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.


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
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…


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


Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Vol.6

8,270 Copies Sold this week.
aka 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!


Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance Vol.17

8,377 Copies Sold this week.
aka Blade Dance of Elementalers
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!


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.”


Oda Nobuna no Yabou Vol.20

9,611 Copies Sold this week.
aka Oda Nobuna’s Ambition
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.


Imouto sae Ireba Ii. Vol.9

21,578 Copies Sold this week
aka A Sister’s All You Need
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!


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!


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?
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!


No Game No Life Vol.10

49,228 Copies Sold this week.
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…