect ever.


yeah, it's even more impressive because there hasnt been a new volume since this boost started (last one came at june end) so this is all just anime boost.

Jan 21, 2016 6:29 AM by JetNoir

*1. 66,100 *66,100 Monogatari Series: Off Season Vol.2 "Wazamonogatari"
Surprise Surprise lol, it's Monogatari lol

Jan 21, 2016 3:29 AM by Kotarou_