English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 30th March 2015

This massive month of March isnt over yet. Even with Kagerou Days (which would have been undoubtedly the biggest release this week) having been brought forward to last weekend, there’s still plenty of interest in the last few days of this month. And, of course, the week doesn’t stop with the end of the month. All in all a very big week for releases, this. Which is why I’m posting this later than usual.

English releases:

n/a

Japanese releases:

Famitsu Bunko: (release date 30th March)
Kantai Collection -KanColle- Kagerou Batsubyou Shimasu! 5 (艦隊これくしょん -艦これ- 陽炎、抜錨します!5) (2 versions)
Sennen Sensou Aigis: Gekka no Hanayome II (千年戦争アイギス 月下の花嫁II)
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu 12.5 (バカとテストと召喚獣12.5) (2 versions – with and without a drama CD)
Dress na Boku ga Yangotonaki Katagata no Kateikyoushi-sama na Ken (ドレスな僕がやんごとなき方々の家庭教師様な件7)
Youkai Hyakkitan! Teito Sourai hen (妖怪百姫たん! ~帝都騒乱編~)
Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou ANOTHER (犬とハサミは使いよう ANOTHER)
モンスターハンター アンソロジーノベル 狩魂
LOST -風のうたがきこえる- 下

Hero Bunko: (release date 30th March)
Knights & Magic 5 (ナイツ&マジック 5)

Monster Bunko: (release date 30th March)
軍師は何でも知っている(3)
Isekai no Meikyuu Toshi de Chiyu Mahoutsukai Yattemasu 2 (異世界の迷宮都市で治癒魔法使いやってます(2))
ビルドエラーの盾僧侶(2)
勇者パーティーにかわいい子がいたので、告白してみた。(2)
Yomei Ichinen no Ars Magna 1 (余命一年の勇者(アルス・マグナ)(1))

GC Novels: (release date 30th March)
骨といっしょの異世界生活 1
Blue Justice Koko ni Ari! 2 (ブルージャスティスここにあり! 2)

HJ Bunko: (release date 30th March)
Kuroki Eiyuu no One Turn Kill 5. Ingoku no Utage (黒き英雄の一撃無双<ワンターンキル!>5.淫獄の宴)
Tatakau Panya to Automaton Waitress (戦うパン屋と機械じかけの看板娘〈オートマタンウェイトレス〉)
Mahou Kenshi no Extra 4 (魔法剣士のエクストラ4)
Koujin no Maou to Tsukikage no Shoujo Gunshi 2 (光刃の魔王と月影の少女軍師Ⅱ)
Laetitian Haryuu Senki 2 Motazarumono no Ken (ラエティティア覇竜戦記2-持たざる者の剣-)

KCG Bunko: (release date 30th March)
Kagerou Days Novel Anthology 2 (カゲロウデイズ ノベルアンソロジーII)
Be mine!

Crystal Books: (release date 30th March)
屍鬼祓師-塩飽島の巫女-

Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko: (release date 31st March)
Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? Gunshin no Shinro Soudan desu! (問題児たちが異世界から来るそうですよ? 軍神の進路相談です!)
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu – Toaru Tsuitachi (長門有希ちゃんの消失 とある一日)
Mismarca Koukoku Shinai Monogatari: Mission Charlotte (ミスマルカ興国しない物語 ~ミッション・シャルロッテ~)
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru 10 (俺の脳内選択肢が、学園ラブコメを全力で邪魔している (10))
Ikai no Gunshi no Fairytale 3 (異界の軍師の救国奇譚 (3))
Tokyo Inroader: Closed Eden 01. Enemy of Mankind Part 1 (東京侵域:クローズドエデン 01.Enemy of Mankind (上))
新装版 ルナル・サーガ (4) 緑の迷路
Danmatsu no Millennion 2 Itsuka Kaerazaru monotachi e (断末のミレニヲン (2) いつか還らざる者たちへ)
Hoshfuru Yoru wa Shachiku wo Nagure 3 (星降る夜は社畜を殴れ (3))
僕らはみんな逝きている

Kadokawa Beans Bunko: (release date 31st March)
Migawari Hakushaku no Kekkon Koushinkyoku 5 Hikari to Ayumu Shuumaku part 1(身代わり伯爵の結婚行進曲 (5) 光と歩む終幕 (上))
Hakuou Shijin: Nanayozuki no Unmei no Sentaku (白桜四神 七夜月の運命の選択!)
アルバート家の令嬢は没落をご所望です
Kyuutei Koigatari: Haran no Utage to Hi no Mai (宮廷恋語り 波乱の宴と妃の舞)
Kami-sama! Hotoke-sama! Kitsune-sama! Yoshihara Kingyo no Kai (神様!仏様!きつね様! 吉原金魚の怪)

Kadokawa Ruby Bunko: (release date 31st March)
Kusare En no Housoku 8 Fusoku no Downburst (くされ縁の法則 (8) 不測のダウンバースト)
Kiri no Gakuen (霧の楽園)
Tora no Ouji-sama (虎の王子様)
Yoide wa Nai ka (よいではないか)

Cobalt Bunko: (release date 1st April)
偽姫 血族の花嫁と捕食者たち
あやかし姫陰陽師 完全幸福!? 君と織り成す二人の未来
Dare ga Ouji wo Koroshitano? Fortune Teller Tialis Sable (誰が王子を殺したの? 占い師ティアリス・セーブル)
夜来香恋結店

Chiffon Bunko: (release date 1st April)
傾国の美姫の初恋 求愛は熱く淫らに
シークの華麗なる求婚

Kodansha Ranobe Bunko: (release date 2nd April)
Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara – Daijoubu, Kono Taiikumatsuri wa Anzendakara, Zettai MVP wo Tareruwayo (彼女がフラグをおられたら 大丈夫、この体育祭は安全だから、絶対MVPを取れるわよ)
Owari no Seraph 5 Ichinose Guren, 16-sai no Hametsu (終わりのセラフ5 一瀬グレン、16歳の破滅)
愛・天地無用! モモノキヲク(下)
Juuou Mujin no Fafnir 8 Amethyst Reverse (銃皇無尽のファフニール8 アメジスト・リバース) (2 versions – with and without a drama CD)
Sis x Tora 3 (シス×トラ3)
Toono Homare no Youkai Soudouki 1 (遠野誉の妖怪騒動記1)

Vanilla Bunko: (release date 2nd April)
灼熱の王の淫愛~熱い指にとかされて~
口づけは淑女の嗜み~甘く淫らな個人授業~

Kodansha BOX: (release date 2nd April)
Kuusou Tokyo Hyakkei V3 Koroshiya-tachi no Bohyou (空想東京百景<V3>殺し屋たちの墓標)
鳴夜

JUMP j BOOKS: (release date 3rd April)
NARUTO: Sakura Hiden (NARUTO ─ナルト─ サクラ秘伝)
Nisekoi Urabana 3 (ニセコイ ウラバナ 3)
Shokugeki no Souma ~a la carte~ 3 (食戟のソーマ ~a la carte~ III)
殺人ハウス

Kodansha X Bunko White Heart: (release date 3rd April)
Bride Prison: Gakuen no Kegareta Junjou (ブライト・プリズン 学園の穢れた純情)
Bara no Otome wa Fushi no Ou ni Mamieru (薔薇の乙女は不死の王にまみえる)
王子様の甘い束縛 プライベート・シンデレラ
Gakuen K -Wonderful School Days- Watashi no Taisetsu na Aka (学園K -Wonderful School Days- わたしの大切な赤)

Sonya Bunko: (release date 3rd April)
二人だけの牢獄
おじさまの悪だくみ

Ponycan BOOKS Light Novel Series: (release date 3rd April)
帰ってきた元勇者(4)
Kore ga Isekai no Oyakusoku desu! 4 (これが異世界のお約束です!(4))
ゴーストサプリ-副作用-

Sakura no Mori Bunko: (release date 5th April)
Sengoku Bocchi 7 (戦国ぼっち7)
Juu to Usagi to Twintail (銃とウサギとツインテール)

Unknown label or not a light novel:
嗚呼、素晴らしきニャン生。

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Real Dream Bunko (release date 30th March)
Puchipara Bunko Creative (release date 31st March)
Puchipara Bunko (release date 31st March)

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Weekly Anime Roundup – Winter 2015 Week 10

All my Winter watches other than the ongoing Ansatsu Kyoushitsu are now showing up as finished on MAL, although some of them still have some way to go, and I have 12 episodes left to watch in total over 5 remaining 1-cour series. All Autumn 2014 series are now finished, however, and as such the final status is in this post.

WARNING: Long Post

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Analysis post – sales boost for Winter 2015 anime adaptations of light novels

Coming into this season we had quite an interesting situation with regards to the light novel series getting adapted. We had one series (Juuou Mujin no Fafnir) at the bottom which had never quite managed to break 6k sales, making it a definite underdog. We had another (Durarara!!) which, as I mentioned before, had seen previously huge sales which plummeted over time, meaning that there was potential for the series both to explode or to flop. Either way, though, this was definitely the biggest name series with an anime this season.

And then there were four titles in between, all four of which had previously had remarkably similar visible sales figures, with all four being in the 15-20k sales range.

In such a situation it was always going to be interesting to see what came out on top and what fell behind.

Actually measuring and comparing the result, however, is harder. All four of these middle series (but neither of the other two) have seen their first volume rank precisely once in the main rankings. Two of these have seen sales resets at some point. There have also been a few new volumes released, which we will get to later.

Other than this we have the Oricon website data, but it is somewhat erratic whether or not something gets on here – for instance, SaeKano volumes 1, 5 and 6 are included, but volumes 2 to 4 are not.

In short, the Oricon sales data isn’t particularly useful.

However, we do have a data set that is useable: the POS bunko rankings. Bear in mind that this is separate from Oricon and produces slightly different results. It also doesn’t have any actual figures – it’s just a ranking. But it shows off quite nicely the fortunes of the various light novels over the week, and covers the top 500 bunko (Oricon only shows the top 50, although the other rankings mean we often get data for things well below that).

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English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 23rd March 2015 UPDATED 28th March

EDIT: some releases were moved forward to the weekend, and as such have been added to the thread.

First week with more than 1 English release since w/c 16th December.
Even with the removal of the next volume of No Game No Life which was originally planned for release this month, MF Bunko J still has a pretty big lineup for releases, continuing the theme of this month being a strong one. And it’s not over yet…

English releases:

Yen On: (release date 24th March)
Sword Art Online Progressive 1
Accel World 3: The Twilight Marauder
Kingdom Hearts: The Novel

Japanese releases:

JUMP j BOOKS: (release date 23rd March)
Eiga Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (映画 暗殺教室)

MF Bunko J: (release date 24th March)
Madan no Ou to Vanadis 11 (魔弾の王と戦姫11)
Absolute Duo 8 Memories Connect (アブソリュート・デュオVIII Memories Connect)
Seikoku no Dragonar 18 (星刻の竜騎士XVIII)
Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 6 (Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活6)
Kenshin no Succeed 12 (剣神の継承者XII)
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku 6 Esoragoto Spiral (ミカグラ学園組曲6 絵空事スパイラル)
Hitori de Ikiru mon! 2 Oyomeken no Sonogo (ひとりで生きるもん!2 およめ券のその後)
Angel Festa! 3 (エンジェル・フェスタ! 3)
Kanojo ga Nakama ni Naritasou ni Kochira wo Miteiru 3 (彼女が仲間になりたそうにこちらを見ている3)
世界寿命と最初の七日間 ―雨宿り街短編集―
Gakusei Sensou (学生戦争)

Overlap Bunko: (release date 24th March)
Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru! 4 (異世界魔法は遅れてる! 4)
異世界混浴物語 1 お風呂場の勇者
Leangrad no Manabiya yori 1 (リーングラードの学び舎より 1)
Bug Game Braker! 2 Level 99 Dakedo Mada Honkidashitenai (バグゲーブレイカー! 2 ~Lv99だけどまだ本気出してない~)

MF Books: (release date 24th March)
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari 10 (盾の勇者の成り上がり 10)
Magi Craft Meister 5 (マギクラフト・マイスター 5)
詰みかけ転生領主の改革 5
Zetsushinkai no Solaris 2 (絶深海のソラリスII)
火刑戦旗を掲げよ! 1

Jewel Books: (release date 24th March)
18禁乙女ゲームの世界でハーレム執着されました

Mahou no i-RAND Bunko: (release date 24th March)
ワケあり生徒会!NEXT (5)
1通のラブレター。
一条くんと七葉ちゃん。
ひとりに、さよなら。
今夜、月が泣いてる。 (上)

Superdash Bunko: (release date 25th March)
Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai 18 (パパのいうことを聞きなさい! 18) (2 versions – with and without an OVA)

Dash Ex Bunko: (release date 25th March)
Chronicle Legion 2 Ouji to Shishiou (クロニクル・レギオン2 王子と獅子王)
Jingai Ryouki Brigand 2 (神鎧猟機ブリガンド2)
Kabocha Atama no Lanthan 02 (カボチャ頭のランタン02)
Okinoshima Chikage no Ooinaru Yabou: Koukousei tachi ga Ginkou wo Tsukuri, Gakkou wo Baishuusuru You desu. (隠岐島千景の大いなる野望 高校生たちが銀行を作り、学校を買収するようです。)
Goshiki no Majo (五色の魔女)

Gabriella Bunko: (release date 25th March)
暴君皇子の執愛 奪われた純情
あなたの手を取るその前に

Ever Princess: (release date 25th March)
溺愛虜囚
令嬢の二度目のロマンス
Kami Kara Megami wo Ubau Houhou (神から女神を奪う方法)

Pinky Bunko: (release date 25th March)
女神バイシクル
ご主人様専属。

Lululu Bunko: (release date 26th March)
嘘つき女王の恋わずらい
悪しき王女は練習中!~夫が教える甘いキス~

C★NOVELS Fantasia: (release date 27th March)
天使たちの課外活動5 – 笑顔の代償(仮)

Lynx Romance: (release date 27th March)
愛されたくない
悪魔大公と猫又魔女
フェアリー ガーディアン
金の小鳥の啼く夜は
ひそやかに降る愛
不器用で甘い束縛

M Novels: (release date 27th March)
異世界チート開拓記

KCG Bunko: (release date 28th March)
Kagerou Days VI -over the dimension- (カゲロウデイズVI -over the dimension-)

AZ Novels: (release date 29th March)
僕だけの王子様

AZ Bunko: (release date 29th March)
銀の竜使いと藍のカナリア

Unknown label or not a light novel:
レッドスワンの絶命
Log Horizon 9 Kanami, Go! East! (ログ・ホライズン9 カナミ、ゴー! イースト!)
ログ・ホライズンTRPG リプレイ 山羊スラ戦車と終わらない旅 上
能面島神隠し事件 ―女学生探偵シリーズ―
世界がデスゲームになったので楽しいです。

plus a bunko release of the Japanese version of The Key by Simon Toyne under AlphaPolis Bunko.

Weekly Anime Roundup – Winter 2015 Week 9

Episodes watched this week:
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 8
Absolute Duo 9
Shirobako 22
Koufuku Graffiti 9
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 8
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 9
Log Horizon 2nd Season 23
Koufuku Graffiti 10
Sengoku Musou 8
Akatsuki no Yona 23
Yoru no Yatterman 8
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! 10
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 9
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 10
Absolute Duo 10
Absolute Duo 11
Log Horizon 2nd Series 24
Kantai Collection 10
Kantai Collection 11
Shirobako 23
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 11

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English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 16th March 2015

There aren’t all that many new releases this week, but it manages to be another rather big week nonetheless on account of the titles that are coming out.

Echikawa Bunko has been moved back to the adult section. Some sites consider it to be an adult label. Others (including amazon) do not. I don’t own any books by them and there’s little discussion of their series to help clarify matters, so I’m not really sure where they belong.

English Releases:

n/a

Japanese Releases:

Regina Bunko: (release date 16th March)
詐騎士〈3〉
総指揮官と私の事情〈2〉

Gagaga Bunko: (release date 18th March)
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. 10.5 (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。10.5)
Imouto Sae Ireba Ii. (妹さえいればいい。)
Jinsei: Dai 10-shou (人生 第10章)
芸人ディスティネーション 2

Tiara Bunko: (release date 18th March)
金獅子帝のおさな妻
海賊王の調教愛
美女と野獣な聖王様 エロティック童話に誘われ

JUMP j BOOKS: (release date 19th March)
PEACE MAKER ─BLACK WING─
丸ノ内 OF THE DEAD

Fujimi Fantasia Bunko: (release date 20th March)
真・天地無用! 魎皇鬼外伝 天地無用! GXP (12)
Highschool DxD DX.1 Tensei Tenshi ni Love Song wo (ハイスクールD×D DX.1 転生天使にラブソングを)
Tokyo Ravens 13 COUNT>DOWN (東京レイヴンズ (13) COUNT>DOWN)
Date A Live Material (デート・ア・ライブ マテリアル)
Maburaho ~Jonan no Maki-Juu~ (まぶらほ ~じょなんの巻・じゅう~)
Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan 6 (空戦魔導士候補生の教官 (6))
Bu ni Mi wo Sasagete Hyaku to Yonen. Elf de Yarinaosu Musha Shugyou 3 (武に身を捧げて百と余年。エルフでやり直す武者修行 (3))
Hitsugi no Chaika 12 (棺姫のチャイカ (12))
Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records 3 (ロクでなし魔術講師と禁忌教典 (3))
Konjiki no World Master 4 Yuusha Yonin ni Makikomareta Unique Cheat (金色の文字使い (4) -勇者四人に巻き込まれたユニークチート-)
Romnia Teikoku Koubouki 5 Kyoushuu no dai 2 Koujo (ロムニア帝国興亡記 (5) ─強襲の第二皇女─)
Gamers! Amano Keita to Seishun Continue (ゲーマーズ! 雨野景太と青春コンティニュー)

GA Bunko: (release date 20th March)
School Girl Strikers Novel Channel (スクールガールストライカーズ Novel Channel)

Fujimi Dragon Book: (release date 20th March)
ソード・ワールド2.0リプレイ 戦慄のトリプルクラウン (下)
グランクレスト・リプレイ ノートリアス 霧覆う魔境の島

Ichijinsha Bunko Iris: (release date 20th March)
狂伯爵と買われた花嫁4 永遠を誓う愛の言葉を君に
Rokkashaku to Neji no Teikoku (六花爵と螺子の帝国)
星持ちと弁当屋2
Yuurei Ouji no Risouteki na Himegimi: Ochiteru Yuurei wa Ore no Yome (幽霊王子の理想的な姫君 落ちてる幽霊は俺の嫁)

Ichijinsha Bunko: (release date 20th March)
Ginkou no Lighter Crois 5 (銀煌の騎士勲章5)
Kyuukyoku Zannen Ougi: Stealth Master ~Ore ga Waruinjanai, Ore no Koto wo Mushisuru Omaera ga Warui no da~ (究極残念奥義―賢者無双―~俺が悪いんじゃない、俺のことを無視するおまえらが悪いのだ~)
Princess Prison! (プリンセス・プリズン!)
Ore to Miko-tachi no Quadra Vulture (俺と巫女たちの方陣輪舞)

Asahi Novels: (release date 20th March)
絶海戦線2 第二次ミッドウェー海戦

Unknown light novel label/not a light novel:
消滅都市
Aku no Taizai: Gobanme no Piero (悪ノ大罪 五番目のピエロ)
Alice in Musicland

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Echikawa Bunko (release date 18th March)
Bishoujo Bunko (release date 20th March)
Puchipara Bunko (release date 20th March)