LN Sales

James Jenkins
James Jenkins

LN Sales:

2016 (First Half) | Top Light Novel Sales by Series

Rank Sales Name
1 757,412 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
2 489,374 Sword Art Online
3 371,880 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
4 321,535 Sword Art Online: Progressive
5 308,471 Monogatari Series
6 304,721 No Game No Life
7 302,013 Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
8 297,459 Boukyaku Tantei Series
9 280,586 Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu Series
10 263,357 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
11 238,163 Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
12 213,521 Overlord
13 210,762 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
14 178,019 Netgame no Yome wa Onna no Ko ja Nai to Omotta?
15 165,442 Haikyuu!! Shousetsu-ban!!
16 157,460 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spin-off
17 155,250 Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
18 138,679 Orange
19 132,196 Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
20 128,460 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index
21 127,373 Owari no Seraph: Kyuuketsuki Mikaela no Monogatari
22 123,649 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.
23 120,955 Eiga Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
24 119,692 Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
25 105,145 Imouto sae Ireba Ii.
26 104,704 Bungou Stray Dogs
27 104,267 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei SS
28 101,012 Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri Gaiden
29 100,077 Owari no Seraph: Ichinose Guren, 16-sai no Catastrophe
30 96,084 Date A Live

Brody Wood
Brody Wood

Haremshitter please, please go away.

Cameron Miller
Cameron Miller

1 757,412 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

Anime such a huge hit that they actually gave it a second season
LN sales skyrocketed too

How much money is Kadokawa going to make from Konosuba?

Jacob Ward
Jacob Ward

1 757,412 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
2 489,374 Sword Art Online

Looks like SAO finally left it's throne. And by a big margin too.

Ian Brown
Ian Brown

Oregairu is plummeting. Good.

Caleb Lee
Caleb Lee

Is Log Horizon on hiatus or something? It used to have great sales so it's weird to see it out of the top ranks.

Josiah Kelly
Josiah Kelly

19 132,196 Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
Is this going to be next isekaishit show that's inevitably going to get an anime?

Aiden James
Aiden James

There's been no new release this year, so yeah, there's nothing to buy. I'm impressed it managed to sell 123k volumes with no new release.

Angel White
Angel White

I've read volume 1 of Konosuba (in Japanese, pretty much the easiest LN I've read yet) and I didn't really think it was anything special.

Funny, yeah, but I don't see why it's so popular.

Michael Young
Michael Young

I don't know. Last time I heard, the author was arrested due to tax evasion.

Probably, the amount of SAO shit on it fucking hurts.

I'd rather have a Boukyaku Tantei anime. The live action wasn't enough.

Leo Gonzalez
Leo Gonzalez

different strokes for different folks, i personally find it funny and comedic with a nice flow

Angel Hughes
Angel Hughes

It's a deconstruction of isekai and has interesting characters.

Jackson Collins
Jackson Collins

shit
Take that back

Nicholas Wood
Nicholas Wood

1 757,412 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
Aqua-sama blessings!

I'm curious where was Konosuba sellings were prior to the premiere this January?

Because it did made more money than expected

Leo Walker
Leo Walker

I don't disagree, but that wasn't enough to make me choose it over more interesting series (e.g. Alderamin).

Hunter Robinson
Hunter Robinson

Were the last 2 volumes of Zero No Tsukaima ever published? I heard they were going to use the author's notes.

Anthony Jackson
Anthony Jackson

3 371,880 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Praise be Onii-sama

S2 when?

(No not a fucking movie that takes years to sub)

Henry Young
Henry Young

one was publisbed but i dont know the release date for the second one

Bentley Moore
Bentley Moore

3 371,880 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
The hell?
I always thought Mahouka was more niche in Japan than that given the amount of mockery it seems to get for its prose and right-wing views online.

Thought it would be somewhere around where Gate is on that list, honestly.

Xavier Howard
Xavier Howard

6 304,721 No Game No Life
SECOND SEASON
FUCKING
WHEN

John Howard
John Howard

no game no life
no season 2

Colton Ward
Colton Ward

Didn't you remember? That shit like averaged 8-9k or something in sales.

Evan Perez
Evan Perez

And look what ranks above and below it.

SAO, Konosuba, and Monogatari, which sold a helluva lot more than 8-9k.

Jaxson Nguyen
Jaxson Nguyen

20 128,460 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index
Surely they'll make Index S3 now to boost sales again, r-right?

Ryder Phillips
Ryder Phillips

Mushoku Tensei didn't even make the list
So much for the top-rated Narou novel of all time, eh?
So are we getting a Slime Tensei anime anytime soon then.

Jackson Allen
Jackson Allen

I'm still wondering why they still haven't done it.

Christian Ramirez
Christian Ramirez

comedy is relative, personally i found it to be one of the funniest things i've seen/read.

Easton Williams
Easton Williams

I was looking for the publication date of the first novel and I found this:
Richard Eisenbeis of Kotaku hails Sword Art Online as the smartest series in recent years, praising its deep insight on the psychological aspects of virtual reality on the human psyche, its sociological views on creating a realistic economy and society in a massively multiplayer online game setting, and the writing staff's ability to juggle a wide variety of genres within the series. Eisenbeis noted how the romance between Kirito and Asuna is explored bringing "definition to exactly what love is like in a virtual world." However, at the time of this preliminary review, he had only watched the first 12 episodes of the series. He has since gone on to review the second half of the series, lauding its excellent use of plot twists and praising its well written and believable villain. However, he felt that some of the initial positive aspects of the series were lost in the second half, such as the focus on psychological repercussions and social interactions that could be realistically seen in an online game. Criticism was also levied on the aspect of turning Asuna into a damsel in distress, stating that a female lead as strong as her was "reduced to nothing but the quest item the male lead is hunting for." Eisenbeis closes his review of the series by stating in regards to the two halves, "Both, however, are enjoyable for what they are."
Steve of DeviceCritique also praises Sword Art Online for exploring the psychological and social aspects of virtual reality gaming.

Not that it's a big deal but do people really take SAO seriously?

Matthew Lopez
Matthew Lopez

It's a deconstruction of isekai and has interesting characters.
Protip: EVERY isekai that comes out nowadays tries to deconstruct the isekai genre in some manner, usually by the genre-savvy main character not-so-subtly dropping meta commentary about his predicament constantly. Amateur authors don't seem to get that pointing out and making fun of every cliche you write in your story isn't funny, it just gets fucking annoying after a while, especially when you use it as a justification to write the shittiest most by-the-books setting ever just so the protagonist can make fun of it.

At this point I honestly prefer to reading a straight-up vanilla isekai story that ISN'T stuffed to the gills with snark and sarcasm and just plays its premise straight.

Landon Myers
Landon Myers

Richard Eisenbeis
Isn't this the guy that threw a fit about Kill la Kill "glorifying wrist-cutting and self-harm"?

Cooper Scott
Cooper Scott

Who the fuck cares about SAO now?

Ryan Hall
Ryan Hall

Judging by those sales, Japan apparently.

Luke Wilson
Luke Wilson

EEEEEEEE? BUT SHE ISN'T WEARING ANY PANTSU!
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Benjamin Murphy
Benjamin Murphy

Is Nishio Ishin one person? If yes, his output is insane.

Probably was one in the beginning, but nowadays it's multiple writers working under the penname.

Jacob Adams
Jacob Adams

Zero No Tsukaima Volume 21 didn't ranked
it hurts so much

Andrew Morris
Andrew Morris

it's a group more than several writters iirc

Austin White
Austin White

It's just Kamachi.exe with a wordplay module installed and turned up to overdrive.

Thomas Diaz
Thomas Diaz

Light novels

Luis Clark
Luis Clark

Which isekai LNs aren't terrible?

Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez

Mahouka SS and Mahouka main volumes are counted separately
This is interesting

Joseph Bennett
Joseph Bennett

Where can i find this chart?

Logan Price
Logan Price

no shieldbro
Well i should have expected somethign like this, considering the LNs barely can break 10k.

Thomas Adams
Thomas Adams

See Kadokawa, you don't absolutely need A-1 and Jewplex anime marketing to promote this shit. This is probably a way cheaper approach too that pisses off a lot less potential new fans in the process.

Asher Clark
Asher Clark

Yeah that guys a fucking idiot. Objectively bad taste in pretty much everything too which is not easy to do

Leo Richardson
Leo Richardson

Slime anime when

Mason Long
Mason Long

20 128,460 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index
DED
E
D

Jose Brooks
Jose Brooks

Holy shit, none of them are good.
Why is manga so much better as medium in every ways?

Carter Brooks
Carter Brooks

25 105,145 Imouto sae Ireba Ii.

nice

Christopher Martin
Christopher Martin

17 155,250 Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry

24 119,692 Gakusen Toshi Asterisk

The latter has had a split core season and is still selling less

Asterisk really is garbage.

Asher Turner
Asher Turner

Can't wait until YP licence every single one of those series and translations then stop and all these faggots on Sup Forums who are posting on the wrong board finally fuck off since they are poor and hate official shit.

Easton Howard
Easton Howard

No Rokujouma? You have shitty taste Japan.

Alexander Morris
Alexander Morris

Both are fucking shit.

Levi Gray
Levi Gray

Isekai is all trash for plebs to consume.

Cameron Jenkins
Cameron Jenkins

just avoid the ones about summoned cheat heroes, so long as MC has a interesting hobbies other than his harem and murder it's probably half decent.

Aiden Nguyen
Aiden Nguyen

A lot of people care about SAO. Just because you don't see it on your sekrit imageboard a lot doesn't mean people stopped caring.

Nathaniel Sanders
Nathaniel Sanders

So if you combine SAO and SAO:P then it beats everything. SAO is still king.

Charles Gutierrez
Charles Gutierrez

Well if you combine Konosuba and the spin off Konosuba still wins

Still pretty crazy to see konosuba just dominating, how popular was it before the anime?

Andrew Edwards
Andrew Edwards

20 128,460 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index

Just put it out of it's fucking misery.

Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill

1 757,412 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

Nice.

James Moore
James Moore

If you combine both their spinoffs, the margin isn't that big.

Oliver Phillips
Oliver Phillips

index still popular
no new anime

Why?

Samuel Gray
Samuel Gray

so many entries
they're all basically the same: harems for 14 years olds
Is LN's the shittiest medium in existence? There's literally nothing redeemable about them.

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