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'Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!' 2017 Rankings Revealed

by Snow
Nov 21, 2016 7:36 AM | 66 Comments
The "Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!" (This Light Novel is Amazing!) guidebook has revealed its annual light novel rankings for 2017. The list includes the most popular light novels, characters, and illustrators as polled by readers.

Light Novels
*1. Ryuuou no Oshigoto!
*2. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
*3. Toaru Majutsu no Index
*4. Sword Art Online
*5. Goblin Slayer
*6. Melody Lyric Idol Magic
*7. Gamers!
*8. Yowa-Chara Tomozaki-kun
*9. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
10. Kono Koi to, Sono Mirai.

Books
*1. Overlord
*2. Monogatari Series
*3. Kumo desu ga, Nani ka?
*4. Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu
*5. Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen
*6. Ninja Slayer Series
*7. Kyuuketsuki ni Natta Kimi wa Eien no Ai wo Hajimeru
*8. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
*9. Boukyaku Tantei Series
10. Kono Sekai ga Game da to Ore dake ga Shitteiru

Female Characters
*1. Mikoto Misaka (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
*2. Rem (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
*3. Megumin (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
*4. Asuna Yuuki (Sword Art Online)
*5. Yukino Yukinoshita (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)
*6. Megumi Katou (Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata)
*7. White Queen (Mitou Shoukan://Blood Sign)
*8. Emilia (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
*9. Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
10. Othinus (Toaru Majutsu no Index)

Male Characters
*1. Touma Kamijou (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
*2. Kazuto Kirigaya (Sword Art Online)
*3. Accelerator (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
*4. Subaru Natsuki (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
*5. Hachiman Hikigaya (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)
*6. Kenji Fujikido (Ninja Slayer Series)
*7. Tatsuya Shiba (Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei)
*8. Kazuma Satou (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
*9. Sora (No Game No Life)
10. Kyousuke Shiroyama (Mitou Shoukan://Blood Sign)

Illustrators
*1. Kiyotaka Haimura (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
*2. abec (Sword Art Online)
*3. Kantoku (Imouto sae Ireba Ii.)
*4. Kurone Mishima (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
*5. Warainaku (Ninja Slayer Series)
*6. Ponkan 8 (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)
*7. Kurehito Misaki (Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata)
*8. Shirabi (Ryuuou no Oshigoto!)
*9. Shinichirou Ootsuka (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
10. Saki Ukai (Black Bullet)

Source: Otakomu

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All praise Ainz-sama!

May 20, 2017 8:19 PM by Helios373

Pixxz said:
They sure do like SAO don't they? How could Kirito be ranked so high on best male character? He's so flat.

because alot of fans i guess?
He also got alot of boost from novel,game,and recent movies.

Meanwhile Index still owning year after year despite not having adaptation for years.

Not sure why people fighting rem is the best female characters.

Misaka mikoto have his own Story and been supporting in Index novel for years, Railgun even got novel adaptation announcements few days ago.
I am not sure why Touma could reach up there too, but they're original characters and they're not overpowered or flat.
Same thing to Accelerator which even get his own Manga about his own stories.

Meanwhile Rem is a Main character, good progress, dumped for plot, become like a side character, in a repeating cycle of story.

If theres something that should amaze you then it must be how the hell To Aru Majutsu got top 10 years after years with the same character (sometimes new characters pop up), despite having lower fanbase compared other LN?
and heck anime adaptation was 6 years ago and they're still up there.

May 19, 2017 4:02 AM by Xaelath

They sure do like SAO don't they? How could Kirito be ranked so high on best male character? He's so flat.

Mar 16, 2017 3:31 PM by Pixxz

starlessn1ght said:
kuuderes_shadow said:

@starlessn1ght - they are light novels. The "books" ranking is a new ranking this year which seems to be of series that are not bunkobon releases, some of which weren't previously eligible (but got in the character rankings sometimes anyway). I'll be able to confirm when I receive my copy if noone else has beforehand. I use a slow postage method though so don't expect it for a while yet.


Please mention me when you confirm it.


@starlessn1ght -
Confirmed

Dec 13, 2016 10:06 AM by kuuderes_shadow


Best Male characters Top 10

10位:Kyousuke from Blood Sign

Best female top 10

7位:White Queen


NICE

They ranked despite not having an anime, manga and close to none advertisement outside a few crossover novels.
The Queen is unstoppable.

Dec 1, 2016 6:39 PM by Toshiya_

@Snow

The link for *8. Emilia (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)

is linked to Rem. Just a minor correction to point. Hope you don't mind me.

Nov 23, 2016 5:17 PM by Takashichea

Yohimo_asakura said:

At least no oregairu this year (which is a bit surprising, to be honest)


No volumes released in the year so not eligible.

Nov 23, 2016 10:55 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Index sales dropping off into abyss, index ranking goes up to heavens. LOL fuck this, getting tired of misaka up there, to be honest. Some hardcore fans, no?
At least no oregairu this year (which is a bit surprising, to be honest)

SAO dropped to 4th... sigh, Feels like cactus man
Tho I approve ReZero, Mushoku sensei, gamers and konosuba right there

Oh, also no "New works" ranking this year?

Nov 23, 2016 10:46 AM by Yohimo_asakura

Damn some name i don't know.
And thanks for the answers about the first place.
I was surprised to see Tensei Slime ...
No love for Kumo Desu Ga ? :p
EDIT : I don't know how to read. <_<
Kumo 3rd !

Nov 23, 2016 4:11 AM by ShiroiRyu

DarknessSerpent said:
When was the pole taken? because I don´t believe Rem would have gotten second place if they didn´t take the pole while the anime was airing.


The online part of the poll (which the character rankings is entirely based on) was during September so it started while the anime of Re:Zero was still airing, yes. I very much disagree with your belief, though - Rem is hugely popular and people don't suddenly lose interest in characters after their series' anime adaptation ends.

@daime17 - I'm sure they wouldn't have excluded Rimuru from the male rankings if sufficient people voted for them.

Nov 23, 2016 12:19 AM by kuuderes_shadow

When was the pole taken? because I don´t believe Rem would have gotten second place if they didn´t take the pole while the anime was airing.
On a side note I have never even heard about half those light novels.

Nov 22, 2016 11:27 AM by DarknessSerpent

Rimuru couldn't win because a slime has no gender.

Nov 22, 2016 9:51 AM by daime17

Misaka #1 again, no surprise there.
But rem no. 2? LOL ,that's yukino's place. If only they released yahari vol 12.

Pop_LoL said:
Ermm... i don't understand why misaka mikoto is still in Number one... The anime ended a long long time ago and there are many character better than misaka


so what? this is kono "LIGHT NOVEL" ranking, not some anime poll. And no characters even come close to Misaka's awesomeness.

Nov 22, 2016 5:05 AM by Erika___

There are some interesting synopsis in the Books section, I might at least try a few of them. Also, that a nice-looking Overlord cover.

As for the other lists, nothing worth of notice.

Nov 22, 2016 2:44 AM by Tomislavr7

larethian said:
Ryuuou is about Shogi. It has strong backing by GA bunko in a mixed media project with strong star power in its drama CD, and already 2 years old not 1 year mind you guys. It was also ranked last year at 26 iirc. Like Hikaru no go, it also receives professional counsel and editorial supervision from shogi pros. The protag is a 16-year old title holder, the loli is his first disciple. The master-disciple relationship is somewhat modeled after real-life shogi pros, Yonenaga Kunio and Hayashiba Naoko, who also went into apprenticeship in elementary school and lived with her master. Aside from the protag, his ane-deshi (fellow senior female disciple under the same master) is also a title holder. Blah blah blah...


In this case, it is strange that, there is no spokon tag if this is moe-version Hikari no Go

Nov 22, 2016 2:41 AM by RobertBobert

I am extremely happy that in a poll ReZero bypassed even such popular titles, even if Rem failed to "win" Misaka. Surprisingly only that Mahouka do not hit the list.

Nov 22, 2016 2:32 AM by RobertBobert

TrashDax said:
Releasing a Best of [YEAR] list in mid-November, how stupid is that?


Years starting and ending in mid November is normal in Japan. There's probably some history behind it which I don't know or did but forgot about.

larethian said:
The master-disciple relationship is somewhat modeled after real-life shogi pros, Yonenaga Kunio and Hayashiba Naoko, who also went into apprenticeship in elementary school and lived with her master.


Interesting info. Thanks for that.

Nov 22, 2016 2:00 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Ryuuou is about Shogi. It has strong backing by GA bunko in a mixed media project with strong star power in its drama CD, and already 2 years old not 1 year mind you guys. It was also ranked last year at 26 iirc. Like Hikaru no go, it also receives professional counsel and editorial supervision from shogi pros. The protag is a 16-year old title holder, the loli is his first disciple. The master-disciple relationship is somewhat modeled after real-life shogi pros, Yonenaga Kunio and Hayashiba Naoko, who also went into apprenticeship in elementary school and lived with her master. Aside from the protag, his ane-deshi (fellow senior female disciple under the same master) is also a title holder. Blah blah blah...

Nov 21, 2016 9:07 PM by larethian

OneTrueEmiya said:
LoNNoL said:
that autistic chuuni loli ranked so high

>autistic
>best girl



Re:Zero is overrated, and so is Rem. Megumin deserves her place in the top 10, as does Kazuma. Misaka is good and all but being #1 all the time is meh. Kirito doesn't deserve #2, Touma I can live with, 8man needs to be higher. That's about it I think.

>Best girl
>autistic chuuni loli
That's like saying


If there's edgy character ranking 8man would be ranked 1st dont worry Emiya-kun.

Nov 21, 2016 7:58 PM by LoNNoL

Onee-sama deserved this year throne with those terible things going on with her in NT latest story.

LoneWizzy said:
Mushoku Tensei anime when tho ::/


Nice taste sir, have a good day.

Nov 21, 2016 7:07 PM by Wilhelmina