After repeatedly seeing people expressing a desire for this or that light novel series to get licensed for release in English, I decided to take a look at what series are the most often requested light novels to get licensed for English language release.
Obviously there isn’t an easy way to sum together everything, so I decided to use a single source – requests made with the @yenpress hashtag on twitter. This is a good source as:
-You can make sure that one person’s desire for a series is only counted once (there are some people who have requested the same series half a dozen or so times in the 3 month period).
-Anyone can make posts asking for them and many people do.
-Yen Press is the main English language light novel licensor. Plus most other light novel publishers are not suitable for various reasons.
-It’s easy to sort through and a continuous data source.
For the time range I took the last 3 months – the period from February to April 2016. The dates chosen have obviously had an effect on the requests, and I may decide to repeat this at a later date to get a better perspective on the longer term trends.
Any post expressing an interest in the series being licensed was included. Posts that did not specify whether it was the manga or light novel that the person was interested in were assumed to be the light novel so long as that was released before the manga. Posts that specifically requested the manga, however, were ignored.
Requests for continuations of releases of series that Yen Press already hold the license to (most notably the Bungaku Shoujo short story volumes) were ignored. However, requests for license rescues are included.
Kingdom Hearts requests were ignored as I don’t know what they were actually asking for. There were about 3 or 4 of these, some of which may have been from the same person.
For obvious reasons, anything that is already being released was ignored.
Incidentally, there are no requests from me in the data.
There are 40 things in total that have been requested during the period covered, and these are listed below alongside the number of unique requests:
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!) – 12
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash) – 11
Date A Live – 9
High School DxD – 8
Ookami to Koushinryou: Spring Log (Spice and Wolf Spring Log) – 6
Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria – 5
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (SaeKano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend) – 4
Amagi Brilliant Park – 2
Full Metal Panic* – 2
Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? (Problem Children Are Coming From Another World Aren’t They?) – 2
Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai! (OreImo) – 2
Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (Chivalry of a Failed Knight) – 2
Shakugan no Shana* – 2
Vamp!* – 2
Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai. (So I Can’t Play H) – 1
Eiyuu Kyoushitsu – 1
Eromanga-sensei – 1
High School DxD DX – 1
High Speed! – 1
Hitsugi no Chaika (Chaika -The Coffin Princess-) – 1
Infinite Stratos – 1
Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de – 1
Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou (Dog & Scissors) – 1
Kino no Tabi (Kino’s Journey)* – 1
Kokoro Connect – 1
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Is This A Zombie?) – 1
Kotenbu Series (Hyouka) – 1
Madan no Ou to Vanadis (Lord Marksman and Vanadis) – 1
Mahou Sensou (Magical Warfare) – 1
Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu (Jobless Reincarnation) – 1
No.6 – 1
Noble Witches: Dai 506 Tougou Sentou Koukuudan – 1
Oda Nobuna no Yabou – 1
Psycho-Pass novels – 1
Rokka no Yuusha – 1
Saiunkoku Monogatari (The Story of Saiunkoku) – 1
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou) – 1
Seiken Tsukai no World Break – 1
Shuuen no Shiori – 1
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online – 1
*Titles marked with an asterisk would be license rescues. Vamp! was never actually released, whereas all the other series were dropped after the first volume(s) came out.