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Japan's Weekly Light Novel Rankings for Mar 7 - 13

by Snow
Mar 16, 2016 2:10 PM | 45 Comments
Here are the weekly light novel rankings for March 7 - 13

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

*1. 110,567 110,567 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.19
*2. *35,139 *35,139 Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Vol.4
*3. *24,796 *24,796 Eromanga-sensei Vol.6
*4. **9,549 **9,549 Fate/Prototype: Sougin no Fragments Vol.4
*5. **9,528 **9,528 Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? Vol.2
*6. **9,193 **9,193 Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note: Youkai PC wa Shitteiru
*7. **9,082 **9,082 Legend Vol.5
*8. **8,498 **8,498 Shin Fortune Quest II Vol.7
*9. **8,149 122,313 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1
10. **7,861 **7,861 Saikyou wo Kojiraseta Level Counter Stop Kenseijo Beatrice no Jakuten Sono Na wa "Buu Buu" Vol.1

11. **7,460 104,299 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.2
12. **7,082 *94,308 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.3
13. **6,594 **6,594 Boogiepop Antithesis: Alternative Ego no Rangyaku
14. **6,538 *84,154 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.4
15. **6,161 *78,356 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.5
16. **5,793 *63,361 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.8
17. **5,775 *72,329 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.6
18. **5,518 *66,330 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.7
19. **4,745 **4,745 Madoushi wa Heibon wo Nozomu Vol.13
20. **4,363 **4,363 Kitakami-ke no Renai Shinan: Chounan-hen

21. **4,161 **4,161 Hidarikiki Datta kara Isekai ni Tsureteikareta Vol.3
22. **3,395 **3,395 Hyakuma no Aruji Vol.4
23. **3,203 **3,506 Isekai demo Kagiya-san Vol.2
24. **3,034 *10,714 Soul Catcher(S): Interlude

Separated by Specific Ranking
Bunko
*1. 110,567 110,567 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.19
*5. *35,139 *35,139 Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Vol.4
*7. *24,796 *24,796 Eromanga-sensei Vol.6
17. **8,498 **8,498 Shin Fortune Quest II Vol.7
18. **8,149 122,313 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1
20. **7,861 **7,861 Saikyou wo Kojiraseta Level Counter Stop Kenseijo Beatrice no Jakuten Sono Na wa "Buu Buu" Vol.1
22. **7,460 104,299 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.2
24. **7,082 *94,308 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.3
26. **6,594 **6,594 Boogiepop Antithesis: Alternative Ego no Rangyaku
27. **6,538 *84,154 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.4

29. **6,161 *78,356 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.5
31. **5,793 *63,361 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.8
32. **5,775 *72,329 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.6
34. **5,518 *66,330 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.7
48. **4,363 **4,363 Kitakami-ke no Renai Shinan: Chounan-hen
(cut-off 4,256)


Book
*2. *28,985 265,171 Hyakushou Kizoku Vol.4 (Manga)
18. **9,549 **9,549 Fate/Prototype: Sougin no Fragments Vol.4
19. **9,528 **9,528 Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? Vol.2
20. **9,193 **9,193 Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note: Youkai PC wa Shitteiru
22. **9,082 **9,082 Legend Vol.5
(cut-off 5,539)


Literature Books Genre (duplicates removed)
*8. **4,745 **4,745 Madoushi wa Heibon wo Nozomu Vol.13
10. **4,161 **4,161 Hidarikiki Datta kara Isekai ni Tsureteikareta Vol.3
11. **3,988 **3,988 Gekijouban Psycho-Pass
13. **3,395 **3,395 Hyakuma no Aruji Vol.4
16. **3,203 **3,506 Isekai demo Kagiya-san Vol.2
17. **3,034 *10,714 Soul Catcher(S): Interlude
(cut-off 2,727)

Source: Oricon Youtaijou

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Kono Subarashi with crazy boost. This kind of make me want to watch the anime, but I'll probably end up disappointed since japanese people have weird taste

Mar 20, 2016 1:11 PM by Zidane10

Zefyris said:
that was programmed from the start as a two cours separated in time.
If you knew how Kadokawa works and followed KonoSuba performance you would know S2 wasn't planned. KonoSuba was handled differently than usual split cours. OVA is planned for June and S2 will come out in Fall at earliest, more likely later. That's not a split cour. Split cour is when S2 is already being made before S1 finishes airing and there's just one cour of break between them.

Official confirmation hpulley linked ultimately proves that but it should have been obvious anyway.

Mar 17, 2016 12:48 PM by Progeusz

Tenryuu1 said:
Zefyris said:
"selling well after an anime" logically means that the anime boost is still strong, and that therefore doing a whole second season has very little interest for the publisher as long as the sales don't go down significantly.
Better wait more to have it more useful.
Anime is an advertisement; what's the point of an advertisement if it doesn't brings you enough new customers ?


Hmm, me is it clear that anime ads are, but how much costumers needs still Mahouka? - The fan-base of Mahouka is already very strong and enough, that the producers actually moving would for the next level (season 2)...>_>
With 110K wk1 light novel sales I agree Mahouka needs no more ads. But I was also arguing that KonoSuba doesn't need S2 either as S2 rarely increases the readership.

Both may have enough anime sales to warrant a second season just for some profit due to disc sales alone. For some reason it seems KonoSuba's production committee said yes to S2 while Mahouka's just said yes to a movie (so far, anyway). Go figure...

Mar 17, 2016 11:38 AM by hpulley

Zefyris said:
"selling well after an anime" logically means that the anime boost is still strong, and that therefore doing a whole second season has very little interest for the publisher as long as the sales don't go down significantly.
Better wait more to have it more useful.
Anime is an advertisement; what's the point of an advertisement if it doesn't brings you enough new customers ?


Hmm, me is it clear that anime ads are, but how much costumers needs still Mahouka? - The fan-base of Mahouka is already very strong and enough, that the producers actually moving would for the next level (season 2)...>_>

Mar 17, 2016 10:51 AM by Tenryuu1

From symbv: It's in her own blog entry:
http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fnatsumeakatsuki.blog.fc2.com%2Fblog-entry-66.html&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNF2btZr5ADctND_x2LnwVy1L_9d8g

The audio commentary in V1 says "season 2 please!" and she apologized for it being out of date as they didn't know they were getting S2 when they made the commentary and V1. It was a recent enough decision that they couldn't correct it in time to print V1 without a delay.

Mar 17, 2016 6:31 AM by hpulley

eromangasensei said:
-ShadowClaw- said:


They do..but not when those scenes are critical to continue the story forward...the fact they decided to cut them out...they will have real difficulty for anime viewers to make things they will show later much sense unless you read the LN Material. they would just think it came out of nowhere and make it full of plot holes.


there's currently an article on Yaraon saying that konosuba s2 was a hastily made decision from the producers (something something even the author wasnt notified of s2 till few days ago something something)

google translate link - https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&nv=1&prev=_m&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://yaraon-blog.com/archives/80873&usg=ALkJrhi_wPyNGME4G_CoP7vg-S68ZnGyGQ


Yep..those are the sources i was talking about....as well as a few blog posts on Japanese forums about the author gotten a call from them to hastily finalize it for approval before production could officially begin (don't ask me which forum as i got this from a friend who speaks jap)

Mar 17, 2016 5:55 AM by -ShadowClaw-

-ShadowClaw- said:
Zefyris said:

They always do that anyway in anime.


They do..but not when those scenes are critical to continue the story forward...the fact they decided to cut them out...they will have real difficulty for anime viewers to make things they will show later much sense unless you read the LN Material. they would just think it came out of nowhere and make it full of plot holes.


there's currently an article on Yaraon saying that konosuba s2 was a hastily made decision from the producers (something something even the author wasnt notified of s2 till few days ago something something)

google translate link - https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&nv=1&prev=_m&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://yaraon-blog.com/archives/80873&usg=ALkJrhi_wPyNGME4G_CoP7vg-S68ZnGyGQ

Mar 17, 2016 5:44 AM by JetNoir

Zefyris said:
Z4k said:

I still disagree. If you had read the novel and watched the last few episode, you'd know they weren't expecting another season since they changed certain scenes and cut some subplots that were relevant for the continuation of the series.

Also like @-ShadowClaw- says, there's still no release date for s2.

They always do that anyway in anime.


They do..but not when those scenes are critical to continue the story forward...the fact they decided to cut them out...they will have real difficulty for anime viewers to make things they will show later much sense unless you read the LN Material. they would just think it came out of nowhere and make it full of plot holes.

Mar 17, 2016 5:29 AM by -ShadowClaw-

Zefyris said:
Z4k said:

I still disagree. If you had read the novel and watched the last few episode, you'd know they weren't expecting another season since they changed certain scenes and cut some subplots that were relevant for the continuation of the series.

Also like @-ShadowClaw- says, there's still no release date for s2.

They always do that anyway in anime.

Yeah when a sequel isn't planned already.

Mar 17, 2016 5:29 AM by Z4k

Z4k said:
Zefyris said:

VAs aren't part of
-the studio
-the publisher.
No real reason for them to know anything before it's officially announced.

I still disagree. If you had read the novel and watched the last few episode, you'd know they weren't expecting another season since they changed certain scenes and cut some subplots that were relevant for the continuation of the series.

Also like @-ShadowClaw- says, there's still no release date for s2.

They always do that anyway in anime.

Mar 17, 2016 5:23 AM by Zefyris

Zefyris said:
Z4k said:

Not really. Even the VAs were shocked when they heard the announcement so it wasn't already planned.

VAs aren't part of
-the studio
-the publisher.
No real reason for them to know anything before it's officially announced.

I still disagree. If you had read the novel and watched the last few episode, you'd know they weren't expecting another season since they changed certain scenes and cut some subplots that were relevant for the continuation of the series.

Also like @-ShadowClaw- said, there's still no release date for s2.

Mar 17, 2016 5:20 AM by Z4k

Z4k said:
Zefyris said:

that was programmed from the start as a two cours separated in time.
It's a similar case as many other titles. That's because it's far safer (and cost less)to do it that way than having a two cours season right away. When you see a series announcing its sequel right with the last episode, that "sequel" was already planned right from the start. It's less of a season 2 than the second half of the first season.

Not really. Even the VAs were shocked when they heard the announcement so it wasn't already planned.


It wasnt planned...you can tell just by the episode count at only 10 and the low budget animation as well as no actual release date at the end of the s2 announcement. Most split cours show have an episode count of around 12 to 13 episodes and already esyablished release date with a fixed time slot for it to air.

The Thing is that it has already been mentioned that the sheer amount of reception for the series has been way above for-cased projections that the producers decided to cash in on the heightened demand for it. The LN boost has skyrocket with huge amount selling every week ( you can tell from the above list).

Not to mention the overall reception from it from both its japanese and outside fanbase are large and the pre-order sales for it are high..actually the highest for a non-sequal/franchise title of the entire winter...so of coursethey took it in as a sign to make more anime.

Especially since DEEN itself has been struggling to sell any decent title these last few years..so it is not surprising..and no whatever you are going to say it wasn't planned as split cour..i know cause i already heard from reliable sources in japan that it was not.

Fantastic news non-the less and very glad the LN and Anime are selling well..i hope it keeps up.

Mar 17, 2016 5:20 AM by -ShadowClaw-

Darklight0303 said:
Zefyris said:

"selling well after an anime" logically means that the anime boost is still strong, and that therefore doing a whole second season has very little interest for the publisher as long as the sales don't go down significantly.
Better wait more to have it more useful.
Anime is an advertisement; what's the point of an advertisement if it doesn't brings you enough new customers ?


And yet KonoSuba is getting season 2


I'm not sure I subscribe to the "selling well post-anime means it is less likely to get another season" theory - although it certainly doesn't mean that it will get one.

But it's worth pointing out that KonoSuba's sales as reported in this week's thread (and next week's for that matter) are not post-anime.

Mar 17, 2016 5:14 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Z4k said:
Zefyris said:

that was programmed from the start as a two cours separated in time.
It's a similar case as many other titles. That's because it's far safer (and cost less)to do it that way than having a two cours season right away. When you see a series announcing its sequel right with the last episode, that "sequel" was already planned right from the start. It's less of a season 2 than the second half of the first season.

Not really. Even the VAs were shocked when they heard the announcement so it wasn't already planned.

VAs aren't part of
-the studio
-the publisher.
No real reason for them to know anything before it's officially announced.

Mar 17, 2016 5:12 AM by Zefyris

Zefyris said:
Darklight0303 said:


And yet KonoSuba is getting season 2

that was programmed from the start as a two cours separated in time.
It's a similar case as many other titles. That's because it's far safer (and cost less)to do it that way than having a two cours season right away. When you see a series announcing its sequel right with the last episode, that "sequel" was already planned right from the start. It's less of a season 2 than the second half of the first season.

Not really. Even the VAs were shocked when they heard the announcement so it wasn't already planned.

Mar 17, 2016 5:07 AM by Z4k

Darklight0303 said:
Zefyris said:

"selling well after an anime" logically means that the anime boost is still strong, and that therefore doing a whole second season has very little interest for the publisher as long as the sales don't go down significantly.
Better wait more to have it more useful.
Anime is an advertisement; what's the point of an advertisement if it doesn't brings you enough new customers ?


And yet KonoSuba is getting season 2

that was programmed from the start as a two cours separated in time.
It's a similar case as many other titles. That's because it's far safer (and cost less)to do it that way than having a two cours season right away. When you see a series announcing its sequel right with the last episode, that "sequel" was already planned right from the start. It's less of a season 2 than the second half of the first season.

Mar 17, 2016 5:03 AM by Zefyris

Zefyris said:
Tenryuu1 said:
Fu**!! Even at these sales doesn't get Mahouka the cursed 2nd season? - Man, on what waits still Madhouse - On 1 million copies/month maybe...>_>?!

"selling well after an anime" logically means that the anime boost is still strong, and that therefore doing a whole second season has very little interest for the publisher as long as the sales don't go down significantly.
Better wait more to have it more useful.
Anime is an advertisement; what's the point of an advertisement if it doesn't brings you enough new customers ?


And yet KonoSuba is getting season 2

Mar 17, 2016 4:56 AM by Darklight0303

Tenryuu1 said:
Fu**!! Even at these sales doesn't get Mahouka the cursed 2nd season? - Man, on what waits still Madhouse - On 1 million copies/month maybe...>_>?!

"selling well after an anime" logically means that the anime boost is still strong, and that therefore doing a whole second season has very little interest for the publisher as long as the sales don't go down significantly.
Better wait more to have it more useful.
Anime is an advertisement; what's the point of an advertisement if it doesn't brings you enough new customers ?

Mar 17, 2016 3:10 AM by Zefyris

jesus onii-sama is back and that konosuba sales though.....

Mar 17, 2016 1:31 AM by ultravigo

POS ranks for series with ongoing anime adaptations:

KonoSuba:
*51位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! あぁ、駄女神さま
*58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!
*62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。
*66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~
162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
*76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!!
231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
*86位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!6 六花の王女
245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
*90位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!7 億千万の花嫁
*84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:
197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
242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。
252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
268位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.4 導き導かれし者たち
297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
358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
394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:
*1 117,638 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
*2 *52,476 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
*3 *36,074 Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
*4 *26,397 Eromanga Sensei
*5 *18,905 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
*6 *10,551 Fate/Prototype Sougin no Fragments
*7 **9,757 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spinoff
*8 **9,082 Legend
*9 **8,546 No Game No Life
10 **8,498 Shin Fortune Quest II
11 Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
12 Sword Art Online
13 Saikyuo wo Kojiraseta Level Counter Stop Kenseijo Beatrice no Jakuten Sono Na wa "Buu Buu"
14 Monogatari Series
15 Boogiepop Antithesis
16 Overlord
17 Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu
18 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru
19 Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
20 Madoushi wa Heibon wo Nozomu
(source: Oricon, figures for top 10 taken from hpulley's post above)

Mar 16, 2016 11:12 PM by kuuderes_shadow