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Japan's Weekly Light Novel Rankings for Apr 11 - 17

by Snow
Apr 20, 2016 1:24 PM | 47 Comments
Here are the weekly light novel rankings for April 11 - 17

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

*1. 97,381 172,245 Sword Art Online Vol.17
*2. 35,054 *64,993 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Vol.15
*3. 19,804 *19,804 Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry Vol.10
*4. 12,360 *74,260 Movie Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Sotsugyou-hen
*5. 12,163 *60,858 Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu Vol.4 "Koi-iro ni Sake"
*6. 11,338 *21,418 Netgame no Yome wa Onna no Ko ja Nai to Omotta? Vol.10
*7. 10,828 *21,602 Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon Vol.22
*8. *6,537 *69,639 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.1
*9. *6,413 **6,413 Meitantei Conan: Junkoku no Nightmare
10. *6,282 *24,190 Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku Vol.7

11. *5,479 *10,303 Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho Vol.6
12. *5,299 *10,602 Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin Vol.9
13. *5,295 **5,295 Kujibiki Tokushou:Musou Harem-ken Vol.1
14. *5,144 *45,902 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.2
15. *5,074 **5,074 Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de Vol.11
16. *4,998 **9,355 Tenshi no 3P! Vol.7
17. *4,968 *14,405 Zutto Mae kara Suki deshita.: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai
18. *4,766 **8,628 Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo Vol.2
19. *4,695 **4,695 Jinrou e no Tensei, Maou no Fukukan Vol.3
20. *4,489 *83,869 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.8

21. *4,467 *23,639 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Koro-tan - Toite Minitsuku! Bunpou no Jikan
22. *3,925 **3,925 Isekai Monster Breeder Vol.1
23. *3,684 *19,612 Boku no Hero Academia Vol.1
24. *2,741 **2,741 Hersherik: Tensei Ouji to Urei no Taikoku
25. *2,658 **2,658 Tensei Kyuuketsuki-san wa Ohirune ga Shitai Vol.1
26. *2,580 **8,225 Koushaku Reijou no Tashinami Vol.2

Separated by Specific Ranking
Bunko
*1. 97,381 172,245 Sword Art Online Vol.17
*3. 35,054 *64,993 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Vol.15
*5. 19,804 *19,804 Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry Vol.10
12. 12,163 *60,858 Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu Vol.4 "Koi-iro ni Sake"
13. 11,338 *21,418 Netgame no Yome wa Onna no Ko ja Nai to Omotta? Vol.10
15. 10,828 *21,602 Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon Vol.22
32. *6,537 *69,639 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.1
39. *5,479 *10,303 Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho Vol.6
41. *5,299 *10,602 Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin Vol.9
42. *5,295 **5,295 Kujibiki Tokushou:Musou Harem-ken Vol.1

46. *5,074 **5,074 Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de Vol.11
45. *5,144 *45,902 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.2
48. *4,998 **9,355 Tenshi no 3P! Vol.7
(cut-off 4,868)


Book
*2. 47,308 *47,308 TYPE-MOON Ace Vol.11
10. 12,360 *74,260 Movie Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Sotsugyou-hen
27. *6,413 **6,413 Meitantei Conan: Junkoku no Nightmare
29. *6,282 *24,190 Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku Vol.7
42. *5,412 **5,412 Meitantei Conan: 20 Years Cinema Guide
47. *4,968 *14,405 Zutto Mae kara Suki deshita.: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai
(cut-off 4,901)


Literature Books Genre (duplicates removed)
*9. *4,695 **4,695 Jinrou e no Tensei, Maou no Fukukan Vol.3
10. *4,467 *23,639 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Koro-tan - Toite Minitsuku! Bunpou no Jikan
12. *3,925 **3,925 Isekai Monster Breeder Vol.1
13. *3,684 *19,612 Boku no Hero Academia Vol.1
15. *2,741 **2,741 Hersherik: Tensei Ouji to Urei no Taikoku
17. *2,658 **2,658 Tensei Kyuuketsuki-san wa Ohirune ga Shitai Vol.1
18. *2,580 **8,225 Koushaku Reijou no Tashinami Vol.2
(cut-off 2,514)

Source: Oricon Youtaijou

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The first two are a little similar, but the third one isn't really.

"kara" basically just means "from" and that's the only word that connects the titles of all three...

Apr 26, 2016 11:19 AM by kuuderes_shadow

I noticed the similarities of the names below:
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Jan 23 2014)
Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (Feb 8 2014)
Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku (Mar 17 2014)

Are those kinds of naming that popular in LN?

Apr 26, 2016 9:49 AM by crx07

Well, from what I found the two versions of Hundred Vol 10 together sold around 4k or 5k. All volumes together only sold about 10k this week so looks like the LN got very little boost from the anime.

Apr 24, 2016 8:16 AM by AP24

AP24 said:
According to a tweet from someone at GA Bunko editorial department, Rakudai Vol 10 sales were good and so reprints had already been ordered.

Hundred didn't even rank and yet Inou Battle did.


As I already said, Hundred had 2 versions, which would have split the sales. Although it didn't have the >1 year gap between volumes that Inou-Battle had.

Inou-Battle sales:
vol 1-7 unranked.
Anime started airing a week before vol 8 came out.
vol 8: 6179 in what should have been 6 days but some sales were made in the previous week
vol 9 - 4385 in 3 days
vol 10 - didn't rank because it had 2 versions
vol 11 - 5074 in 3 days

Hundred sales:
vol 1 - 9302 in 4 days
vol 2 - 7590 in ?3 days?
vols 3 and 4 didn't rank
vol 5 - 6222 in 4 days
vol 6 onwards didn't rank. vols 7, 8 and 10 all had two versions.

Apr 24, 2016 4:02 AM by kuuderes_shadow

According to a tweet from someone at GA Bunko editorial department, Rakudai Vol 10 sales were good and so reprints had already been ordered.

Hundred didn't even rank and yet Inou Battle did.

Apr 24, 2016 3:00 AM by AP24

Well at least it is nice to see Inou-Battle and Rakudai on here.

Apr 23, 2016 12:10 PM by scythefrogger

It's good to see Re:Zero boosted a bit, not as much as KonoSuba's hype though.

I wonder if the rank stopped at volume 2 because people can't go through that volume 4....

At least I get to see KonoSuba ranked again! Yay~

Apr 23, 2016 1:53 AM by DarklordVor

Well pretty much no point of comparing Gakusen and Rakudai, as both go different route.

Everyone preference is different, you think Gakusen is bad doesn't mean everyone will also think its bad. Especially the taste of japanese fans are even way more different than ours. Or some read both of the series also, like me(i have too much free time).

Either way when both the series, new volume released, sure will have some sales in 2 or 3 weeks, then slowly decline in sale. Unlike those high popularity light novels (~*.*)~

Apr 21, 2016 6:45 AM by valvravetruth

^For which read "I don't like fantasy/battle LNs so therefore they must be awful"

It's certainly true, though, that there is very little correlation between quality and sales. This is true for just about any entertainment medium, and can be demonstrated quite easily without delving into the highly subjective nature of what makes something a quality series.

For example, if a light novel gets a high profile adaptation, be it anime, live action or whatever, of if the another of the author's works becomes a big hit, then the demand for the series will go up. But yet the quality hasn't changed, as not a single word of the series has changed in terms of content (and nor, usually, have the illustrations, the paper used or whatever other measure of quality you wish to use). This alone is sufficient to demonstrate the point.

Apr 21, 2016 6:21 AM by kuuderes_shadow

harkan said:
LoneWizard said:
*Implying adaptation quality is related to sales* =_=

It that was the case at least half of the fantasy/battle adaptations wouldnt even sell 1k...


No i was talking about the Novels not really anything to do with the anime
*Implying LN quality has anything to do with sales*

It that was the case at least half of the fantasy/battle LNs wouldnt even sell 1k...

Apr 21, 2016 5:04 AM by LoneWizzy

LoneWizard said:
harkan said:
Rakudai with just 19k with how much people told me it was better than Gakusen its sales aren't that much better...
*Implying adaptation quality is related to sales* =_=

It that was the case at least half of the fantasy/battle adaptations wouldnt even sell 1k...


No i was talking about the Novels not really anything to do with the anime

Apr 21, 2016 5:03 AM by harkan

harkan said:
Rakudai with just 19k with how much people told me it was better than Gakusen its sales aren't that much better...
*Implying adaptation quality is related to sales* =_=

It that was the case at least half of the fantasy/battle adaptations wouldnt even sell 1k...

Apr 21, 2016 4:59 AM by LoneWizzy

Happy that re:zero is getting a boost.

Apr 21, 2016 3:52 AM by G_Spark233

Other things on the bunko rankings that might be of interest:
20. 9,270 Seirei no Moribito
21. 8,664 Yami no Moribito
30. 6,857 Yume no Moribito
36. 5,575 Kokuu no Tabibito
47. 5,002 Kami no Moribito part 1
50. 4,868 Kami no Moribito part 2

Apr 21, 2016 2:45 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Light Novel Series
*1 107,475 ソードアート・オンライン
*2 *35,672 新約 とある魔術の禁書目録
*3 *31,651 ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?
*4 *30,257 この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!
*5 *29,540 Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活
*6 *21,534 落第騎士の英雄譚(キャバルリィ)
*7 *14,201 映画 暗殺教室
*8 *12,163 告白予行練習 短編集
*9 *10,836 ハンドレッド
10 *10,828 GENESISシリーズ 境界線上のホライゾン

Apr 21, 2016 1:50 AM by Ejc

Re:Zero and Netgame getting them boost. Nice.

Apr 20, 2016 11:37 PM by Reverberate

*3. 19,804 *19,804 Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry Vol.10 (14th-17th Apr, 4 days)

*5. 18,275 *18,275 Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry Vol.8 (14th-18th Oct, 5 days)

If it weren't for those big series from Dengeki Bunko, Rakudai would have ranked first. It seems Rakudai gained some more readers after the anime finished airing. I was worried that a number of people would drop this series because of what happened at the end of Vol 9.

From what I found Rakudai Vol 10 is also one of the highest ranking digital LN sales for the week. Too bad Oricon doesn't record digital sales because it's possible digital sales is as good or even better than paperback sales.

The anime boosted LN sales and there is still room for improvements. They really should make more anime so that LN sales can improve further. Hopefully we can see that scene from Vol 9 animated.

Apr 20, 2016 11:01 PM by AP24

SAO, Index, and Rakudai at the top? Nice! Don't worry, Onii-Sama will be back at the top one vol 20 releases in May.

Also to note, Kono Suba cooling down a bit this week with only one novel in the rankings and Re:Zero already getting a huge anime boost.

Apr 20, 2016 10:55 PM by -Mahesvara

harkan said:
ichii_1 said:
Another isekai gem, ANIME NOW! :'(
12. *3,925 **3,925 Isekai Monster Breeder Vol.1



Oh god :O
Is it 1 day of sales or something?
Hope the anime atleast sells 3K so it's not a disaster :'(


Pretty sure it was released in the 14th/15th like Rakudai(same publisher after all)


@ichii_1
Yes, it's the same label and thus release date as Rakudai, Kujibiki Tokushou and Inou-Battle, which means that it had 3 days of sales. However it's worth noting that that's just the RE. It also had a LE which came with a drama CD. On the one hand this means that the latter didn't even get in the top 500 (it's only ranking anywhere was on the daily POS ranks for bunko only on release date, in which it came 492nd), but on the other it would have predated upon some of the sales for the RE release, so the actual sales figure for the volume would be slightly higher than indicated by that POS rank.

Apr 20, 2016 10:49 PM by kuuderes_shadow

Series rankings from Oricon website:
1. Sword Art Online
2. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index
3. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta?
4. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
5. Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
6. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
7. Kokuhaku Yokou-Renshuu
8. Eiga Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
9. Hundred
10. Genesis Series: Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon
11. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
12. Bungou Stray Dogs
13. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu Novelisation
14. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spin-off
15. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
16. Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
17. Ore wo Suki Nano wa Omae Dake ka yo
18. Zero Kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho
19. Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin
20. Kujibiki Tokushou: Musou Harem-ken

Source: Oricon website

@hpulley - The series rankings usually aren't up until after I go to bed. So I just post them first thing in the morning instead.

Apr 20, 2016 10:39 PM by kuuderes_shadow