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Japan's Weekly Light Novel Rankings for May 8 - 14

by Snow
May 18, 8:28 AM | 36 Comments
Here are the weekly light novel rankings for May 8 - 14

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

*1. 35,842 *35,842 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Vol.18
*2. 25,437 *25,437 Hataraku Maou-sama! Vol.17
*3. 16,248 *16,248 Zettai naru Isolator Vol.4
*4. 14,806 *86,517 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.11
*5. 14,024 *14,024 Ookami to Koushinryou Vol.19
*6. *9,713 **9,713 Goblin Slayer Vol.5
*7. *7,249 *51,171 Haikyuu!! Shousetsu-ban!! Vol.8
*8. *7,233 *62,673 Meitantei Conan Karakurenai no Love Letter
*9. *5,448 **5,448 Madoushi wa Heibon wo Nozomu Vol.18
10. *4,516 142,930 Eromanga-sensei Vol.1

11. *4,014 107,164 Eromanga-sensei Vol.2
12. *3,754 **3,754 Ijiwaru Onzoshi ni Aisareteimasu
13. *3,705 **3,705 Tadaima, Seiryaku Kekkonchuu!
14. *3,697 **3,697 Tsundere Shachou no Amai Kyuuai
15. *3,501 **3,501 Character Making de Isekai Tensei! Vol.2
16. *3,447 **3,447 Hotel Ou Itsuwari Marriage
17. *3,357 **3,357 Sono Gargoyle wa Chijou demo Kiken desu Vol.2
18. *3,292 *93,709 Eromanga-sensei Vol.3
19. *3,099 **3,099 Katabutsu Koutei Heika wa Niizuma e no Kahogo ga Tomaranai
20. *3,009 **3,190 Keiyaku Kekkon desu ga, Mechakucha Aisareteimasu

21. *2,701 **2,701 Otome Game 6-shuume, Auto Mode ga Kiremashita. Vol.1

Separated by Specific Ranking
Bunko
*4. 35,842 *35,842 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Vol.18
*5. 25,437 *25,437 Hataraku Maou-sama! Vol.17
*7. 16,248 *16,248 Zettai naru Isolator Vol.4
*9. 14,806 *86,517 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.11
10. 14,024 *14,024 Ookami to Koushinryou Vol.19
12. *9,713 **9,713 Goblin Slayer Vol.5
24. *4,516 142,930 Eromanga-sensei Vol.1
31. *4,014 107,164 Eromanga-sensei Vol.2
37. *3,754 **3,754 Ijiwaru Onzoshi ni Aisareteimasu
39. *3,705 **3,705 Tadaima, Seiryaku Kekkonchuu!

40. *3,697 **3,697 Tsundere Shachou no Amai Kyuuai
42. *3,447 **3,447 Hotel Ou Itsuwari Marriage
46. *3,292 *93,709 Eromanga-sensei Vol.3
50. *3,099 **3,099 Katabutsu Koutei Heika wa Niizuma e no Kahogo ga Tomaranai
(cut-off 3,099)


Book
25. *7,249 *51,171 Haikyuu!! Shousetsu-ban!! Vol.8
26. *7,233 *62,673 Meitantei Conan Karakurenai no Love Letter
41. *5,448 **5,448 Madoushi wa Heibon wo Nozomu Vol.18
(cut-off 4,858)


Literature Books Genre (duplicates removed)
12. *4,388 **4,388 Isekai de Skill wo Kaitai shitara Cheat na Yome ga Zoushoku Shimashita Vol.3
14. *3,501 **3,501 Character Making de Isekai Tensei! Vol.2
16. *3,357 **3,357 Sono Gargoyle wa Chijou demo Kiken desu Vol.2
19. *2,701 **2,701 Otome Game 6-shuume, Auto Mode ga Kiremashita. Vol.1
(cut-off 2,563)

Source: Oricon Youtaijou

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Yay, gogo konosuba \o!

May 20, 8:13 PM by Helios373

belatkuro said:
*1. 35,842 *35,842 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Vol.18

Just barely lower than the previous volume 1st week sale. It'll be lucky if it reaches the same number vol17 reached before falling off. Either way, RIP in peace. Kamisato was still a mistake.

Until the final showdown came up or arc like NT9 begins it'll keep dropping and last 2 volume is kinda flat, the Kamisato arc felt like hit and miss.
I felt like there will be Spin off about Kamiasato Kakeru in the future...

I am not sure why people still asking Index 3 yet while its actually been hinted by the author himself few month ago.

Well ofc you cant really compare why the sales on the first week is really high compared other tittle or previous volumes.
Judging from other perspective, Index is like 13 years old light novel if both series (old and NT) counted,
There havent been any anime boost for years.

At this point i am not sure what i am expecting in To aru series, Heavy object seems nice though (but that Object thing is seriously laughable lmao)

May 19, 5:17 AM by Xaelath

ruggia said:

Didn't Re:Zero have its print volumes come out quickly because they were taken from its web release, not because the author writes fast?


Both.

In fact for the content that has been released in the light novel version so far, the web novel actually came out faster. That said, this is largely due to the every 6 month release schedule around 2015/early 2016 (which in turn enabled the rapid releases at the end of last year), and the web novel slowed pretty much to a halt during the same time.

The light novels won't catch up with the web novel any time soon for this one.

May 19, 1:36 AM by kuuderes_shadow

*1. 35,842 *35,842 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Vol.18

Just barely lower than the previous volume 1st week sale. It'll be lucky if it reaches the same number vol17 reached before falling off. Either way, RIP in peace. Kamisato was still a mistake.

May 18, 8:17 PM by belatkuro

Eromanga hype getting bigger, nice goblin slayer sales too :)

May 18, 8:11 PM by ichii_1

WashingMachine45 said:
kuuderes_shadow said:


Depends what measure you're using. If you're talking series sales, that is heavily dependent on the number of volumes that come out in the year. This is the first KonoSuba volume this year, although basically all its competition has either 1 or 0. Can't see Re:Zero beating KonoSuba unless it has more volumes out.

If you're talking volume sales, it won't beat Mahouka, and probably not Musubimonogatari either. Plus there's this year's sales of Kimi no Na wa. that it won't beat either. Plus various other big sellers (No Game No Life, Overlord, DanMachi, SAO: Progressive) haven't had a volume out yet this year. On the other hand, Re:Zero won't beat it here either.

On the other hand, I think you are underestimating how well comedies do. There are a lot of comedies in the top selling series, and there are several that have higher peak reported sales than KonoSuba does.

Im talking about series sales. Faster writing is a talent, I cant denied that. Re:0 release 4 books per years. I wish Natsume can write like re:0 author, but at least Konosuba have more than one per year. And overall, I still think comedy have weaker sales than action LN. Some comedy sales really well, sure, but the number of serious LN doing good is alot higher than that


Didn't Re:Zero have its print volumes come out quickly because they were taken from its web release, not because the author writes fast?

May 18, 6:34 PM by ruggia

Eromanga Sensei with that anime boost~

Still glad to see Hataraku Maou-sama! doing well.

May 18, 6:26 PM by Stark700

Snow said:

*5. 14,024 *14,024 Ookami to Koushinryou Vol.19

It's the epilogues of the main series. Spring Log II.


kuuderes_shadow said:


It's the second Spring Log volume, so yes it is the 19th volume of the series and not part of the Ookami to Youhishi spinoff.


Ooo, I see. Thank you both :)

May 18, 5:56 PM by PeachyH

kuuderes_shadow said:
WashingMachine45 said:
Konosuba is selling well. Just Re:zero and SAO could beat it this year, probably. Consider this is a comedy LN, thats not bad at all


Depends what measure you're using. If you're talking series sales, that is heavily dependent on the number of volumes that come out in the year. This is the first KonoSuba volume this year, although basically all its competition has either 1 or 0. Can't see Re:Zero beating KonoSuba unless it has more volumes out.

If you're talking volume sales, it won't beat Mahouka, and probably not Musubimonogatari either. Plus there's this year's sales of Kimi no Na wa. that it won't beat either. Plus various other big sellers (No Game No Life, Overlord, DanMachi, SAO: Progressive) haven't had a volume out yet this year. On the other hand, Re:Zero won't beat it here either.

On the other hand, I think you are underestimating how well comedies do. There are a lot of comedies in the top selling series, and there are several that have higher peak reported sales than KonoSuba does.

Im talking about series sales. Faster writing is a talent, I cant denied that. Re:0 release 4 books per years. I wish Natsume can write like re:0 author, but at least Konosuba have more than one per year. And overall, I still think comedy have weaker sales than action LN. Some comedy sales really well, sure, but the number of serious LN doing good is alot higher than that

May 18, 5:53 PM by WashingMachine45

Snow said:


21. *2,701 **2,701 Otome Game 6-shuume, Auto Mode ga Kiremashita. Vol.1



Wow... I didn't expect that this kind of light novel is actually pretty popular.. Lol XD

May 18, 5:37 PM by Meira_Eve

Lolimancer said:
Illyricus said:
Read this really makes me want to kill myself. Index III never.
Well Index's content creation is no longer in Dengeki's hands, as the editor branched off and made his own company. Right now he's handling SAO, Mahouka, Eromanga-Sensei, and all Kamachi series. Three of those four are doing quite well right now so perhaps he'll try and set things right.


Well, the editor literally said "just wait a bit longer for Index 3" in March.


PeachyH said:
Snow said:

*5. 14,024 *14,024 Ookami to Koushinryou Vol.19


Huh? TIL. This isn't a simple mistake with the spin off LN is it? I wasn't aware of an upcoming 19th volume at all..


It's the epilogues of the main series. Spring Log II.

May 18, 3:54 PM by ruggia

Illyricus said:
Lolimancer said:

Allow me to explain how Dengeki killed Index's sales. Back in 2014 they hyped up the 10th anniversary event of Index, and kept hinting a big announcement. This was a year after Railgun S aired, so go figure what the fans expected. Index 3, obviously. They even got Mami Kawada and the voice actors there for the event and made a big countdown, and even released a PV with characters who had not been animated yet.

And then they bait and switched and announced Heavy Object instead. The sales have been free falling since then with Japanese fans on places like 2ch saying they won't buy the LNs again until Dengeki fixes their mistake, apologizes and announces Index 3. It doesn't help that Index also went into an arc that can essentially be considered downtime and just set up this new arc that's starting for almost 3 years. Who really knows if they'll actually do it, or if it will even help by now.
Read this really makes me want to kill myself. Index III never.
Well Index's content creation is no longer in Dengeki's hands, as the editor branched off and made his own company. Right now he's handling SAO, Mahouka, Eromanga-Sensei, and all Kamachi series. Three of those four are doing quite well right now so perhaps he'll try and set things right.

May 18, 3:18 PM by Lolimancer

*3. 16,248 *16,248 Zettai naru Isolator Vol.4

oh damn, Isolator new volume is out! What a great news

May 18, 2:51 PM by Yohimo_asakura

Argh... Seeing Aleister *NOT* upside-down feels so WRONG!!!!

May 18, 2:44 PM by SpaceTheGamer

Lolimancer said:
RobertBobert said:


It seems very strange to me, because it always seemed to me that Index is one of the most popular LN in general. Or are the readers just tired of it?


Allow me to explain how Dengeki killed Index's sales. Back in 2014 they hyped up the 10th anniversary event of Index, and kept hinting a big announcement. This was a year after Railgun S aired, so go figure what the fans expected. Index 3, obviously. They even got Mami Kawada and the voice actors there for the event and made a big countdown, and even released a PV with characters who had not been animated yet.

And then they bait and switched and announced Heavy Object instead. The sales have been free falling since then with Japanese fans on places like 2ch saying they won't buy the LNs again until Dengeki fixes their mistake, apologizes and announces Index 3. It doesn't help that Index also went into an arc that can essentially be considered downtime and just set up this new arc that's starting for almost 3 years. Who really knows if they'll actually do it, or if it will even help by now.
Read this really makes me want to kill myself. Index III never.

May 18, 2:43 PM by Illyricus

Happy to see hatarakou strikes back once again :)

BTW is the cover shot from index? Looks really horror-ish!

May 18, 1:59 PM by SkyDrop

WashingMachine45 said:
Konosuba is selling well. Just Re:zero and SAO could beat it this year, probably. Consider this is a comedy LN, thats not bad at all


Depends what measure you're using. If you're talking series sales, that is heavily dependent on the number of volumes that come out in the year. This is the first KonoSuba volume this year, although basically all its competition has either 1 or 0. Can't see Re:Zero beating KonoSuba unless it has more volumes out.

If you're talking volume sales, it won't beat Mahouka, and probably not Musubimonogatari either. Plus there's this year's sales of Kimi no Na wa. that it won't beat either. Plus various other big sellers (No Game No Life, Overlord, DanMachi, SAO: Progressive) haven't had a volume out yet this year. On the other hand, Re:Zero won't beat it here either.

On the other hand, I think you are underestimating how well comedies do. There are a lot of comedies in the top selling series, and there are several that have higher peak reported sales than KonoSuba does.

May 18, 1:01 PM by kuuderes_shadow

@Lolimancer

Oh, thanks for the information. It's more complicated than I thought originally. It's strange that Dengeki is usually pulled with new seasons, although the adaptations of other publishers are usually much quicker get sequel, such as "Date or Live" or Masou Gakuen.

WashingMachine45 said:
Konosuba is selling well. Just Re:zero and SAO could beat it this year, probably. Consider this is a comedy LN, thats not bad at all


I was pleasantly surprised too, I wonder how many volumes he will withstand in the end. If Mao-sama already received 17 volumes.

May 18, 12:17 PM by RobertBobert

Konosuba is selling well. Just Re:zero and SAO could beat it this year, probably. Consider this is a comedy LN, thats not bad at all

May 18, 12:11 PM by WashingMachine45

RobertBobert said:
kuuderes_shadow said:


*insert obligatory "this KonoSuba volume has been out for rather longer than that Index volume" comment here*

But yes, Index has been dropping for a long time, whereas KonoSuba is going strong. This volume of KonoSuba has exceeded the sales whilst on the weekly rankings of the last 2 Index volumes, and is just a thousand or so below the one before that. Meanwhile Index looks like it's dropped again.


It seems very strange to me, because it always seemed to me that Index is one of the most popular LN in general. Or are the readers just tired of it?


Allow me to explain how Dengeki killed Index's sales. Back in 2014 they hyped up the 10th anniversary event of Index, and kept hinting a big announcement. This was a year after Railgun S aired, so go figure what the fans expected. Index 3, obviously. They even got Mami Kawada and the voice actors there for the event and made a big countdown, and even released a PV with characters who had not been animated yet.

And then they bait and switched and announced Heavy Object instead. The sales have been free falling since then with Japanese fans on places like 2ch saying they won't buy the LNs again until Dengeki fixes their mistake, apologizes and announces Index 3. It doesn't help that Index also went into an arc that can essentially be considered downtime and just set up this new arc that's starting for almost 3 years. Who really knows if they'll actually do it, or if it will even help by now.

May 18, 12:08 PM by Lolimancer