Restarting the POS Bunsho rankings

Back in April the Shoseki blog stopped publishing Bunsho rankings after the Kumamoto earthquake, which obviously meant that I couldn’t post them on this site any more. In Octember I started to post the Bunko ranks instead, starting with March’s rankings, which I then intended to catch up with and continue posting.instead of the Bunsho rankings.

But there were two things that mean that this is no longer the plan.

For one, the process is absurdly time consuming. There are almost twice as many light novels on the bunko ranking as there are on the bunsho ones, which, combined with the fact that the titles that appear tend to be relatively obscure ones, means that the whole process can take about 8 hours of solid work. Just for one blog post. Sure, it means more data, but the rankings actually become less meaningful, provide less value, and miss out big sellers that aren’t in bunko format.

Secondly, though, the bunsho rankings started back up shortly after I made that first post. This thus makes it possible to restart the bunsho rankings and thus there is no need to catch up with the bunko ones.

However, the bunsho rankings have not filled in the missing weeks – instead they start back up from October. Thus this is where I will start posting them from as well. This then leaves a gap from April to September, and I will gradually continue posting the bunko ranks to fill in this gap. But there is no longer the need to catch up, and the priority will be the Bunsho rankings from here onwards.

The bunsho rankings for October are all ready to post, and will be up on here tomorrow. The ones for November came out a couple of days ago and should be posted at some point either next week or the week after.

The labels included will be stabilised from here onwards as the same as those in the bunko rankings plus various non-bunko labels, rather than the somewhat haphazard approach I took previously. Read more to see the list if interested.

The following labels will be included if they appear in the rankings. Others will not, and new labels will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Some of these will probably never show up.

Alphalight Bunko
Alphapolis
Arian Rose
B’s Log Bunko
B’s Log Bunko Alice
B’s Log Tankobon
C Novels Fantasia
Cobalt Bunko
Dash X Bunko
Dengeki Bunko
Earth Star Novel
ENTERBRAIN
Famitsuu Bunko
Fujimi Dragon Book
Fujimi Fantasia Bunko
Fujimi L Bunko
Futaba Bunko
GA Bunko
GA Novel
Gagaga Bunko
GC Novels
Hayakawa Bunko JA
Hero Bunko
HJ Bunko
HJ Novels
Honey Bunko
Ichijinsha Bunko
Ichijinsha Bunko Iris
Iris Neo
J Novel Light
Jewel Books
Jewel Bunko
JUMP j BOOKS
KA Esuma Bunko
Kadokawa Beans Bunko
Kadokawa BOOKS
Kadokawa Bunko
Kadokawa Ruby Bunko
Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko
KCG Bunko
Kodansha BOX
Kodansha Ranobe Bunko
Kodansha X Bunko White Heart
Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Bunko
Mag Garden Novels
Media Works Bunko
Melissa
MF Books
MF Bunko J
Mitsuneko Bunko
Mitsuyume Bunko
mu novel
Monster Bunko
Opal Bunko
Otomitsu Milky Bunko
Overlap Bunko
Overlap Novels
PASH! Books
Poplar Bunko Pureful
Regina Books
Seikaisha Fictions
Shogakukan Bunko
Shueisha Mirai Bunko
SKYHIGH Bunko
Sohgeisha Clear Bunko
Sonya Bunko
Starts Shuppan Bunko
Tiara Bunko
Tull Kiss Bunko
Vanilla Bunko
Vanilla Bunko Miele
Wings Bunko
Zero Sum Novels

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