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'Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!' 2020 Rankings Revealed

by Sakana-san
Nov 24, 9:44 AM | 45 Comments
The "Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!" (This Light Novel is Amazing!) guidebook has revealed its annual light novel rankings for 2020. The list includes the most popular light novels, characters, and illustrators as polled by readers.

Light Novels
*1. Nanatsu no Maken ga Shihai suru
*2. Ryuuou no Oshigoto
*3. Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun
*4. Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e
*5. Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy
*6. Seishun Buta Yarou Series
*7. Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Motokano Datta
*8. Kimi no Wasure Kata wo Oshiete
*9. Natsu e no Tunnel, Sayonara no Deguchi
10. Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsu no Aida ni ka Dame Ningen ni Sareteiru ken

Books
*1. Unnamed Memory
*2. Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen
*3. Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!
*4. Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu
*5. Rebuild World
*6. Majo no Tabitabi
*7. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
*8. Otome Game Sekai wa Mob ni Kibishii Sekai Desu
*9. Kumo desu ga, Nani ka?
10. Tsundere Akuyaku Reijou Liselotte to Jikkyou no Endo-kun to Kaisetsu no Kobayashi-san

Series of the Decade
*1. Sword Art Online
*2. Toaru Majutsu no Index
*3. Ryuuou no Oshigoto
*4. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
*5. Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin
*6. No Game No Life
*7. Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen
*8. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
*9. Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun
10. Monogatari Series

Female Characters
*1. Kei Karuizawa (Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e)
*2. Ginko Sora (Ryuuou no Oshigoto!)
*3. Mikoto Misaka (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
*4. Sakurajima Mai (Seishun Buta Yarou Series)
*5. Minami Nanami (Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun)
*6. Elaina (Majo no Tabitabi)
*7. Honami Ichinose (Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e)
*8. Mahiru Shiina (Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsu no Aida ni ka Dame Ningen ni Sareteiru ken)
*9. Shouko Makinohara (Seishun Buta Yarou Series)
10. Vladilen Mirizé (86)

Male Characters
*1. Kiyotaka Ayanokouji (Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e)
*2. Sakuta Azusagawa (Seishun Buta Yarou Series)
*3. Touma Kamijou (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
*4. Hachiman Hikigaya (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)
*5. Kazuto Kirigaya (Sword Art Online)
*6. Kazuma Satou (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
*7. Accelerator (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
*8. Bell Cranel (Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka)
*9. Shinei Nouzen (86)
10. Fumiya Tomozaki (Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun)

Illustrators
*1 Shirabi (Ryuuou no Oshigoto!)
*2 Fly (Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun)
*3 Shunsaku Tomose (Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e)
*4 Keiji Mizoguchi (Seishun Buta Yarou Series)
*5 Kurone Mishima (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
*6 Kiyotaka Haimura (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
*7 Kantoku (Imouto sae Ireba Ii.)
*8 Azure (Majo no Tabitabi)
*9 abec (Sword Art Online)
10 Saki Ukai (Black Bullet)

Source: Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2020

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Sword Art Online, along with FMA, made me the person who I am today. The complexity of the characters, the depth of the plot and the meaningful messages every arc carries. From the basic lessons such as work hard to the most beautiful quote that I heard in my entire life "Life isn't just about doing about yourself" as you can see by my sig. Asuna is the perfect girl. She's strong, beautiful, and hardworking. Eugeo is kind, cute and helpful. Kirito is a deep, complex and iconic character.

Drama, fantasy, romance and, tragedy. The best romance ever put on paper. Kirisuna made me regain my faith in romantic love. Yuki Kajiura made an astronomical soundtrack for a equally astronomical series. God bless you for this. Reki Kawahara fixed the hole Hideaki Anno made in anime. NGE/Shinji = Mop, whine, lose, give up on life and be done with it. SAO/Kirito = Fight, save, rescue, tease, take care, protect, forgive, live and let live. Truth be told, the world is a better place for me with such masterwork available for me to read.

Mother's Rosario, Progressive and Alicization are three of the finest pieces of fiction ever made in Japan, if not the in the whole world. Asuna, the emotinal crux of all of these stories, is the main reason why they're all awesome. Warrior and wife. She's perfect yet she's not. Waifu material, awesome mother and the greatest friend ever. Lots of personality to spare, complex and layered personality/characterization and the most beautiful coming-of-age ever written. Seeing her regain her self-confidence and maturing to a strong-willed woman ready to conquer the whole world was something so touching to see.

Phew. Done for, FMA and SAO are the crème de la crème of Japanese media. Thank God I was born in this day and era so I could consume then while being young. Yuuki, Alice, Leafa, Sinon, Eiji, and Yuna. All are also awesome and great characters. Yoshitsugu-kun, Sawashiro-san, Tomatsu-san and Kayano-san. Aoi Eir, LiSA, Luna Haruna. Thank you all for gracing the world with all of your talents. Arigatou gozaimasu!

Dec 9, 5:09 PM by Nick-Knight

Pedram said:
Playcool said:

Wasn't expecting Danmachi to be that popular... guess that is why it got an S2 and will get an S3 next year, all these years later.


yeh Danmachi is doing pretty good.

IIRC, this listing includes both Danmachi and it's spin-off, which was quite popular as well. so the score is not only for the danmachi you saw in the anime, but a spin-off revolving around that blonde girl as the MC i think. I read danmachi but didn't read the spin-off tho, so I'm not sure.


I have been reading danmachi since October, what you said makes sense, counting both entries, otherwise, I just don't think the series has excelled that much thus far with what I read, to prompt such numbers.

Dec 2, 2:31 PM by Playcool

Playcool said:
Pedram said:


Since you asked, I might give you the full list here, along with the amount of "points" each series earned for the ranking.

Overlord is at 19th. but honestly, from Rank 5 to Rank 25 ! the difference in each novel's point is pretty small.

the difference between SAO and Index at Rank 1 and 2, is equal to the difference between Rank 5 to Rank 25 !

Ofcourse that's just coz SAO is so fking popular and well liked in all ranking and votes. but it show how close the competition is for others.


1 Sword Art Online 1728.95
2 Toaru Majutsu no Index 1503.41
3 Ryuuou no Oshigoto! 1452.75
4 Danmachi 816.67
5 Alderamin 718.67
6 No Game No Life 702.9
7 Honzuki no Gekokujou 690.14
8 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 682.83
9 Jaku Chara Tomozaki-kun 674.01
10 Monogatari Series 660.69
11 Haganai 618.85
12 Saekano 611.56
13 Baka to Test 589.44
14 Ben-To 574.9
15 Kino no Tabi 560.64
16 86 546.78
17 Seishun Buta Yarou 542.71
18 Accel World 541.38
19 Overlord 529.06
20 Durarara!! 523.61
21 OreImo 500.93
22 Re:Zero 499.45
23 Youkoso 488.85
24 Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? 488.7
25 ImoSae 460.87
26 Rokka no Yuusha 429.96
27 Konosuba 429.95
28 Mushoku Tensei 416.28
29 Horizion (Genesis) 389.74
30 Gamers 388.76
31 Tensei Slime 387.31
32 Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku 380.49
33 Sabikui Bisco 377.92
34 Tokyo Ravens 353.12
35 Kokoro Connect series 352.4
36 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar 349.14
37 Kono Koi to, sono Mirai 344.02
38 Hidan no Aria 340.99
39 Escape Speed 323.59
40 Moon & Laika 318.4
41 Bokutachi no Remake 308.59
42 Enkan Shoujo 300.98
43 Majo no Tabitabi 297.23
44 Hataraku Maou-sama! 295.27
45 Nanatsu no Maken 289.53
46 No-Rin 287.56
47 Youjo Senki 287.4
48 Seitokai no Ichizon 277.37
49 Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records 276.12
50 Goblin Slayer 275.67



btw, is there any author with more than 1 of his novels in this ranking?

Wasn't expecting Danmachi to be that popular... guess that is why it got an S2 and will get an S3 next year, all these years later.


yeh Danmachi is doing pretty good.

IIRC, this listing include both Danmachi and it's spin-off, which was quite popular as well. so the score is not only for the danmachi you saw in the anime, but an spin-off revolving around that blonde girl as the MC i think. I read danmachi but didn't read the spin-off tho, so I'm not sure.

Nov 29, 6:32 AM by Pedram

Pedram said:
Zaphkiel_El_Rem said:
Overlord ain't even in the top 10 series of decade, how is that possible?


Since you asked, I might give you the full list here, along with the amount of "points" each series earned for the ranking.

Overlord is at 19th. but honestly, from Rank 5 to Rank 25 ! the difference in each novel's point is pretty small.

the difference between SAO and Index at Rank 1 and 2, is equal to the difference between Rank 5 to Rank 25 !

Ofcourse that's just coz SAO is so fking popular and well liked in all ranking and votes. but it show how close the competition is for others.


1 Sword Art Online 1728.95
2 Toaru Majutsu no Index 1503.41
3 Ryuuou no Oshigoto! 1452.75
4 Danmachi 816.67
5 Alderamin 718.67
6 No Game No Life 702.9
7 Honzuki no Gekokujou 690.14
8 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 682.83
9 Jaku Chara Tomozaki-kun 674.01
10 Monogatari Series 660.69
11 Haganai 618.85
12 Saekano 611.56
13 Baka to Test 589.44
14 Ben-To 574.9
15 Kino no Tabi 560.64
16 86 546.78
17 Seishun Buta Yarou 542.71
18 Accel World 541.38
19 Overlord 529.06
20 Durarara!! 523.61
21 OreImo 500.93
22 Re:Zero 499.45
23 Youkoso 488.85
24 Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? 488.7
25 ImoSae 460.87
26 Rokka no Yuusha 429.96
27 Konosuba 429.95
28 Mushoku Tensei 416.28
29 Horizion (Genesis) 389.74
30 Gamers 388.76
31 Tensei Slime 387.31
32 Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku 380.49
33 Sabikui Bisco 377.92
34 Tokyo Ravens 353.12
35 Kokoro Connect series 352.4
36 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar 349.14
37 Kono Koi to, sono Mirai 344.02
38 Hidan no Aria 340.99
39 Escape Speed 323.59
40 Moon & Laika 318.4
41 Bokutachi no Remake 308.59
42 Enkan Shoujo 300.98
43 Majo no Tabitabi 297.23
44 Hataraku Maou-sama! 295.27
45 Nanatsu no Maken 289.53
46 No-Rin 287.56
47 Youjo Senki 287.4
48 Seitokai no Ichizon 277.37
49 Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records 276.12
50 Goblin Slayer 275.67



btw, is there any author with more than 1 of his novels in this ranking?

Wasn't expecting Danmachi to be that popular... guess that is why it got an S2 and will get an S3 next year, all these years later.

Nov 29, 4:36 AM by Playcool

Skittles said:
I'm surprised Alderamin is that popular. I mean, I quite enjoyed the anime, but I don't remember much publicity around the series after the anime ended.

It sold more than decently for a LN, ranking easily in Orichon's chart during each of its releases IIRC, but it is not 'that' popular. Those rankings are a mix of popular vote and votes from peoples of the industry, and just like Alderamin's new work who just ranked first this time (nanatsu no maken gashihai suru), Alderamin mostly received votes from peoples of the industry.

Nov 27, 2:02 PM by Zefyris

I'm surprised Alderamin is that popular. I mean, I quite enjoyed the anime, but I don't remember much publicity around the series after the anime ended.

Nov 26, 9:36 PM by Skittles

maybe some people are confused why oregairu is not included in this series of decade award, even though they won Kono Light Novrl ga Sugoi 3 times in a row (the most so far), oregairu won another award, Hall of Fame award I think, they didn't include oregairu to the ranking list

Nov 26, 8:56 PM by kuro_hachi

Pedram said:


or maybe the new series this year are just that good that dominated most of the old ones... who knows.



some of them are good like ( so i'm a spider so what?)

but most of them are mediocre or just perverted that they appeal to japan perverted audience who like incest and things like that

lol one of the LN had straight up pedophile protagonist who is attracted to his minor siblings

Nov 25, 3:35 PM by Issmail22Lawfy

MrLegitimacy said:
I bet Nanatsu no Maken will become the most hyped mediocre anime of either 2020 or 2021.


lol just wait for Mushoku Tensei it will be the most perverted trash japan ever done.
it has the potential to be the next boku no pico

Nov 25, 3:24 PM by Issmail22Lawfy

Zefyris said:
AdrianRubinsky said:
Unnamed Memory synopsis looks like the usual josei story. What made it so special to be number 1?

Unnamed memory from its synopsis absolutely DOESN'T feel like a josei at al.
Pedram said:



btw, is there any author with more than 1 of his novels in this ranking ?

On top of the SAO/ Accel World that was already pointed out above,there is at least another duo, with Nanatsu no Maken ga shihai suru (first this year, 45th in the decade list) and Alderamin on the Sky ( 5th in the decade list) both being written by Uno Bokuto.


Thanks for info, both you and the other guy.


Issmail22Lawfy said:
is this a joke or something? lol

or those people really have a weird taste in LN ?

where is KONOSUBA, ReZero,Shinchou Yuusha and other stuff ?

also why Sakurajima and Sakuta aren't #1 on the character list .

well at least i see Seishun Buta Yarou , Danmachi , SAO , Classroom of the elit and Slime



tbh the ranking for Light Novel this year on 2020 seems pretty weird to me.

They all seems to be newer stories, half of them i didn't even heard about.

Plus the usuals are not included in it as they always were.

the usuals being : SAO and Index. SAO was in top 10 every year for past 9~10 years, Index was the same but 1 years less than SAO.

Even Eighty-Six which was in top 10 for past 2~3 years is not in there anymore...


I'm thinking maybe they are giving less point toward the old series now and giving more value to the votes on newer series. so this way the old series with big fanbase will not always dominate and new series will show up in the top 10 more and bring in more advertisement for them.

or maybe the new series this year are just that good that dominated most of the old ones... who knows.

you can see the old rankings all here :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kono_Light_Novel_ga_Sugoi!

Nov 25, 2:53 PM by Pedram

AdrianRubinsky said:
Unnamed Memory synopsis looks like the usual josei story. What made it so special to be number 1?

Unnamed memory from its synopsis absolutely DOESN'T feel like a josei at al.
Pedram said:



btw, is there any author with more than 1 of his novels in this ranking ?

On top of the SAO/ Accel World that was already pointed out above,there is at least another duo, with Nanatsu no Maken ga shihai suru (first this year, 45th in the decade list) and Alderamin on the Sky ( 5th in the decade list) both being written by Uno Bokuto.

Nov 25, 1:37 PM by Zefyris

Congrats to SAO. I wonder which series will dominated in the next decade(2020s)🤔

Nov 25, 12:16 PM by weeabootakbankai

Like some1's said already, is ithis a joke?

Nov 25, 11:39 AM by HueBrDeus

Aleph199X said:
Did they include Progressive in SAO? Or are they separate?


They are separated.

joshua10red said:
Pedram said:


1 Sword Art Online 1728.95
2 Toaru Majutsu no Index 1503.41
3 Ryuuou no Oshigoto! 1452.75
4 Danmachi 816.67
5 Alderamin 718.67
6 No Game No Life 702.9
7 Honzuki no Gekokujou 690.14
8 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 682.83
9 Jaku Chara Tomozaki-kun 674.01
10 Monogatari Series 660.69
11 Haganai 618.85
12 Saekano 611.56
13 Baka to Test 589.44
14 Ben-To 574.9
15 Kino no Tabi 560.64
16 86 546.78
17 Seishun Buta Yarou 542.71
18 Accel World 541.38
19 Overlord 529.06
20 Durarara!! 523.61
21 OreImo 500.93
22 Re:Zero 499.45
23 Youkoso 488.85
24 Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? 488.7
25 ImoSae 460.87
26 Rokka no Yuusha 429.96
27 Konosuba 429.95
28 Mushoku Tensei 416.28
29 Horizion (Genesis) 389.74
30 Gamers 388.76
31 Tensei Slime 387.31
32 Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku 380.49
33 Sabikui Bisco 377.92
34 Tokyo Ravens 353.12
35 Kokoro Connect series 352.4
36 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar 349.14
37 Kono Koi to, sono Mirai 344.02
38 Hidan no Aria 340.99
39 Escape Speed 323.59
40 Moon & Laika 318.4
41 Bokutachi no Remake 308.59
42 Enkan Shoujo 300.98
43 Majo no Tabitabi 297.23
44 Hataraku Maou-sama! 295.27
45 Nanatsu no Maken 289.53
46 No-Rin 287.56
47 Youjo Senki 287.4
48 Seitokai no Ichizon 277.37
49 Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records 276.12
50 Goblin Slayer 275.67

Nice Sword Art Online is 1st.. And OMG 86 sold more that Seishun Buta, Overlord, Re:zero, Knosuba. I think will see soon an anime for 86


This isn't about sales, this is about votes.

Nov 25, 10:16 AM by Nemesis16

is this a joke or something? lol

or those people really have a weird taste in LN ?

where is KONOSUBA, ReZero,Shinchou Yuusha and other stuff ?

also why Sakurajima and Sakuta aren't #1 on the character list .

well at least i see Seishun Buta Yarou , Danmachi , SAO , Classroom of the elit and Slime

Nov 25, 10:02 AM by Issmail22Lawfy

Did they include Progressive in SAO? Or are they separate?

Nov 25, 9:47 AM by Aleph199X

Unnamed Memory synopsis looks like the usual josei story. What made it so special to be number 1?

Nov 25, 9:08 AM by AdrianRubinsky

Cool to see Classroom of the Elite & Tomozaki-kun in the top 10 for the bunko and glad to see Mushoku Tensei & Otomege in the other category. Somehow I feel relieved that Kei won the female characters poll amd best boy I am ok with.

If I went with the decade part, Tomozaki-kun definitely has impressed people for something that started in the second half of the decade.

Nov 25, 8:25 AM by fullmetalmasify

hazecloud said:

Number 2 looks like if it's game then it's gonna get popular. I've never check out shogi but seeing how karuta gets popular this is not surprising.



It's a loli show. That's all.

Nov 25, 8:23 AM by Detective1412

I bet Nanatsu no Maken will become the most hyped mediocre anime of either 2020 or 2021.

Nov 25, 8:12 AM by MrLegitimacy