POS Monthly Bunsho rankings February 2017

Figures given in brackets are last month’s rankings.

The list below is the POS ranking for February (not March). 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. Sword Art Online 19
**7. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 21
**9. Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou 7
*31. Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa. (007)
*63. Youjo Senki 1 (059)
*73. Boku no Hero Academia Yuuei Hakusho 2
*74. Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa. (Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko) (029)
*79. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv.13
*84. Shinrei Tantei Yakumo ANOTHER FILES: Bourei no Negai
*86. Zero no Tsukaima 22
*89. 86 -eightysix-
105. Chotto Ima Kara Shigoto Yametekuru
113. Youjo Senki 2 (129)
125. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 11 (120)
127. Hachinan-tte, Sore wa Nai Deshou! 10
128. Kouka Koukyuu Monogatari Daigo Maku
130. Hataraku Maou-sama! Highschool N!
137. Musubimonogatari (010)
140. Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? 5
146. Arafoo Kenja no Isekai Seikatsu Nikki 2
148. Shinmai Maou no Testament 10
149. Tantei・Higurashi Tabibito no Sagashimono (248)
153. Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance 16
177. Youjo Senki 3 (230)
179. Ryuuou no Oshigoto! 5
184. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (218)
204. Novelise Kono Sekai no Katachi ni (141)
206. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 1 (266)
227. Fairytale Chronicle 13
233. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (286)
243. Gyakusatsu Kikan (Shinpan) (RE)
251. Wakusei Karon (Haruchika Series) (didn’t rank last month)
253. Youjo Senki 4 (387)
267. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 10 (282)
271. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 4 (340)
273. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 3 (306)
275. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu Kinyoubi no Ohayou (206)
284. Sword Art Online 1 (RE)
289. Seiken Tsukai no World Break 19
291. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2 (374)
304. Sword Art Online 18 (RE)
309. Tantei・Higurashi Tabibito no Ushinakushimono (RE)
312. Isekai Meikyuu de Harem wo 7
313. Re:Monster 8.5
320. Youjo Senki 5 (RE)
321. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 5 (385)
332. Kimi no Na wa. Another Side:Earthbound (162)
333. Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki 3
342. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 10 (289)
344. Youjo Senki 7 (257)
350. Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shounen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu You na Monogatari
355. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 6 (406)
359. Kujibiki Tokushou: Musou Harem-ken 4
374. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 9 (333)
390. Youjo Senki 6 (RE)
399. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 7 (440)
402. Tenseishite Inaka de Slow Life wo Okuritai: Mura no Shuukakusai
407. Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannou desu
408. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spin-off 4 (067)
414. Assassin’s Pride 5
416. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 3 (488)
417. No Game No Life Practical War Game (066)
419. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 8 (439)
423. Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e 5 (180)
425. Madoushi wa Heibon wo Nozomu 17
429. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 9 (431)
430. 29-sai Dokushin wa Isekai de Jiyuu ni Ikita……katta. 6
436. Hachigatsu no Owari wa, Kitto Sekai no Owari ni Niteiru.
442. Shousetsu Kotonoha no Niwa (250)
448. Tantei・Higurashi Tabibito no Wasuremono (RE)
454. Sword Art Online 2 (RE)
460. Sword Art Online 17 (RE)
463. Masou Gakuen HxH 10
469. Ubaumono Ubawarerumono 7
481. Madan no Ou to Vanadis 16 (109)
492. Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi: Hangeki no Gourei
495. Sword Art Online 16 (RE)

(source: POS via book-rank.net)

See also:
January rankings
February Oricon rankings

Weekly Watching Roundup – Winter 2017 week 12 (final)

Episodes watched this week:
Nobunaga no Shinobi 26 END
Nyanko Days 12 END
Piace: Watashi no Italian 11
Piace: Watashi no Italian 12 END
Kemono Friends 12 END
Kochinpa! Dainiki 17
Aggressive Retsuko 50
Gabriel DropOut 12 END
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon 11
Akiba’s Trip The Animation 9

Winter 2017 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Kemono Friends
2. Gabriel DropOut
3. Youjo Senki
4. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
5. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
6. Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel
7. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
8. Masamune-kun no Revenge
9. Akiba’s Trip The Animation
10. Rewrite 2nd Season
11. Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari
12. Kochinpa! Dainiki (up 1)
13. Idol Jihen (down 1)
14. Piace: Watashi no Italian
15. Nyanko Days

Nobunaga no Shinobi – good fun series with nice humour, although I’m sure there are historical references that go over my head. Onwards to the next series. Next week.

Nyanko Days – I swear the ending of this thing is like some kind of hypnotism. Look into my eyes… Nyanko is love… love… Nyanko is love… love… If it is meant to be that, though, it doesn’t work too well.

Piace: Watashi no Italian was one of those series to watch just because. It had interesting enough characters and events to keep me watching.

Kemono Friends – I think this has top spot on this year’s list of biggest pleasant surprises wrapped up already. Which would be the second time that Yaoyorozu have taken it. Back in my watching intentions post I said that this looked “like just the sort of thing that probably should be a short”. Having watched it I am so glad it wasn’t, and also so glad I picked this up (I nearly didn’t bother even trying it). Great fun series with brilliant characters, and always of course that bit more under the surface.
Welcome to Jappari Park! Oh and… Please don’t eat me!

Gabriel DropOut – Some good comedy, although it was starting to feel a tad repetitive by the end. Satania best character.

Even though this was officially the final week of Winter, next week I will mostly be watching and hopefully finishing off the other things I’ve been following. And then it’s time for Spring to begin. Watching intentions will be up shortly before I start watching stuff.

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 27th March 2017

English Releases:

n/a

Japanese Releases:

Fairy Kiss: (release date 27th March)
• 王子様に外堀埋められて元の世界に帰れません
• 傍観者の恋

Dear Novels: (release date 27th March)
• 黒いおみみのうさぎなの
• 優しく啼かせて 1

Morningstar Books: (release date 28th March)
• Livitium Koukoku no Butakusahime 4 (リビティウム皇国のブタクサ姫 4)
• Dungeon no Maou wa Saijaku!? 6 (ダンジョンの魔王は最弱っ! ? 6)

WINGS NOVEL: (release date 28th March)
• 不死探偵事務所

Starts Shuppan Bunko: (release date 28th March)
• 放課後図書室
• 星の涙
• 神様の願いごと

Shincho Bunko nex: (release date 29th March)
• Cake Ouji no Specialite 2 (ケーキ王子の名推理2)
• シマイチ古道具商: 春夏冬(あきない)人情ものがたり

Famitsu Bunko: (release date 30th March)
• 千年戦争アイギス 白の帝国編II
• Granblue Fantasy 7 (グランブルーファンタジーVII)
• Kenja no Mago 6 Eishisassou no Shinshi Koutan (賢者の孫6 英姿颯爽の神使降誕)
• Dakara Oniichan to Yobunatte! 2 (だからお兄ちゃんと呼ぶなって!2)
めがみめぐり ツクモと聖地と七柱のめがみ

Morningstar Bunko: (release date 30th March)
• Hisshou Dungeon Unei Houhou 6 (必勝ダンジョン運営方法(6))
• Guild no Cheat na Uketsukejou 5 (ギルドのチートな受付嬢(5))

ENTERBRAIN: (release date 30th/31st March)
• ダンガンロンパ小高 ~『ダンガンロンパ』を作りながらの890日~
• Margikarman ItoA

Monster Bunko: (release date 30th March)
• Sairin Yuusha no Fukushuutan ~Yuusha Yamete Motomaou to Kumimasu~ 3 (再臨勇者の復讐譚~勇者やめて元魔王と組みます~(3))
• Butsuri-san de Musou shitetara Motemote ni Narimashita 8 (物理さんで無双してたらモテモテになりました(8))
• 農民関連のスキルばっか上げてたら何故か強くなった。(1)

PASH! Books: (release date 31st March)
• Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear 6 (くま クマ 熊 ベアー 6)

HJ Bunko: (release date 31st March)
• Seirei Gensouki 7. Yoake no Rinbukyoku 精霊幻想記 7.夜明けの輪舞曲
• <Infinite Dendogram>-Infinite Dendogram- 3. Choukyuu Gekitou (<Infinite Dendrogram>-インフィニット・デンドログラム- 3.超級激突)
• Tsukurareshi Inochi to Kirei na Sekai 3 (造られしイノチとキレイなセカイ3)
• Oshikake Gunshi to Shishi no Ikusa Otome 2 (押しかけ軍師と獅子の戦乙女2)
• Moji Mahou x Insatsu Gijutsu de Okosu Isekai Kakumei (文字魔法×印刷技術で起こす異世界革命)

Kodansha Ranobe Bunko: (release date 31st March)
• Chaos;Child -Children’s Revive-
• Outbreak Company: Moeru Shinryakusha 17 (アウトブレイク・カンパニー 萌える侵略者17)
• Division Maneuver -Eiyuu Tensei- (ディヴィジョン・マニューバ ―英雄転生―)
• Gunshi/Sagishi wa Kamihitoe (軍師/詐欺師は紙一重)
• Hakuyoku no Polaris (白翼のポラリス)
• Sousei no Ishtar (想世のイシュタル)
• 夜空ノ一振リ2
• Majo to Majou no Sabbath Marina (魔女と魔城のサバトマリナ)

GC Novels: (release date 31st March)
• Kenja no Deshi wo Nanoru Kenja 7 (賢者の弟子を名乗る賢者 7) (2 versions – with and without a drama CD)
• Isekai ni Kita Mitai dakedo Ikanisureba Yoi no Darou 2 (異世界に来たみたいだけど如何すれば良いのだろう 2)
• ガチャを回して仲間を増やす 最強の美少女軍団を作り上げろ 2

Vanilla Bunko: (release date 31st March)
• 完璧令嬢の愛され新婚生活~貴公子は新妻を甘やかす~
• 黄金の鳥籠、二本の鍵

Cobalt Bunko: (release date 31st March)
• すべてがおまえに背いても ―高貴な罪びとを愛した少女の物語―
• 腹へり姫の受難 王子様、食べていいですか?
• 皇帝陛下の愛され絵師 ~その筆は奇跡を招く~

eRomance Royal: (release date 31st March)
• 飼い主が残念です (2 versions – with and without short stories)

Kadokawa Beans Bunko: (release date 1st April)
• Shounen Onmyouji Kotaenu Se ni Naki Sakebe (少年陰陽師 こたえぬ背に哭き叫べ)
• Reijou Kanteisei to Garou no Akuma: Eien no Koi wo Kakusha-tachi (令嬢鑑定士と画廊の悪魔 永遠の恋を描く者たち)
• ワーズワースの秘薬 愛を捧げる光の庭園
• 皇太后のお化粧係 ふたりを結ぶ相思の花
• Ladyrose wa Heimin ni Naritai 2 (レディローズは平民になりたい 2)

Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko: (release date 1st April)
• Last Embryo 4 Ou no Kikan (ラストエンブリオ4 王の帰還)
• Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Mou Ichido dake, Aemasu ka? #04 (終末なにしてますか? もう一度だけ、会えますか?#04)
• Mahou GPX Wizard Formula (魔導GPXウィザード・フォーミュラ)
• イックーさん

Kadokawa Ruby Bunko: (release date 1st April)
• 初恋列車
• 傲慢紳士と溺愛クルーズ
• ちび神さまの初恋むすび
• 妖狐とワケあり駆け落ち中!?

Melissa: (release date 1st April)
• 乙女は至宝の愛を知る~海神の花嫁~
• 囚われた月、蝶の双涙~異世界兄は溺愛症~
• ヤクザな彼との恋愛事情

Unknown label or not a light novel:
• Nogi Wakaba wa Yuusha de Aru part 2 (乃木若葉は勇者である 下)
• クトゥルー短編集 魔界への入口
• Darenidemo Dekiru Kage kara Tasukeru Maou Toubatsu 2 (誰にでもできる影から助ける魔王討伐2)

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Nijigen Dream Bunko (release date 29th March) – 2 volumes
Puchipara Bunko Creative (release date 31st March) – 1 volume
Otona Bunko (release date 31st March) – 2 volumes
Puchipara Bunko (release date 31st March) – 1 volume
King Novels (release date 1st April) – 2 volumes

Plus rereleases of 月刊 人外妄想図鑑 【巨人族】2 and 今更です! ! under Melissa Bunko

Weekly Watching Roundup – Winter 2017 week 11

Episodes watched this week:
Nyanko Days 11
Akiba’s Trip The Animation 8
Youjo Senki 11
Nobunaga no Shinobi 23
Gabriel DropOut 11
Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel 7
Demi-chan wa Kataritai 7
Aggressive Retsuko 49
Kochinpa! Dainiki 16
Kemono Friends 11

Winter 2017 Status:

Series rankings:
1. Kemono Friends (up 2)
2. Gabriel DropOut (down 1)
3. Youjo Senki (down 1)
4. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2
5. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
6. Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel
7. Demi-chan wa Kataritai
8. Masamune-kun no Revenge
9. Akiba’s Trip The Animation
10. Rewrite 2nd Season
11. Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari
12. Idol Jihen
13. Kochinpa! Dainiki
14. Piace: Watashi no Italian
15. Nyanko Days

Kemono Friends – bloody hell that episode…

English and Japanese Light Novel Releases for Week Commencing 20th March 2017

English Releases:

Yen On: (release date 21st March)
• Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- 3
• Log Horizon 7: The Gold of the Kunie
• Accel World 09: The Seven-Thousand-Year Prayer
• Durarara! 6

Japanese Releases:

Mitsuyume Bunko: (release date 21st March)
• ピアニストの執愛 その指に囚われて

Jewel Books: (release date 22nd March)
• 異世界シンデレラ 騎士様と新婚スローライフはじめます

HJ Novels: (release date 23rd March)
• Nidome no Jinsei wo Isekai de 15 (二度目の人生を異世界で15)
• Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni. 8 (異世界はスマートフォンとともに。8)
• Isekai Ryouridou 10 (異世界料理道10)
• Kuitsume Youhei no Gensou Kitan 1 (食い詰め傭兵の幻想奇譚1)
• Wortenia Senki 6 (ウォルテニア戦記VI)

Red Rising Books: (release date 23rd March)
• 世界最強は器用貧乏 器用貧乏でもスキルをカンストすれば完璧超人
• Takenaka Hanbee no Seizon Senryaku: Sengoku no Yo wo Ayatsuru “Chashitsu” no Naka no Eiyuu-tachi (竹中半兵衛の生存戦略 戦国の世を操る「茶室」の中の英雄たち)
• Dual Life: Hiru wa Yuusha Party, Yoru wa Maougun (デュアルライフ 昼は勇者パーティ、夜は魔王軍)
• オール1から始まる勇者2

Dash X Bunko: (release date 24th March)
• Save & Load no Dekiru Yadoya-san 3 ~Counter Stop Tenseisha ga Yadoya de Shinjin Ikusei wo Hajimeta You Desu~ (セーブ&ロードのできる宿屋さん 3 ~カンスト転生者が宿屋で新人育成を始めたようです~)
• Jichou Shinai Motoyuusha no Tsuyokute Tanoshii New Game 2 (自重しない元勇者の強くて楽しいニューゲーム 2)
• Ibaramichi no Eijuutan (棘道の英獣譚)
• Hotel: Gigant Castle e Youkoso (ホテル ギガントキャッスルへようこそ)

MF Bunko J: (release date 25th March)
• Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 12 (Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活12)
• Makikomare Isekai Shoukanki 1 (巻き込まれ異世界召喚記 1)
• Magi Craft Meister 11 (マギクラフト・マイスター 11)
• 14-sai to Illustrator 2 (14歳とイラストレーター2)
• Gakusen Toshi Asterisk Gaiden: Queenvale no Tsubasa 2 (学戦都市アスタリスク外伝 クインヴェールの翼2)
• Totsuzen desu ga, Oniichan to Kekkon shimasu! Souka, Futon nara Shiite aru zo. (突然ですが、お兄ちゃんと結婚しますっ! そうか、布団なら敷いてあるぞ。)
• Kyou kara Ore wa Loli no Himo! 3 (今日から俺はロリのヒモ!3)
• Sanzensekai no Raisner 3 Nyotei to Kentei (三千世界の英雄王<レイズナー>3 女帝と剣帝)
• (Kono Sekai wa Mou Ore ga Sukutte Tomi to Kenryoku wo Te ni Iretashi, Onna Kishi ya Onna Maou to Shiro de Tanoshiku Kurashiteru kara, Ore Igai no Yuusha wa) Mou Isekai ni Konaide Kudasai. ((この世界はもう俺が救って富と権力を手に入れたし、女騎士や女魔王と城で楽しく暮らしてるから、俺以外の勇者は)もう異世界に来ないでください。)
• Madou Shoujo ni Tensei shita Ore no Souken ga Yuunou sugiru 2 (魔導少女に転生した俺の双剣が有能すぎる2)
• ぼくたちのリメイク 十年前に戻ってクリエイターになろう!
• Kusoge Online (Kari) 3 “Kono Kusoge ga Genjitsu dato Watashi Dake ga Shitteiru” (クソゲー・オンライン(仮)3 「このクソゲーが現実だと私だけが知っている」)
• Kyouiki no Ars Magna: Hi no Ryuuou to Koisuru Lamia 2 Tate no Shinigami to Hakase no Jorougumo (境域のアルスマグナ2 盾の死神と博士の絡新婦)
• Antiskill Gamification 2 Fukigen na Elf wa Gryphon to Tobu Yume wo Miru (アンチスキル・ゲーミフィケーション2 不機嫌なエルフはグリフィンと飛ぶ夢を見る)

Hero Bunko: (releae date 25th March)
• Knights & Magic 7 (ナイツ&マジック 7)
• Next Life 11 (ネクストライフ 11)
• Juusai Saikyou Madoushi 1 (十歳の最強魔導師 1)
• Sono Saikyou, Kami no Irai de Isekai e 1 (その最強、神の依頼で異世界へ 1)
• Kakushi Skill de Isekai Musou 1 (隠しスキルで異世界無双 1)
• Kantei Nouryoku de Chougoushi ni Narimasu 6 (鑑定能力で調合師になります 6)
• Fukkatsu Maou wa Omitooshi? 2 (復活魔王はお見通し? 2)

Overlap Bunko: (release date 25th March)
• Hai to Gensou no Grimgar level.10 Love Song wa Todokanai (灰と幻想のグリムガル level.10 ラブソングは届かない)
• World Teacher: Isekaishiki Kyouiku Agent 5 (ワールド・ティーチャー 異世界式教育エージェント 5)
• 灰かぶりの賢者 I.アーカイドの剣聖

Overlap Novels: (release date 25th March)
• Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hourou Meshi 2 Hanetsuki Gouza x Maboroshi no Ryuu (とんでもスキルで異世界放浪メシ 2 羽根つき餃子×幻の竜)
• Yomigaeri no Maou 6 (蘇りの魔王 6)

MF Books: (release date 25th March)
• Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari 17 (盾の勇者の成り上がり 17)
• Magi Craft Meister 11 (マギクラフト・マイスター 11)
• Isekai Yakkyoku 4 (異世界薬局 4)
• Ore, Doubutsu ya Mamono to Hanaseru n desu 2 (俺、動物や魔物と話せるんです 2)
• ジェネシスオンライン ~異世界で廃レベリング~ 2

Kadokawa Bunko: (release date 25th March)
• うちの執事に願ったならば
• 少年と少女と正しさを巡る物語 サクラダリセット7

Gabriella Bunko: (release date 25th March)
• 竜王は新妻を蜜夜に堕とす
• 王太子殿下は純な騎士姫を手放せない
• 強引すぎる王子様に執着されて逃げられませんが幸せです。

JUMP j BOOKS: (release date 25th March)
• 劇場版 黒子のバスケ LAST GAME

Ever Romance: (release date 25th March)
• 俺様モデルは恋をご所望

Mahou no i-Rand Bunko: (release date 25th March)
• two [下]
• プレイ・オブ・カラー ~君に好きと伝えたい~
• レンズの向こうのひだまりと世界

Orgis Novel: (release date 25th March)
• Foreigner no Ayamachi (フォーリナーの過ち)

Unknown label or not a light novel:
• マジックユーザー TRPGで育てた魔法使いは異世界でも最強だった。

Adult light novel labels with releases this week:
Bishoujo Bunko (release date 21st March) – 3 volumes

Most requested English light novel licenses #3 – J-Novel Club edition

This post is, of course, related to my two previous blog posts on most requested English light novel licenses. However, this time it comes not from people sending tweets to Yen Press, but from requests to J-Novel Club.

More specifically, I have gone through every posts on the suggestions board of their website’s forums, counting the number of unique users supporting any given series being picked up. The site also features a liking system, and people liking a post suggesting a series has also been included where appropriate. However it is worth noting that most posts contain more than just a single suggestion (unlike tweets on twitter) so there were only a few cases where these were actually able to be included. A couple of the posts that are included do have notable impacts on the list.

As you will see below the list is quite different from the previous ones (and far more so than that between the two previous lists).

There are several possible reasons, including:
– A different userbase.
– The existance of dedicated threads, which could provide passive encouragement to others to share their wishes.
– The fact that it is a forum thread rather than a tweet, which obviously enables people to go into more detail about series that they like or to list out more series at once.
– The fact that the staff actually reply to such threads, and the contents of these replies, could influence what people suggest.
– J-Novel Club’s existing agreements with Hobby Japan and Overlap mean that their titles are more likely to be suggested, and may have made people less willing to suggest titles from other labels.

Series that were already licensed by someone (whether J-Novel Club or another distributor) were ignored, as before, but the fact that this list covers back to right at the start of the site’s existance means that there are inevitably series listed that have since been licensed. These series have still been included but are marked by an asterisk (*). As this was previously used for series that would be licensed rescues, these are now indicated with a caret (^) instead.

Here (after the break if you’re reading this from the main page) is the list of titles requested and the number of requests for each:
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