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Japan's Weekly Light Novel Rankings for Mar 28 - Apr 3

by Snow
Apr 6, 2016 1:04 PM | 35 Comments
Here are the weekly light novel rankings for March 28 - April 3

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

*1. 27,197 *44,598 Movie Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Sotsugyou-hen
*2. 24,403 *24,403 Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu Vol.4 "Koi-iro ni Sake"
*3. 20,527 *20,527 Knights & Magic Vol.6
*4. 14,481 *14,481 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spin-off: Kono Kamen no Akuma ni Soudan wo!
*5. 13,312 *13,312 World Order Vol.3
*6. 10,363 *10,363 Next Life Vol.9
*7. *9,819 174,135 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.19
*8. *9,293 *54,973 Date A Live Vol.14
*9. *9,217 *26,137 Kidou Senshi Gundam Unicorn Vol.11
10. *8,426 *34,085 Madan no Ou to Vanadis Vol.14

11. *7,645 **7,645 Boku dake ga Inai Machi: Another Record
12. *7,558 **7,558 Saiunkoku Monogatari "Gaikotsu wo Kou" Part 1
13. *7,095 **7,095 Takumi-kun Series Kanzenban Vol.2
14. *6,644 *22,299 Gakusen Toshi Asterisk Vol.10
15. *6,427 **6,427 Bocchi Tenseiki Vol.2
16. *6,403 **6,403 Comic Opera: Fujimi 2-choume Koukyougakudan Series Gaiden
17. *6,373 **6,373 Isekai no Meikyuu Toshi de Chiyu Mahoutsukai Yattemasu Vol.4
18. *6,046 *41,475 High School DxD Vol.21
19. *5,503 **5,503 Isekai Shoukan wa Nidome desu Vol.2
20. *5,407 **5,407 Kou-1 desu ga Isekai de Joushu Hajimemashita Vol.8

21. *3,998 *16,990 Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu Vol.8.5
22. *3,997 *18,616 Orange Vol.3
23. *3,598 **3,598 Maou ni Nattara Ryouchi ga Mujintou datta Vol.1
24. *3,588 **3,588 Eh? Heibon desu yo?? Vol.6
25. *3,493 *11,329 Ao Oni: Mujuu-hen

Separated by Specific Ranking
Bunko
*3. 24,403 *24,403 Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu Vol.4 "Koi-iro ni Sake"
*4. 20,527 *20,527 Knights & Magic Vol.6
*6. 14,481 *14,481 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spin-off: Kono Kamen no Akuma ni Soudan wo!
*8. 13,312 *13,312 World Order Vol.3
12. 10,363 *10,363 Next Life Vol.9
15. *9,819 174,135 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.19
16. *9,293 *54,973 Date A Live Vol.14
20. *8,426 *34,085 Madan no Ou to Vanadis Vol.14
25. *7,558 **7,558 Saiunkoku Monogatari "Gaikotsu wo Kou" Part 1
30. *7,095 **7,095 Takumi-kun Series Kanzenban Vol.2

32. *6,644 *22,299 Gakusen Toshi Asterisk Vol.10
34. *6,427 **6,427 Bocchi Tenseiki Vol.2
35. *6,403 **6,403 Comic Opera: Fujimi 2-choume Koukyougakudan Series Gaiden
36. *6,373 **6,373 Isekai no Meikyuu Toshi de Chiyu Mahoutsukai Yattemasu Vol.4
39. *6,046 *41,475 High School DxD Vol.21
48. *5,503 **5,503 Isekai Shoukan wa Nidome desu Vol.2
49. *5,407 **5,407 Kou-1 desu ga Isekai de Joushu Hajimemashita Vol.8
(cut-off 5,371)


Book
*2. 27,197 *44,598 Movie Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Sotsugyou-hen
28. *9,217 *26,137 Kidou Senshi Gundam Unicorn Vol.11
41. *7,645 **7,645 Boku dake ga Inai Machi: Another Record
44. *7,423 299,039 Hyakushou Kizoku Vol.4 (Manga)
(cut-off 6,850)


Literature Books Genre (duplicates removed)
10. *3,998 *16,990 Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu Vol.8.5
11. *3,997 *18,616 Orange Vol.3
16. *3,598 **3,598 Maou ni Nattara Ryouchi ga Mujintou datta Vol.1
17. *3,588 **3,588 Eh? Heibon desu yo?? Vol.6
18. *3,493 *11,329 Ao Oni: Mujuu-hen
(cut-off 2,751)

Source: Oricon Youtaijou

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Any anime boosts wont show much until next week.

A trap mc, hmm :)
*3. 20,527 *20,527 Knights & Magic Vol.6

Apr 7, 2016 8:46 AM by ichii_1

That "boost" in re zero can't even be attributed to the Anime since it aired on the 4th and if you look carefully you will realise that this best selling list doesn't go up to that date
"Here are the weekly light novel rankings for March 28 - April 3"

so yeah...

Apr 7, 2016 8:34 AM by harkan

@kuuderes_shadow You can post them going forward. Thanks!

Apr 7, 2016 7:57 AM by hpulley

This is so far the best list I have seen. Great, finally I have something I can choose from ;)

Apr 7, 2016 7:46 AM by silvermouse581

Kuma said:
thanks for explanation. thats very informative. is asterisk boost good?

Asterisk already had its boost with the first half so it would take something pretty special for a big boost now.
That said, last week vols 1-9 sold 1.9k, whereas this week it was 2 places higher on the series ranking than Gundam Unicorn which sold 9.2k from volume 11 alone (and you could argue that Unicorn should be getting an anime boost as well... I'm not going to include it though as I have no idea what the actual situation with that is), whilst Asterisk 10 sold 6.6k. This means at least 2.6k sales for volumes 1-9 of Asterisk. I would speculate it was fairly close behind Next Life once you factor in any back volume boost for Unicorn and the fact that there was another series between it and Asterisk. This would mean 3.6k backlog sales for Asterisk, roughly double the amount of last week, with the increase probably attributable to the airing of the first episode of the second season.

@hpulley - feel free to. I'm okay with keeping posting the website ones if you don't want to, though, and having them in different posts could potentially reduce confusion.

Apr 7, 2016 7:45 AM by kuuderes_shadow

@kuuderes_shadow @Ejc I can post both going forward unless that would be more confusing rather than less confusing...

Apr 7, 2016 7:34 AM by hpulley

kuuderes_shadow said:
Kuma said:
according to your number #20 post, it sells at least more that 8K because it's above boku dake, and their now volume sell lower at least than 6K (i don't know RE:Zero spesific genre, so i chose highest cut-off). so the rest (around 2-3 K) is pretty much already boost. well, lets see next week ranking, hope it ranked.


Remember we can say boku dake is precisely 7645 - there are no earlier volumes. It's thus perfectly reasonable for Re:Zero to be under 8k.
Anyway, we're probably looking at around 2.5-3k between the first 7 volumes all told, which is about 400 per volume. Of that, 200 might be the bump from a new volume coming out and 100 might be the background sales rate, giving a bump of about 100 sales per volume in anime boost. That would mean about 700-800 sales in the form of anime boost, which is about 10% of the total sales. The figures in this paragraph are completely made up, of course; even if we had all the sales figures we still wouldn't know the cause. I don't think they're all that unrealistic, though.

Of course, it's also worth considering that the period covered here ends shortly before the anime aired. The sales boosts, if they materialise, will begin in next week's rankings. The only light novel that had begun airing at this point was Asterisk.

On which note, I realise I missed out Asterisk from the POS ranks post above. I'll add that now.
thanks for explanation. thats very informative. is asterisk boost good?

Apr 7, 2016 7:27 AM by Kuma

Kuma said:
kuuderes_shadow said:


Re:Zero volume 7, 6, 5 etc. Every volume has made it on the rankings either in the first or second week. Volume 3 managed both.
according to your number #20 post, it sells at least more that 8K because it's above boku dake, and their now volume sell lower at least than 6K (i don't know RE:Zero spesific genre, so i chose highest cut-off). so the rest (around 2-3 K) is pretty much already boost. well, lets see next week ranking, hope it ranked.


Remember we can say boku dake is precisely 7645 - there are no earlier volumes. It's thus perfectly reasonable for Re:Zero to be under 8k.
Anyway, we're probably looking at around 2.5-3k between the first 7 volumes all told, which is about 400 per volume. Of that, 200 might be the bump from a new volume coming out and 100 might be the background sales rate, giving a bump of about 100 sales per volume in anime boost. That would mean about 700-800 sales in the form of anime boost, which is about 10% of the total sales. The figures in this paragraph are completely made up, of course; even if we had all the sales figures we still wouldn't know the cause. I don't think they're all that unrealistic, though.

Of course, it's also worth considering that the period covered here ends shortly before the anime aired. The sales boosts, if they materialise, will begin in next week's rankings. The only light novel that had begun airing at this point was Asterisk.

On which note, I realise I missed out Asterisk from the POS ranks post above. I'll add that now.

Apr 7, 2016 7:22 AM by kuuderes_shadow

*3. 20,527 *20,527 Knights & Magic Vol.6


Ernesti Echevalier...Adeltrud Walter. Yup. All is normal in the world of light novels.
Not as funny as my favorite name "Wendelin von Benno Baumeister" but nice try Adeltrud.

Apr 7, 2016 5:07 AM by NaturalPerm

kuuderes_shadow said:
Kuma said:
i don't remember RE:ZERO ever on ranking just because their volume release, so it can be on rangking is already pretty glad to hear. kinda like grimgar. except my memories is wrong, so correct me.


Re:Zero volume 7, 6, 5 etc. Every volume has made it on the rankings either in the first or second week. Volume 3 managed both.
according to your number #20 post, it sells at least more that 8K because it's above boku dake, and their now volume sell lower at least than 6K (i don't know RE:Zero spesific genre, so i chose highest cut-off). so the rest (around 2-3 K) is pretty much already boost. well, lets see next week ranking, hope it ranked.

Apr 7, 2016 4:40 AM by Kuma

Kuma said:
kuuderes_shadow said:

That's not anime boost - or at least mostly not. It's the new novel having come out in the previous week.
i don't remember RE:ZERO ever on ranking just because their volume release, so it can be on rangking is already pretty glad to hear. kinda like grimgar. except my memories is wrong, so correct me.


Re:Zero volume 7, 6, 5 etc. Every volume has made it on the rankings either in the first or second week. Volume 3 managed both.

Apr 7, 2016 4:30 AM by kuuderes_shadow

kuuderes_shadow said:
Kuma said:
RE:zero already got boost? that's pretty glad to hear.

That's not anime boost - or at least mostly not. It's the new novel having come out in the previous week.
i don't remember RE:ZERO ever on ranking just because their volume release, so it can be on rangking is already pretty glad to hear. kinda like grimgar. except my memories is wrong, so correct me.

Apr 7, 2016 3:36 AM by Kuma

Kuma said:
RE:zero already got boost? that's pretty glad to hear.

That's not anime boost - or at least mostly not. It's the new novel having come out in the previous week.

Apr 7, 2016 3:30 AM by kuuderes_shadow

RE:zero already got boost? that's pretty glad to hear.

Apr 7, 2016 3:24 AM by Kuma

POS ranks for series with ongoing anime adaptations:

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk:
*84位 学戦都市アスタリスク 10 龍激聖覇 (new last week)

Re:Zero:
285位 Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活8 (new last week)

Winter season leftovers:
KonoSuba:
*35位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!スピンオフ この仮面の悪魔に相談を! (new)
131位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! あぁ、駄女神さま
181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!
168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。
174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~
309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
183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!!
408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
197位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!6 六花の王女
439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
225位 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!7 億千万の花嫁
290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:
230位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.8 そして僕らは明日を待つ (new last week)
357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
402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。
335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
415位 灰と幻想のグリムガル level.4 導き導かれし者たち
488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
500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

Gate:
299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〉
311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:
437位 最弱無敗の神装機竜9

(source: POS via book-rank.net)

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@Ejc - hmm so the betsubai ranking considers Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu volumes to all be the same series yet the group rankings considers this to be different from the previous ones. How bizarre. I guess it's probably not strictly accurate to stick the figures from one set of rankings onto the other (although differences are far from common), but I would certainly hold that both sets of rankings are of interest, albeit in different ways.

(edit: added gakusen toshi asterisk. Sorry I missed it earlier)

Apr 7, 2016 2:03 AM by kuuderes_shadow

@kuuderes_shadow

There are actually 2 different types of rankings given on Oricon Youtaiju:

● 週間ライトノベル作品別売上ランキング
● 週間ライトノベル商品グループ別ランキング

The Oricon website uses the first one, while hpulley has given the second one there. 2ch always gives the second one there, so the one we are most interested in is what hpulley posted.

EDIT: The difference between the two this week is the "短編集". The previous volumes aren't considered "短編集".

3 告白予行練習 短編集 24,403 KADOKAWA
(著)藤谷燈子/(原案)HoneyWorks/(イラスト)ヤマコ

Apr 7, 2016 1:27 AM by Ejc

Oricon weekly series rankings:

*1 33,662 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
*2 24,403 Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu†
*3 29,369 Eiga Ansatsu Kyoushitsu†
*4 22,255 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spinoff
*5 21,780 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
*6 20,527 Knights & Magic
*7 15,294 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
*8 14,097 World Order
*9 10,648 Date A Live
10 10,363 Next Life
11 Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
12 Saiunkoku Monogatari
13 Kidou Senshi Gundam UC
14 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu novelisation
15 Madan no Ou to Vanadis
16 Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
17 Sword Art Online
18 Boku Dake ga Inai Machi ANOTHER RECORD
19 Imouto Sae Ireba Ii.
20 Orange novelisation

†This is the ranking order shown on the website. I'm inclined to believe this to be the right order and the figures to be wrong as I don't believe that none of the earlier volumes of Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu registered a single sale.



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Bunko rankings and weekly sales of other volumes of potential interest in the top 30:

*5. 15,090 Seirei no Moribito
11. 10,473 Haunted Campus: Haru de Oboro de Sakuratsuki
14. *9,867 Yami no Moribito
27. *7,347 Yume no Moribito

(source:oricon website, hpulley's post above for figures for series rankings.

Apr 7, 2016 12:45 AM by kuuderes_shadow

JoksPacifist said:
I am wrong or the "isekai" trend is now in full force ?

You're not wrong, but the week covering the end of the month is always the big one for "isekai" stuff as that's when Hero Bunko's releases come out, and they've been releasing fairly successful isekai series since well before it became a trend and are the closest thing to an isekai specialist label. Monster Bunko also releases at the same time and isekai is a natural companion to their own speciality, so they've taken to a disproportionately large number of isekai releases as well.
Furthermore, Alphapolis seem to have developed an addiction to isekai and also most frequently release stuff at the end of the month.

Apr 7, 2016 12:32 AM by kuuderes_shadow

JoksPacifist said:
I am wrong or the "isekai" trend is now in full force ?


You're not wrong and this trend will soon be in anime too (all these isekai novels getting adaptions)

Apr 6, 2016 4:54 PM by harkan

I am wrong or the "isekai" trend is now in full force ?

Apr 6, 2016 4:51 PM by JoksPacifist