I think you’ll agree with me when I say:
“I want to start reading an intriguing light novel but having thousands of options, I don’t know which one to read.”
Or am I wrong?
What you might do is ask a friend, or possibly just head to Google and search “best selling light novel in Japan” or “any good light novels recommendation”
I noticed that the second method isn’t all that efficient. The results you get from search engines are not entirely accurate.
Well, in this post, I will show two rankings that Japanese people use to discover:
- Trending light novels by title in Japan
- Best selling light novels by volume in Japan
- Best selling light novels in 2020
- and more!
This post is based on quantitative data!
If you are looking for light novel recommendations, you will love this post.
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It’s one of the most popular services where you can read and buy light novels and manga.
They have a variety of titles and they have a ranking where you can check out their best-selling light novels.
Top-selling light novel in Japan by volume in May are:
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Vol.18)
- Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Vol.17)
- Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen Dai 5-bu – Megami no Keshin (Vol.26)
- The Apothecary Diaries(Vol.11)
- Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody(Vol.22)
- The Tales of Marielle Clarac
- Madougushi Dahlia wa Utsumukanai: Dahliya Wilts No More(Vol.6)
- Zoku Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Magian Company(Vol.2)
- I Swear I Won’t Bother You Again!(Vol.3)
- The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?(Vol.22)
Kimirano is a website created by KADOKAWA where you can discover new light novels and read some of them for free.
They have a ranking where you can see what are the Japanese people reading right now.
Trending light novels by title in Japan right now:
- Full Dive: The Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even Shittier than Real Life!
- Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway
- Venom: Kyuuaisei Shoujo Shoukougun
- Tokidoki Bosotto Russiago de Dereru Tonari no Aarya-san
- Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy
- Takane No Hana No Konkano Ha, Zettai Motokano Ni Maketakunai Yodesu
- Amanojaku Na Himuro San
- Tanin wo Yosetsukenai Buaisouna Joshi ni Sekkyou shitara, Mechakucha Natsukareta
The last ranking that I would like to show is Oricon. You can find there the best selling light novel, manga & books in general for 2020.
The following covers from November 18, 2019, to November 22, 2020.
Best selling light novel in Japan by Volume (2020):
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Shiawase no Hana (923,139)
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Kataha no Cho (913,388)
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no YaibaKaze no Michishirube (607,347)
- Overlord 14 (228,628)
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train (light novel version) (197,397)
Best selling light novel in Japan by Series (2020):
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
- Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
- Sword Art Online
- Kusuriya no Hitorigoto
As I mentioned before, this ranking was based on quantitative data from different rankings. It’s not my opinion.
But, if you’re interested to know what I’m reading now or Mipon’s recommendations here are our recommendations:
Kimi Sen (Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World)
Buy it on Amazon
Spice and Wolf
Buy it on Amazon.
Note: The anime of 86 is currently airing in Japan.
Buy it on Amazon.
What is the difference between manga and light novels?
A light novel is basically a book with illustrations.
While you’re reading a light novel you may find some illustrations like the one below.
If you’re a fan of Wandering Witch, don’t miss the interview with the author of Wandering Witch.
Does the story change between the web novel and the light novel?
It depends on the novel. Most of the light novels are a bit different from the original source (web novel).
For example, in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Yuuki Kagurazaka has a different role in the web novel and anime.
What is considered more canon, a web novel or a light novel?
There isn’t an official answer on which one is considered canon.
In my opinion, the light novel is considered canon, while the web novel was used as the inspiration.
The light novel has been edited, polished, and improved by the original author. That’s why I have a slight preference for considering the light novel the canon of the story.
Also, I would always recommend reading the light novel version of the story instead of the web novels
Are light novels meant to be anime?
In the past years, popular anime like Sword Art Online, KonoSuba, Overlord, etc are all based on light novels.
So you can expect more light novels to become anime.
We have a video explaining what’s Shousetsuka Ni Narou, where is the place that most of the light novels come from.
If you’re into light novels, you need to watch this video:
Which light novel are you reading right now?
Do you have any recommendation?
Let me know in the comments!