Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2016 week 12 (final week)

Episodes watched this week:
Joshiraku 8 BACKLOG
Joshiraku 9
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 7 BACKLOG
Aggressive Retsuko 38
Kochinpa! Dainiki 4
Gi(a)rlish Number 12 END
Hundred 10
Hundred 11
Hundred 12 END
Joshiraku 10
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 8
Joshiraku 11
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 9
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 10
Yokuwakaru Gendaimahou 11

Autumn 2016 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
2. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
3. Nobunaga no Shinobi
4. Hibike! Euphonium
5. Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season
6. Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki
7. Stella no Mahou
8. Kaijuu Girls
9. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu kara. 2nd Season
10. Teekyuu 8 (up 1)
11. Gi(a)rlish Number (down 1)
12. To Be Hero

Winter 2017 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Kochinpa! Dainiki

Hundred – I’m really not sure what to make of this. In some ways it was awful, but in others it was brilliant. And not in the sense of different sections of the series, but different aspects of the same bits. Emilia is obviously the true hero of the series, though. Far better than that stupid MC in every possible way. When all is said and done, I’m glad I finished it. I doubt I would get the novels in the best of times, though. With a backlog of things I’ve said I’m going to buy, only one order from Japan (and that not a full one) in the last 7 months and little chance of increasing the rate again any time soon? Not a chance.

Gi(a)rlish Number, on the other hand, was a series where it was all to easy to tell which were the good bits and which the bad. I have no real interest in having any more of this. I’m not even sure that I would watch it if more came along. I guess I watched the whole series through though, so in that sense I suppose they could say they won. In that annoying and irresponsible manner.

Next week is the first week of winter. Although I’m not sure how much winter anime I’ll actually start in that time. Lots of blog posts coming up over the next few days though.

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 26th December 2016

English Releases:

n/a

Japanese Releases:

GC Novels: (release date 26th December)
• Tensei shitara Ken deshita 2 (転生したら剣でした 2)
• GM ga Isekai ni Login Shimashita. 3 (GMが異世界にログインしました。 3)
• いやいや、チートとか勘弁してくださいね 上

Priere Bunko: (release date 26th December)
• 騎士侯爵の優しい策略―花嫁の初恋―

Kodansha X Bunko White Heart: (release date 27th December)
• VIP 残月
• 秘蜜の乙女は艶惑に乱されて

JUMP j BOOKS: (release date 27th December)
• BLEACH WE DO knot ALWAYS LOVE YOU

Cobalt Bunko: (release date 27th December)
• Honoo no Mirage Showa-hen: Kurenzaka Blues (炎の蜃気楼昭和編 紅蓮坂ブルース)
• 夜葬師と霧の侯爵 かりそめ夫婦と迷宮の王
• 十三番目の女神は還らない 眠れる聖女と禁断の書

Fairy Kiss: (release date 27th December)
• 転生伯爵令嬢は王子様から逃げ出したい
• 転生したのに、また叶わぬ恋に落ちました

Kodansha Ranobe Bunko: (release date 27th December)
• Boku no Bungeibu ni Bitch ga Iru nante Arienai. 8 (僕の文芸部にビッチがいるなんてありえない。8)
• Kuro Gal ga Isekai ni Tensei shite Dark Elf to Kanchigai Saremashita ~Monster mo Mana mo Mabutte Jitsu wa Saikyou~ (黒ギャルが異世界に転生してダークエルフと勘違いされました ~モンスターもマナもマブって実は最強~)
• Riajuu ni Narenai Ore wa Kakumeika no Doushi ni Narimashita 2 (リア充になれない俺は革命家の同志になりました2)

M Novels: (release date 27th December)
• 使徒戦記 ことなかれ貴族と薔薇姫の英雄伝

j-BOOKS Tankobon: (release date 27th December)
• 愛は歴史を救う ~傲慢平安貴族美少女を身も心も更生させつつ、ドS金髪吸血お姉さんに調教されよ! 編~

Monster Bunko: (release date 28th December)
• モンスターのご主人様(8)
• Elf Tensei kara no Cheat Kenkokuki 5 (エルフ転生からのチート建国記(5))
• ぼっち転生記(4)
• Ore no Isekai Shimai ga Jichou Shinai! 1 (俺の異世界姉妹が自重しない!(1))
• Tenshoku no Shinden wo Hirakimashita 3 (転職の神殿を開きました(3))

Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko: (release date 28th December)
• Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spin-off: Zoku Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo! Warera, Megumin Touzokudan (この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!スピンオフ 続・この素晴らしい世界に爆焔を! 我ら、めぐみん盗賊団)
• Testament Spiegel 3 part 1 (テスタメントシュピーゲル3 上)
• Ecstas Online 02. Santa-X wo Machikirenai (エクスタス・オンライン 02.Santa-Xを待ちきれない)
• Onigiri Stabber (おにぎりスタッバー)
• Itsuka no Sora, Kimi to no Mahou 2 (いつかの空、君との魔法II)
• Sayonara, Psychic 2. Ai to Kaihou no Chizu (さよなら、サイキック 2.愛と解放の地図)

ENTERBRAIN: (release date 28th December)
• Youjo Senki 7 Ut sementem feceris, ita metes (幼女戦記 7 Ut sementem feceris, ita metes)
• Lv999 no Murabito 3 (LV999の村人 3)

Hero Bunko: (release date 28th December)
• Youheidan no Ryouriban 2 (傭兵団の料理番 2)
• Isekai Rakugo 2 (異世界落語 2)
• Dasan Ari Zenkou Boukensha 2 (打算あり善行冒険者 2)

Kadokawa Ruby Bunko: (release date 28th December)
• Hitsui no Hanayome, Haiyuu no Dekiai (翡翠の花嫁、俳優の溺愛)
• 武神×刀神
• Hebigami-sama to Sennen no Koi (蛇神様と千年の恋)
• 軍神皇帝の寵花

Famitsu Bunko: (release date 28th December)
• Chikasugiru Karera no, Juunanasai no Tooi Kankei 2 (近すぎる彼らの、十七歳の遠い関係2)
• Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin 12 (龍ヶ嬢七々々の埋蔵金12)
• Mameshiba Tayori no Monster Sceptre Life: Ore no Aibou ga Isekai Saikyou ni Narimashite (マメシバ頼りの魔獣使役者ライフ 俺の相棒が異世界最強になりまして)
• Oretachi wa Isekai ni Ittara Mazu Massaki ni Butsuri Housoku wo Kakunin suru (俺たちは異世界に行ったらまず真っ先に物理法則を確認する)
• Gedou Ouji no Rakuen Koukokuki (外道王子の楽園興国記)
• Guild wa Honjitsu mo Heiwa nari (ギルドは本日も平和なり)

Kadokawa Beans Bunko: (release date 28th December)
• Ladyrose wa Heimin ni Naritai (レディローズは平民になりたい)
• 王女フェリの幸せな試練 祝福のベールアップ
• Mieru Futari no Renai Soudanshitsu (視えるふたりの恋愛相談室)
• Hanasaku Koukou Engekibu e Youkoso! (花咲高校演劇部へようこそ!)

Starts Shuppan Bunko: (release date 28th December)
• 春となりを待つきみへ
• 笑って。僕の大好きなひと。

HJ Bunko: (release date 28th December)
• Seirei Gensouki 6. Ouma no Zensoukyoku (精霊幻想記 6.逢魔の前奏曲)
• -Infinite Dendrogram- 2. Fushi no Shishitachi (-インフィニット・デンドログラム- 2.不死の獣たち)
• Tatakau Panya to Automaton Waitress 6 (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〉6)
• Sekai Saikyou wa Kazoku to Nakayoku Dekasegichuu! 4 (世界最強は家族と仲良く出稼ぎ中! 4)
• Mamonotsukai no Mofumofu shitei Seikatsu (魔物使いのもふもふ師弟生活)
• Okizari Yuusha to fushichou no Tsubasa (置き去り勇者と不死鳥の翼)

Melissa: (release date 29th December)
• 伯爵ときどき野獣
• 初夜から始める愛ある生活

Unknown label or not a light novel:
• “M.S.S Project × ファミ通文庫”コラボノベル 混沌四人衆のMinecraftサバイバル
• コバルト文庫で辿る少女小説変遷史

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
King Novels (release date 27th December) – 3 volumes

Plus a rerelease of Dai San Ouji to Onna Kishi Danchou (第三王子と女騎士団長) under Melissa Bunko

Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2016 week 11

Episodes watched this week:
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku 12 END
Nobunaga no Shinobi 11
Aggressive Retsuko 36
Aggressive Retsuko 37
Hibike! Euphonium 2 9
Joshiraku 5 BACKLOG
Hundred 8 BACKLOG
High School DxD 8 BACKLOG
High School DxD 9
High School DxD 10
High School DxD 11
High School DxD 12 END
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume 12 END
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 8
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 9
Nobunaga no Shinobi 12
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 2 BACKLOG
Joshiraku 6
To Be Hero 12 END
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 10
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 11
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 12 END
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season 12 END
Kochinpa! Dainiki 3
Teekyuu 8 12 END
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 3
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 4
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 5
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 6
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 7
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 8
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 9
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 10
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 11
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 12
Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… 13 END
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki 12 END
Gi(a)rlish Number 11
Joshiraku 7
Hundred 9

Autumn 2016 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
2. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
3. Nobunaga no Shinobi
4. Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season (up 1)
5. Hibike! Euphonium (down 1)
6. Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki
7. Stella no Mahou
8. Kaijuu Girls
9. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu kara. 2nd Season
10. Gi(a)rlish Number
11. Teekyuu 8
12. To Be Hero

Placed on hold as I’m probably never going to watch the rest:
Idol Memories

A week of endings, both of series from the current season and of a couple of backlog things. Next week will bring more endings still. Including, of course, the ending of the season. Yup, only 12 weeks this time.

Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku – I went into this at the start having forgotten about what I had previously read on the series. Started off thinking how adorably sweet it was, right up to just before the end of the first episode. Then *that* happened, and I remembered. I found the series to be encaptivating from start to finish. There are a couple of things I don’t fully get (like what a certain object actually does) but I’m sure they’re explained in the light novels. Which I will, of course, be buying.

High School DxD – Slightly better than I had expected. I’ll get and watch the second one at some point.

Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume – Honestly, the worst thing about this series is that it ended. And unfortunately I’d be surprised if there was any more of this anime. I looked into the first part of the manga but it seemed to be rather lacking compared to the anime. Might buy the first volume at some point anyway just to try it properly, though.

To Be Hero – They really did give up on it. What a mess of an ending that was.

Bungou Stray Dogs – that all came together rather nicely in the end, didn’t it. Honestly if it weren’t for a single event that proves a rather important plot point for the final episode then I would ask why the series didn’t end there.

MahoIi – I’ve not really read the manga beyond the content of the first season, but I’m really wondering how the two things interact with each other now, given how much the second season builds off content from the first that was pure filler. Oh well, only one way to find out. Filler or not, though, it was a good watch.

Teekyuu 8 – Teekyuu 9 please.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear G: In the Distance, That Day, When the Star Became Music… – One of the most enjoyable series I’ve watched all year. The fact that I had been expecting to watch eps 3-13 over three days and then ended up watching it in one speaks volumes. It had a better conclusion than the first did as well. There’s a third season to watch still and a fourth and fifth to come. The relative lack of info is slightly concerning but the first cour is being reaired in Japan this winter which could lead to us getting more info.

Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki – a fun little series with adorable characters. And some not so adorable characters.

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 19th December 2016 (UPDATED 24th December 2016)

Biggest release week since forever. Literally, in the case of English releases. In sheer numbers Japan has seen more before but it’s been a long while since this many relatively big names have come out at once.

English Releases:

Vertical: (release date 20th December)
• Bakemonogatari part 1

Yen On: (release date 20th December)
• Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? 7
• No Game No Life 5
• Sword Art Online 9: Alicization Beginning
• Goblin Slayer 1
• The Devil is a Part-Timer 6
• The Irregular at Magic High School 3: Nine School Competition Arc 1
• Accel World 08: The Binary Stars of Destiny
• Baccano! 3: 1931 the Grand Punk Railroad: Express
• Black Bullet 5: Rentaro Satomi, Fugitive
• The Asterisk War 02: Awakening of Silver Beauty

Japanese Releases:

JUMP j BOOKS: (release date 19th December)
• Tokyo Ghoul: re[quest] (東京喰種-トーキョーグール-:re[quest])

Fujimi Fantasia Bunko: (release date 20th December)
• Date A Live Encore 6 (デート・ア・ライブ アンコール6)
• Only Sense Online: Hakugin no Muse 2 -Only Sense Online- (Only Sense Online 白銀の女神2 ‐オンリーセンス・オンライン‐)
• Gun-Ota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tensei Shitara, Gendai Heiki de Guntai Harem wo Tsukucchaimashita!? 9 (軍オタが魔法世界に転生したら、現代兵器で軍隊ハーレムを作っちゃいました!? 9)
• Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja Nai 2 (俺が好きなのは妹だけど妹じゃない2)
• Konjiki no Word Master 9 -Yuusha Yonin ni Makikomareta Unique Cheat- (金色の文字使い9 ‐勇者四人に巻き込まれたユニークチート‐)
• Izure Shinwa no Ragnarok 5 -Mame no Ou to Kyoushin Houkou- (いづれ神話の放課後戦争〈ラグナロク〉5 ―魔眼の王と狂神咆哮―)
• Ranobe no Pro! Nenshuu 2500-Man Yen no Anime-ka Ranobe Sakka (ラノベのプロ! 年収2500万円のアニメ化ラノベ作家)
• Death Game kara Hajimeru MMO Slow Life Teki wa Iru Kedo, Mazu Yazukuri (デスゲームから始めるMMOスローライフ 敵はいるけど、まず家作り)
• Seven Cast no Hikikomori Majutsuou 3 (セブンキャストのひきこもり魔術王3)
• Ima, n-kaime no Kanojo (いま、n回目のカノジョ)
• Isekai Oudou Tetsudou Route 66 (異世界横断鉄道ルート66)

Gagaga Bunko: (release date 20th December)
• Imouto Sae Ireba Ii. 6 (妹さえいればいい。 6)
• Yuujin Character wa Taihen desu ka? (友人キャラは大変ですか?)
• Tsuki to Layka to Nosferatu (月とライカと吸血姫)
• Yuusha to Yuusha to Yuusha to Yuusha 4 (勇者と勇者と勇者と勇者 4)
• Midas Touch 2: Naikakufu Choujou Keizai Hanzai Taisakuka (マイダスタッチ 2: ~内閣府超常経済犯罪対策課~)

Fujimi Dragon Book: (release date 20th December)
• ソード・ワールド2.0リプレイ Rock ‘n Role(4) ドロップデッド・マーメイド
• ソード・ワールド2.0リプレイ レーゼルドーン開拓記3 世にも不滅の冒険者たち
• チェインクロニクル 暁の流星

Ichijinsha Bunko Iris: (release date 20th December)
• Koi to Akuma to Mokushiroku: Migawari no Seishaku to Akuma no Tame no Ibarahime (恋と悪魔と黙示録 身代わりの聖爵と悪魔のための茨姫)
• Seijuu-sama to Naki Mushi Seijo: Fujou no Kane to Fushi no Akuma (聖獣様と泣きむし聖女 不浄の鐘と不死の悪魔)

Ichijinsha Bunko: (release date 20th December)
• Oreta Seiken to Teikan no Kenki 4 (折れた聖剣と帝冠の剣姫(4))

Kodansha Taiga: (release date 20th December)
• 鬼の蔵 よろず建物因縁帳

Overlap Bunko: (release date 21st December)
• Saihate no Paladin 3 part 2: Tetsusabi no Yama no Ou (最果てのパラディンIII〈下〉 鉄錆の山の王)
• Saihate no Paladin 3 part 1: Tetsusabi no Yama no Ou (最果てのパラディンIII〈上〉 鉄錆の山の王)
• Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou 5 (ありふれた職業で世界最強 5)
• Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru! 7 (異世界魔法は遅れてる! 7)

MyNavi Shuppan Fan Bunko: (release date 21st December)
• 喫茶『猫の木』物語。~不思議な猫マスターの癒しの一杯~
• 浄天眼謎とき異聞録 上 ~明治つれづれ推理(ミステリー)~

HJ Novels: (release date 22nd December)
• Isekai Ryouridou 9 (異世界料理道9)
• Futsuu no Ossan dakedo, Kamisama kara Moratta Nouryoku de: Isekai wo Tobi shitekuru. Tsukaretara Teni Mahou de Jitaku ni Kaeru. 2 (普通のおっさんだけど、神さまからもらった能力で 異世界を旅してくる。疲れたら転移魔法で自宅に帰る。2)
• Yuusha to Kenja no Sakagura ~Sakezukuri no Tensai ga Isekai de Nipponsha wo Tsukutte Gangan Kakeagaru~ (勇者と賢者の酒蔵 ~酒造りの天才が異世界で日本酒を造ってガンガン駆け上がる~)
• Yanaoshi Ankokushin no Honsou -Ningen Sukisugite Ningen ni Tenseishita- (世直し暗黒神の奔走―人間好きすぎて人間に転生した―)

MF Books: (release date 22nd December)
• Mushoku Tensei ~Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu~ 13 (無職転生 ~異世界行ったら本気だす~ 13)
• フェアリーテイル・クロニクル ~空気読まない異世界ライフ~ 12
• Inchiki no Chikara de, Sengoku no Yo wo Kakenukeru. 3 (銭(インチキ)の力で、戦国の世を駆け抜ける。 3)
• Sono Mugen no Saki e 6 (その無限の先へ 6)
• Dungeon wo Tsukurou 3 ~Mamori wo Katamete, Maou-sama!~ (ダンジョンを造ろう 3 ~守りを固めて、魔王様!~)
• ジェネシスオンライン ~異世界で廃レベリング~ 1

Dash X Bunko: (release date 22nd December)
• Campione! 20 (カンピオーネ! XX)
• Monster Musume no Oishasan 2 (モンスター娘のお医者さん 2)
• Qualidea Code 2 (クオリディア・コード 2)
• ソシャゲライター クオリアちゃん -恋とシナリオと報酬を-
• Ansatsu Kouhosei: Aoki Bara no Everett (暗殺候補生 蒼き薔薇のエヴァレット)

Vanilla Bunko: (release date 22nd December)
• 未熟な独占欲~元カレと折れた恋の治し方~

Mitsuneko Bunko: (release date 22nd December)
• Hikagemono no Oujo desu ga Koutei Heika ni Ryakudatsu Dekiai saretemasu (日陰者の王女ですが皇帝陛下に略奪溺愛されてます)
• Kokuou Heika no Dekiai Ouhi (国王陛下の溺愛王妃)

Red Rising Books: (release date 22nd December)
• 私、ダンジョンマスターやめます! 迷宮少女の異世界譚
• 異世界から能力そのままに勇者が戻ってきました。

Media Works Bunko: (release date 22nd December)
• 探偵・日暮旅人の残り物
• 京都骨董ふしぎ夜話3
• タイムカプセル浪漫紀行
• ぼくの映画。 ~学園一の美少女をヒロインにキャスティングしてゾンビ映画を撮ろう~
• おばけの遊園地始めました
• こちらの荷物、どうしますか? ~アオバト引っ越しセンター~

MF Bunko J: (release date 23rd December)
• Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 11 (Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活11)
• No Game No Life: Practical War Game (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ プラクティカルウォーゲーム) (2 versions – with and without a nenderoid figure)
• Hidan no Aria 24 I Uu Reunion* (緋弾のアリアXXIV 狂逸の同窓会)
• High School Fleet: Interval 2 (ハイスクール・フリート いんたーばるっ 2)
• Meiyaku no Leviathan 8 (盟約のリヴァイアサンVIII)
• Kyou kara Ore wa Loli no Himo! 2 (今日から俺はロリのヒモ!2)
• Maryoku Zero no Ore ni wa Mahou Kenki Saikyou no Gakuen wo Shihai dekinai… to Omotta? 2 (魔力ゼロの俺には、魔法剣姫最強の学園を支配できない……と思った?2)
• Kyouiki no Ars Magna: Hi no Ryuuou to Koisuru Lamia (境域のアルスマグナ 緋の龍王と恋する蛇女神)
• Kuzu Kuma-san to Hachimitsu JK (くずクマさんとハチミツJK)
• 天使と鴉のプレセピオ -人狼×討伐のメソッドI-

PASH! Books: (release date 23rd December)
• ヒロインな妹、悪役令嬢な私 3

Shincho Bunko nex: (release date 23rd December)
• 少年探偵団: 私立探偵 明智小五郎

Gabrille Bunko Plus: (release date 24th December)
• 愛され若奥様は間違いメールで作られる!?
• 七日間限定カレシ 初恋を叶える方法

Kadokawa BOOKS: (release date 24th December)
• 横浜駅SF
• Yuusha no Kuzu 1 (勇者のクズ1)
• 僕の妹はバケモノです

Ever Princess: (release date 24th December)
• 買われた王妃は蜜夜にとまどう
• 再会からはじまる淫らなレッスン

NMG Bunko: (release date 24th December)
• 新・星をひとつ貰っちゃったので、なんとかやってみる

Kadokawa Beans Bunko: (release date 24th December)
• Heian Jidai ni Timeslip shitara Murasaki Shikibu ni Natteshimatta you desu (平安時代にタイムスリップしたら紫式部になってしまったようです)

Mahou no i-Rand Bunko: (release date 24th December)
• 桜龍 嵐の序章 編[上]
• 月下のジュリエット
• キミまであと一歩
• 世界はほんの少しの闇と溢れるばかりの愛で満ちている

Mahou no i-Rand Tankobon: (release date 24th December)
• トリカゴ
• 「恋空」10年目の真実 美嘉の歩んだ道

Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko: (release date 24th December)
• うさぎ強盗には死んでもらう

Overlap Novels: (release date 25th December)
• Kamigoroshi no Eiyuu to Ermenhilde 6 (神殺しの英雄と七つの誓約<エルメンヒルデ> 6)
• Lv2からチートだった元勇者候補のまったり異世界ライフ
• 不死王の嘆き 2

Unknown label or not a light novel:
• 『さちさちにしてあげる』
• Darenidemo Dekiru Kage kara Tasukeru Maou Toubatsu (誰にでもできる影から助ける魔王討伐)
• 連続的恋愛綺譚

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Puchipara Bunko (release date 20th December) – 1 volume
Puchipara Bunko Creative (release date 20th December) – 1 volume
Otona Bunko (release date 20th December) – 2 volumes
Bishoujo Bunko (release date 21st December) – 1 volume
Bishoujo Bunko Escare (release date 21st December) – 2 volumes
Nijigen Dream Bunko (release date 21st December) – 2 volumes
Real Dream Bunko (release date 22nd December) – 1 volume

Plus a rerelease of Novelisation: Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (ノベライズ この世界の片隅に) under Futabasha Junior Bunko and rereleases of the first 2 parts of 小暮写眞館 under Shincho Bunko nex.

*Literal transliteration of the furigana. No, it doesn’t make any sense to me either.

An attempt at ranking English language sales of light novel series

Note that the word “attempt” is an important one here.

As you probably already know if you are reading this, every week I post the weekly releases of light novels both in English and in Japanese on this blog. What you may or may not know is that the order of novels in the post is ranked. The ranking priority goes date -> label ordered by top ranking of that label -> order within that label. For the Japanese releases I use the order on Amazon, which isn’t always quite the same as the sales rankings but is far quicker to do. For the English releases I use Book Depository.
Why do I use them when I don’t tend to even buy my stuff from them? Simple – they are the only retailer that meets all five of the basic requirements:
– They have a ranking that covers every book on the site and which is continuously updated.
– They sell all light novels that get physical English language releases.
– They are a relatively large retailer.
– They sell worldwide, and don’t focus on a specific country or region.
– Sales are not skewed by the actions of the retailer (eg. Amazon’s history of hiding light novels under their manga adaptations)

This data is usually collected on a Sunday (occasionally Monday morning instead), and with the vast majority of English language releases coming out on a Tuesday this means that the rankings are for 2 days before release, and thus give you relatively comparable figures.

However, I only started actually taking long-term note of the actual rankings in the middle of the year, so I can’t give you every volume or the volume 1s of each series or something. What I can do, however, is to give a list of the latest volumes of each series, including the upcoming week’s releases.

Bear in mind that a couple of weeks I lost the actual figures for. However, in all bar one of these cases (Tokyo Ghoul : Days being the exception) I am confident of the site rank to the nearest thousand, and in no cases is the below out by more than one rank*.

So, from best rank to worst, here’s the list:

  1. My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected 1
  2. Bakemonogatari part 1
  3. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- 2
  4. Sword Art Online Progressive 004
  5. Overlord 2: The Dark Warrior
  6. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? 7
  7. No Game No Life 5
  8. Sword Art Online 9: Alicization Beginning
  9. Tokyo Ghoul : Days
  10. The Rising of the Shield Hero 6
  11. Goblin Slayer 1
  12. The Devil is a Part-Timer 6
  13. The Irregular at Magic High School 3: Nine School Competition Arc 1
  14. Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrope at Sixteen 3
  15. Psycome 2 : Murder Princess and the Summer Death Camp
  16. Durarara! 5
  17. Log Horizon 6: Lost Child of the Dawn
  18. The Isolator 3: The Trancer
  19. Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria Vol. 1
  20. Legend of the Galactic Heroes : Endurance
  21. Accel World 08: The Binary Stars of Destiny
  22. Strike the Blood 4: Labyrinth of the Blue Witch
  23. Naruto: Itachi’s Story 2
  24. A Certain Magical Index 9
  25. Baccano! 3: 1931 the Grand Punk Railroad: Express
  26. Kagerou Daze V: The Deceiving
  27. Black Bullet 5: Rentaro Satomi, Fugitive
  28. The Asterisk War 02: Awakening of Silver Beauty
  29. Vampire Hunter D : Throng of Heretics (volume 24)

Excluded:
Spice and Wolf – too long since the last volume
Haruhi – series is on long term hiatus rather than ongoing and English releases are caught up, too long since the last volume.
Naruto Hiden – too long since the last volume, unclear if the latter half are actually going to be released.
Everything with no physical release (which I don’t post on this blog either).

Drawbacks to bear in mind:
These are ordered by RANKING, not sales. The same rank will to a certain extent be inevitably be a different sales figure at different times of year. In particular I would expect series released this week to get a lower rank than they would usually at a given sales level. Then again the timing may lead to them getting more sales as well.
The rankings are those of the latest volumes. New series will always do better than ones that have been going for a long time, which is why I included the volume number/name in the list.
As stated above, a couple of the series that haven’t seen releases in a while were done from memory but I can guarantee that nothing is out by more than one rank on the list above.
This being done from bookdepository’s rankings mean that no other retailer’s sales are relevant. This is thus a relatively small sample size, and Book Depository is probably not representative of the overall market.

* The uncertainties are between Tokyo Ghoul : Days and Sword Art Online, and between Strike the Blood and Accel World. In the former case I am about 55% confident that SAO is higher, and in the latter case, the penultimate volume of Accel World came out on the same day as the latest Strike the Blood volume, and got a better rank than it, which is why I put it higher.

Weekly watching roundup – Autumn 2016 week 10

Episodes watched this week:
Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku 11
Hibike! Euphonium 2 8
Joshiraku 4 BACKLOG
High School DxD 1 BACKLOG
High School DxD 2
High School DxD 3
High School DxD 4
High School DxD 5
Kochinpa! Dainiki 2
Kaijuu Girls 12 END
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume 11
To Be Hero 11
High School DxD 6
High School DxD 7
Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki 11
Teekyuu 8 11
Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara. 2nd Season 11
Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season 7
Gi(a)rlish Number 10

Autumn 2016 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
2. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
3. Nobunaga no Shinobi
4. Hibike! Euphonium
5. Bungou Stray Dogs 2nd Season
6. Kiitarou Shounen no Youkai Enikki
7. Stella no Mahou
8. Kaijuu Girls
9. Gi(a)rlish Number
10. Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu kara. 2nd Season (up 1)
11. Teekyuu 8 (up 1)
12. To Be Hero (down 2)
13. Idol Memories

Winter 2017 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Kochinpa! Dainiki

To Be Hero – did the staff just give up on this or something? Or did they forget how to make things funny after a less humourous episode?

And another season begins to draw to a close.

Kaijuu Girls is first to finish. It was one of those fun little series that was well worth watching as a short but really wouldn’t have worked otherwise. Surprisingly, they actually gave something of a story to it. I know nothing about the original game and don’t really care either. All I know, and all I care about, is that this anime was a good experience.

POS Monthly Bunsho rankings November 2016

Figures given in brackets are last month’s rankings.

The list below is the POS ranking for November. The rankings cover the top 500 sellers of all books during the month, but those given below are just the light novels on the list. This is why there are many gaps in the rankings. There are no sales figures given for this data, and the data set is different from the one Oricon uses, which explains differences in the rankings. It has the advantage, though, of reporting much lower ranks than Oricon does.

Bear in mind that, unlike Oricon, POS rankings use the calendar month for the monthly rankings data.

**3. Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa. (001)
*16. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index 17
*19. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 10 (058)
*23. Shousetsu Kimi no Na Wa. (Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko) (010)
*25. Kimi no Na wa. ANOTHER SIDE:EARTHBOUND (006)
*64. Okitegami Kyouko no Ryokouki
*91. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 10 (023)
102. Highschool DxD DX 3
103. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 11 (008)
107. Kokuhaku Yokou-Renshuu: Kinyoubi no Ohayou (016)
112. Youheidan no Ryouriban 1
117. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata 11
119. Shousetsu Kotonoha no Niwa (029)
126. Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut 11
128. Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi 5
138. Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin 11
146. Shousetsu Byousoku 5 Centimetre (039)
170. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 9
175. Chotto Ima kara Shigoto Yametekuru (199)
188. Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu 10
204. Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi dette Ittayone! 3
206. Sword Art Online Alternative: Clover’s Regret
231. Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hourou Meshi 1
244. THE NEW GATE 08
246. Shounen Onmyouji: Sakai no Kishibe ni Yomigaere
259. Bungou Stray Dogs: 55 Minutes (035)
262. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 9 (047)
265. Gamers! 6
279. Eiga Novelise DEATH NOTE Light up the NEW world (415)
290. Asakusa Oniyome Nikki: Ayakashi Fuufu wa Imayokoso Shiawase ni Naritai.
305. Overlord 11 (013)
308. Yume no Owari de, Kimi ni Aitai. (Didn’t rank last month)
309. Legend 7
316. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Re:zeropedia (241)
328. Kagerou Daze 7
332. Reinousha Minato 10 (242)
333. Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi he (201)
342. Sword Art Online 18 (151)
363. Boku wa Nando Demo, Kimi ni Hajimete no Koi wo Suru. (232)
367. Izumo no Ayakashi Hotel ni Shuushokushimasu
395. Isshun no Eien wo, Kimi to (194)
400. Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru 12
404. Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan 11
409. 29 to JK 2
412. Sanzensekai no Karasu wo Koroshi 20
415. Kino no Tabi 20 (028)
419. Kimi wo Aishita Hitori no Boku he (260)
425. Tensei Majutsushi no Eiyuutan 1
426. Koukyuu Series 1
436. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 1 (185)
459. Grancrest Senki 8
483. Assassin’s Pride 4
486. Maou na Nao Ko to Murabito A 11
487. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 20 (079)
489. Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekakechuu
494. Jinrou e no Tensei, Maou no Fukukan 5

(source: POS via book-rank.net)

See also:
October rankings
November Oricon rankings