Weekly Light Novels Oricon Rankings
31-05-2013, 04:44 AM
Post: #11
Oricon ranks under BOOK all books that aren't manga or published in a Bunkobon format (i.e. paperback, roughly 15 x 11 cm). The BOOK rankings include formats such as Tankoubon (18 x 13 cm), Shinsho (17 x 11 cm), Mook (Magazine + Book), etc.
Monogatari novels is released in a Tankoubon format, so they are in the BOOK rankings; Most light novels are released in a Bunkobon format, so they are ranked under the Bunko rankings. Biblia is also released in Bunkobon format (it is after all published under the MediaWorks Bunko label) so it's also found in the Bunko rankings.

我、生きずして死すこと無し。
理想の器、満つらざるとも屈せず。
これ、後悔とともに死すこと無し。

31-05-2013, 07:45 AM (This post was last modified: 31-05-2013, 07:47 AM by Mark.)
Post: #12
That's confusing, most people talk about monogatari as it was a Light Novel and Biblia as it was a Novel but actually Biblia is published in LN format and Monogatari in Book/Novel format.

I always tought:

Light Novels - books with a more simplified japanese writing and some "manga like" draws(colored and black/white) in some pages.

Novels - books without drawing and a more mature and difficult japanese writing.

Is this correct? or what differ "novels" from "light novels" is just the format(Tankoubon X Bunkobon)?
02-06-2013, 03:29 AM
Post: #13
Well, there isn't a consensus on how to define what is a light novel and what isn't.
There is the definition that you quoted that light novels have simplified japanese (e.g. using only everyday kanji, having furigana to show how to pronunce certain words, etc.). There is the definition that light novels are novels published under light novel labels (like Dengeki Bunko, Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko, etc.). There is a definition that light novels are novels marketed as light novels. There is a definition that light novels are novels that focus on the characters. (More definitions can be found on the japanese wikipedia)
As you can see, the definition of what is a light novel is vague and open to interpretation. It doesn't help that some novels will get republished under light novels labels (like Another, Red data Girl, etc.) and some light novels will get republished as novels (like Hyouka, Gosick, etc.). I would say the "best" definition is 2ch's light novel board's definition of a light novel which is as follow:
Quote:あなたがそうだと思うものがライトノベルです。ただし、他人の同意を得られるとは限りません。
Light novels are what you think they are. However, others may not agree with you.

Even between "official" sources (like publishers, online bookstores, sales tracker, etc.), there isn't a consistency in what is a light novel and what isn't. For example, Oricon only consider a novel to be a light novel (for their half-yearly/yearly rankings) if it's published under a light novel label and released in Bunkobon format, even thouh light novel labels like Seikaisha Fictions that release their novels in Tankoubon format exist. It also means that they don't include the Monogatari volumes even though they are ranked in the yearly Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! rankings.
Or to give another example, take AMW's Mediaworks Bunko. That publishing label was originally created to target readers who have "graduated" from light novels and is not marketed as being a light novel label itself, Oricon doesn't classify it as a light novel either and they haven't ever appeared in Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! rankings. Yet if you look at Amazon, even though the label itself is put under the general litterature section, a lot of the novels published under that label are also included in the light novel section (like Biblia, Theater!, Tantei Higurashi Taito, Reinousha Minato, even those with a non manga-like cover illustration like Enjirareta Time Travel, Nineteen, 2, Ikenie no Dilemna. There are still some that are not included in the light novel section, like Bokutachi wa Doctor ja nai or Hana no Kaon).

To answer your question, the Monogatari series is indeed considered to be a light novel series (inf act, most Kodansha Box releases are considered to be light novels). The opinion on biblia is divisive: according to the publisher it's not a light novel but people will still argue whether it's a light novel or not (and Amazon listing it under light novels doesn't help). Personnaly, I consider it to be a light novel even if others may not agree with me.

Btw, the formats (Tankoubon, Bunkobon, Shinsho) don't refer to anything but the size of the pages: there are plenty of standard novels that are released in a bunkobon format (that's why the rankings I post have gaps in them and why the number of light novels ranking differs between weeks).

我、生きずして死すこと無し。
理想の器、満つらざるとも屈せず。
これ、後悔とともに死すこと無し。

03-06-2013, 04:33 PM (This post was last modified: 11-08-2013, 10:18 PM by Mecasonic13.)
Post: #14
Oricon's Rankings for the First Half of 2013 (12/03/2012~27/05/2013 although judging by some of the sales number, it should be 26/11/2012~20/05/2013)

Top 30 Light Novels:
Ranking / Sales / Titles
*1 340,369 Sword Art Online 11
*2 297,782 Sword Art Online 12
*3 183,966 Toaru Majutsu no Index NT 6
*4 165,983 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai CONNECT
*5 135,452 Baka to Test to Shokanjuu 11
*6 133,688 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 8
*7 131,311 Toaru Majutsu no Index NT 7
*8 127,519 Accel World 13
*9 124,917 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 9
10 106,236 Kagerou Days - a headphone actor
11 104,211 Kagerou Days - in a daze
12 *95,031 Date A Live 7
13 *86,234 Date A Live 6
14 *85,814 Hidan no Aria Reloaded - Cast Off Table
15 *85,499 Hidan no Aria XIV
16 *81,953 Sword Art Online 1
17 *81,433 Shin Seitokai no Ichizon (First Part)
18 *78,506 Sword Art Online Progressive 1
19 *78,181 Sword Art Online 5
20 *77,880 Infinite Stratos 8
21 *75,958 Yahari Ore no Seishun wa machigatteiru (SNAFU) 6
22 *75,428 Sword Art Online 6
23 *72,615 Sword Art Online 7
24 *72,512 Sword Art Online 2
25 *70,508 Sword Art Online 8
26 *70,484 Sword Art Online 10
27 *70,324 Sword Art Online 9
28 *68,914 Hataraku Maou-sama!
29 *67,775 High School DxD 14
30 *67,643 Shin Seitokai no Ichizon (Second Part)

Top 20 Light Novel Series:
Ranking / Cumulative Sales / Titles
*1 1,363,771 Sword Art Online
*2 413,489 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
*3 402,685 Hataraku Maou-sama!
*4 378,550 Date A Live
*5 376,904 Toaru Majutsu no Index NT
*6 374,472 Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara kuru soudesu yo? (Problem Children)
*7 353,669 Yahari Ore no Seishun wa machigatteiru (SNAFU)
*8 238,010 Accel World
*9 210,447 Kagerou Days
10 210,033 Baka to Test to Shokanjuu
11 204,267 Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
12 188,763 Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
13 171,567 Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko
14 165,983 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai CONNECT*
15 162,974 Infinite Stratos
16 149,076 Shin Seitokai no Ichizon
17 130,383 Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
18 100,427 GJ-bu
19 100,084 Hidan no Aria*
20 *99,101 High School DxD

*Oricon counts separately numbered volumes and unnumbered volumes

Other novels (either light novels not considered as such by Oricon or novels written by a light novel writer):

Bunko (Bunkobon/paperback format): from Top 100 Bunko
Ranking / Sales / Titles
**3 633,832 Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou 4
**7 298,490 Kenchou Omote Nashi Ka
**9 295,230 Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou
*10 293,360 Shukubutsu Zukan
*19 223,616 Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou 3
*21 216,166 Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou 2
*27 204,502 Toshokan Sensou 1
*34 161,335 Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu
*42 131,034 Omoide no Toki Shuri shimasu
*55 112,777 Toshokan Sensou 2
*67 *93,422 Toshokan Sensou 3
*71 *88,107 Toshokan Sensou 4
*78 *85,278 Toshokan Sensou 5
*91 *77,407 Toshokan Sensou 6

Shinsho (17 x 11 cm) format:
Ranking / Sales / Titles
*1 135,096 ONE PIECE FILM Z
*2 *96,211 Natsume Yuujinchou Novel
*3 *90,541 Ao no Exorcist - Home Sweet Home
*4 *65,324 Kuroko no Basketball - Replace III
*5 *63,200 Kuroko no Basketball - Replace
*6 *61,444 Kuroko no Basketball - Replace II
*7 *57,568 Tenshi-tachi no Kagaikatsudou 3
*8 *54,270 Hitsuden (Densetsu series, Nisio Isin)
*9 *51,883 Ao no Exorcist - The Movie
10 *45,889 Hunter x Hunter - The Movie
11 *39,639 Kuro Majo-san ga Tooru! 15
12 *35,315 Yuwai momo noki Jimujou (sp?) 3
13 *34,255 Medaka Box Gaiden - Good Loser Kumagawa (Second Part)
14 *33,818 Chihayafuru - Chuugakusei 2
15 *30,757 Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children)
16 *28,613 Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu
17 *22,862 Inazuma Seven GO! vs Danball Senki W (Part 1)
18 *21,187 Detective Conan - Zekkai no Tantei
20 *19,825 Seikikusuo no Sainin - Extra Story of Psychics

Other formats (Tankoubon, etc.):
Ranking / Sales / Titles
16 *69,332 Sora Tobu Kouhoushitsu
20 *64,561 Senbonzakura

Authors:
Ranking / Cumulative Sales / Authors
*2 1,680,287 Reki Kawahara (SAO, Accel World)
*3 1,581,936 Hiro Arikawa (Toshokan Sensou, Shukubutsu Zukan, Kenchou Omote Nashi Ka)
*4 1,368,844 Mikami En (Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou)
13 *,484,578 Kamamachi Kazuma (Index, Heavy Object, Intelligence Village, etc.)
15 *,413,489 Tsutomu Satou (Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei)
16 *,398,138 Kouji Tachibana (Date A Live)
18 *,374,472 Tarou Tatsunoko (Mondaiji-tachi)
20 *,353,669 Watari Wataru (SNAFU)

Source: 2ch

我、生きずして死すこと無し。
理想の器、満つらざるとも屈せず。
これ、後悔とともに死すこと無し。

06-06-2013, 09:35 AM
Post: #15
Weekly Oricon Rankings (Bunko): 27/05/2013~02/06/2013
Ranking / This week's sales / Cumulative Sales / Release Date / Titles
*1 147,983 147,983 2013/05/28 Kagerou Days vol. III
*8 *15,220 332,991 2013/04/05 Kenchou Omote Nashi Ka
11 *14,657 *14,657 2013/05/29 Knights and Magic vol. 2
12 *14,231 *14,231 2013/05/31 High School DxD vol. 15 (Limited Edition with BD)
14 *12,999 *12,999 2013/06/01 Shounen Onmyouji vol. 40
15 *11,582 871,222 2011/04/23 Toshokan Sensou vol. 1 (Bunko edition)
19 *10,434 *10,434 2013/05/29 Next Life vol. 1
21 **9,428 342,596 2012/05/30 Kagerou Days
23 **9,355 **9,355 2013/06/01 Shinmai Maou no Testament vol. III
25 **9,018 570,850 2011/04/23 Toshokan Sensou vol. 2 (Bunko edition)
26 **8,750 *57,737 2013/05/18 Date A Live Encore
27 **8,664 296,928 2012/09/29 Kagerou Days vol. II
30 **8,388 487,600 2011/05/23 Toshokan Sensou vol. 3 (Bunko edition)
33 **8,017 465,729 2011/06/23 Toshokan Sensou vol. 4 (Bunko edition)
34 **8,012 426,044 2011/07/23 Toshokan Sensou vol. 5 (Bunko edition)
35 **7,875 154,088 2013/05/10 Toaru Majutsu no Index: New Testament vol. 7
36 **7,546 383,176 2011/08/25 Toshokan Sensou vol. 6 (Bunko)
37 **6,833 **6,833 2013/05/28 Kuro no Hiera-Glaphicos vol. 6
39 **6,549 *30,746 2013/05/24 Campione! vol. XIV
41 **6,183 **6,183 2013/06/01 Cross x Regalia vol. 5 - Watatsumi no Isan
43 **5,937 **5,937 2013/06/01 Hatsukoi Trap
44 **5,906 **5,906 2013/06/01 Gin no Ryuu Kishidan vol. 9
45 **5,808 **8,580 2013/05/25 Order wa Tantei ni vol. 2
47 **5,636 113,974 2011/03/18 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.
49 **5,573 *24,551 2013/05/22 Gakusen Toshi Asterisk vol. 3
50 **5,559 *32,442 2013/05/18 Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? vol. 13

Weekly Oricon Rankings (BOOK) : 27/05/2013~02/06/2013
Ranking / This week's sales / Cumulative Sales / Release Date / Titles
*1 *37,262 155,277 2013/05/20 Koyomimonogatari
31 **8,071 *10,544 2013/05/27 Pandora Hearts - Caucus race 3
43 **7,229 **7,229 2013/05/30 Love Live! School Idol Diary - Kousaka Honoka
49 **6,191 **8,992 2013/05/25 Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchu

我、生きずして死すこと無し。
理想の器、満つらざるとも屈せず。
これ、後悔とともに死すこと無し。

06-06-2013, 11:18 AM
Post: #16
Wow, Biblia and SAO are monsters, would like to know how much money Reki Kawahara have right now......

i wonder if Biblia will have a anime adaptation someday, for what i read the story does not fit for anime, it fits more with live action.
07-06-2013, 04:33 AM (This post was last modified: 07-06-2013, 05:21 AM by Mark.)
Post: #17
What's this "Kagerou Days" LN about? only 3 volumes and selling this much is not normal.
07-06-2013, 06:25 AM
Post: #18
Kagerou Project is a popular series of Vocaloid songs written by by Shizen no Teki-P(Jin) and uploaded on Nico Nico Douga. Kagerou Days is the name of the most popular of those songs and is thus the name used by the manga, the light novel and the future anime adaptation. I don't know whether it's the first series to adapt vocaloid songs to other media, but as you can see it ended up being a huge succes and I believe it started the trend of adaptating vocaloid songs (for example of other popular light novels based on vocaloid songs that were published after Kagerou Days, there are Senbonzakura which sold 65k in the first half of 2013 and Shuuen no Shiori which sold something around 30k after ranking for three consecutives weeks in Oricon's rankings).

You can read more about Kagerou Days on the Kagerou Project Wikia. The songs have probably been uploaded on Youtube if you want to listen to them.

我、生きずして死すこと無し。
理想の器、満つらざるとも屈せず。
これ、後悔とともに死すこと無し。

10-06-2013, 08:43 AM
Post: #19
Lol, a LN to connect points in a story created with musics. Weird hehe. Thank for the explanation as always.
13-06-2013, 07:52 AM (This post was last modified: 14-06-2013, 03:55 AM by Mecasonic13.)
Post: #20
Weekly Oricon Rankings (Bunko): 03/06/2013~09/06/2013
Ranking / This week's sales / Cumulative Sales / Release Date / Titles
*1 125,685 125,685 2013/06/07 Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai vol. 12
*2 *70,350 *70,350 2013/06/07 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei vol. 10
*3 *66,441 *66,441 2013/06/07 Accel World vol. 14
*5 *46,841 194,824 2013/05/28 Kagerou Days vol. III
*6 *37,012 *37,012 2013/06/07 Durarara!! vol. x12
15 *11,676 344,667 2013/04/05 Kenchou Omote Nashi Ka
16 *10,981 *10,981 2013/06/07 The Zashiki Warashi of Intelligence Village vol. 3
18 *10,149 *23,148 2013/06/01 Shounen Onmyouji vol. 40
21 **9,235 **9,235 2013/06/07 Seitokai Tantei Kirika vol. 4
23 **8,981 **8,981 2013/06/07 vol. XVII episode CLOSE/the last part
24 **8,609 879,831 2011/04/23 Toshokan Sensou vol. 1 (Bunko Edition)
28 **8,240 350,836 2012/05/30 Kagerou Days
31 **7,271 304,199 2012/09/29 Kagerou Days vol. II
32 **7,214 578,064 2011/04/23 Toshokan Sensou vol. 2 (Bunko Edition)
33 **7,204 **7,204 2013/06/07 Strange Moon - Housekibako ni Utsuru Tsuki
35 **6,707 494,307 2011/05/23 Toshokan Sensou vol. 3 (Bunko Edition)
37 **6,325 432,369 2011/07/23 Toshokan Sensou vol. 5 (Bunko Edition)
38 **6,207 471,936 2011/06/23 Toshokan Sensou vol. 4 (Bunko Edition)
41 **5,906 389,082 2011/08/25 Toshokan Sensou vol. 6 (Bunko Edition)
42 **5,815 **5,815 2013/06/05 Sangatsu Usagi to Himitsu no Hanazono
44 **5,524 **5,524 2013/06/07 Gunparade March 2K Nishikaigan-hen vol. 1
46 **5,480 **6,545 2013/06/03 Tsugunai no Shirabe
48 **5,213 119,187 2011/03/18 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.
49 **5,204 **5,204 2013/06/04 Yajuu wa Tasogare no Mori de Ai ni Deau
50 **5,106 159,194 2013/05/10 Toaru Majutsu no Index New Testament vol. 7

Weekly Oricon Rankings (BOOK) : 03/06/2013~09/06/2013
Ranking / This week's sales / Cumulative Sales / Release Date / Titles
*1 *33,796 *33,796 2013/06/04 High Kyuu!! Novel vol. I
*2 *30,505 *30,505 2013/06/04 Nisekoi vol. 1 Urabana
*9 *15,940 171,217 2013/05/20 Koyomimonogatari
48 **6,052 185,733 2012/07/27 Sora Tobu Kouhoushitsu

我、生きずして死すこと無し。
理想の器、満つらざるとも屈せず。
これ、後悔とともに死すこと無し。



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