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'Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!' 2023 Rankings Revealed

by Snow
Nov 30, 2022 6:15 AM | 30 Comments
The Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel is Amazing!) guidebook has revealed its annual light novel rankings for 2023. This list includes the ten most popular light novels, characters, and illustrators as polled by readers.

Light Novels
*1. Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: 2-nensei-hen
*2. Chitose-kun wa Ramune Bin no Naka
*3. Watashi wa Anata no Namida ni Naritai
*4. Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsunomanika Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken
*5. Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Aalya-san
*6. Ryuugoroshi no Brunhild
*7. Watashi, Nibanme no Kanojo de Ii kara.
*8. Spy Kyoushitsu
*9. Gimai Seikatsu
10. Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru.

Books
*1. Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen
*2. Madougushi Dahlia wa Utsumukanai: Kyou kara Jiyuu na Shokunin Life
*3. Yuusha-kei ni Shosu: Choubatsu Yuusha 9004-tai Keimu Kiroku
*4. Silent Witch: Chinmoku no Majo no Kakushigoto
*5. Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu
*6. Koishita Hito wa, Imouto no Kawari ni Shindekure to Itta.
*7. Sasaki to Pii-chan
*8. Kusuri no Mamono no Kaiko Riyuu
*9. Overlord
10. Tensei Reijou to Suki na Jinsei wo

Female Characters
*1. Shiina Mahiru (Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsu no Aida ni ka Dame Ningen ni Sareteiru ken)
*2. Kei Karuizawa (Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e)
*3. Yukino Yukinoshita (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)
*4. Rozemyne (Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen)
*5. Dahlia Rossetti (Madougushi Dahlia wa Utsumukanai: Kyou kara Jiyuu na Shokunin Life)
*6. Siesta (Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru.)
*7. Yuzuki Nanase (Chitose-kun wa Ramune Bin no Naka)
*8. Alisa Mikhailovna Kujou (Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Aalya-san)
*9. Saki Ayase (Gimai Seikatsu)
10. Vladilena Milizé (86)

Male Characters
*1. Kiyotaka Ayanokouji (Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e)
*2. Chitose Saku (Chitose-kun wa Ramune Bin no Naka)
*3. Amane Fujimiya (Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsu no Aida ni ka Dame Ningen ni Sareteiru ken)
*4. Hachiman Hikigaya (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.)
*5. Ferdinand (Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen)
*6. Masachika Kuze (Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Aalya-san)
*7. Shinei Nouzen (86)
*8. Kimizuka Kimihiko (Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru.)
*9. Wolfred Scalfarotto (Madougushi Dahlia wa Utsumukanai: Kyou kara Jiyuu na Shokunin Life)
10. Yuuta Asamura (Gimai Seikatsu)

Illustrators
*1. Shunsaku Tomose (Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e)
*2. raemz (Chitose-kun wa Ramune Bin no Naka)
*3. Hanekoto (Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsunomanika Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken)
*4. Hiten (Gimai Seikatsu)
*5. Momoco (Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Aalya-san)
*6. Umibouzu (Tantei wa mou, Shindeiru.)
*7. You Shiina (Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen)
*8. Shirabi (86)
*9. Shigure Ui (Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy)
10. Fly (Jaku-chara Tomozaki-kun)

Source: Kimirano, Official Guidebook

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MahiaErebeaNegi said:
WellWell_22 said:
Second year without Mikoto Misaka in the top 10. I suppose after 9 years of dominance, her era is finally over.
She isn't on this list not because that her era has over, but because she has already entered the HoF list which means she won't appear in the character ranking again after winning the 1st place for so many years lol.
Isn't HoF only for novels? In case of Misaka, she first became third in 2020, then seventh in 2021, before being removed from the list in 2022, 2023. I think her situation is different? 
For instance, Yukino is still in current list despite Oregairu being in HoF.

Not sure though.

Jan 14, 8:21 AM by WellWell_22

thanks, love it! Lot of excellent stories here!

Jan 12, 7:54 AM by sofalovers

WellWell_22 said:
Second year without Mikoto Misaka in the top 10. I suppose after 9 years of dominance, her era is finally over.
She isn't on this list not because that her era has over, but because she has already entered the HoF list which means she won't appear in the character ranking again after winning the 1st place for so many years lol.

Jan 12, 4:26 AM by MahiaErebeaNegi

Second year without Mikoto Misaka in the top 10. I suppose after 9 years of dominance, her era is finally over.

Jan 9, 8:50 PM by WellWell_22

Yadava98 said:


What does this mean? I don't know this Hall of Fame thing, can you explain it?
This ranking system has a rule where if a work places top 3 (I believe) in a category for three years in a row, then that work will be excluded from that category from the following years.

In other words, that's why SAO and Oregairu and other really popular works aren't always at the top of the list, with Oregairu, for example, getting 1st three years in a row. Basically it's to give the spotlight to new works instead of the most popular novels constantly placing high

Jan 1, 11:40 AM by SheasonDuerulo

_Ako_ said:

Memores said:

It seems so. What people like in him I wonder.

There is a clear contrast between the LN and how the anime perceived Ayanokouji as a student and as a character. The first anime adaptation already established him as a manipulator and as somewhat of a God. Yet in the LN, it's depicted him more so as socially awkward and just not really caring much around him. Well, this at some point where things escalated. 

I still hold my views on him today when I finished reading y1 and I will continue to do so until I get caught up in the LN. The thing is, the anime, I feel like tended to the audience, as we all know who is he actually so that's prolly why. He is not Onii-sama tho so ehhh no.
Thanks for this clarification! It seems that in LN he is a better person than in anime.

Jan 1, 10:56 AM by Memores


Memores said:
NinjaJr7200 said:
Ayanokoji being the best male character for like the 4th year now?

It seems so. What people like in him I wonder.

There is a clear contrast between the LN and how the anime perceived Ayanokouji as a student and as a character. The first anime adaptation already established him as a manipulator and as somewhat of a God. Yet in the LN, it's depicted him more so as socially awkward and just not really caring much around him. Well, this at some point where things escalated. 

I still hold my views on him today when I finished reading y1 and I will continue to do so until I get caught up in the LN. The thing is, the anime, I feel like tended to the audience, as we all know who is he actually so that's prolly why. He is not Onii-sama tho so ehhh no.

Jan 1, 10:54 AM by _Ako_

From someone who read Otonari.... I feel like this shouldnt be this high but then again... how can I blame teens at their most imaginative and youthful age? Anyway. I'm happy that Gimai Seikatsu is out there. This LN deserves more than this but I am happy. 

Jan 1, 10:45 AM by _Ako_

Liangshanhaohan said:
Also COTE, Bookworm and Chitose have entered the Hall of Fame, which means they won't appear in the next Konorano rankings


What does this mean? I don't know this Hall of Fame thing, can you explain it?

Jan 1, 6:07 AM by Yadava98

BOOKWORM IS #1! This is a good day!

Dec 18, 2022 7:26 AM by -Chad-

Roshidere and Momoco finally in top 5! (although I'm the only one who cares it seems) Would have liked to Alisa higher, but 8th place is still great. Glad that Hiten is in 4th place. More and more hentai authors are becoming popular light novel artists.

Dec 17, 2022 3:44 AM by IrrelevantGuy

Mahiru stops the COTE sweep~

Amane being no3 is surprising~

I have too many LNs in my plan-to-read list. :(

Dec 3, 2022 11:21 PM by NewestPersonHere

Classroom of the elite dominating yet again.

Dec 3, 2022 5:15 AM by MegamiRem

Mahiru #1 let's go

Also nice to see Chiramune in #2 and also raemz, it's pretty nice that an American illustrator can be this popular.

Dec 1, 2022 11:47 AM by MadanielFL

Curious to read some of the books on this list.

Dec 1, 2022 7:40 AM by Kinyoubi

It's like I'm back at the end of 00s or the beginning of 10s.

Dec 1, 2022 6:43 AM by RobertBobert

Also COTE, Bookworm and Chitose have entered the Hall of Fame, which means they won't appear in the next Konorano rankings

Nov 30, 2022 2:40 PM by Liangshanhaohan

Swagernator said:
But this is only amongst the 14 years olds right ?

I think not only among them, there is wider range of ages.

Nov 30, 2022 11:14 AM by Memores

But this is only amongst the 14 years olds right ?

Nov 30, 2022 10:29 AM by Swagernator

NinjaJr7200 said:
Kei Karuizawa ranked higher than Vladilena Milizé. Did something happened in 86 ln that led to her low ranking (I am COTE LN enjoyer)


I think it's just YouJitsu being more popular than 86.

Nov 30, 2022 9:34 AM by Nachtwandler_21