This data provides a way to compare the top volumes at their initial releases, before they get distorted by monthly/yearly rankings (for which a series released at certain times of year have significant advantage), how long they happen to stay on the rankings for, or whether or not they get lucky reappearances on the rankings well after the initial release. On the other hand, 3 weeks should be sufficiently long to not be strongly affected by the day of the week that the volume came out (although there could still be a difference of around 5% between a Monday release and a Saturday release).
This data can be used, among other things, to better reflect the change in a series’ popularity over time than looking at the total sales data can tell you. Obviously it would have been more useful with more volumes listed, and I’m starting to wonder whether or not I should have included more, or used a figure threshold rather than a rank one. It’s too late to do that now, though, and I don’t see myself getting around to adding more any time soon. Maybe when the requirement to get in reaches 180-200k or so (I was originally expecting it to be in the 140-150k range for the top 40 at the end).
I’ve been (very) slowly working on this since January, and finally got around to finishing it. It was created for inclusion on the light novel sales thread, and will be included in there shortly. You may also want to use those rankings (on post 3) in comparison to the figures below.
The data used consists of the oricon weekly light novel sales data the period of 31st March 2008 to present, with 2 weeks missing in 2008 and 7 in 2009 – in other words, all the weekly sales data that I have access to.
If a volume has multiple releases, then any sales within 3 weeks of the initial release/initial ranking (whichever is sooner) will be counted. Any after this, including rereleases, are not.
If a volume ranks for the first time on the week of release, but there are sales before this point of <1000, these have been ignored; if there are sales of >1000, these are counted as the first week.
Rank – Sales figure for first 3 weeks – title – volume #
*1 471364 biblia koshodou no jiken techou 4
*2 405113 suzumiya haruhi series 10
*3 358724 biblia koshodou no jiken techou 5
*4 348891 biblia koshodou no jiken techou 6
*5 348325 biblia koshodou no jiken techou 3
*6 264435 sword art online 12
*7 256354 sword art online 13
*8 255379 kagerou daze 5
*9 254338 sword art online 14
10 251311 sword art online 15
11 243505 sword art online 11
12 237754 sword art online progressive 3
13 236696 sword art online progressive 2
14 218728 kagerou daze 3
15 213749 sword art online progressive 1
16 213072 shinyaku toaru majutsu no index 2
17 206513 boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai 7
18 203814 kagerou daze 4
19 198238 shinyaku toaru majutsu no index 3
20 195361 ore no imouto ga konnani kawaii wake ga nai 8
21 194714 mahouka koukou no rettousei 16
22 194201 kuroko no basket replace 4
23 193869 koimonogatari
24 190210 ore no imouto ga konnani kawaii wake ga nai 12
25 188383 boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai 8
26 183267 tsukimonogatari
27 181255 ore no imouto ga konnani kawaii wake ga nai 10
28 179139 mahouka koukou no rettousei 15
29 179008 mahouka koukou no rettousei 14
30 179000 baka to test to shoukanjuu 6 pt 1
31 178424 ore no imouto ga konnani kawaii wake ga nai 9
32 171708 onimonogatari
33 171217 koyomimonogatari
34 171076 boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai 6
35 169972 shinyaku toaru majutsu no index 1
36 168820 ore no imouto ga konnani kawaii wake ga nai 11
37 167712 otorimonogatari
38 165554 owarimonogatari 1
39 165493 shinyaku toaru majutsu no index 4
40 163639 kagerou daze 6
All volumes on the rankings above have 3 weeks’ of ranking data included.
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