Light novel POS ranks for Year 2016

Figures in brackets after the volume titles indicate last year’s rankings if applicable. RE indicates a volume that came out before last year but did not appear in last year’s rankings. If a volume is new or came out last year but did not rank then no figure is given.

The list below is the POS (bunsho) ranking for the full year 2016. The rankings cover the top 500 sellers of all books during the year, 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 year for the yearly rankings data.

**1. Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa.
*36. Kimi no Na wa. (Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko)
*38. Sword Art Online 17
*45. Sword Art Online 18
*50. Kimi no Na wa. Another Side:Earthbound
*59. Boku wa Nando de mo, Kimi ni Hajimete no Koi wo suru.
*73. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 19
*74. Chotto Ima Kara Shigoto Yametekuru (040)
*85. Shousetsu Kotonoha no Niwa
104. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 20
106. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 1 (RE)
107. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu Koiiro ni Sake
111. Shousetsu Byousoku 5 Centimetre
124. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (RE)
143. No Game No Life 9
151. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei SS
153. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 10
156. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2 (RE)
159. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (RE)
167. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 3 (RE)
172. Wazamonogatari
173. Overlord 10
184. Eiga Ansatsu Kyoushitsu -Sotsugyou hen-
185. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 4 (RE)
199. Kagerou Daze 7
207. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 3 (RE)
213. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 11
215. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 5 (RE)
216. Kamisama no Goyounin 6
227. No Game No Life 8
233. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 6
235. Overlord 11
239. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 4 (RE)
240. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 8
246. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu (176)
247. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 7
269. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 5 (RE)
272. Kamisama no Goyounin 5
273. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 8
289. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu Kinyoubi no Ohayou
291. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 6
295. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 7
310. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu Yakimochi no Kotae (231)
311. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 10
314. Nademonogatari
319. Accel World 20
324. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 9
327. Bungou Stray Dogs: Dazai Osamu no Nyuusha Shiken (RE)
332. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index 15
337. Chocolate Confusion
342. Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita.
346. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 9
360. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index 16
365. Sword Art Online Progressive 4 (103)
366. Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko (RE)
368. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 10
379. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu Hatsukoi no Ehon (279)
381. Bungou Stray Dogs: Dazai Osamu no Kuro no Jidai (RE)
384. Eiga Novelisation: Orange
392. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu Ima Suki ni Naru (196)
395. Kamisama no Goyounin (128)
409. Bungou Stray Dogs: Tanteisha Setsuritsu Hiwa
412. Kimi ga Otoshita Aozora
431. Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko Kurohitsuji no Banka
434. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji Eiga Novelisation
438. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spin-off Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo! Megumin no Turn (RE)
464. Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko (Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko)
477. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 4
490. Mikkakan no Koufuku (RE)
495. Isshun no Eien wo, Kimi to

Last year: 2015 (note: the list of labels included is different from last year’s rankings)

Source: POS via book-rank.net

POS Monthly Bunsho rankings December 2016

Figures given in brackets are last month’s rankings.

The list below is the POS ranking for December. 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.

*10. Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa. (003)
*28. Accel World 21
*38. Shousetsu Kimi no Na Wa. (Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko) (023)
*51. Tokyo Ghoul:re[quest]
*54. No Game No Life: Practical War Game
*61. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 11
*62. Strike the Blood 16
*66. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Sword Oratoria 7
*72. Owari no Seraph: Ichinose Guren, 16-sai no Hametsu 7
*75. Ima sara Tsubasa to Iwaretemo (Kotenbu Series #6)
*88. Hidan no Aria 24
*96. Kimi no Na wa. Another Side:Earthbound (025)
109. Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou 5
119. Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes 6
134. BLEACH WE DO knot ALWAYS LOVE YOU
136. Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 9
139. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 9 (170)
145. Imouto Sae Ireba Ii. 6
170. Date A Live Encore 6
176. Saigo no Bangohan 7
201. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spin-off Zoku Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo! Warera, Megumin Touzokudan
221. Kokuhaku Yoou Renshuu: Kinyoubi no Ohayou (107)
235. Chotto Ima kara Shigoto Yametekuru (175)
243. Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan wo. ~Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai~ (Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko)
259. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 10 (091)
295. Youheidan no Ryouriban 2
309. Okitegami Kyouko no Ryokouki (064)
322. Shousetsu Kotonoha no Niwa (119)
340. Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki 11
347. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 10 (019)
356. Campione! 20
379. GOSICK GREEN
392. Fairy Tale Chronicle 12
394. Shousetsu Byousoku 5 Centimetre (146)
428. Boku wa Nando demo, Kimi ni Hajimete no Koi wo Suru. (363)
467. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 1 (436)
468. Shousetsu Hoshi no Koe
493. Haru to Nari wo Matsu Kimi e
497. Tengoku made no 49 Jikan
500. Kenja no Mago 5

(source: POS via book-rank.net)

See also:
November rankings
December Oricon rankings

 

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.

Bookwalker.jp 2016 yearly rankings (light novels)

These rankings are series rankings, not volume rankings. The overall rankings list (the top one) has gaps as things that are not light novels (mostly manga) have been left out. This treatment has not been applied to the literature rankings, so there are a couple of non-light novels on there.

These rankings cover bookwalker ONLY but this is a major source of light novel sales, so is worth including despite being limited to a single site.

Data covers 16th November 2015 to 15th November 2016.

1. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
2. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
3. No Game No Life
4. Madan no Ou to Vanadis
7. Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
8. Mushoku Tensei ~Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu~
9. Log Horizon
11. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
12. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
13. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden (Sword Oratoria)
14. Hataraku Maou-sama!
15. Hachinan-tte, Sore wa Nai Deshou!
17. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
18. Sword Art Online
19. Amagi Brilliant Park
20. Highschool DxD
21. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
23. Kimi no Na wa. Another Side:Earthbound
24. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
25. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
26. Tokyo Ravens
27. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari
29. Date A Live
30. Fairytale Chronicle
31. Last Embryo
32. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index
34. Shinmai Maou no Testament
35. Strike The Blood
37. Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa.
38. Goblin Slayer
41. Hidan no Aria
42. Sekai no Owari no Encore
43. Nidome no Jinsei wo Isekai de
44. Zero no Tsukaima
46. Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu
51. Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
52. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records
54. Overlord
55. Log Horizon Gaiden: Kushiyatama Ganbaru!
56. Boukyaku Tantei Series
57. Ookami to Koushinryou
59. Kumo desu ga, Nani ka?
61. Granblue Fantasy
62. Oda Nobuna no Yabou Zenkokuban
63. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
65. Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?
66. 29-sai Dokushin wa Isekai de Jiyuu ni Ikita..katta.
67. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta?
68. Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e
71. Tenkyou no Alderamin
77. Haken no Kouki Altina
79. Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
82. Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
84. Only Sense Online -Only Sense Online-
85. Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
90. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Tanpenshuu
91. Monogatari Series
93. Kenja no Deshi wo Nanoru Kenja
94. Kenja no Mago
96. Masou Gakuen HxH
97. Isekai Mahou wa Okureteru!
98. Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasuka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukute Moratte Ii Desu ka?
99. Accel World

Male Audience Light Novels:
1. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
2. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
3. No Game No Life
4. Madan no Ou to Vanadis
5. Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
6. Mushoku Tensei ~Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu~
7. Log Horizon
8. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
9. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
10. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden (Sword Oratoria)
11. Hataraku Maou-sama!
12. Hachinan-tte, Sore wa Nai Deshou!
13. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
14. Sword Art Online
15. Amagi Brilliant Park
16. Highschool DxD
17. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry
18. Kimi no Na wa. Another Side:Earthbound
19. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
20. Tokyo Ravens

Female Audience Light Novels:
1. Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
2. (Kari) Hanayome no Yangotonaki Jijou
3. Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi
4. Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shikanai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei Shite Shimatta…
5. Ensemble Stars!
6. Ai Chuu!
7. Kamen Konyaku no Tashinami
8. Dareka Kono Joukyou wo Setsumeishite Kudasai!: Keiyaku kara Hajimaru Wedding
9. Lady Fusai no Nare Some
10. Tensei Shitanode Tsugi koso wa Shiawase na Jinsei wo Tsukande Misemashou
11. Kaidanzaka no Mahoutsukai
12. Charpentier no Zakkaya-san
13. Madoushi wa Heibon wo Nozomu
14. Saigi-Ou no Keiyaku Ouhi
15. Hakuou Shijin
16. Nariyuki Saiou no Judai
17. Soukai Genyuuden
18. Tensei Ouji wa Kyou mo Flag wo Tatakioru
19. Omae Mitai na Heroine ga Ite Tamaru ka!
20. Tensei Shita Kedo, Konyakusha wa Akireameyou to Omou

Literature:
1. Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa.
2. Boukyaku Tantei Series
3. Monogatari Series
4. GOSICK
5. Gi(a)rlish Number
6. Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
7. Bannou Kanteishi Q no Saishuu Maki
8. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi: Another Record
9. Haunted Campus
10. Zaregoto
11. Kimi no Na wa. (Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko edition)
12. Tantei no Kantei
13. Shousetsu Kotonoha no Niwa
14. Saikyou
15. Densetsu
16. Matsurika series
17. Katanagatari
18. Sekai ga Death Game ni Natta no de Tanoshii Desu.
19. Saki Giichi no Yuuga Naru Seikatsu
20. Shousetsu Byousoku 5 Centimetre

BL: (light novels only)
9. Takumi-kun Series

TL:
1. Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!
2. Kokuou Heika wo Taburakasu ga (Shojo Bare Shite) Tenobira de Korogasaremashita.
3. Tensei Shitara Koutei Heika ni Neko Kawaigari sareru Mou desu.
4. Dai San Ouji to Onna Kishi Danchou
5. Migawari no Bara wa Kasshoku no Ookami ni Mederareru
6. Koi Biyaku
7. Gunpuku no Shoudou
8. Okizari-hime to Reimei no Kishiou
9. Tensei Shite Goushou Musume Datta no ni Koukyuu-iri Desu ka!?
10. Tadaima, Mitsugetsuchuu!
11. Erotics Emperor: Dansou no Miko wa Teiou no Te ni Ochiru
12. Koisuru Lingerie
13. Auction ni Kakerareta Hanayome
14. Tei no Chouai
15. Makoushaku-sama, Okusama wo Amayakashisugi desu!
16. Otome Game de Shinitakunaindesu
17. Majime na Maou-sama wo Yuuwaku shitara Do-S na Zetsurin ni Narimashita.
18. Lamperius no Kyuuketsuki
19. Cinderella Bridal
20. Kishi Danchou to “Kari” Shinkon Seikatsu!? ~Princess Wedding~

Last year’s post

source: bookwalker.jp

Light novel POS (bunsho) ranks for October 2016

Sorry about the wrong month in the title at first. Copy/paste fail.

There’s no previous month rankings for this month as the previous month’s data is missing.

The list below is the POS ranking for October. 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.

**1. Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa.
**6. Kimi no Na wa. Another Side:Earthbound
**8. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka 11
*10. Kimi no Na wa. (Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko)
*13. Overlord 11
*16. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu: Kinyoubi no Ohayou
*21. Haikyuu!! Shousetsuban!! 7
*23. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 10
*28. Kino no Tabi 20
*29. Shousetsu Kotonoha no Niwa
*35. Bungou Stray Dogs 55 Minutes
*39. Shousetsu Byousoku 5 Centimetre
*47. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 9
*58. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 10
*64. Isekai Shokudou 3
*69. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv.12
*79. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 20
*99. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records 7
103. Kagerou Daze 7
117. Izakaya Bottakuri 6
120. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Hatsukoi Shoujo no Yume wo Minai
123. Orihara Izaya to, Kassai wo
139. Campione! 19
151. Sword Art Online 18
153. No Game No Life 9
154. Chubyou Gekihatsu Boy 3
164. Kamisama no Goyounin 6
168. Koisuru Kiseichuu
174. Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? 4
181. Date A Live 15
185. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 1
194. Isshun no Eien wo, Kimi to
199. Chotto Ima kara Shigoto Yametekuru
201. Boku ga Aishita Subete no Kimi he
209. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2
220. Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu 6
232. Boku wa Nando demo, Kimi ni Hajimete no Koi wo Suru.
241. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Re:zeropedia
242. Reinousha Minato 10
250. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 3
251. Next Life 10
252. Seiken Tsukai no World Break 18
260. Kimi wo Aishita Hitori no Boku he
277. Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu! 4
310. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 4
324. Bungou Stray Dogs: Dazai Osamu to Kuro no Jikan
335. Bungou Stray Dogs: Dazai Osamu no Nyuusha Shiken
340. Nourin 13
343. NEET Dakedo Hello Work ni Ittara Isekai ni Tsuretekareta 7
363. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 5
368. Kujibiki Tokushou: Musou Harem-ken 3
384. Ubaumono Ubawarerumono 6
395. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 8
397. GOSICK RED
404. Muzokusei Mahou no Messiah 2
410. Bungou Stray Dogs: Tanteisha Setsuritsu Hiwa
412. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Tapenshuu 1
413. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 6
414. Maougun Saikyou no Majutsushi wa Ningen Datta 1
415. Eiga Novelisation DEATH NOTE Light up the NEW world
422. Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi 15
431. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 7
434. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 9
441. Isekai de Skill wo Kaitai shitara Cheat na Yome ga Zoushoku Shimashita
444. Osomatsu-san Bangai-hen
454. Youheidan no Ryouriban 1
459. Tenshi no 3P! x8
464. Jinme no Yuusha 5
472. Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu. 12
475. Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku
485. Kuroko no Basuke: Winter Cup Soushuuhen ~Namida no Saki e~
486. Himajin, Maou no Sugata de Isekai e: Tokidoki Cheat na Burari Tabi 3

(source: POS via book-rank.net)
See also:
October Oricon rankings

Light novel POS (bunko) ranks for April 2016

NOTE that this is April 2016, so not the most recent month. Later months will be posted over the coming weeks/months.

Figures in brackets after the volume titles indicate last months rankings if applicable. RE indicates a reentry onto the rankings (For simplicity’s sake, things that were released before last month that are showing up on the rankings are shown as “RE” even if they have never ranked before). If a volume is new or came out in a previous month but has not ranked before then no figure is given.

The list below is the POS bunko ranking for April. The rankings cover the top 500 sellers of all bunko format 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.

**2. Sword Art Online 17
**4. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu: Koiiro ni Sake
**9. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index 15
*22. Hidan no Aria 22
*25. Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry 10
*26. Boku wa Nando Demo, Kimi ni Hajimete no Koi wo Suru. (020)
*31. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv.10
*34. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 1 (RE)
*41. GENESIS Series Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon 9 pt 1
*42. Kono Kamen no Akuma ni Soudan wo!
*46. Kyoto Teramachisanjo no Holmes 4
*47. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 19 (002)
*48. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 2 (RE)
*55. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu (115)
*70. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 3 (RE)
*73. Knights & Magic 6 (140)
*75. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu: Yakimochi no Kotae (148)
*83. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (026)
*86. Saiunkoku Hisho pt 2
*89. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (033)
*90. Shin Tenchi Muyou GXP 14
*91. Chotto Ima kara Shigoto Yametekure (063)
*92. Bungou Stray Dogs: Dazai Osamu no Nyuusha Shiken (491)
*93. Date A Live 14 (019)
*95. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (038)
*96. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv 1 (RE)
*97. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 5 (041)
*98. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2 (032)
100. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu: Hatsukoi no Ehon (190)
101. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 8 (053)
104. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 6 (046)
109. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 7 (047)
111. Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu: Ima Suki ni Naru. (179)
112. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 4 (RE)
119. Omachi Shitemasu Shitamachi Wagashi Kurimarudou 5 (102)
120. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 8 (247)
123. World Order 3 (156)
130. Chocolate Confusion (096)
133. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 5 (RE)
134. Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin 9
139. Zero Kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho 6
140. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv 2 (RE)
143. Bungou Stray Dogs: Dazai Osamu to Kuro no Jikan (RE)
151. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 10 (062)
155. Highschool DxD 21 (025)
156. Hayou no Tsurugi 6 Ukon no Gyouan 27
161. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 6 (RE)
163. Order wa Tantei ni 7
166. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar level.8 (077)
169. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 7 (RE)
170. Bungou Stray Dogs: Tanteisha Setsuritsu Hiwa (RE)
171. Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. 11
175. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo! 1 (083)
176. Kimi ga Otoshita Aozora (175)
178. Next Life 9 (240)
182. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv 3 (RE)
184. Ore wo Suki Nano wa Omae Dake ka yo 2
187. Guin Saga 138
188. Juuou Mujin no Fafnir 11
189. Imouto Sae Ireba Ii. 4 (044)
190. Madan no Ou to Vanadis 14 (040)
196. Ryuu no Wakaba, Dr. no Dekiai
209. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 4 (014)
218. Tenshi no 3P! x7
224. Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko Kuroshitsuji no Banka (021)
225. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo! 2 (117)
226. Kujibiki Tokushu: Musou Harem-ken
236. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo! 3 (137)
238. Kamisama no Goyounin (235)
243. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv 4 (RE)
246. Assassin’s Bride 2
249. Heroes (Kabushikigaisha)!!!
250. Aldin no Shukuhai 12
252. Gun Ota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tenseishitara, Gendai Heiki de Guntai Harem wo Tsukucchaimashita!? 7
264. Toshokan Sensou 1 (326)
272. No Game No Life 8 (161)
273. Mousou Oujo to Seiran no Kishi
274. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk Gaiden 1
277. Saiunkoku Hishou Gaikotsu wo Kou part 2 (Kadokawa Bunko) (164)
279. Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de 11
282. Kamisama no Goyounin 5 (193)
283. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv 5 (RE)
285. Mikkakan no Koufuku (254)
287. Isekai C Mart Hanjouki
289. Eiga Novelisation Orange (152)
290. Mardock Anonymous 1 (269)
291. Shujin no Aishuu
292. Sword Art Online Progressive 4 (195)
297. Chubyou Gekihatsu Boy (251)
298. Hundred 1 (RE)
306. Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasuka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? #05
307. Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko (091)
308. Kuroneko to Sayonara no Tabi
309. Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? 22
312. Comm-nan no Ore ga, Koushou Skill ni ZenFurishite Tensei shita Kekka
313. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar level.7 (181)
314. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv 6 (RE)
316. Gate Gaiden+ part 1 (104)
317. Sword Art Online 16 (364)
322. Kou-1 Desu ga Isekai desu ga Isekai de Joushu Hajimemashita 8 (didn’t rank in previous month)
323. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Memory Records (109)
324. Uchi no Shitsuji ga Iu Koto ni wa 7
327. Sword Art Online 1 (406)
328. 10-nengoshi no Hiki-NEET wo Yamete Gaishutsu Shitara 1
331. Kaikan Honeymoon!!
338. Seven Cast no Hikikomori Majutsuou
341. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv 9 (RE)
342. Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko: Nezumi-tachi no Utage (107)
343. Gate Gaiden+ part 2 (111)
345. Izure Shinwa no Ragnarok 3
347. Hundred 10
349. Yami no Koutaishi 26
350. Bocchi Tenseiki 2 (432)
352. Cheat Majutsu de Unmei wo Nejifuseru 2
354. Raintree no Kuni (283)
356. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar level.3 (129)
360. Taishutsu Game (RE)
361. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar level.6 (173)
362. Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasuka? Mou Ichido Dake, Aemasuka? #01
363. Saiunkoku Hisho part 1 (141)
365. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv 7 (RE)
369. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar level.4 (146)
370. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar level.1 (106)
371. Nariyuki Saiou no Judai 7
376. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar level.5 (160)
377. Kuro no Koutei to Muku na Hanayome
379. Amayakashite Ageru: Fukushachou to Naisho no Doukyo Seikatsu
381. Monster no Goshuujinsama 6
384. Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko: Kyozou no Uroboros (100)
390. Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? Lv 8 (RE)
395. Hundred 2 (RE)
398. Doubles!! 2nd Set (didn’t rank last month)
399. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar level.2 (106)
406. Kono Tairiku de, Fijika wa Warui Kusushi Datta
407. Rokka no Yuusha archive 1 (344)
409. Seiju no Kuni no Kinju Tsukai 6
410. Bakemono no Ko (RE)
414. Kobe Sakaemachi Antique-dou no Shuuriya-san
415. Zettai ni Hatarakitakunai Dungeon Master ga Damin wo Musaboru made 1
417. Shousetsu Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda. (RE)
421. Saigi Ou no Keiyaku Ouhi
426. Isekai Shoukan wa Nidome desu 2 (didn’t rank last month)
434. Chronicle Regios 5
440. Kamisama no Goyounin 2 (349)
445. Saiunkoku Hisshou Gaikotsu wo Kou part 1 (Kadokawa Bunko) (217)
448. Rokuchounen to Ichiya Monogatari (didn’t rank last month)
450. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Girls Side 2 (081)
452. Sword Art Online 2 (RE)
455. Isekai no Meikyuu Toshi de Chiyu Mahoutsukai Yattemasu 4 (didn’t rank last month)
458. Frontier World
459. Toshokan Sensou 5 (392)
462. Isekai Konyoku Monogatari 4
464. Eromanga Sensei 6 (030)
467. Sword World 2.0 Replay Rock ‘n Role 2
469. Toshokan Sensou 2 (435)
471. Tensei shitara Koutei Heika ni Neko Kawaigarisareru Moyou desu.
474. Kougetsu Sasaki Hime Tan
475. Watashi no Shitsuji wa Gokigen Naname
479. No Game No Life (373)
480. Date Elf Masamune
482. Toshokan Sensou 6 (402)
483. No Game No Life 7 (345)
487. Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut 9 (056)
491. Ano Shinpu wa, Yappari Kuzu datta (didn’t rank in previous month)
495. Akuma ni Kyuukonsarete Gokuama Seikatsu Hajimemashita.
497. Osananajimi no Kuchibiru ni wa Midara na Kemono ga Sundeiru
498. Build Error no Tate Souryo 5

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Monthly Japanese Light Novel Sales Figures September 2016

Data covers 29th August – 25th September

Volume ranking:

*1. 460,783 Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa.
*2. 134,630 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei 20
*3. *93,263 Kimi no Na wa. ANOTHER SIDE: EARTHBOUND
*4. *85,489 Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa. (Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko edition)
*5. *83,556 Kagerou Daze 7
*6. *54,685 No Game No Life 9
*7. *54,209 Shousetsu Kotonoha no Niwa
*8. *45,629 Shousetsu Byousoku 5 Centimetre
*9. *38,670 Sword Art Online 18
10. *36,637 Date A Live 15
11. *34,582 Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 8
12. *34,309 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu 9
13. *32,628 Hataraku Maou-sama 0-II
14. *31,379 Shinsetsu Ookami to Koushinryou: Ookami to Youhishi
15. *31,355 Ookami to Koushinryou 18 Spring Log
16. *25,081 Goblin Slayer 3
17. *23,759 Ensemble Stars! Kasei yo Ten made Todoke
18. *21,179 Okitegami Kyouko no Kakeibo
19. *20,709 Heavy Object 12
20. *18,737 Hidan no Aria 23

Series ranking:

*1. 546,272 Shousetsu Kimi no Na wa.
*2. 144,859 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
*3. 118,925 Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
*4. *93,263 Kimi no Na wa. ANOTHER SIDE: EARTHBOUND
*5. *92,313 Kagerou Daze
*6. *77,831 No Game No Life
*7. *77,219 Sword Art Online
*8. *54,209 Kotonoha no Niwa Novelisation
*9. *52,367 Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken
10. *45,629 Byousoku 5 Centimetre Novelisation
11. *37,528 Date A Live
12. *35,228 Ensemble Stars! Novelisation
13. *32,629 Goblin Slayer
14. *32,628 Hataraku Maou-sama! Tokubetsu-hen
15. *32,256 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
16. *31,836 Overlord
17. *31,379 Shinsetsu Ookami to Koushinryou
18. *31,355 Ookami to Koushinryou
19. *25,852 Boukyoku Tantei Series
20. *21,194 Gouka Kyakusen de Koi wa Hajimaru

(source: Oricon via refugeechan)

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