Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of March 19-25, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of March 19-25, 2018.

I also cover this list in video format. You can watch the video on YouTube.

#10

Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. Vol.12

Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. Vol.12

12,578 Copies Sold this week
aka In Another World With My Smartphone
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/in-a-different-world-with-a-smartphone/
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club. Volume 7 released March 8, 2018
12 episode anime streamed on Crunchyroll. It covered volumes 1-3 of the light novel series.

What it’s about…

After a freak accident involving some lightning winds up zapping him dead, 15-year-old Mochizuki Touya wakes up to find himself face-to-face with God. “I am afraid to say that I have made a bit of a blunder…” laments the old coot. But all is not lost! God says that he can reincarnate Touya into a world of fantasy, and as a bonus, he gets to bring his smartphone along with! So begins Touya’s adventure in a new, anachronistic pseudo-medieval world. Friends! Laughs! Tears! Inexplicable Deus ex Machina! He sets off on a journey full of wonder as he absentmindedly travels from place to place, following whatever goal catches his fancy. The curtains lift on an epic tale of swords, sorcery, and smartphone apps!

Purchase the In Another World with My Smartphone light novels in English

#09

Shin Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki Gaiden: Tenchi Muyou! GXP Vol.16

Shin Tenchi Muyou! Ryououki Gaiden: Tenchi Muyou! GXP Vol.16

12,581 Copies Sold this week

What it’s about…

Seina Yamada may just be the unluckiest guy in the world. As Tenchi Masaki’s classmate, this walking time bomb seems to spread destruction and bad fortune wherever he goes. But when a suprise encounter with a beautiful woman leaves him with lipstick on his face and a Galaxy Police pamphlet, it seems his luck is about to turn around. Now, he has become a member of the GP Academy and is about to face the challenges of squaring off against space pirates, adapting to a new advanced society, and sneaking out after curfew with his friends.

#08

Log Horizon Vol.11

Log Horizon Vol.11

13,078 Copies Sold this week
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/log-horizon/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. 10 volumes have been release to date.
50 episode anime streamed on Crunchyroll and covered volume 1-10 of the light novels.
The manga is also licensed by Yen Press.

What it’s about…

By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Elder Tale (エルダー・テイル Erudā Teiru) has become a global success, having a following of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Novasphere Pioneers (ノウアスフィアの開墾 Nōasufia no Kaikon), thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are all logged on at the time of the update, suddenly find themselves transported inside the game world and donning their in-game avatars. In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer called Shiroe along with his friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki decide to team up so that they may face this world which has now become their reality along with the challenges which lie ahead.

Purchase the Log Horizon light novels in English

#07

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Vol.12

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Vol.12

13,154 Copies Sold this week
aka Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/grimgal-of-ashes-and-illusion/
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club (eBook) & Seven Seas (Print). Volume 8 releases in eBook in April 2018. The manga is licensed by Yen Press
12 episode +1 OVA anime covered volumes 1-2 and streamed on Crunchyroll.

What it’s about…

Why are we doing this…? When Haruhiro came to, he was in the darkness. Not knowing why was he here, or where “here” even was. With him were others who also remembered little more than their own names. What they found when they came out of the underground was a world that was `just like a game.” In order to survive, Haruhiro forms a party with others in the same situation as him, learns Skills, and takes his first steps forward into the world of Grimgar as a Trainee Volunteer Soldier. Not knowing what awaits him… This is a tale of adventure born from the ashes.

Purchase the Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash light novels in English

#06

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Memorial Regular Edition

Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Memorial Regular Edition

15,447 Copies Sold this week
aka How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/saenai-heroine-no-sodatekata/
No English license for the light novels. The manga is licensed by Yen Press
25 episode anime had it’s 1st season licensed by Aniplex & 2nd season licensed by Amazon.com

A definitive “Saekano” fan book including unpublished novels, character commentary, rare illustrations and more!

What the series is about…

Main series description…
The life of Tomoyo Aki, a highschool otaku working part time to support his BD hoarding. With remarkable luck, he bumps head-first into, Megumi Katou, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Naturally, the meeting twists his life into a complicated torrent of relationships. Eriri Spencer Sawamura, his half-foreigner childhood friend who’s always valued her relationship with Tomoyo. Kasumigaoka Utaha, a cold, composed renowned literary genius who shoves everyone aside from our protagonist. What is this? An eroge introduction?
The tale of a small not quite doujin circle, but not quite indie studio’s journey through the tough territory of comiket and beyond.

#05

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.24

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.24

17,684 Copies Sold this week
aka The Irregular at Magic High School
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/mahouka-koukou-no-rettousei/
Licensed by Yen On. Volume 7 releasing March 27, 2018
26 episode Anime covered volume 1-7 excluding volume 5. Available on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

Magic.
It is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people.
Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician”.
Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.
This is a story about:
A defective elder brother and low achiever.
A perfect, flawless younger sister and high achiever.
After both siblings entered a Magic High School,
The stage of daily turbulence was unveiled —.

Purchase The Irregular at Magic High School light novels in English

#04

High School DxD Vol.25

High School DxD Vol.25

24,360 Copies Sold this week
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/high-school-dxd/
No English license for the light novels.
The manga is licensed for English release by Yen Press. Volume 10 released in December.
Anime adaptation – 36 episodes + 4 OVAs. Licensed in NA by Funimation. Available on Crunchyroll. The anime has covered volumes 1-7 & part of 8. The 4th anime season, High School DxD Hero is scheduled for an April 2018 release.

What it’s about…

Hyoudou Issei is a (perverted) high school boy. When he goes out on a date with his first girlfriend Amano Yuuma, he is killed by her. Her true identity is Raynare, a fallen angel sent by a secret society Grigori to eliminate dangerous divine weapons. Issei is reincarnated as a devil by his senpai Rias Gremory, a Duke of Hell. Issei serves as Rias’s low-rank devil and fights against the fallen angels.

#03

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Vol.11

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records Vol.11

25,128 Copies Sold this week
aka Akashic Records of the Bastard Magical Instructor
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/akashic-records-of-the-bastard-magical-instructor/
No English license for the light novels.
The manga is licensed for English release by Seven Seas. Volume 3 releases in April.
Anime adaptation – 12 episodes. Licensed in NA by Funimation.

What it’s about…

Sisti attends a magical academy to hone her skills in the magical arts, and hopes to solve the mystery of the enigmatic Sky Castle. After the retirement of her favorite teacher, the replacement, Glen, turns out to be a tardy, lazy, seemingly incompetent bastard of an instructor. How was it that Glen was hand-picked by the best magician in the academy!?

#02

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.16

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.16

27,223 Copies Sold this week
aka Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/rezero-kara-hajimeru-isekai-seikatsu/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 6 released February 27, 2018

What it’s about…

Suddenly, high school student Subaru Natsuki has been summoned to another world on the way back from the convenience store. With the biggest crisis of his life being summoned to another world, and with no sign of the one who summoned him, things become even worse when he is attacked. But when he is saved by a mysterious, silver-haired girl with a fairy cat, Subaru attempts to return the favor by helping her track down something that was stolen from her. When they finally manage to get a clue, Subaru and the girl are attacked and killed by someone. Subaru then awakens in the place he was summoned and notices he gained the ability “Returns by Death” and has become a helpless boy that only has the ability to rewind time to a certain point by dying. Beyond the despair, can he save the girl from the fate of death?

Purchase the Re:Zero light novels in English

#01

Date A Live Vol.18

Date A Live Vol.18

32,335 Copies Sold this week
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/date-a-live/
No English license
22 +2 OVA episode anime series. Licensed for NA release by Funimation. The anime covered volume 1-7 of the light novel series.

What it’s about…

April 10th. Yesterday was the last day of spring vacation, so starting this morning it was a school day. After being woken up by his cute little sister, Itsuka Shidou believed that it would be the start of another normal day. As for predicting the chance meeting with the girl who called herself a spirit……
Along with a sudden shockwave, the townscape vanished without a trace. In a corner of the street which had now become a crater, the girl was there.
“?You, have you come to kill me too?”
She is the disaster that will destroy humanity, a monster of unknown origin, and a being rejected by the world. There are only two ways to stop this girl: annihilation, and conversation. His little sister Kotori, wrapped in a military uniform, thus said to Shidou: “Since it’s like this, just go date her, and make the spirit fall for you!” “Wh.. whaaaaaaaat!?” Enter a new age of boy meets girl!!

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of March 5-11, 2018

#10

Isekai Nonbiri Nouka Vol.2

7,011 Copies Sold this week.
aka Farming Life in Another World
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/isekai-nonbiri-nouka/
No English License.

What it’s about…

Having died of sickness at the age of 39, Machio Hiraku is given the opportunity to go to another world. When asked what his wish is by God intending to give him strength, he requests to have a healthy body, offered a second wish, he chooses to live peacefully, a third wish to be able to know the local language, and for a final wish, to be able to be a farmer.

#09

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.13 Regular Edition

7,106 Copies Sold this week.
aka Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon?
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/dungeon-ni-deai-o-motomeru-no-wa-machigatte-iru-darou-ka/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 11 releases in English in April
13 episode anime covered volumes 1-5. Streaming on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

In Orario, fearless adventurers band together in search of fame and fortune within the monstrous underground labyrinth known as Dungeon.

But while riches and renown are incentive enough for most, Bell Cranel, would-be hero extraordinaire, has bigger plans.

He wants to pick up girls.

Is it wrong to face the perils of Dungeon alone, in a single-member guild blessed by a failed goddess? Maybe. Is it wrong to dream of playing hero to hapless maidens in Dungeon? Maybe not. After one misguided adventure, Bell quickly discovers that anything can happen in the labyrinth–even chance encounters with beautiful women. The only problem? He’s the one who winds up the damsel in distress!

#08

Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple

7,329 Copies Sold this week.
Novelization of the theatrical feature film.
No English license for the novel.
The manga is licensed for English release by Yen Press. They are releasing volume 6 on April 10, 2018
The 24 episode anime is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

What it’s about…

Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death, Nakajima Atsushi meets some strange men. One of them, Dazai Osamu, is a suicidal man attempting to drown himself in broad daylight. The other, bespectacled Kunikida Doppo, nervously stands by flipping through a notepad. Both are members of the “Armed Detective Agency” said to solve incidents that even the military and police won’t touch. Atsushi ends up accompanying them on a mission to eliminate a man-eating tiger that’s been terrorizing the population…

#07

Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon Vol.10 Part 3

8,051 Copies Sold this week.
aka Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/kyoukai-senjou-no-horizon/
No English License for the Light Novels.
2 anime seasons – total of 26 episodes. Licensed for English release by Sentai Filmworks

What it’s about…

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon chronicles the story of a futuristic civilization returned to Earth after constant warfare hindered them from traveling beyond the post-Apocalyptic Earth. At this stage, a small archipelago called the Divine States were the only hospitable land on Earth. In order to regain the space-faring technology they had lost after many years of war, they decided to recreate history with a book called the Testament as a guide.
It is the year 1648 in the Testament Era. Toori Aoi, Chancellor and Student Council President of the only academy on the airborne city-ship Musashi, faces the ten-year anniversary of the death of his childhood friend Horizon Ariadust in an accident. As he prepares to celebrate the occasion by proposing to P-01s (an automaton who looks exactly like Horizon) he discovers that his suspicion about P-01s’ appearance actually has a basis in truth; P-01s is in fact Horizon Ariadust, reborn into a robotic body. In addition to this, Horizon’s emotions had been stripped away and are now stored in eight powerful weapons called the Mortal Sin Armaments; which are now in the possession of key people in various established countries in the Divine States.
To retrieve the emotions of Horizon Ariadust, Toori Aoi along with his friends and allies begins a crusade against different obstacles as key events in history are recreated in a futuristic manner.

#06

Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen Part 4 Vol.2

9,324 Copies Sold this week.
aka Ascendance of a Bookworm
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/ascendance-of-a-bookworm/
No English license for the novels.

What it’s about…

Urano, a bookworm who had finally found a job as a librarian at a university, was sadly killed shortly after graduating from college. She was reborn as the daughter of a soldier in a world where the literacy rate is low and books were scarce. No matter how much she wanted to read, there were no books around. What is a bookworm to do without any books? Make them, of course. Her goal is to become a librarian! So that she may once again live surrounded by books, she must start by making them herself.

#05

Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol.5

9,644 Copies Sold this week.
Licensed for English release by Yen On
Previous 4 volumes already available in English
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/sword-art-online-progressive/
Anime used some material from Progressive Volume 1 for the Aincrad arc.

“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”

One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.

Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?

Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!

#04

No Game No Life Vol.10

17,216 Copies Sold this week.
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/no-game-no-life/
Licensed for release in English by Yen On. Volume 7 releases in English June 2018
12 Episode anime available to stream on Crunchyroll. Covered volumes 1-3.
No Game No Life Zero film – released July 2017, covered volume 6.

What it’s about…

Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts–even those involving national borders–are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…

#03

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku Vol.13

22,434 Copies Sold this week.
aka Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/death-march-kara-hajimaru-isekai-kyusoukyoku-ln/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. 4th volume released January 31, 2018.
Anime currently ongoing on Crunchyroll.

29-year-old programmer Suzuki Ichirou finds himself transported into a fantasy RPG. Within the game, he’s a 15-year-old named Satou. At first he thinks he’s dreaming, but his experiences seem very real. Due to a powerful ability he possesses with limited use, he ends up wiping out an army of lizard men and becomes a high leveled adventurer. Satuu decides to hide his level, and plans to live peacefully and meet new people. However, developments in the game’s story, such as the return of a demon king, may cause a nuisance to Satou’s plans.

#02

Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Vol.12

37,477 Copies Sold this week.
aka That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/tensei-shitara-slime-datta-ken-ln/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 2 releases April 24, 2018
An anime adaptation has been announced.

What it’s about…

Lonely thirty-seven-year-old Satoru Mikami is stuck in a dead-end job, unhappy with his mundane life, but after dying at the hands of a robber, he awakens to a fresh start in a fantasy realm…as a slime monster! As he acclimates to his goopy new existence, his exploits with the other monsters set off a chain of events that will change his new world forever!

#01

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.24

52,275 Copies Sold this week.
aka The Irregular at Magic High School
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/mahouka-koukou-no-rettousei/
Licensed by Yen On. Volume 7 releasing March 27, 2018
26 episode Anime covered volume 1-7 excluding volume 5. Available on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

Magic.
It is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people.
Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician”.
Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.
This is a story about:
A defective elder brother and low achiever.
A perfect, flawless younger sister and high achiever.
After both siblings entered a Magic High School,
The stage of daily turbulence was unveiled —.

 


 

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of February 19-25, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of February 19-25, 2018.

#10

Maou Toubatsu shita Ato, Medachitakunai node Guild Master ni Natta Vol.3

7,061 Copies Sold this week.
aka After tormenting the Devil, I did not want to stand out, so I became a guild master
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/he-didnt-want-to-be-the-center-of-attention-hence-after-defeating-the-demon-lord-he-became-guild-master/
No English License

What it’s about…

The Kingdom of Albein was blessed with the appearance of the Miracle children, individuals with the greatest talents ever seen. Despite being around ten years old, with abilities dozens of times stronger than the average adventurer, they managed to reach a strength score that exceeded 100.000 points, granting them the SSS adventurer grade. With a mere party of five people, they defeated the Demon Lord regaining the kingdom’s peace.
After that journey, Dick Silver, the most balanced between them, racked his brain to not draw the public attention.
In the end, he decided to become the Guild Master of a suburban guild as a reward, becoming its 12th successor.
After five years he reached his aim and then became a regular of its own guild’s cafe.
But one day, as he was drinking at the bar as always, the daughter of a certain aristocrat came to pay him a visit…

#09

Shin Sangoku Shimai

7,251 Copies Sold this week
No English License

Same author as Oda Nobuna no Yabou
Appears to be a re-telling of the Three Kingdoms with a boy & his two sisters summoned back in time with the Boy taking the role of Liu Bei

#08

Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Vol.6

8,270 Copies Sold this week.
aka How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
https://j-novel.club/s/how-a-realist-hero-rebuilt-the-kingdom
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club. Currently Volumes 1-5 available

What it’s about…

“O, Hero!” With that cliched line, Kazuya Souma found himself summoned to another world and his adventure–did not begin. After he presents his plan to strengthen the country economically and militarily, the king cedes the throne to him and Souma finds himself saddled with ruling the nation! What’s more, he’s betrothed to the king’s daughter now…?! In order to get the country back on its feet, Souma calls the wise, the talented, and the gifted to his side. Five people gather before the newly crowned Souma. Just what are the many talents and abilities they possess…?! What path will his outlook as a realist take Souma and the people of his country down? A revolutionary transferred-to-another-world administrative fantasy series starts here!

#07

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance Vol.17

8,377 Copies Sold this week.
aka Blade Dance of Elementalers
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/seirei-tsukai-no-blade-dance/
No English license for the light novels or manga.
12 episode + 6 specials anime aired July-September 2014. Licensed in NA by Sentai Filmworks

In a world where elemental spirits are summoned, there exists a tournament that grants not only a single wish to its champion, but also blessing and protection to her home country. Therefore nations race to produce the next Ren Ashbell, “The Strongest Blade Dancer,” and only spirit elementalers, who are all pure young maidens, are able to qualify.

Sixteen-year-old Kamito Kazehaya, the only male spirit elementaler, is forced to attend Areishia Spirit Academy, where he meets other spirit contractors around his age. One of these is the red-haired Claire Rouge, who insists that Kamito become her contracted humanoid spirit. But Kamito cannot forget his one and only wish: to take back his former partner, Restia Ashdoll.

Join Kamito as he, with the help of his sword spirit Terminus Est, seeks to become the next champion in the upcoming Blade Dance of the Elementalers!

#06

29 to JK Vol.4

9,411 Copies Sold this week.
No English license for the Light Novel or Manga

Very little information in English.
Appears to be about a 29 year old man who is ordered by the president of his company to date a 15 year old girl (possibly the president’s granddaughter?) Is sold as a “forbidden age difference romantic comedy.”

#05

Oda Nobuna no Yabou Vol.20

9,611 Copies Sold this week.
aka Oda Nobuna’s Ambition
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/oda-nobuna-no-yabou/
No license for the light novels or manga
12 episode anime ranJuly-September 2012 & is licensed in NA by Sentai Filmworks

What it’s about…

Suddenly finding himself in the Sengoku era, regular high school student Sagara Yoshiharu is about to be killed in the battlefield. He is saved by none other than the man who later becomes the infamous Toyotomi Hideyoshi but at a cost to his life. With history completely changed because of Yoshiharu’s actions, he tries to make things right again but it seems that history is taking a different course than the one he learned in school. Oda Nobunaga is now a brilliant but young girl named Oda Nobuna. Yoshiharu starts working under her command to bring back history to its correct course and find his way back home to the present world.

#04

Imouto sae Ireba Ii. Vol.9

21,578 Copies Sold this week
aka A Sister’s All You Need
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/imouto-sae-ireba-ii/
Licensed for release in English by Yen On. Volume 1 releases in May 2018
12 episode anime. Currently streaming on Crunchyroll. Unknown how many volumes it covered.

What it’s about…

Surrounded by many different kinds of companions, our protagonist: Hopeless siscon Hashima Itsuki.
1st class genius and lover, the high end unfortunate-beauty Kani Nayuta.
Troubled about love, troubled about friendships, troubled even in her dreams, victor of the 3 crowns Shirakawa Miyako.
Brutal tax sabre, Ōno Ashley.
Natural born illustrator, Puriketsu.
Each and every one as hesitant as the next, and each and every one dealing with their own headaches. This is a busy story of a group of bewildering characters that play games together, take trips together, and work together, never a single dull day.
Watching over them is the kind and thoughtful, completely perfect, superhuman little brother of Itsuki; Chihiro, with a huge secret of his own―.
From the author that brought you ‘Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai’ (‘Haganai’), Hirasaka Yomi has drawn the curtains for the latest youth love-comedy series!

#03

Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol.5

24,409 Copies Sold this week
Licensed for English release by Yen On
Previous 4 volumes already available in English

Sword Art Online – Progressive


Anime used some material from Progressive Volume 1 for the Aincrad arc.

What it’s about…

“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”

One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.

Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?

Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!

#02

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.13 Regular Edition

25,025 Copies Sold this week.
aka Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon?
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/dungeon-ni-deai-o-motomeru-no-wa-machigatte-iru-darou-ka/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 11 releases in English in April
13 episode anime covered volumes 1-5. Streaming on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

In Orario, fearless adventurers band together in search of fame and fortune within the monstrous underground labyrinth known as Dungeon.

But while riches and renown are incentive enough for most, Bell Cranel, would-be hero extraordinaire, has bigger plans.

He wants to pick up girls.

Is it wrong to face the perils of Dungeon alone, in a single-member guild blessed by a failed goddess? Maybe. Is it wrong to dream of playing hero to hapless maidens in Dungeon? Maybe not. After one misguided adventure, Bell quickly discovers that anything can happen in the labyrinth–even chance encounters with beautiful women. The only problem? He’s the one who winds up the damsel in distress!

#01

No Game No Life Vol.10

49,228 Copies Sold this week.
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/no-game-no-life/
Licensed for release in English by Yen On. Volume 7 releases in English June 2018
12 Episode anime available to stream on Crunchyroll. Covered volumes 1-3.
No Game No Life Zero film – released July 2017, covered volume 6.

What it’s about…

Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts–even those involving national borders–are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of February 12-18, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Best Selling Light Novels for the week of February 12-18, 2018

#10

Boukensha ni Naritai to Miyako ni Deteitta Musume ga S-Rank ni Natteta Vol.1

4,530 Copies Sold This Week
aka My daughter who went out to the capital wanting to become an adventurer was S rank

What it’s about… (Bad Google Translation version)

Introduction

The strongest beautiful girl, appear!
A masterpiece of heart-to-world world fantasy, opening here!

“Become a novelist” Top annual general ranking top, topic’s popular work has become a wonderful one volume.
With popularity, comicalization is ongoing as well!

Angelin, a beautiful girl with the title of the highest guild «S rank», struggling day by day to eliminate demons of high rank.
She loves her foster father Bergriff from long ago!
Although taking a long vacation for a certain number of days in a certain day and planning to return to the father of his hometown, the existence of demons appearing one after another continues to keep hoarding home.

“When will I get to see my father … …!”

Heartful world foreign fantasy, which opens vividly the interactions between parents and children, friendship and powerful battle scenes, opens here!

#09

Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e Vol.7.5

4,603 Copies Sold this week.
aka Classroom of the Elite
http://www.novelupdates.com/series/youkoso-jitsuryoku-shijou-shugi-no-kyoushitsu-e/
Anime adaptation 12 episodes aired July-September 2017 covered volumes 1-3 and used some material from 4.5. According to Reddit the anime made significant changes to the source material. Can be streamed via Crunchyroll
Currently no license for the light novel or manga English

What it’s about…

Koudo Ikusei Senior High School, a leading prestigious school with state-of-the-art facilities where nearly 100% of students go on to university or find employment. The students there have the freedom to wear any hairstyle and bring any personal effects they desire. Koudo Ikusei is a paradise-like school, but the truth is that only the most superior of students receive favorable treatment.

The protagonist Kiyotaka Ayanokouji is a student of D-class, which is where the school dumps its “inferior” students in order to ridicule them. For a certain reason, Kiyotaka was careless on his entrance examination, and was put in D-class. After meeting Suzune Horikita and Kikyou Kushida, two other students in his class, Kiyotaka’s situation begins to change.

#08

Saikyou no Kanteishi tte Dare no Koto? Vol.3

5,496 Copies Sold this week
aka Who is the Strongest Appraiser?
No License for English

What it’s about… (bad Google translation version)

Men’s high school students start living in a different world!

Yumi Kugimiya of a boys high school student suddenly moved to another world.
The place which was getting lost in the dungeon is called “the crimson wildcat (Scarlet · link)”
To be protected by adventurers.

I got the strongest skill (skill) of the appraisal system [the eyes of God] when it metastasized, but do not do that to such a thing!
It felt that he liked the original cooking skill and fine work and fell into the honor cooking charge,
Grabbing the stomachs of people around you, producing things not in the other world, or wasteful use of cheat abilities on parade!
While getting angry with various kinds of efforts, I am enjoying a different world life!

Sandwich in croquette, handmade mayonnaise etc.
Delicious Slow Life Opening !!

#07

Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shounen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Youna Monogatari Vol.4

5,511 Copies Sold this week
aka A story such as a boy in the village before the last dungeon lives in the early stages
No English license for the light novel or manga

What it’s about… (bad Google translation version)

A boy in a remote neighborhood village, Connon village Lloyd longed for a soldier who read in a story, decided to go to the kingdom and become a soldier. The villagers who worried about the weakest Lloyd in the village oppose, but with permission of the village head, they depart for the kingdom. In the kingdom he was preparing for a military academy admission test while living in the house of the witch Marie who is the disciple of the village chief.

#06

29 to JK Vol.4

5,759 Copies Sold this week
No English license for the Light Novel or Manga

What it’s about…

Very little information in English.
Appears to be about a 29 year old man who is ordered by the president of his company to date a 15 year old girl (possibly the president’s granddaughter?) Is sold as a “forbidden age difference romantic comedy.”

#05

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.13 Limited Special Edition

6,174 Copies Sold this week
aka Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon?
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/dungeon-ni-deai-o-motomeru-no-wa-machigatte-iru-darou-ka/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 11 releases in English in April
13 episode anime covered volumes 1-5. Streaming on Crunchyroll

What it’s about…

In Orario, fearless adventurers band together in search of fame and fortune within the monstrous underground labyrinth known as Dungeon.

But while riches and renown are incentive enough for most, Bell Cranel, would-be hero extraordinaire, has bigger plans.

He wants to pick up girls.

Is it wrong to face the perils of Dungeon alone, in a single-member guild blessed by a failed goddess? Maybe. Is it wrong to dream of playing hero to hapless maidens in Dungeon? Maybe not. After one misguided adventure, Bell quickly discovers that anything can happen in the labyrinth–even chance encounters with beautiful women. The only problem? He’s the one who winds up the damsel in distress!

#04

Ookami to Koushinryou Vol.20

7,623 Copies Sold this week
aka Spice & Wolf
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/ookami-to-koushinryou/
25 Episode anime + 1 OVA & 2 Specials. Licensed in English by Funimation
Licensed for English release by Yen On

What it’s about…

A young travelling merchant, Kraft Lawrence has become accustomed to days of roaming and trading, with few companions. Or so it was until one peculiar day where the trader finds a young, naked, wolf-like girl asleep in his wagon.

The beautiful girl, calling herself Holo, claims to be a local wolf deity worshipped by locals as the God of Good Harvest. Year after year, she ensured they would reap a good harvest, but she has since grown tired of fulfilling the wishes of the ungrateful locals.

Holo ends up striking a deal with Kraft: if he helps her escape the villagers, she will gladly help him in his merchant endeavours. Together, they roam from town to town in search of business, and Kraft realizes both the ups and downs of travelling with a haughty and shrewd wolf goddess.

#03

Netgame no Yome wa Onna no Ko ja Nai to Omotta? Vol.16

9,683 Copies Sold this week
aka And you thought there is never a girl online?
https://myanimelist.net/manga/57835/
http://www.novelupdates.com/series/netoge-no-yome-wa-onnanoko-ja-nai-to-omotta/
No license for the light novels
The 12 episode anime was licensed by Funimation

What it’s about…

After mustering up the courage to propose to a girl in an online game, naïve otaku Hideki “Rusian” Nishimura is devastated when she flat out rejects him. To make matters worse, the girl reveals that she is actually an older man in real life. With his dreams crushed and his heart broken, Rusian comes to an abrupt decision in the midst of his raging fit: he will never trust another girl in an online game again.

Years later, Rusian is now in a guild with three other players, one of whom possesses a female avatar by the name of “Ako.” Ako is deeply in love with Rusian and wants to marry him. Although he entertains the possibility that she might be a guy, Rusian accepts her proposal, claiming that her gender doesn’t matter as long as she is cute in the game. However, after a discussion between guild members that led to all of them having an offline meeting, Rusian finds out that Ako, along with the other members, are not just girls, but also his schoolmates.

#02

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol.13 Regular Edition

64,319 Copies Sold this week
aka Is It Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon?
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/dungeon-ni-deai-o-motomeru-no-wa-machigatte-iru-darou-ka/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. Volume 11 releases in English in April
13 episode anime covered volumes 1-5. Streaming on Crunchyroll

#01

Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol.5

65,785 Copies Sold this week
Licensed for English release by Yen On
Previous 4 volumes already available in English
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/sword-art-online-progressive/
Anime used some material from Progressive Volume 1 for the Aincrad arc.

What it’s about…

“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”

One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.

Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?

Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!

Top 10 Light Novels for the Week of January 29-February 4, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Best Selling Light Novels for the week of January 29-February 4, 2018.

#10

Adokenai Hibi wa Meguri

5,138 Copies Sold This Week.

Boys Love novel series. (Not much information available)

#09

Ryuuou no Oshigoto! Vol.7

5,383 Copies Sold This Week
aka The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done
https://global.bookwalker.jp/de23be2c95-bbac-4cce-9177-50a9dc26073c/
licensed in English by Bookwalker (exclusive to them, in eBook format only)
12 episode anime currently airing. Streaming on Crunchyroll.

Latest series from Shirow Shiratori, the author of “No-Rin”! A comedy about a live-in apprentice who won’t take “no” for an answer and the most intense Shogi matches this century, all supervised by “Saiyuki”, Osaka’s young professional Shogi team!!

Open front door, and there’s a grade school girl sitting there–.
“I’m here to be your apprentice, as you promised!”
Claiming the Shogi World’s strongest title, “Ryuo”, at the age of 16, Yaichi Kuzuryu comes home to find a 3rd grade girl waiting for him, Ai Hinatsuru. A nine-year-old.
“Come again? …… Apprentice? Huh?“

#08

Kikan shita Yuusha no Gojitsudan Vol.1

5,482 Copies Sold This Week
aka The After Story of Homecoming Hero
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/kikanshita-yuusha-no-gojitsudan/

Was a web novel previously. This is the premiere issue

In a fraction of a second, an university student, Kashiwagi Yuuya was summoned to another world and came back. Time didn’t pass in Japan, but Yuuya has completed the quest as a hero in another world and successfully returned. But to his surprise, he still retains his powers as a hero. Thus started the unordinary life of a hero in present day.

#07

Infinite Dendrogram Vol.6

5,642 Copies Sold This Week
https://j-novel.club/s/infinite-dendrogram
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club. Volume 5 will release March 6, 2018

In the year 2043, Infinite Dendrogram, the world’s first successful full-dive VRMMO was released. In addition to its ability to perfectly simulate the five senses, along with its many other amazing features, the game promised to offer players a world full of infinite possibilities. Nearly two years later, soon-to-be college freshman, Reiji Mukudori, is finally able to buy a copy of the game and start playing. With some help from his experienced older brother, Shu, and his partner Embryo, Reiji embarks on an adventure into the world of Infinite Dendrogram. Just what will he discover and encounter in this game world known for its incredible realism and infinite possibilities?

#06

Saikyou Mahoushi no Inton Keikaku Vol.5

5,953 Copies Sold This Week
aka Strongest Mage’s Retirement Plan
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/saikyou-mahoushi-no-inton-keikaku/
No English license.

100 years ago, demons suddenly appeared and attacked humanity. At that time, normal weapons could not even scratch demons which caused the human population to decrease drastically. In order to protect themselves, humanity merged into seven countries. They managed to halt the demon’s invasion by their army implementing and using magic, but even now they battle with the demons to ensure the survival of humanity. On the forefront of the battlefield constantly risking his life, Ars Reigin finished his military duty at the mere age of 16, and requested his retirement. But the country cannot afford to let go of him. This is because among 100,000 mages, Ars stands at the pinnacle of them all as one of the single digit number 【Single Mages】

#05

Hisshou Dungeon Unei Houhou Vol.8

7,370 Copies Sold This Week
aka Certain Victory Dungeon Administration Technique
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/hisshou-dungeon-unei-houhou/
No English license.

One day, on a sunny leisure day, a woman visited my house and asked me if was interested in managing a dungeon along with support offered from a goddess. But of course, I refused. Eh? I shouldn’t ignore a person in trouble, moreover if it’s beautiful woman? No way, that’s too bothersome, why do I have to do that? I’m perfectly satisfied with my comfortable life now, throwing it away is just overly stupid… …sigh, fine, so it’s go to another world, become a dungeon master, manage a dungeon and deal with the Mana circulation problem? Understood, but how to do it?

#04

Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu Vol.9

7,781 Copies Sold This Week
aka How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord
https://j-novel.club/s/how-not-to-summon-a-demon-lord
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club. Volume 2 releases Feb. 19, 2018
An anime production was announced January 2018. Dates TBA

In the MMORPG Cross Reverie, Takuma Sakamoto is so powerful that he is lauded as the “Demon Lord” by other players. One day, he is summoned to a world outside his own– but with the same appearance he had in the game! There, he meets two girls who both proclaim themselves to be his Summoner. They perform an Enslavement Ritual to turn him into their Summon… but that’s when Takuma’s passive ability <<Magic Reflection>> activates! Instead, it is the girls who become enslaved! Though Takuma may be the strongest Sorcerer there is, he has no idea how to talk with other people. It is here he makes his choice: to act based on his persona from the game! “Amazing? But of course… I am Diablo, the being known and feared as the Demon Lord!” So begins a tale of adventure with an earth-shakingly powerful Demon Lord (or at least someone who acts like one) taking on another world!

#03

Hidan no Aria Vol.27

8,291 Copies Sold This Week
https://myanimelist.net/manga/12297/
http://www.novelupdates.com/series/hidan-no-aria/
aka Aria the Scarlet Ammo
The light novel looks to have been licensed by a company called Digital Manga Group, but only the 1st 2 volumes are available vie eBook with volume 2 released May 29, 2014

Tokyo Butei High school— It was a special school where armed detectives, also known as “Butei” are being brought up. Tohyama Kinji is a sophomore student who has the unique body which activates a “super mode” when it was stimulated by “something”. He tries to hide it to others in order to live a peaceful life. But trouble came to find him when he became a victim of a bombing incident, where he met the Butei high “Assault” department elite, Aria H. Kanzaki.

#02

Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e Vol.7.5

14,268 Copies Sold This Week
aka Classroom of the Elite
http://www.novelupdates.com/series/youkoso-jitsuryoku-shijou-shugi-no-kyoushitsu-e/
Anime adaptation 12 episodes aired July-September 2017 covered volumes 1-3 and used some material from 4.5. According to Reddit the anime made significant changes to the source material. Can be streamed via Crunchyroll
Currently no license for the light novel or manga English

Koudo Ikusei Senior High School, a leading prestigious school with state-of-the-art facilities where nearly 100% of students go on to university or find employment. The students there have the freedom to wear any hairstyle and bring any personal effects they desire. Koudo Ikusei is a paradise-like school, but the truth is that only the most superior of students receive favorable treatment.

The protagonist Kiyotaka Ayanokouji is a student of D-class, which is where the school dumps its “inferior” students in order to ridicule them. For a certain reason, Kiyotaka was careless on his entrance examination, and was put in D-class. After meeting Suzune Horikita and Kikyou Kushida, two other students in his class, Kiyotaka’s situation begins to change.

#01

Boku no Hero Academia: Yuuei Hakusho Vol.3

16,014 Copies Sold This Week
manga series being released in English by Viz
38 episode anime available in English streaming on Crunchyroll

Spin-off series with art by Kohei Horikoshi the creator of the My Hero Academia manga.
Appears to tell stories not depicted in the main manga series.

On an Earth-like world where people with superpowers known as “Quirks” (個性 Kosei) are the norm, Izuku Midoriya is a regular middle school student who has dreams of one day becoming a Hero despite being bullied by his classmates for not having a Quirk. After being the only one to try and save his childhood bully Katsuki from a Villain, the world’s greatest Hero All Might bestows upon him his own quirk “One For All”. The story follows Izuku’s entrance into U.A. High School (雄英高校 Yūei Kōkō), a school that cultivates the next generation of Super Heroes.

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of January 22-28, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Best Selling Light Novels in Japan for the week of January 22-28, 2018

#10

Hitoribocchi no Isekai Kouryaku Vol.1

6,598 Copies Sold This Week.
aka All alone world strategy life. Cheat skills were sold out
No English License

What the Series is About: (Sorry, terrible Google translation version)

Haruka who spends his high school life “Bobo” is suddenly summoned to another world with a classmate one day. Haruka, who was in front of God, thought that he could choose his favorite skills to live in a different world from the list of skills that cheat skills are lined up – skill selection is a quick win. My cheat skill has been exhausted by my classmate!
Haruka who only got unsatisfactory subtle skills, adventure to loneliness even in the different world, can not organize parties due to the effect of “Botcha” skill. Haruka who knew the crisis of the classmate secretly decided to save them, did not rely on cheat, and walked the way to the strongest heresier than cheat. The Strongest Booty World Campaign, Opening!

#09

Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka? Vol.4

6,818 Copies Sold This Week
aka Would you even fall in love with a pervert as long as it’s a cutie?
or Will you please like hentai if it’s cute?
http://lndb.info/light_novel/Kawaiikereba_Hentai_demo_Suki_ni_Natte_Kuremasu_ka
No English license for the light novel or manga

What the Series is About:

After cleaning the Calligraphy Club room one afternoon, Kiryuu Keiki found a love letter addressed to him on the club’s desk. Eager at the possibility of finally getting a girlfriend, he opens the envelope only to find the words, “I like you” along with a pair of the sender’s panties. With only these panties as evidence, Keiki narrows down the identity to the four girls who helped him clean the club room that day: Tokihara Sayuki the lazy third-year president of Calligraphy Club, Koga Yuika a library committee member of foreign descent, Nanjou Mao, Keiki’s slightly tsundere fellow classmate, and most awkwardly, Kiryuu Mizuha, Keiki’s clean freak of a younger sister. Among at least three of these girls, Keiki believes is the one who left him the letter and their panties so with determination in his heart, he sets out to uncover which of these seemingly unorthodox ladies will become his girlfriend!

#08

Kuro no Shoukanshi Vol.6

7,438 Copies Sold This Week
aka Black Summoner
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/kuro-no-shoukanshi/
No English License

What the Series is About:

Losing his memories, the curtains of the story of alternate world transfer of the MC rises. After the transfer his name changes to Kelvin. While steadily levelling, he adds new subordinates by mastering his skill. And by the time he noticed it, he had obtained overwhelming power. Where will our MC be heading off to?

#07

Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu Vol.17

7,557 Copies Sold This Week
aka Jobless Reincarnation ~ It will be All Out if I Go to Another World ~
http://www.novelupdates.com/series/mushoku-tensei-ln/
No license for the light novels in English.
The manga adaptation has been licensed by Seven Seas (Volume 6 released October 24, 2017)

What the Series is About:

A 34-year-old NEET otaku, chased out from his house by his family, found that his life is reaching a dead end. He then recalled that his life could actually have been much better if he had made better choices in the past.
Just when he was at the point of regret, he saw a truck moving at fast speed, and three high schoolers in its path. Mustering all the strength he had, he tried to save them and ended getting run over by the truck, quickly ending his life.
The next time he opened his eyes, he is reincarnated to a world of sword and magic as Rudeus Greyrat. Born to a new world, a new life, Rudeus decided that, “This time, I’ll really live my life to the fullest with no regret!” Thus starts the journey of a man yearning to restart his life.

#06

The New Gate Vol.11

7,564 Copies Sold This Week
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/the-new-gate/
No English license

What the Series is About:

“THE NEW GATE”, an online game that trapped its players and turned into a death game, was now releasing the thousands of players that had been dragged into it, thanks to the efforts of Shin, one of the most powerful players. But after having defeated the last boss and freed everyone, he was swallowed up by a strange light and found himself inside the game world 500 years in the future and unable to leave.

#05

 

Ryuuou no Oshigoto! Vol.7

7,720 Copies Sold This Week
aka The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done
https://global.bookwalker.jp/de23be2c95-bbac-4cce-9177-50a9dc26073c/
licensed in English by Bookwalker (exclusive to them, in eBook format only)
12 episode anime currently airing. Streaming on Crunchyroll.

What the Series is About:

Latest series from Shirow Shiratori, the author of “No-Rin”! A comedy about a live-in apprentice who won’t take “no” for an answer and the most intense Shogi matches this century, all supervised by “Saiyuki”, Osaka’s young professional Shogi team!!

Open front door, and there’s a grade school girl sitting there–.
“I’m here to be your apprentice, as you promised!”
Claiming the Shogi World’s strongest title, “Ryuo”, at the age of 16, Yaichi Kuzuryu comes home to find a 3rd grade girl waiting for him, Ai Hinatsuru. A nine-year-old.
“Come again? …… Apprentice? Huh?“
“…… Don’t you remember?”
He did not, but that’s how the two came to share the same roof. Yaichi’s spirit was on the verge of breaking, but Ai’s unyielding enthusiasm reignites the fire within him–.

#04

Okitegami Kyouko no Iromihon

8,194 Copies Sold This Week
aka The Forgetful Detective Series
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/the-forgetful-detective-series/
by Nisioisin art by Vofan
9th Volume in the series.
No English license.

What the Series is About:

Okitegami Kyouko is a famous detective who solves cases in a single day. In fact, she has to, since her memories only last for one day before they ‘reset.’ However, for important things, she writes messages for herself down on her body with a special pen. One of her common clients is Kakushidate Yakusuke, a man who is often wrongly suspected of committing crimes. There is also a live-action drama adaptation of this story.
The original novel’s story is about a detective named Kyōko Okitegami who is also known as the forgetful detective. She forgets everything in a day, but solves cases the same day. (Her name has the Japanese word for “today” in it.) An unlucky young man named Yakusuke Kakushidate somehow ends up as the suspect in every case, and he always asks for the detective.

#03

Gamers! Vol.9

11,656 Copies Sold This Week
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/gamers/
No official English License
12 episode anime aired July-September 2017. Streamed on Crunchyroll. Covered up to volume 5

What the Series is About:

The romantic comedy light novel series centers on the gaming lives of various high school students who play video games, including: Keita Amano, a lonely young man who loves video games; Karen Tendō, the beautiful president of the video game club; Chiaki Hoshinomori, who constantly fights with Keita; and Tasuku Uehara, who puts on a facade of being satisfied with his life in the real world, but he in truth loves video games.

#02

Hidan no Aria Vol.27

25,897 Copies Sold This Week
https://myanimelist.net/manga/12297/
http://www.novelupdates.com/series/hidan-no-aria/
aka Aria the Scarlet Ammo
The light novel looks to have been licensed by a company called Digital Manga Group, but only the 1st 2 volumes are available vie eBook with volume 2 released May 29, 2014

What the Series is About:

Tokyo Butei High school— It was a special school where armed detectives, also known as “Butei” are being brought up. Tohyama Kinji is a sophomore student who has the unique body which activates a “super mode” when it was stimulated by “something”. He tries to hide it to others in order to live a peaceful life. But trouble came to find him when he became a victim of a bombing incident, where he met the Butei high “Assault” department elite, Aria H. Kanzaki.

#01

Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e Vol.7.5

44,710 Copies Sold This Week
aka Classroom of the Elite
http://www.novelupdates.com/series/youkoso-jitsuryoku-shijou-shugi-no-kyoushitsu-e/
Anime adaptation 12 episodes aired July-September 2017 covered volumes 1-3 and used some material from 4.5. According to Reddit the anime made significant changes to the source material. Can be streamed via Crunchyroll
Currently no license for the light novel or manga English

What the Series is About:

Koudo Ikusei Senior High School, a leading prestigious school with state-of-the-art facilities where nearly 100% of students go on to university or find employment. The students there have the freedom to wear any hairstyle and bring any personal effects they desire. Koudo Ikusei is a paradise-like school, but the truth is that only the most superior of students receive favorable treatment.

The protagonist Kiyotaka Ayanokouji is a student of D-class, which is where the school dumps its “inferior” students in order to ridicule them. For a certain reason, Kiyotaka was careless on his entrance examination, and was put in D-class. After meeting Suzune Horikita and Kikyou Kushida, two other students in his class, Kiyotaka’s situation begins to change.

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of January 15-21, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Best Selling Light Novels in Japan for the week of January 15-21, 2018.

#10

Ryuuou no Oshigoto! Vol.2

4,937 Copies Sold
aka The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done
https://global.bookwalker.jp/de23be2c95-bbac-4cce-9177-50a9dc26073c/
licensed in English by Bookwalker (exclusive to them, in eBook format only)
12 episode anime currently airing. Streaming on Crunchyroll.

Series Description:

Latest series from Shirow Shiratori, the author of “No-Rin”! A comedy about a live-in apprentice who won’t take “no” for an answer and the most intense Shogi matches this century, all supervised by “Saiyuki”, Osaka’s young professional Shogi team!!

Open front door, and there’s a grade school girl sitting there–.
“I’m here to be your apprentice, as you promised!”
Claiming the Shogi World’s strongest title, “Ryuo”, at the age of 16, Yaichi Kuzuryu comes home to find a 3rd grade girl waiting for him, Ai Hinatsuru. A nine-year-old.
“Come again? …… Apprentice? Huh?“
“…… Don’t you remember?”
He did not, but that’s how the two came to share the same roof. Yaichi’s spirit was on the verge of breaking, but Ai’s unyielding enthusiasm reignites the fire within him–.

#09

Sono Mono. Nochi ni… Vol.7

5,501 Copies Sold
aka That Person. Later on…
http://www.novelupdates.com/series/that-person-later-on/
No license for the manga or light novel

Series Description:

Wazu was an ordinary townsman who shut himself off in the “mountain” because of an unfortunate course of events. After 2 years, he decided to come down from the mountain to meet with people. But there were various misunderstanding about the “mountain” which he shut himself off in. And then he repeatedly had encounters with people. And after that. . .

#08

Only Sense Online Vol.14

5,764 Copies Sold
https://myanimelist.net/manga/70795/
http://www.novelupdates.com/series/only-sense-online/
The light novel is not licensed
The manga is not license
There has been no anime

Series Description:

Yun is a novice MMO player who equipped only unpopular skills labelled as garbage. However, soon after the official launch of the game, the NPC stopped to sell Recovery Potion. Everyone finally started to notice the importance of Support Magic and Items. And that spells trouble for Yun as well as all the support-based players. They received orders for recovery potion from endless flood of players en masse, some more aggressive players even go as far as forcing the support players to be their personal craftsman. In order to prevent this from going out of hands, all the support players grouped together to form a community to keep things in order.

#07

Ryuuou no Oshigoto! Vol.1

5,824 Copies Sold
aka The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done
https://global.bookwalker.jp/de23be2c95-bbac-4cce-9177-50a9dc26073c/
licensed in English by Bookwalker (exclusive to them, in eBook format only)
12 episode anime currently airing. Streaming on Crunchyroll.

#06

Kagerou Daze Vol.8

6,481 Copies Sold
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/kagerou-days/
Licensed for English release by Yen On. 7 Volumes released to date.
Manga is licensed for English release by Yen Press
An anime adaptation was released under the name Mekakucity Actors

Series Description:

Shintarou Kisaragi’s life as a shut-in would have been perfect if not for the cyber girl Ene, who lives in his computer. Upbeat and cheerful, she enjoys playing pranks, in complete contrast to his own apathy. It is due to Ene’s daily antics that his keyboard breaks. The dread of not having the use of his computer is too much to bear, and he sets out to replace his keyboard.

And so, in the dead heat of summer, Shintarou leaves his room for the first time in two years. However, this simple shopping trip takes a turn for the worse when the department store is threatened by a group of terrorists, and he is taken hostage along with the other shoppers. Tied up in this crisis, he meets the “Mekakushi-dan,” an enigmatic group of teenagers with red eyes and strange powers. Seemingly brought together by chance, Shintarou must save the department store with their help. But the fates of these teenagers are more intertwined than they seem, and they are left to wonder whether their meeting was more than mere coincidence.

#05

Hataraku Maou-sama! Vol.18

6,795 Copies Sold
aka The Devil is a Part-Timer!
http://www.b2c.hachettebookgroup.com/series/the-devil-is-a-part-timer/?yen
Licensed for English release by Yen On
13 episode anime aired April-June 2013 & covered volumes 1-2

Series Description:

In the world of Ente Isla, the Demon Lord Satan has attempted to conquer humanity using an enormous army of demons. But when he almost succeeds, mankind’s champion, Hero Emilia, thwarts his plans, forcing him to retreat into a portal that leads to a world unbeknownst to him—Earth.

Along with his faithful servant Alsiel, Satan stumbles upon the modern-day city of Tokyo without any knowledge of the world itself. Completely out of their depth, they gain some information from a police officer, but Satan still has one more problem—money. In order to survive with his greatly diminished powers, he guises himself as a human named Sadao Maou, lives in an apartment, and becomes a part-timer at the fast food restaurant MgRonald’s. Determined not only to conquer Ente Isla but also Earth, Sadao strives to become a full-time employee in his job, as he believes that it would be a step forward in his conquests.

Things begin looking up for the once all-powerful demon as he ventures through his everyday life—his job, his home, and his relationships. However, a major setback pops up when Emilia, the hero who drove him out of Ente Isla, suddenly appears…

#04

 

Youjo Senki Vol.9

7,090 Copies Sold
aka The Saga of Tanya the Evil

Youjo Senki


Licensed for English by Yen On. The first volume released in December 2017
12 episode anime aired January-March 2017. The Anime covered volumes 1-2 & most of 3. Although some events occurred in different order.

Series Description:

High above the blood- and mud-soaked trenches, a young girl pits herself against army mages in high stakes aerial duels with bullets, spells, and bayonets. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff and she is the Devil of the Rhine, one of the greatest soldiers the Empire has ever seen! But inside her mind lives a ruthless, calculating ex-salaryman who enjoyed a peaceful life in Japan until he woke up in a war-torn world. Reborn as a destitute orphaned girl with nothing to her name but memories of a previous life, Tanya will do whatever it takes to survive, even if she can find it only behind the barrel of a gun!

#03

Gamers! Vol.9

9,292 Copies Sold
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/gamers/
No official English License
12 episode anime aired July-September 2017. Streamed on Crunchyroll. Covered up to volume 5

Series Description:

The romantic comedy light novel series centers on the gaming lives of various high school students who play video games, including: Keita Amano, a lonely young man who loves video games; Karen Tendō, the beautiful president of the video game club; Chiaki Hoshinomori, who constantly fights with Keita; and Tasuku Uehara, who puts on a facade of being satisfied with his life in the real world, but he in truth loves video games.

#02

Okitegami Kyouko no Iromihon

12,494 Copies Sold
aka The Forgetful Detective Series
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/the-forgetful-detective-series/
by Nisioisin art by Vofan
9th Volume in the series.
No English license.

Series Description:

Okitegami Kyouko is a famous detective who solves cases in a single day. In fact, she has to, since her memories only last for one day before they ‘reset.’ However, for important things, she writes messages for herself down on her body with a special pen. One of her common clients is Kakushidate Yakusuke, a man who is often wrongly suspected of committing crimes. There is also a live-action drama adaptation of this story.
The original novel’s story is about a detective named Kyōko Okitegami who is also known as the forgetful detective. She forgets everything in a day, but solves cases the same day. (Her name has the Japanese word for “today” in it.) An unlucky young man named Yakusuke Kakushidate somehow ends up as the suspect in every case, and he always asks for the detective.

#01

Ryuuou no Oshigoto! Vol.7

24,568 Copies Sold
aka The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done
https://global.bookwalker.jp/de23be2c95-bbac-4cce-9177-50a9dc26073c/
licensed in English by Bookwalker (exclusive to them, in eBook format only)
Bookwalker is releasing the 2nd volume in English January 31, 2018
12 episode anime currently airing. Streaming on Crunchyroll.