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Japan's Weekly Light Novel Rankings for Mar 21 - 27

by Snow
Mar 30, 2016 1:34 PM | 35 Comments
Here are the weekly light novel rankings for March 21 - 27

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

*1. 27,160 *45,680 Date A Live Vol.14
*2. 25,659 *25,659 Madan no Ou to Vanadis Vol.14
*3. 20,648 *35,429 High School DxD Vol.21
*4. 17,401 *17,401 Movie Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Sotsugyou-hen
*5. 16,920 *16,920 Kidou Senshi Gundam Unicorn Vol.11
*6. 16,237 164,316 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.19
*7. 15,655 *15,655 Gakusen Toshi Asterisk Vol.10
*8. 15,352 *15,352 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Vol.8
*9. 12,992 *12,992 Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu Vol.8.5
10. 12,578 *23,800 Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Girls Side Vol.2

11. 10,334 *24,457 Imouto sae Ireba Ii. Vol.4
12. *9,930 **9,930 Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu Vol.10
13. *9,052 **9,052 Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekakechuu Vol.3
14. *8,922 **8,922 Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen Part 2 Vol.3
15. *7,931 **7,931 Nidome no Jinsei wo Isekai de Vol.9
16. *7,907 *13,889 Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Memory Records
17. *7,798 *15,409 Shin Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki Gaiden: Tenchi Muyou! Vol.13
18. *7,742 *13,308 Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan Vol.9
19. *7,690 **7,690 Shinwa Densetsu no Eiyuu no Isekaitan Vol.4
20. *7,361 **7,361 Sayounara Ryuusei, Konnichiwa Jinsei Vol.5

21. *7,358 137,846 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1
22. *7,292 *11,855 Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri Gaiden Plus Part 1
23. *7,072 *11,848 Konjiki no Word Master: Yuusha Yonin ni Makikomareta Unique Cheat Vol.7
24. *7,021 *55,513 Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Vol.4
25. *7,006 *11,460 Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri Gaiden Plus Part 2
26. *6,978 **6,978 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.8
27. *6,673 *14,619 Orange Vol.3
28. *6,639 107,952 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.3
29. *6,354 117,576 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.2
30. *5,858 **7,836 Ao Oni: Mujuu-hen

31. *5,703 **5,703 Kajishi desu ga Nani ka! Vol.5
32. *5,632 **5,632 Chiyu Mahou no Machigatta Tsukaikata Vol.1
33. *5,254 **5,254 Wortenia Senki Vol.3

Separated by Specific Ranking
Bunko
*3. 27,160 *45,680 Date A Live Vol.14
*4. 25,659 *25,659 Madan no Ou to Vanadis Vol.14
*6. 20,648 *35,429 High School DxD Vol.21
*9. 16,237 164,316 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.19
10. 15,655 *15,655 Gakusen Toshi Asterisk Vol.10
11. 15,352 *15,352 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Vol.8
15. 12,578 *23,800 Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Girls Side Vol.2
18. 10,334 *24,457 Imouto sae Ireba Ii. Vol.4
29. *7,907 *13,889 Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Memory Records
30. *7,798 *15,409 Shin Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki Gaiden: Tenchi Muyou! Vol.13

31. *7,742 *13,308 Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan Vol.9
32. *7,690 **7,690 Shinwa Densetsu no Eiyuu no Isekaitan Vol.4
33. *7,358 137,846 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1
34. *7,292 *11,855 Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri Gaiden Plus Part 1
37. *7,072 *11,848 Konjiki no Word Master: Yuusha Yonin ni Makikomareta Unique Cheat Vol.7
38. *7,021 *55,513 Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Vol.4
39. *7,006 *11,460 Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri Gaiden Plus Part 2
40. *6,978 **6,978 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.8
43. *6,639 107,952 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.3
45. *6,354 117,576 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.2
(cut-off 6,080)


Book
*9. 17,401 *17,401 Movie Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Sotsugyou-hen
10. 16,920 *16,920 Kidou Senshi Gundam Unicorn Vol.11
14. 12,992 *12,992 Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu Vol.8.5
21. 10,661 291,616 Hyakushou Kizoku Vol.4 (Manga)
24. *9,930 **9,930 Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu Vol.10
25. *9,800 **9,800 Cardcaptor Sakura 20th Anniversary Illustrations Collection
29. *9,052 **9,052 Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekakechuu Vol.3
31. *8,922 **8,922 Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen Part 2 Vol.3
36. *7,931 **7,931 Nidome no Jinsei wo Isekai de Vol.9
38. *7,361 **7,361 Sayounara Ryuusei, Konnichiwa Jinsei Vol.5

47. *6,673 *14,619 Orange Vol.3
(cut-off 6,592)


Literature Books Genre (duplicates removed)
13. *5,858 **7,836 Ao Oni: Mujuu-hen
14. *5,703 **5,703 Kajishi desu ga Nani ka! Vol.5
16. *5,632 **5,632 Chiyu Mahou no Machigatta Tsukaikata Vol.1
17. *5,254 **5,254 Wortenia Senki Vol.3
(cut-off 4,749)

Source: Oricon Youtaijou

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I think Netoge will probably be the LN to get the biggest boost in Spring.

Apr 1, 2016 7:31 AM by harkan

Funny to see some members are shock at the results of Gakusen Toshiki Asterisk. Considering the anime adaption may be mediocre and constantly bashed by digibro making 10+ videos to brainwash other fans. The light novels are actually pretty good when i read it after watching the anime.

Apr 1, 2016 2:38 AM by valvravetruth

DarklordVor said:
Date A Live is still strong as ever. Glad they make it on top this week. Still there's no season 3 announcement :3 I want to see Origami arc animated.

KonoSuba's volume 4-8 is no longer in sight. Well I guess that's to be expected. People need to read volume 1-3 first, so I'm giving them time...

Since Grimgar and Asterisk can sell highly around 15k, what do you guys think KonoSuba volume 9 will sell? Since it's also bundled with the OVA, I can see it be around 20k. Also the Vol.9 bundled OVA is on #1 best seller on the books category in Amazon.co.jp


Hard to say since June is still a long way ago but 20k sales on KonoSuba vol9 would be pretty awful considering what it usually sold like this season.
If it sold tomorrow I'd say easily 40-45k in week 1 standalone without the OVA, but yeah the long time inbetween makes it kinda hard to guess. You could have a PV/date announced for season2 in the same week which could influence the sales, maybe it drops more than people expect if there's silence about it until june, what's the effect of the OVA etc

Mar 31, 2016 1:52 PM by Toadesstern

Mushoku Tensei vol 10 been out since march 25. From then to mar 27 it had already reached nearly 10,000 in cumulative sales. It's not a sudden jump from last volume sale, but it has certainly increased to a significant amount.
I'm very glad the author is getting the financial support from his masterpiece, hopefully the rise in numbers will encourage him to start on his sequel of MT webnovel soon huhuhuhu.

Mar 31, 2016 12:51 PM by Animatte

Date A Live is still strong as ever. Glad they make it on top this week. Still there's no season 3 announcement :3 I want to see Origami arc animated.

KonoSuba's volume 4-8 is no longer in sight. Well I guess that's to be expected. People need to read volume 1-3 first, so I'm giving them time...

Since Grimgar and Asterisk can sell highly around 15k, what do you guys think KonoSuba volume 9 will sell? Since it's also bundled with the OVA, I can see it be around 20k. Also the Vol.9 bundled OVA is on #1 best seller on the books category in Amazon.co.jp

Mar 31, 2016 11:46 AM by DarklordVor

Deym the Konosuba creators are now swimming in money atm

Mar 31, 2016 8:54 AM by Mizunashi

FallenDesire said:
Fab to see Date A Live, Vanadis and DxD as the top 3, all selling very well. Also wasn't aware there was a new Gundam Unicorn volume out, will be interesting to see what it contains as the series ended well.

Some KonoSuba volumes still hanging around post anime is good to see.Expecting them to drop off in the next couple of weeks.

Really hope Imouto sae Ireba Ii gets an anime someday, sounds like just my type of series. Already has fantastic sales though.


honestly konosuba didn't even drop that much, it's just that this week is really, really stacked with everything else.
Last week KonoSuba was 49.5k total, this week it's 46.9k. Sure that's a drop and it's going to keep going down like that (until S2 hits!) but the drop is pretty slow and stable. It just got spammed out of the top-X lists by all those high-profile first-week or 2nd-week sales in the top. It still pretty much sold the same by itself

Mar 31, 2016 6:48 AM by Toadesstern

Date a Live going strong~

Also, really glad to see Grimgar up there in the top 10.

Mar 31, 2016 4:56 AM by Reverberate

Meanwhile I am still waiting for the English release of the Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 04 and Sword Art Online 07 Novels..

Mar 31, 2016 3:17 AM by Lobke

WhiteFlamee said:
*1. 27,160 *45,680 Date A Live Vol.14

YES!!!!!!!!


Highschool DXD is ending soon i think


The final arc starts next but it won't end soon. He said he wanted to make at least 1 more volume per girl. The final arc will probably be the longest yet and the possibilities of prequels and sequels are there as well (SlashDog continuation, Sirzechs prequel interest that he mentioned in one of the afterwords I think, EX continuation with Issei's children as the main characters, etc).

Mar 31, 2016 1:16 AM by Meatfeast

Some others from the top 30 bunko that people might be interested in: (sales figures just for this week)
*8. 18,363 Seirei no Moribito
19. 10,248 Yami no Moribito
28. *7,936 Yume no Moribito

This boost is likely due to a TV drama that began airing on the evening of the 19th.

Mar 31, 2016 12:55 AM by kuuderes_shadow

POS rankings for series with anime adaptations:

Spring Season:
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk: (new volume)
*31位 学戦都市アスタリスク 10 龍激聖覇

Re:Zero: (new volume)
147位 Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活8

Winter Season:
KonoSuba:
*91位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! あぁ、駄女神さま
117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!
114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。
131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~
254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
145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!!
342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
159位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!6 六花の王女
420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
189位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!7 億千万の花嫁
211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: (vol 8 is new)
*33位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.8 そして僕らは明日を待つ
421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
468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。
486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
500位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.4 導き導かれし者たち

Gate:
*88位 ゲート外伝+ 〈上〉 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり 〈特地迷宮攻略編〉
*95位 ゲート外伝+ 〈下〉 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり 〈特地迷宮攻略編〉

Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut: (new volume)
213位 最弱無敗の神装機竜9

(source: POS via book-rank.net)

Oricon Series rankings:
*1. 46,871 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
*2. 30,033 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
*3. 28,397 Date A Live
*4. 25,903 Madan no Ou to Vanadis
*5. 22,276 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
*6. 20,842 Highschool DxD
*7. 20,106 Eiga Ansatsu Kyoushitsu Novelisation
*8. 17,571 Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
*9. 16,920 Kidou Senshi Gundam UC
10. 16,600 Imouto Sae Ireba Ii.
11. Gate Jieitai Kanochi Nite, Kaku Tatakaeri Gaiden+
12. Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu Bangai-hen
13. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Girls Side
14. Mushoku Tensei ~Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu~
15. Saijaku Muhai no Bahamurt
16. Orange Noveliseation
17. Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
18. Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekakechuu
19. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spin-off
20. Sword Art Online

(source: Oricon, above post by @hpulley for figures)

Sword Art Online nearly dropped off there for the first time in forever...

Mar 31, 2016 12:42 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Fappa said:
bobzanny said:
Mushoku Tensei <3. Really hope that gets an adaptation soon.

Hopefully Re:Zero gets a boost from the anime this season.


I really hope so too, no I'm almost sure it will.

But still, I see it as somewhat of a success that Re:Zero manages to be in this ranking where the majority of the light novels have already one or several anime adaptation ( advertisement ).

Well considering that Re:Zero isn't really a moe blob/full harem LN and isn't centered in HS, it's doing pretty well with not much publicity.

Mar 30, 2016 9:49 PM by bobzanny

bobzanny said:
Mushoku Tensei <3. Really hope that gets an adaptation soon.

Hopefully Re:Zero gets a boost from the anime this season.


I really hope so too, no I'm almost sure it will.

But still, I see it as somewhat of a success that Re:Zero manages to be in this ranking where the majority of the light novels have already one or several anime adaptation ( advertisement ).

Mar 30, 2016 9:39 PM by Fappa

Mushoku Tensei <3. Really hope that gets an adaptation soon.

Hopefully Re:Zero gets a boost from the anime this season.

Mar 30, 2016 7:05 PM by bobzanny

Date A Live and High School DxD can still get more seasons because their LN are still selling well and their anime BD/DVD sold well.

Madan won't get another season because the LN sales before and after the anime are pretty much almost the same and the anime BD/DVD sales were just around 3k per volume average.

Mar 30, 2016 6:35 PM by AP24

Mushoku Tensei :D

Mar 30, 2016 6:19 PM by Prog_upworks13

Glad to see Onii-sama, Issei-senpai and Mr.Princess doing well.

Mar 30, 2016 5:23 PM by Umineko

Top 10 weekly light novel series

1 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 46,871
2 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar 30,033
3 Date a Live 28,397
4 Madan no Ou to Vanadis 25,903
5 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 22,276
6 High School DxD 20,842
7 Movie Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 20,106
8 Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 17,571
9 Kidou Senshi Gundam Unicorn 16,920
10 Imouto sae Ireba Ii. 16,600

Mar 30, 2016 4:56 PM by hpulley

Grimgal ganbarou!

Mar 30, 2016 3:46 PM by Paulo27