Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of March 12-18, 2018

Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of March 12-18, 2018.

#10

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Volume 10 Part 3 Cover

Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon Vol.10 Part 3

7,547 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.

Purchase the Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere anime on Blu-ray

#09

Bungo Stray Dogs Dead Apple light novel cover

Bungou Stray Dogs: Dead Apple

9,369 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…

Purchase Season 1 of the Bungo Stray Dogs anime

Purchase the Bungo Stray Dogs Manga:

Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4 / Volume 5 / Volume 6 / Volume 7

#08

Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! Vol.7

9,500 Copies Sold this week.
aka Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/i-said-make-my-abilities-average/
Licensed for English release by Seven Seas. Volume 1 has been released in eBook format, with a print release coming in June.

What it’s about…

When Viscount Ascham’s House’s eldest daughter, Adele von Ascham, became 10 years old, she remembered everything with an intense headache.
Her previous self, Kurihara Misato, 18 years old Japanese, lost her life when trying to help a young girl, and then she met God…
A somewhat capable person burdened by the many expectations of the surrounding people, Misato, who couldn’t live as she wanted, pleaded to God.
“In the next life, please make my abilities average!”
Yet, somehow the story is wrong!
The girl with 3 names, being careful to not accidentally become a S-rank hunter, lives normally.
I mean, I’m just an average, common girl. No, seriously.

Purchase the Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life? Light Novel in English:

Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4

#07

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Volume 13 Cover

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku Vol.13

9,780 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.

What it’s about…

29-year-old programmer Suzuki Ichirou finds himself transported into a fantasy RPG. Within the game, he’s a 15-year-old named Satuu. 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 Satuu’s plans.

Purchase the Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody light novels in English:

Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4 / Volume 5

#06

No Game No Life Volume 10 Cover

No Game No Life Vol.10

11,028 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…

Purchase the No Game No Life light novels in English:

Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4 / Volume 5 / Volume 6 / Volume 7

Purchase the No Game No Life anime on Blu-ray

#05

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Volume 12 Cover

Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Vol.12

14,113 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!

Purchase the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime light novels in English:

Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3

#04

Goblin Slayer Side Story Year One Volume 1 Cover

Goblin Slayer Gaiden: Year One

15,329 Copies Sold this week
aka Goblin Slayer Side Story Year One
Licensed in English by Yen On. No release date yet. Yen Press is releasing the manga adaptation in English via simulpup.

What it’s about…

This book is the tale of a man that will come to be known as Goblin Slayer.
It has been 3 days since his big sister passed away. And so he decided to move on. A goblin attack left a young boy mourning for his village and his beloved sister. Five years later in a frontier town’s adventurer’s guild, a visiting young man became an adventurer. It’s also then that a young woman who had lost her home village 5 years prior reunites with her once childhood friend. At the lowest rank, the young man that just became a fresh recruit prepares his equipment and heads toward a goblin infested cave.
This is a tale of a man who came to be known as Goblin Slayer. The story before the adult dark fantasy “Goblin Slayer”. Kagyu Kumo presents his newest work “Goblin Slayer Gaiden: Year One”.

(with thanks to Jean-Luc Chartier for the translation)

#03

Goblin Slayer Volume 7 Cover

Goblin Slayer Vol.7

20,734 Copies Sold this week
https://www.novelupdates.com/series/goblin-slayer/
Licensed for release in English by Yen On. 4 Volumes released to date. Volume 5 is slated to release in September. Yen Press is also releasing the manga adaptation
An anime has been announced.

What it’s about…

A young priestess has formed her first adventuring party, but almost immediately they find themselves in distress. It’s the Goblin Slayer who comes to their rescue–a man who’s dedicated his life to the extermination of all goblins, by any means necessary. And when rumors of his feats begin to circulate, there’s no telling who might come calling next…

Purchase the Goblin Slayer light novels in English:

Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4 / Volume 5

#02

The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done Volume 8 Cover

Ryuuou no Oshigoto! Vol.8

34,570 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?“
“…… 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–.

#01

The Irregular at Magic High School Volume 24 Cover

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.24

56,604 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:

Volume 1 / Volume 2 / Volume 3 / Volume 4 / Volume 5 / Volume 6 / Volume 7 / Volume 8 / Volume 9

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