Japan Top 17 Weekly Light Novel Sales Ranking: January 9 – January 15, 2022

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Without further ado, the full list is as follows:

Light Novel Weekly Top 17


1. Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku Vol. 27 (NEW)
by (Author) Hiro Ainana and (Illustration) shri

Volume Information

Release Date: January 10, 2023
Days of Sales: 6
Price: 1,350 yen
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies sold: 16,909
Link (JPN): Vol. 27

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: Mar. 17, 2014
Label: Kadokawa Books
Official Web Page: Here

Other Information

Latest Promo: YouTube
Link (ENG): Right Stuf; Amazon

Analytics

Sales Performance: Chart
Printed Circulation: 5,300,000 for both physical and digital as of August 2022 (Source)

Analysis

When compared to its other volumes with 6 days of sales, Volume 27 is the weakest of them all since Volume 18. Volumes 19 and 21 were 18.39% and 18.92% higher respectively in their first 6 days, seeing copies sold breaching the 20,000 mark. Volume 27 also performed slightly stronger than Volume 26 which made its debut at 15,701 copies in the first 3 days.

Additional Comments

It has a Manga adaptation by artist Megumu Aya that is serialized in Dragon Age of which its first chapter can be read for free on Comic Walker in Japanese right here. In January 2018, SILVER LINK. and Connect adapted the work into a 12-episode TV Anime series that ended its broadcast on March 29.


2. Suzume no Tojimari (↓38.88%)
by Makoto Shinkai

Volume Information

Release Date: August 24, 2022
Days of Sales: 7
Price: 680 yen
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies sold: 12,367
Link (JPN): CDJapan

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: August 24, 2022
Label: Kadokawa Bunko
Official Web Page: Here

Other Information

Latest Promo: YouTube (Film Trailer)
Link (ENG): N/A

Analytics

Sales Performance: Chart
Printed Circulation: More than 350,000 (Source)

Additional Comments

Physical sales in Japan have hit 410,702 copies sold in its first 145 days.


3. Kagami no Kojou First Part (↓30.21%)
by Mizuki Tujimura

Volume Information

Release Date: March 5, 2021
Days of Sales: 7
Price: 780 yen
Publisher: Poplar-sha
Estimated number of copies sold: 11,676
Link (JPN): First Part

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: May 11, 2017
Label: Poplar Bunko
Official Web Page: Here

Other Information

Latest Promo: YouTube (Anime Film)
Link (ENG): Amazon

Analytics

Sales Performance: N/A
Printed Circulation: 1,700,000 (Source)


4. Kagami no Kojou Final Part (↓31.78%)
by Mizuki Tujimura

Volume Information

Release Date: March 5, 2021
Days of Sales: 7
Price: 780 yen
Publisher: Poplar-sha
Estimated number of copies sold: 10,268
Link (JPN): Final Part

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: May 11, 2017
Label: Poplar Bunko
Official Web Page: Here

Other Information

Latest Promo: YouTube (Anime Film)
Link (ENG): Amazon

Analytics

Sales Performance: N/A
Printed Circulation: 1,700,000 (Source)


5. Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsunomanika Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken Vol. 8 [Regular Edition] (NEW)
by (Story) Saeki-san and (Illustration) Hanekoto

Volume Information

Release Date: January 14, 2023
Days of Sales: 2
Price: 640 yen
Publisher: SB Creative
Estimated number of copies sold: 8,768
Link (JPN): Vol. 8

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: Jun. 14, 2019
Web Novel Publication Date: Dec. 20, 208
Label: GA Bunko
Official Web Page: Here

Other Information

Latest Promo: YouTube
Link (ENG): Right Stuf; Amazon

Analytics

Sales Performance: Chart
Printed Circulation: 1,000,000 (Source)

Analysis

Note that the volume comes with a Special Edition that has a drama CD and a framed picture, however, it did not make it onto any of the week’s charts including Bunko Top 50. Copies sold for the Special Edition is expected to be lower than 2,000 and if it does sell that much, then, total for both Regular and Special editions would be more than 10,000 copies, still a welcoming turnout considering the 2 days of sales it has — Volumes 3, 4 and 5.5 sold 11,935 copies, 12,766 copies and 16,531 copies each in the first 3 days. The Special Edition is also priced much higher than the Regular Edition considering the content of its package, at 9,700 yen (≈75 USD) which would result in a very high gross sale.

Additional Comments

The work was also adapted into a Manga series in January 2022 by artist Wan Shibata that is serializing in Square Enix’s Manga UP! More information about the title can be found on its official web page here whereas its Manga chapters can be read for free in Japanese here.

It is currently having its TV Anime adaptation being aired this season (as of the time of writing), produced by studio Project No.9.


6. Blue Lock: Tatakai no Mae, Bokura wa. Isagi・Nagi・Bachira (↑50.99%)
by (Author) Momo Moegi and (Original) Muneyuki Kaneshiro

Volume Information

Release Date: October 17, 2022
Days of Sales: 7
Price: 700 yen
Publisher: Kodansha
Estimated number of copies sold: 7,213
Link (JPN): CDJapan

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: October 17, 2022
Label: KC Deluxe
Official Web Page: N/A

Other Information

Latest Promo: N/A
Link (ENG): N/A

Analytics

Sales Performance: N/A
Printed Circulation: N/A


7. Itai no wa Iya nanode Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. Vol. 15 [Regular Edition] (NEW)
by (Author) Yuumikan and (Illustration) Koin

Volume Information

Release Date: January 10, 2023
Days of Sales: 6
Price: 1,300 yen
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies sold: 6,763
Link (JPN): Vol. 15

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: Sep. 8, 2017
Label: Kadokawa Books
Official Web Page: Here

Other Information

Latest Promo: YouTube
Link (ENG): Right Stuf; Amazon

Analytics

Sales Performance: Chart
Printed Circulation: 2,100,000 including digital (Source)

Analysis

In terms of copies sold, Itai no wa Iya nanode Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. Volume 15 does seem a little lower when compared to its past volumes. Volume 14 for instance made its debut at 10,326 copies within the first 5 days. That said, the latest volume sold 15.21% against Volume 12, both in their first 6 days, and considering the slightly more expensive Special Edition of Volume 15, gross sales for the week was at a high 16,137,500 yen (≈125.09 thousand USD).

Additional Comments

Itai no wa Iya nano de Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. was first adapted into a TV Anime series in January 2020 by SILVER LINK. who returned to animate the sequel that is currently airing this season as of the time of writing.

The series also has a Manga adaptation by artist Jirou Oimoto that is serialized in Comp Ace with some of its chapters available for reading right here in Japanese.


8. Shunkashuutou Daikousha: Akatsuki no Shashu (↑56.64%)
by (Author) Kana Akatsuki and (Illustration) Suou

Volume Information

Release Date: January 7, 2023
Days of Sales: 7
Price: 720 yen
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies sold: 6,300
Link (JPN): CDJapan

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: Apr. 9, 2021
Label: Dengeki Bunko
Official Web Page: Here

Other Information

Latest Promo: YouTube
Link (ENG): N/A

Analytics

Sales Performance: N/A
Printed Circulation: 300,000 for both physical and digital as of January 2023 (Source)

Additional Comments

Copies sold for the volume has hit 10,322 in its first 9 days.


9. Isekai ni Teni shitara Yama no Naka datta. Handou de Tsuyosa yori mo Kaitekisa wo Erabimashita. Vol. 10 (NEW)
by (Author) Jaga Butter and (Illustration) Minako Iwasaki

Volume Information

Release Date: January 10, 2023
Days of Sales: 6
Price: 1,200 yen
Publisher: SB Creative
Estimated number of copies sold: 5,932
Link (JPN): Vol. 10

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: July 10, 2020
Label: Tsugi Kuru Books
Official Web Page: Here

Other Information

Latest Promo: YouTube (Manga)
Link (ENG): N/A

Analytics

Sales Performance: Chart
Printed Circulation: N/A

Analysis

Copies sold for Isekai ni Teni shitara Yama no Naka datta. Handou de Tsuyosa yori mo Kaitekisa wo Erabimashita. Volume 10 is 4.60% less than Volume 2’s 6,218 copies, both in their first 6 days. The performance of its latest volume is also much weaker than the performances of Volumes 8 and 9 which made their debuts at higher copies sold and within shorter days of sales. For instance, Volume 8 was at 7,454 copies sold in 5 days whereas Volume 9 was at 5,276 copies in 3 days.

Additional Comments

In July 2020, the series received a Manga adaptation by artist Sora Tsutaya which is serialized in Comic Earth☆Star with more information about the work can be learned on its official Manga web page right here. You can also check out its first chapter right here in Japanese.


10. Suzume no Tojimari [Tsubasa Bunko Edition] (↓40.70%)
by (Author) Makoto Shinkai and (Illustration) Chiko

Volume Information

Release Date: October 13, 2022
Days of Sales: 7
Price: 840 yen
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies sold: 5,822
Link (JPN): CDJapan

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: August 24, 2022
Label: Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko
Official Web Page: Here

Other Information

Latest Promo: YouTube (Film Trailer)
Link (ENG): N/A

Analytics

Sales Performance: N/A
Printed Circulation: 300,000 (Source)

Additional Comments

Together with sales made the past eleven weeks, it has sold 108,005 copies.


11. Itai no wa Iya nanode Bougyoryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu. Vol. 15 [Special Edition] (NEW)
by (Author) Yuumikan and (Illustration) Koin

Volume Information

Release Date: January 10, 2023
Days of Sales: 6
Price: 1,600 yen
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies sold: 4,591
Link (JPN): Vol. 15 [Special Edition]

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: Sep. 8, 2017
Label: Kadokawa Books
Official Web Page: Here

Other Information

Latest Promo: YouTube
Link (ENG): Right Stuf; Amazon

Analytics

Sales Performance: Chart
Printed Circulation: 2,100,000 including digital (Source)

Additional Comments

Comes with an illustration booklet.


12. Kyoto Fushimi no Ayakashi Amajicho Ito wo Tadoru Maigo no Oneko-sama (NEW)
by Ten Kashiwa

Volume Information

Release Date: January 11, 2023
Days of Sales: 5
Price: 682 yen
Publisher: Takarajimasha
Estimated number of copies sold: 4,387
Link (JPN): CDJapan

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: Aug. 4, 2017
Label: Takarajimasha Bunko
Official Web Page: N/A

Other Information

Latest Promo: N/A
Link (ENG): N/A

Analytics

Sales Performance: N/A
Printed Circulation: 300,000 (Source)

Additional Comments

The series last made an appearance with its Kannazuki no Rusuban Shichifukujin volume at 4,914 copies sold in its first 6 days back in May 2022.


13. Mezametara Saikyou Soubi to Uchuusenmochi Datta node, Ikkodate Mezashite Youhei toshite Jiyuu ni Ikitai Vol. 8 (NEW)
by (Author) Ryuto and (Illustration) Tetsuhiro Nabeshima

Volume Information

Release Date: January 10, 2023
Days of Sales: 6
Price: 1,300 yen
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies sold: 4,349
Link (JPN): Vol. 8

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: Jul. 10, 2019
Label: Kadokawa Books
Official Web Page: N/A

Other Information

Latest Promo: N/A
Link (ENG): Right Stuf; Amazon

Analytics

Sales Performance: N/A
Printed Circulation: 650,000 for both physical and digital as of December 2022 (Source)

Additional Comments

The series was last seen with Volume 7 at 4,260 copies sold in its first 4 days back in March 2022.

It was also adapted into a Manga series by artist Shunichi Matsui that is serialized in ComicWalker of which some of its chapters can be read for free in Japanese right here.


14. Kishibe Rohan wa Taorenai Tanpen Shousetsu-shuu (↓46.07%)
by (Author) Ballad Kitaguni and (Original) Hirohiko Araki

Volume Information

Release Date: December 19, 2022
Days of Sales: 7
Price: 860 yen
Publisher: Shueisha
Estimated number of copies sold: 3,866
Link (JPN): CDJapan

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: Dec. 19, 2022
Label: JUMP j BOOKS
Official Web Page: N/A

Other Information

Latest Promo: N/A
Link (ENG): N/A

Analytics

Sales Performance: N/A
Printed Circulation: N/A

Additional Comments

Copies sold including its pre-release sales have now hit 49,184.


15. Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsunomanika Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken Vol. 1 (N/A)
by (Story) Saeki-san and (Illustration) Hanekoto

Volume Information

Release Date: June 14, 2019
Days of Sales: 7
Price: 600 yen
Publisher: SB Creative
Estimated number of copies sold: 3,373
Link (JPN): Vol. 1

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: Jun. 14, 2019
Web Novel Publication Date: Dec. 20, 208
Label: GA Bunko
Official Web Page: Here

Other Information

Latest Promo: YouTube
Link (ENG): Right Stuf; Amazon

Analytics

Sales Performance: Chart
Printed Circulation: 1,000,000 (Source)


16. Kore wa Keihi de Ochimasen! Vol. 10 (↓32.76%)
by (Author) Yuuko Aoki (Illustrator) uki

Volume Information

Release Date: December 20, 2022
Days of Sales: 7
Price: 630 yen
Publisher: Shueisha
Estimated number of copies sold: 3,356
Link (JPN): Vol. 10

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: Nov. 22, 2018
Label: Shueisha Orange Bunko
Official Web Page: Here

Other Information

Latest Promo: YouTube
Link (ENG): N/A

Analytics

Sales Performance: N/A
Printed Circulation: 700,000 (Source)

Additional Comments

The volume has sold 29,820 copies in its first 27 days.


17. Kedakaki Hotel-ou wa Saijou Ai de Mama to Baby wo Karametoru (NEW)
by Kaoru Kurenai

Volume Information

Release Date: January 10, 2023
Days of Sales: 6
Price: 670 yen
Publisher: Starts Publishing
Estimated number of copies sold: 3,200
Link (JPN): CDJapan

Light Novel Information

Publication Date: Oct. 10, 2022
Label: Berries Bunko
Official Web Page: N/A

Other Information

Latest Promo: N/A
Link (ENG): N/A

Analytics

Sales Performance: N/A
Printed Circulation: N/A

Additional Comments

Part of the Gokujou Shitennou Series.


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