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'Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!' 2018 Rankings Revealed

by Sakana-san
Nov 25, 2017 7:45 AM | 43 Comments
The "Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!" (This Light Novel is Amazing!) guidebook has revealed its annual light novel rankings for 2018. The list includes the most popular light novels, characters, and illustrators as polled by readers.

Light Novels
*1. Ryuuou no Oshigoto!
*2. 86
*3. Infinite Dendrogram
*4. Tsuki to Layka to Nosferatu
*5. Sword Art Online
*6. Bokutachi no Remake
*7. Yowa-Chara Tomozaki-kun
*8. Gamers!
*9. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
10. Imouto sae Ireba Ii.

Books
*1. Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen
*2. Kumo desu ga, Nani ka?
*3. Youjo Senki
*4. Overlord
*5. Monogatari Series
*6. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
*7. Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu
*8. Yokohama-eki SF
*9. Majo no Tabitabi
10. Uchi no Musume no Tame naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru kamo Shirenai.

Female Characters
*1. Mikoto Misaka (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
*2. Maine (Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen)
*3. Asuna Yuuki (Sword Art Online)
*4. Mai Sakurajima (Seishun Buta Yarou Series)
*5. Megumi Katou (Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata)
*6. Yukino Yukinoshita (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)
*7. Yui Yuigahama (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)
*8. Rem (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
*9. Iroha Isshiki (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)
10. Othinus (Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index)

Male Characters
*1. Kazuto Kirigaya (Sword Art Online)
*2. Hachiman Hikigaya (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)
*3. Touma Kamijou (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
*4. Tatsuya Shiba (Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei)
*5. Accelerator (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
*6. Sora (No Game No Life)
*7. Subaru Natsuki (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
*8. Ferdinand (Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen)
*9. Kazuma Satou (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
10. Kiyotaka Ayanokouji (Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e)

Illustrators
*1. Kiyotaka Haimura (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
*2. abec (Sword Art Online)
*3. Kurone Mishima (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
*4. Ponkan 8 (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)
*5. Keiji Mizoguchi (Seishun Buta Yarou Series)
*6. Kantoku (Imouto sae Ireba Ii.)
*7. Kurehito Misaki (Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata)
*8. Shirabi (Ryuuou no Oshigoto!, 86)
*9. Saki Ukai (Black Bullet)
10. Hiro Kanzaki (Eromanga-sensei)

Source: Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2018

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Zefyris said:
mizukasa said:
RIP Japan. You're beyond saving.

No, hope is still bright :). Maine beating all waifus like Asuna (baring Mikoto) in a popularity poll is huge, for example.




A little child (the child writing in front), and not a sexualized/ waifu-ized one, protagonist was more voted than the super popular waifus.
If that's not a change compared to what we usually see in those polls, I don't know what is. Especially when that same work also ranked first in the tankoubon poll, beating every single power fantasy isekai in there.


Detective1412 said:
Wait, what? 2018? this is not even 2018.

2017 ranking were published by the end of 2016, and so on, it's the same as march manga magazines being published in February for example. those rankings comes in a magazine, so it works the same way.


What a garbage post. It just shows that you're a prude, with shit taste at that.

Apr 16, 8:10 PM by caio_brb

Nuvi said:
>Seishun Buta Yarou Series
Anime when?

Soon. ^^
........

Mar 10, 2018 4:20 AM by Djidji

>Seishun Buta Yarou Series
Anime when?

Nov 27, 2017 4:57 AM by Nuvi

mizukasa said:
RIP Japan. You're beyond saving.

No, hope is still bright :). Maine beating all waifus like Asuna (baring Mikoto) in a popularity poll is huge, for example.




A little child (the child writing in front), and not a sexualized/ waifu-ized one, protagonist was more voted than the super popular waifus.
If that's not a change compared to what we usually see in those polls, I don't know what is. Especially when that same work also ranked first in the tankoubon poll, beating every single power fantasy isekai in there.


Detective1412 said:
Wait, what? 2018? this is not even 2018.

2017 ranking were published by the end of 2016, and so on, it's the same as march manga magazines being published in February for example. those rankings comes in a magazine, so it works the same way.

Nov 26, 2017 5:32 AM by Zefyris

RIP Japan. You're beyond saving.

Nov 25, 2017 10:49 PM by mizukasa

More detailed view of the rankings:

Bunko Collab Votes Top 10 -via industry votes:

1. The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done!
2. 86
3. Infinite Dendrogram
4. Moon, Laika and Vampire Princess
5. Sword Art Online
6. Bokutachi no Remake/Remake our Life
7. Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun
8. Gamers!
9. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
10. A Sister's All You Need



Bunko Top 10 - via fan votes:


1. Sword Art Online
2. The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done!
3. Konosuba
4. Seirei Gensouki - Konna Sekai de Deaeta Kimi ni
5. Re Zero
6. Classroom of the Elite
7. No Game No Life
8. Seishun Buta Yarou
9. The Irregular at Magic High School
10. A Certain Magical Index



Tankoubon Top 10
1. Honzuki no Gekokujou
2. I'm A Spider, So What?
3. Saga of Tanya the Evil
4. Overlord
5. Monogatari
6. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
7. Mushoku Tensei
8. Yokohama Station Fable
9. Majo no Tabitabi
10.If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord



Tankoubon "Ordinary" Top 10:
1. Honzuki no Gekokujou
2. Overlord
3. Saga of Tanya The Evil
4. Slime
5. Monogatari
6. Mushoku Tensei
7. Kumo
8. Maou no Machizukuri
9. Majo no Tabitabi
10. In a Different World with a Smartphone



Female top 10

1 Misaka Mikoto 664 points / 240 votes
2 Main (Rozenmain, Honzuki) 288 points / 103 votes
3 Yuuki Asuna 253 points / 144 votes
4 Sakurajima Mai
5 Katou Megumi
6 Yukinoshita Yukino
7 Yuigahama Yui
8 Rem
9 Isshiki Iroha
10 Othinus



Male top 10

1 Kirito 612 points/254 votes
2 Hikigaya Hachiman 551 points/232 votes
3 Kamijou Touma 496 points/191 votes
4 Shiba Tatsuya 440 points/ 201 votes
5 Accelerator 407 points/ 164 votes
6 Sora 224 points
7 Natsuki Subaru 216 points
8 Ferdinand 208 points
9 Satou Kazumi 200 points
10 Ayanokoji Kiyotaka (196 points)



Characters top 10

1 Misaka Mikoto 664 points / 240 votes
2 Kirito 612 points/254 votes
3 Hikigaya Hachiman 551 points/232 votes
4 Kamijou Touma 496 points/191 votes
5 Shiba Tatsuya 440 points/ 201 votes
6 Accelerator 407 points/ 164 votes
7 Maine (Rozenmain, Honzuki) 288 points / 103 votes
8 Yuuki Asuna 253 points / 144 votes
9 Sora 224 points
10 Natsuki Subaru 216 points

Nov 25, 2017 6:18 PM by -Mahesvara

The same title number 1 for 2 years in a row. That's something. I probably need to check it out.

besides that,

happy for SAO, danmachi, Kumo desu ga, Mushoku Tensei and, of course, slime kun! Great list, so far

Nov 25, 2017 5:11 PM by Yohimo_asakura

Wait, what? 2018? this is not even 2018.

Nov 25, 2017 4:08 PM by Detective1412

The year long wait for the overlord volume sure hurt it :'(
It should be higher next year.

Nov 25, 2017 1:30 PM by ichii_1

Zefyris said:
BlackFIFA19 said:


No everyone can vote, even i voted this year, so i dont really get why there are so little votes

^
You guys realize the amount of characters and titles that can be voted for right? technically just Index alone has hundred of them, and it's only one title amongst thousands.
And that there is definitely NOT millions of peoples in Japan caring for Mikoto, either.


Completely forgot about that, that makes alot of sense

Nov 25, 2017 12:19 PM by BlackFIFA19

Sooo Ryuuou no Oshigoto has won two years in a row now? That's pretty cool

Hope the anime will live up to the hype

Nov 25, 2017 11:39 AM by HaXXspetten

HMS-Unicorn said:
Everytime when this kind of news was made, it will offend many elitist.

nope,they only exist in your imagination.


Books
*1. Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen

Female Characters

*2. Maine (Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen)


Male Characters

*8. Ferdinand (Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen)

Wow surprisingly one if the two series I was really interested in made it made to the list,the other being Kusuriya no Hitorigoto,maybe we can now hope for an anime adaptation.

Nov 25, 2017 11:29 AM by Dagger

AdrianRubinsky said:
I would prefer something like "Interesting Novels and Mangas that started serialization this year" to avoid clear patterns of fan-made votes.




IIRC that magazine also has such ranking as well (basically removing all older titles from the list to keep just the new ones as a ranking).

Nov 25, 2017 11:14 AM by Zefyris

I would prefer something like "Interesting Novels and Mangas that started serialization this year" to avoid clear patterns of fan-made votes.



Nov 25, 2017 11:05 AM by AdrianRubinsky

These novels aren't even that much sugoi.

Nov 25, 2017 10:59 AM by Ramkec

Oh yeah I actually read Tomozaki-kun before. Time to get back to it after finishing KuMeYu first.

Nov 25, 2017 10:45 AM by NeoAnkara

DarklordVor said:
Ayy, Misaka got listed 1st again! I mean, is it even questionable? The worst she's done is being second in 2015, because Yukino got popularity boost from season 2. Otherwise, Misaka has always been #1 since 2010! Go Misaka! Third season hype, but she will barely have screen time T_T Season 5 plz.


Misaka fans have proven time and time again that they are really good at mobilising themselves for basically any popularity based votes. In a poll like this one with tens if not hundreds of thousands of characters to choose between it doesn't take all that large a dedicated fandom to get them at or near the top every single year, and there are enough characters with sufficient fandom to keep them in the characters that make the longer list every single year as to make those rankings by far the least meaningful part of the whole thing. Luckily both character rankings put together only take up about 5% of the space.

Nov 25, 2017 10:37 AM by kuuderes_shadow

I hope all of the new ones are gonna get an anime adaption.
Also still no slime anime, if I dont see an announcement of it by the end of 2018, i have no idea what the anime industry is doing.

Nov 25, 2017 10:36 AM by Robiiii

loli_a_ravioli said:
Loli shogi is really popular, huh. Perhaps i'll pick it up and also the bookworm isekai later.

86 is personally the best title i've read this year. And too bad Index didn't make it, since the newest arc is really good after the disappointing previous one.

At this point the female poll should be titled "Top 9 Female Characters after Misaka Mikoto" instead.


Index was 26. This is top 60, it's just MAL posted first 10 positions.

Nov 25, 2017 10:34 AM by Sacredus

BlackFIFA19 said:
DarklordVor said:
What I don't understand is that there's only like ~300-400 people voting on this event? Especially something that is polled from the internet (based on Wikipedia, which doesn't explain the low number of people). That doesn't seem like a lot of people for a ranking poll that has been running since 2005. Unless it's "300 high esteemed voters" like those critics in Rotten Tomatoes.


No everyone can vote, even i voted this year, so i dont really get why there are so little votes

^
You guys realize the amount of characters and titles that can be voted for right? technically just Index alone has hundred of them, and it's only one title amongst thousands.
And that there is definitely NOT millions of peoples in Japan caring for Mikoto, either.

Nov 25, 2017 10:20 AM by Zefyris