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Japan's Weekly Light Novel Rankings for Feb 8 - 14

by Snow
Feb 17, 2016 1:53 PM | 47 Comments
Here are the weekly light novel rankings for February 8 - 14

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

*1. 38,338 *38,338 Hataraku Maou-sama! Vol.15
*2. 21,508 *21,508 Zettai naru Isolator Vol.3
*3. 16,066 *16,066 Heavy Object Vol.11
*4. 14,886 *14,886 Durarara!! SH Vol.4
*5. *9,906 **9,906 Magdala de Nemure Vol.8
*6. *9,178 *86,089 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1
*7. *9,009 **9,009 Tada, Soredake Yokatta ndesu
*8. *8,422 *72,714 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.2
*9. *8,194 **8,194 Gekitotsu no Hexennacht Vol.2
10. *7,376 *64,820 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.3

11. *7,204 128,251 Monogatari Series: Off Season Vol.2 "Wazamonogatari"
12. *6,654 *57,686 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.4
13. *6,474 **6,474 Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo Vol.1
14. *6,337 *54,542 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.5
15. *6,003 **6,003 Valhalla no Bangohan: Inoshishi to Dragon no Borscht
16. *5,985 **7,921 Makikomarete Isekai Teni suru Yatsu wa, Taitei Cheat Vol.2
17. *5,348 **5,348 Shokugyou Mushoku no Ore ga Boukensha wo Mezasu Wake.
18. *5,722 *49,687 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.6
19. *5,373 *44,396 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.7
20. *5,110 *28,181 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Vol.1

21. *4,982 *39,404 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.8
22. *3,531 **3,931 Oshiete! Darenidemo Wakaru Isekai Seikatsujutsu Vol.2
23. *3,016 **3,562 Livitium Koukoku no Butakusahime Vol.2
24. *2,705 **2,705 Kekkonshitai to Iwaretemo
25. *2,592 **2,592 Little Noah: Tale of School Days
26. *2,583 **2,583 Zombie no Afureta Sekai de Ore dake ga Osowarenai Vol.1
27. *2,264 **2,538 Oretachi no Quest Vol.1
28. *2,256 **5,197 Jashin Average Vol.2

Separated by Specific Ranking
Bunko
*2. 38,338 *38,338 Hataraku Maou-sama! Vol.15
*4. 21,508 *21,508 Zettai naru Isolator Vol.3
*8. 16,066 *16,066 Heavy Object Vol.11
10. 14,886 *14,886 Durarara!! SH Vol.4
16. *9,906 **9,906 Magdala de Nemure Vol.8
17. *9,178 *86,089 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1
18. *9,009 **9,009 Tada, Soredake Yokatta ndesu
19. *8,422 *72,714 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.2
22. *8,194 **8,194 Gekitotsu no Hexennacht Vol.2
25. *7,376 *64,820 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.3

29. *6,654 *57,686 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.4
31. *6,474 **6,474 Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo Vol.1
33. *6,391 **6,391 Kouka Koukyuu Monogatari Vol.3
35. *6,337 *54,542 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.5
39. *6,003 **6,003 Valhalla no Bangohan: Inoshishi to Dragon no Borscht
43. *5,722 *49,687 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.6
47. *5,373 *44,396 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.7
(cut-off 5,163)


Book
32. *7,204 128,251 Monogatari Series: Off Season Vol.2 "Wazamonogatari"
43. *5,985 **7,921 Makikomarete Isekai Teni suru Yatsu wa, Taitei Cheat Vol.2
(cut-off 5,729)


Literature Books Genre (duplicates removed)
*7. *5,348 **5,348 Shokugyou Mushoku no Ore ga Boukensha wo Mezasu Wake.
*8. *3,531 **3,931 Oshiete! Darenidemo Wakaru Isekai Seikatsujutsu Vol.2
12. *3,016 **3,562 Livitium Koukoku no Butakusahime Vol.2
13. *2,705 **2,705 Kekkonshitai to Iwaretemo
15. *2,592 **2,592 Little Noah: Tale of School Days
16. *2,583 **2,583 Zombie no Afureta Sekai de Ore dake ga Osowarenai Vol.1
18. *2,264 **2,538 Oretachi no Quest Vol.1
19. *2,256 **5,197 Jashin Average Vol.2
(cut-off 2,199)

Source: Oricon Youtaijou

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Zefyris said:
AP24 said:

What kind of scandal?

i didn't follow in detail. I know peoples even went to his twitter account to insult him following that event (and insulted him again when he choose to not answer them), and some of the comment in his books on amazon were talking about it.
Since that day, Hasekura Isuna sensei has left completely his twitter account. It's stopped at 09/10.
It seems that some of the things he said/some opinions he had really caused an uproar in several places and some comments on amazon are even protesting that those books shouldn't receive a boycott.


Never heard about it 0___0. Too bad. I like his stile. I even buy S&W books in paper (Yen Press version cause my Japanese isn't good enough but still).

Feb 19, 2016 8:10 AM by Nachtwandler_21

AP24 said:
Zefyris said:
Magdala (and any work from Hasekura sensei actually ) is kind of boycotted by the japanese fans due to an "internet scandal" in sept 2013 AFAIK. I don't know how much influence this have on the sales (maybe extremely low influence after all, but it seems like the author has been keeping a low profile in medias since then. So selling more may be a bit difficult.

What kind of scandal?

i didn't follow in detail. I know peoples even went to his twitter account to insult him following that event (and insulted him again when he choose to not answer them), and some of the comments for Magdala volumes on amazon were talking about it.
Since that day, Hasekura Isuna sensei has left completely his twitter account. It's stopped at 09/10/2013.
It seems that some of the things he said/some opinions he had really caused an uproar in several places and some comments on amazon are even protesting that those books shouldn't receive a boycott.

Feb 19, 2016 3:11 AM by Zefyris

Zefyris said:
Magdala (and any work from Hasekura sensei actually ) is kind of boycotted by the japanese fans due to an "internet scandal" in sept 2013 AFAIK. I don't know how much influence this have on the sales (maybe extremely low influence after all, but it seems like the author has been keeping a low profile in medias since then. So selling more may be a bit difficult.

What kind of scandal?

Feb 19, 2016 1:46 AM by AP24

Devil is a Part-timer at number 1. Season 2 when? Make it happen White Fox, only good series to ever come out of that studio.

Feb 18, 2016 7:21 PM by FullmetalCarrot

Nachtwandler_21 said:
Zefyris said:

Definitely. His stories have many characters he cannot handle and many relationship he cannot handle well as well. And sice he doesn't take time to stop and think about how to handle them before and after creating those situation, the things are only getting worse.


Minoru Kawakami writes even more than Kamachi but his average level is way higher IMHO. Although he is less successful commercial way.

And back on topic. I really hope Magdala de Nemure had better sales or at least translation go faster.

Kawakami has the ability to handle what he writes despite the high complexity of the world building and the absurd number of characters in his stories. He's also a long time planner up to absurd level (knows what he will write about the character thousand and thousand of pages before he actually writes it - more than 20k pages before writing it, actually, yep, ridiculous level I told you), and has the ability to write well despite the speed.
Kamachi doesn't have any of that. He's not planning anything and just go by the inspiration of the moment, is unable to handle what he created and cannot write well AND fast at the same time ( this becomes hit or miss with like an awful 90%miss ratio).

Akira can handle it too, just like Kawakami. Kamachi should just stop doing that. Well, it sells though.

Magdala (and any work from Hasekura sensei actually ) is kind of boycotted by the japanese fans due to an "internet scandal" in sept 2013 AFAIK. I don't know how much influence this have on the sales (maybe extremely low influence after all, but it seems like the author has been keeping a low profile in medias since then. So selling more may be a bit difficult.

Feb 18, 2016 6:14 PM by Zefyris

kuuderes_shadow said:
Maxew555 said:
I'm really glad to see Zettai Naru Isolator doing well. I'm surprised it's beating Heavy Object...


Kawahara is a better writer than Kamachi tbh. (disclaimer: I haven't read any of Kamachi's works in the original Japanese, but Kamachi's weaknesses aren't the sort to result from poorly done translations). From what I've read so far, Isolator is a good story too.

MaxXZoe said:
too bad yen press will translate it somewhere in 2016


It's 2016 now you know? Anyway, I'd guess we'll see the English release in the autumn sometime.

SunMilk said:
what happened yo Yahari ore no Seishun LN


???

It last had a volume come out in June is what happened to it. The earliest another volume could come out now (unless it has a late announcement for some reason) is May as the Gagaga lineup is up through to April.

My thoughts on the rankings:
Good seeing Tada, Soredaka Yokattandesu doing well. From what I've seen it sounds like something definitely worth the read, and probably wholly deserving of the Dengeki Novel Awards Grand Prize that it won.
Grimgar has well and truly taken the second place spot for this season's boosts. Goes to show that a non-rushed anime adaptation can prove very successful after all. As Hataraku! Maou-sama did, for that matter.
World Break didn't make the rankings at all, but then I guess that's what happens when you release two versions of a volume on a Saturday.
ohh thanks i didn't keep up with it since volume 10

Feb 18, 2016 5:08 PM by SunMilk

Zefyris said:
NeoAnkara said:
The problem with Kamachi is he write too much and expand it beyond what he can handle.

Definitely. His stories have many characters he cannot handle and many relationship he cannot handle well as well. And sice he doesn't take time to stop and think about how to handle them before and after creating those situation, the things are only getting worse.


Minoru Kawakami writes even more than Kamachi but his average level is way higher IMHO. Although he is less successful commercial way.

And back on topic. I really hope Magdala de Nemure had better sales or at least translation go faster.

Feb 18, 2016 9:36 AM by Nachtwandler_21

^Thanks! I was sure it was a rather recent addition from Oricon.

Feb 18, 2016 8:59 AM by Agafin

Agafin said:
kuuderes_shadow said:
Overall, though, Overlord's boost certainly lasted a fair bit longer than DanMachi's, but it never had such a big peak either.

Ah yes, that's true, I forgot about the importance of the thresholds. Overlord's had to face very mild competition apparently. I believe it had several sub 10k weeks that still ranked in the Top 10.

BTW, when did Oricon start publishing these Top 10s? I also wanted to know how long the big sellers like SAO (when it was experiencing a boost) or Biblia lasted in these lists but I assume they didn't exist back then?


Oricon doesn't count Biblia as a light novel so it doesn't appear on those rankings.

The only Oricon rankings being posted on 2ch back in 2012 were the book and bunko rankings. Even if the light novel series rankings existed (they did post the yearly series rankings so it's not impossible) I don't know where you would get the data from. Incidentally, I wouldn't completely put it past SAO to have been in the top 20 (which we get rankings for but not sales figures) every single week since before the anime started airing, if the rankings did exist.

EDIT: I think Oricon started listing these rankings when they updated their website in mid 2014 by the looks of it.

Feb 18, 2016 8:44 AM by kuuderes_shadow

kuuderes_shadow said:
Overall, though, Overlord's boost certainly lasted a fair bit longer than DanMachi's, but it never had such a big peak either.

Ah yes, that's true, I forgot about the importance of the thresholds. Overlord's had to face very mild competition apparently. I believe it had several sub 10k weeks that still ranked in the Top 10.

BTW, when did Oricon start publishing these Top 10s? I also wanted to know how long the big sellers like SAO (when it was experiencing a boost) or Biblia lasted in these lists but I assume they didn't exist back then?

Feb 18, 2016 8:20 AM by Agafin

Agafin said:
kuuderes_shadow said:
33 weeks, although the first couple were purely down to a new volume that came out.

Thanks. That's a lot. How many weeks did Danmachi last in the Top 10?


I can't find data for w/c 6th April but assuming it ranked then (as it did the previous week, which had a much higher threshold), then 16 weeks.

However, it's worth mentioning that the week DanMachi dropped out the threshold was 14439. Nothing on the 20833 for the week when it first appeared but way higher than the 7966 that Overlord sold last week, and higher than it sold during any of its last 5 weeks, and indeed much of the autumn. It got really lucky that the weeks it saw lower sales the threshold was always just low enough to accommodate it.

If you apply a threshold of 20k (which the threshold has only been above a couple of times in the last year and thus represents roughly the peak of where the top 10 series goes), DanMachi's run shrinks to 15 weeks (assuming it got that much in the week with data missing), whereas Overlord's shrinks to 17 (and it's never gone back above since).

Overall, though, Overlord's boost certainly lasted a fair bit longer than DanMachi's, but it never had such a big peak either.

Feb 18, 2016 7:53 AM by kuuderes_shadow

kuuderes_shadow said:
33 weeks, although the first couple were purely down to a new volume that came out.

Thanks. That's a lot. How many weeks did Danmachi last in the Top 10?

Feb 18, 2016 7:10 AM by Agafin

Zefyris said:

But being a good writer has nothing to do with sales, so either way I don't see why you said that.


The correlation between the two is indeed very weak, but that's mainly for getting success in the first place. Once an author has made it big, which both of these have, then they will have a core fanbase who would be willing to give a try to any new work they put out. For the most part it is that fanbase that contributes the sales for both series, rather than new fans brought in by those novels themselves.
The effects of this are, of course, slightly obscured due to Heavy Object's anime adaptation and the fact that Isolator was a web novel long before Kawahara got that all important name recognition.


Agafin said:
kuuderes_shadow said:
14位 Overlord

Hmmm, finally left the Top 10. I wonder how many weeks it's been.


33 weeks, although the first couple were purely down to a new volume that came out.

Feb 18, 2016 3:30 AM by kuuderes_shadow

kuuderes_shadow said:
14位 Overlord

Hmmm, finally left the Top 10. I wonder how many weeks it's been.

Feb 18, 2016 3:11 AM by Agafin

NeoAnkara said:
The problem with Kamachi is he write too much and expand it beyond what he can handle.

Definitely. His stories have many characters he cannot handle and many relationship he cannot handle well as well. And sice he doesn't take time to stop and think about how to handle them before and after creating those situation, the things are only getting worse.

Feb 18, 2016 2:45 AM by Zefyris

The problem with Kamachi is he write too much and expand it beyond what he can handle.

Feb 18, 2016 2:43 AM by NeoAnkara

Well, I haven't read any volume from him, I sure hope for Kawahara to be a better writer than Kamachi's average level. That would be quite catastrophic level otherwise...
Although, if Kamachi was to to take a few months in between his release to properly write them, I'm sure he would be quite decent.

But being a good writer has nothing to do with sales, so either way I don't see why you said that.

Feb 18, 2016 2:38 AM by Zefyris

Maxew555 said:
I'm really glad to see Zettai Naru Isolator doing well. I'm surprised it's beating Heavy Object...


Kawahara is a better writer than Kamachi tbh. (disclaimer: I haven't read any of Kamachi's works in the original Japanese, but Kamachi's weaknesses aren't the sort to result from poorly done translations). From what I've read so far, Isolator is a good story too.

MaxXZoe said:
too bad yen press will translate it somewhere in 2016


It's 2016 now you know? Anyway, I'd guess we'll see the English release in the autumn sometime.

SunMilk said:
what happened yo Yahari ore no Seishun LN


???

It last had a volume come out in June is what happened to it. The earliest another volume could come out now (unless it has a late announcement for some reason) is May as the Gagaga lineup is up through to April.

My thoughts on the rankings:
Good seeing Tada, Soredaka Yokattandesu doing well. From what I've seen it sounds like something definitely worth the read, and probably wholly deserving of the Dengeki Novel Awards Grand Prize that it won.
Grimgar has well and truly taken the second place spot for this season's boosts. Goes to show that a non-rushed anime adaptation can prove very successful after all. As Hataraku! Maou-sama did, for that matter.
World Break didn't make the rankings at all, but then I guess that's what happens when you release two versions of a volume on a Saturday.

Feb 18, 2016 1:58 AM by kuuderes_shadow

POS ranks for series with ongoing anime adaptations:

KonoSuba:
*44位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! あぁ、駄女神さま
*50位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!2 中二病でも魔女がしたい!
*65位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!3 よんでますよ、ダクネスさん。
*73位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!4 鈍ら四重奏 ~ナマクラカルテット~
198位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!スピンオフ この素晴らしい世界に爆焔を! めぐみんのターン
*93位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!5 爆裂紅魔にレッツ&ゴー!!
269位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!スピンオフ この素晴らしい世界に爆焔を!2 ゆんゆんのターン
107位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!6 六花の王女
344位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!スピンオフ この素晴らしい世界に爆焔を!3 ふたりは最強!のターン
130位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!7 億千万の花嫁
156位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!8 アクシズ教団VSエリス教団

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar:
137位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.1 ささやき、詠唱、祈り、目覚めよ
159位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.2 大切じゃないものなんか、ない。
183位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.3 思い通りに行かないのが世の中だと割り切るしかなくても
215位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.4 導き導かれし者たち
252位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.5 笑わないで聞いておくれよ
310位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.6 とるにたらない栄光に向かって
416位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.7 彼方の虹

Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut:
375位 最弱無敗の神装機竜8
403位 最弱無敗の神装機竜
459位 最弱無敗の神装機竜2
348位 最弱無敗の神装機竜3
431位 最弱無敗の神装機竜4
418位 最弱無敗の神装機竜5
445位 最弱無敗の神装機竜6

HaruChika:
438位 退出ゲーム

Heavy Object:
*25位 ヘヴィーオブジェクト バニラ味の化学式 (new volume)

Durarara!!:
*31位 デュラララ!!SH×4 (new volume)

Source: POS via book-rank.net

Oricon series rankings:
*1位 54,044部 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
*2位 38,962部 Hataraku Maou-sama!
*3位 24,595部 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
*4位 22,247部 Zettai Naru Isolator
*5位 18,886部 Heavy Object
*6位 14,886部 Durarara!! SH
*7位 13,779部 Monogatari Series
*8位 13,561部 Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
*9位 *9,906部 Magdala de Nemure
10位 *9,390部 No Game No Life
11位 Tada, Sore dake de Yokattandesu
12位 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spinoff
13位 Gekitotsu no Hexennacht
14位 Overlord
15位 Sword Art Online
16位 Makikomarete Isekai Tenisuru Yatsu wa, Taitei Cheat
17位 Ore wa Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo
18位 Sakka Alice Series
19位 Valhalla no Bangohan
20位 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

source: Oricon, Ejc's post above for figures

Feb 18, 2016 1:33 AM by kuuderes_shadow

ichii_1 said:
Konosuba ain't stopping for a long time :O

lol must be the goblin advertisements cause it's definitely not the series's main characters making a difference.
20. *5,110 *28,181 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Vol.1

Series though, the advertisements was released yesterday, so even it can make a difference, it can't be show in this week.

Feb 17, 2016 10:34 PM by D-Joe