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Japan's Weekly Light Novel Rankings for Feb 29 - Mar 6

by Snow
Mar 9, 2016 2:54 PM | 32 Comments
Here are the weekly light novel rankings for February 29 - March 6

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

*1. 10,573 *12,471 Kenja no Mago Vol.3
*2. 10,356 *11,123 Flower Knight Girl Vol.1
*3. *9,897 *44,553 Zero no Tsukaima Vol.21
*4. *8,273 **8,752 Takarakuji de 40-oku Atatta n Dakedo Isekai ni Ijuusuru Vol.5
*5. *8,168 114,164 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1
*6. *7,680 **7,680 Soul Catcher(S): Interlude Vol.3
*7. *7,441 **8,372 Himajin, Maou no Sugata de Isekai e Vol.1
*8. *7,252 **7,901 Kantei Nouryoku de Chougoushi ni Narimasu Vol.2
*9. *7,196 **7,770 Granblue Fantasy Vol.4
10. *7,190 *96,839 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.2

11. *6,935 *87,226 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.3
12. *6,840 **9,118 Saiunkoku Monogatari "Gaikotsu wo Kou" Part 1
13. *6,573 *27,444 Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance Vol.15
14. *6,446 **7,216 Kenja no Tsurugi Vol.2
15. *6,310 *77,616 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.4
16. *6,196 **6,525 Boku wa Isekai de Fuyo Mahou to Shoukan Mahou wo Tenbin ni Kakeru Vol.6
17. *6,174 *15,269 Saiunkoku Monogatari "Gaikotsu wo Kou" Part 2
18. *5,824 *72,195 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.5
19. *5,816 **9,919 Seirei Gensouki Vol.3
20. *5,803 *29,341 Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou Vol.3

21. *5,769 *57,568 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.8
22. *5,616 **5,891 Tenshoku no Shinden wo Hirakimashita Vol.1
23. *5,512 *66,554 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.6
24. *5,349 *60,812 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.7
25. *4,139 **4,634 Shounen wa Kami wo Uragiru
26. *3,104 **3,104 Shiryuutei no Tairiku Vol.2
27. *2,948 *15,972 Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki Vol.8
28. *2,922 139,281 Monogatari Series: Off Season Vol.2 "Wazamonogatari"
29. *2,655 **2,655 Summon Night U:X Vol.5 "Kyoukai Sensou"
30. *2,557 **4,329 Sandaime no Yome

Separated by Specific Ranking
Bunko
14. 10,573 *12,471 Kenja no Mago Vol.3
15. 10,356 *11,123 Flower Knight Girl Vol.1
16. *9,897 *44,553 Zero no Tsukaima Vol.21
17. *8,273 **8,752 Takarakuji de 40-oku Atatta n Dakedo Isekai ni Ijuusuru Vol.5
18. *8,168 114,164 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1
21. *7,441 **8,372 Himajin, Maou no Sugata de Isekai e Vol.1
24. *7,252 **7,901 Kantei Nouryoku de Chougoushi ni Narimasu Vol.2
25. *7,196 **7,770 Granblue Fantasy Vol.4
26. *7,190 *96,839 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.2
28. *6,935 *87,226 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.3

30. *6,840 **9,118 Saiunkoku Monogatari "Gaikotsu wo Kou" Part 1
31. *6,573 *27,444 Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance Vol.15
34. *6,446 **7,216 Kenja no Tsurugi Vol.2
35. *6,310 *77,616 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.4
37. *6,196 **6,525 Boku wa Isekai de Fuyo Mahou to Shoukan Mahou wo Tenbin ni Kakeru Vol.6
38. *6,174 *15,269 Saiunkoku Monogatari "Gaikotsu wo Kou" Part 2
41. *5,824 *72,195 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.5
42. *5,816 **9,919 Seirei Gensouki Vol.3
43. *5,803 *29,341 Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou Vol.3
44. *5,769 *57,568 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.8

46. *5,616 **5,891 Tenshoku no Shinden wo Hirakimashita Vol.1
47. *5,512 *66,554 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.6
49. *5,349 *60,812 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.7
(cut-off 5,336)


Book
*1. 79,670 236,186 Hyakushou Kizoku Vol.4 (Manga)
29. *7,680 **7,680 Soul Catcher(S): Interlude Vol.3
(cut-off 5,134)


Literature Books Genre (duplicates removed)
*7. *4,139 **4,634 Shounen wa Kami wo Uragiru
10. *3,104 **3,104 Shiryuutei no Tairiku Vol.2
13. *2,948 *15,972 Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki Vol.8
14. *2,922 139,281 Monogatari Series: Off Season Vol.2 "Wazamonogatari"
19. *2,655 **2,655 Summon Night U:X Vol.5 "Kyoukai Sensou"
20. *2,557 **4,329 Sandaime no Yome
(cut-off 2,557)

Source: Oricon Youtaijou

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harkan said:
I mean danmachi is not very similar to rokka no yuusha or is it?

By content i meant the Light Novel , its doesn't matter if the anime butchers a lot of stuff or adapts it perfectly, that alone won't boost sales.

The Content is the most important.

it's not similar indeed but in danmachi 's case they purposely butchered the part that wouldn't please anime watchers, extending the part that would please them, and rushed through content to avoid having them being annoyed by explanations more than 2 words long.

So this comes back pretty much to what I was saying before. Butcher stuff to appeal to the anime watcher : very good sales result. Be faithful including for stuff that won't appeal to it: poor sales result.

If they took note of the result from 2015,the future of faithful LN adaptation is grim.

Mar 10, 2016 7:03 AM by Zefyris

Does anyone know how much does light novel author earn?

Mar 10, 2016 6:38 AM by Zapredon

If only Blade Dance didn't have many hiatus it would sold better. On the bright side the new illustrator is great.

Mar 10, 2016 5:58 AM by NeoAnkara

I mean danmachi is not very similar to rokka no yuusha or is it?

By content i meant the Light Novel , its doesn't matter if the anime butchers a lot of stuff or adapts it perfectly, that alone won't boost sales.

The Content is the most important.

Mar 10, 2016 5:54 AM by harkan

harkan said:
Zefyris said:

They sure took note.
- Butchered and rushed LN adaptation like danmachi : best 2015 boost in several years for LN.
- most faithful LN adaptation in years with RnY the season right afterwards : the volumes already out never appeared in the oricon chart during the anime.
They're taking note, they're taking note.


I think you forgot the most important thing - the content

Not sure of what you meant with that one though.

Mar 10, 2016 5:42 AM by Zefyris

Zefyris said:
Sacredus said:

So good anime adaptations give huge LN boost while butchered ones like Bahamut don't even manage to get on the list on 2nd or 3rd week and never appear again, huh? You're taking notes, Japan? Never do AMA level adaptations again!

Anyway, it's great to see this series sell so well.

They sure took note.
- Butchered and rushed LN adaptation like danmachi : best 2015 boost in several years for LN.
- most faithful LN adaptation in years with RnY the season right afterwards : the volumes already out never appeared in the oricon chart during the anime.
They're taking note, they're taking note.


I think you forgot the most important thing - the content

Mar 10, 2016 5:35 AM by harkan

Sacredus said:
*5. *8,168 114,164 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1
10. *7,190 *96,839 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.2
11. *6,935 *87,226 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.3
15. *6,310 *77,616 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.4
18. *5,824 *72,195 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.5
21. *5,769 *57,568 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.8
23. *5,512 *66,554 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.6
24. *5,349 *60,812 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.7

So good anime adaptations give huge LN boost while butchered ones like Bahamut don't even manage to get on the list on 2nd or 3rd week and never appear again, huh? You're taking notes, Japan? Never do AMA level adaptations again!

Anyway, it's great to see this series sell so well.

They sure took note.
- Butchered and rushed LN adaptation like danmachi : best 2015 boost in several years for LN.
- most faithful LN adaptation in years with RnY the season right afterwards : the volumes already out never appeared in the oricon chart during the anime.
They're taking note, they're taking note.

Mar 10, 2016 5:12 AM by Zefyris

*5. *8,168 114,164 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1
10. *7,190 *96,839 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.2
11. *6,935 *87,226 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.3
15. *6,310 *77,616 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.4
18. *5,824 *72,195 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.5
21. *5,769 *57,568 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.8
23. *5,512 *66,554 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.6
24. *5,349 *60,812 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.7

So good anime adaptations give huge LN boost while butchered ones like Bahamut don't even manage to get on the list on 2nd or 3rd week and never appear again, huh? You're taking notes, Japan? Never do AMA level adaptations again!

Anyway, it's great to see this series sell so well.

*3. *9,897 *44,553 Zero no Tsukaima Vol.21

It's so good to see this again on list :)

Mar 10, 2016 4:47 AM by Sacredus

Its more like a Narou boom in LN instead of an Isekai boom.

We will probably get a lot of isekai anime in the coming years

Mar 10, 2016 2:14 AM by harkan

The thing is, famitsu bunko is a "generalist" label that doesn't especially try to restrain itself in specific genre. I simply hope they don't start to "specialize" just because it's currently selling.

Mar 10, 2016 2:12 AM by Zefyris

Toaru Ossan sure did really well. Konosuba boost is going strong as well.

Expected to see Kenja No Mago somewhere up there. Was very popular on shousetsu, also recieved a rather early publication+The vol's kept selling like hotcakes.

Way more surprised with this one tbh: Himajin, Maou no Sugata de Isekai e Vol.1

Zefyris said:
Famitsu bunko, what the hell are you guys doing... Or is that the konosuba's anime influence that makes peoples suddenly raise their interest toward isekai novels?
It's a conspiracy Zefyris-kun.

The isekai masterplan can't be stopped any longer.

Mar 10, 2016 1:57 AM by barmar

Zefyris said:


And wait, since when did Famitsu bunko start to publish isekai titles as their best sales like that? 2 of their top 3 sales this month are isekai. Famitsu bunko, what the hell are you guys doing... Or is that the konosuba's anime influence that makes peoples suddenly raise their interest toward isekai novels?


Kenja no Mago has been a fairly big seller from the start. And almost everyone has an isekai title or two somewhere on their lineup now. It's down to the buyers to determine which of those series then become big sellers.

Mar 10, 2016 12:48 AM by kuuderes_shadow


what LN is this ? the NO.1 in that list ?
welp, kono suba still everywhere. i can see it clearly.
season 2 ? when ? LOL Explosion!!!
Granblue Fantasy i don't read it but i heard the LN is pretty good.

Edit: LOL that LN in No.1 list. i read the synopsis and the story is a little bit similiar with kono suba at the beginning XD

Vol.1: Orokamonogatari
Vol.2: Wazamonogatari
Vol.3: Nademonogatari
i hope this will get an anime adaptation someday :D

Mar 10, 2016 12:34 AM by YizelTro

POS ranks for series with ongoing anime adaptations:

Durarara!!:
404位 デュラララ!!SH×4

KonoSuba:
*55位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! あぁ、駄女神さま
*64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!
*72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。
*86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~
208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
*95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!!
276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
111位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!6 六花の王女
333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
121位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!7 億千万の花嫁
119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

Grimgar:
193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
190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。
225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
256位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.4 導き導かれし者たち
280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
332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
334位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.7 彼方の虹

Source: POS via book-rank.net



Oricon series rankings:

*1 51,057 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
*2 21,830 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
*3 11,461 Kenja no Mago
*4 10,815 Flower Knight Girl (?query on those figures?)
*5 *9,897 Zero no Tskaima
*6 *9,535 Granblue Fantasy
*7 *8,915 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spin-off
*8 *8,577 Monogatari Series
*9 *8,273 Takarakuji de 40-oku Atatta n Dakedo Isekai ni Ijuusuru
10 *8,207 Sword Art Online
11 No Game No Life
12 Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
13 Kantei Nouryoku de Chougoushi ni Narimasu
14 Soul Catcher(s) -Interlude-
15 Himajin, Maou no Sugata de Isekai e
16 Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
17 Overlord
18 Saiunkoku Hishou
19 Kenja no Tsurugi
20 Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance

(Source: Oricon website/Ejc's post above for figures)

Mar 10, 2016 12:29 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Kaioshin_Sama said:
I don't normally comment on LN sales ranking because I generally think the medium is absolute garbage that I want little if any part of (though I have occasionally enjoyed some adaptations with more tolerable premises and characters that are completely insufferable) but I guess I actually do have an observation to make for once. Simply put it looks like there's slight confirmation here that you don't need a monstrous budget and advertising or big names to give a significant boost to a LN series and garner it more popularity. I don't profess to know much about KonoSuba but just from clips I've seen it strikes me that it didn't have a lot of major financial backing and doesn't seem to come from Dengeki either. In a time when doors are rapidly closing in terms of competition and what can get by in this industry and how I can't see it as a bad thing even if it's a light novel franchise making things happen with limited resources.

That's about all I have to say, that and stuff besides Light and Visual novels really ought to start figuring out how to make a financial impact in the industry and finding audiences interest again. Seems like a really tall order the way the fanbase is now, but not entirely impossible just yet.


The audience in general is totally hedonist and self-congratulatory. They're SO easy to please it's a shame. No wonder why ppl hates Otakus today more than ever.

Mar 10, 2016 12:18 AM by Nato__Ren

Part of me wants an English version of the new Zero no Tsukaima novel, the other part hopes I never see nor hear anything not written by Yamaaguchi-sensei, rest his blessed writing gift.

Mar 10, 2016 12:11 AM by Ahoy_NATO

Flower Knight Girl...I really like the cover. PTR

Mar 9, 2016 10:51 PM by Xenocrisi

Ejc said:
Weekly Light Novel Series
*2 21,830 灰と幻想のグリムガル


Grimgar still selling 20k total per week. I wonder how long this will last.

Mar 9, 2016 10:33 PM by AP24

Go Kono Suba and Megumin.

Mar 9, 2016 10:06 PM by Zapredon

Where's my 4 billion yen, inter-dimensional room and cute blonde? it's not fair :'(

Mar 9, 2016 6:45 PM by ichii_1