Oricon’s Half-Year Light Novel Sales Ranking 2022

Alright, it took some time for me to prepare all the data to present to you guys the best as I can for titles that have made their appearances on the half-year chart for Light Novel. But before jumping right in, I would like to reiterate the same message I posted on my Manga sales chart (just a copy and paste with some slight changes):

First, the aggregation period. Take note that the aggregation period for the list occurs between November 22, 2021, and May 22, 2022. In case you would like to see what other titles that have missed out on a placement on the chart, you can visit the weekly Light Novel page for 2021 here while the page for 2022 is here. Second, for the individual volumes, the Regular Editions are separated from their other editions (if available), such as the Limited Edition or the Premium Edition. Hence, the volume for a Manga in particular may not be conclusive. Third, Oricon has been limiting their widely and publicly available half-year sales charts since the year 2020 (as in the one through their Oricon News website). Any charts you see out there that contain more than the information provided on Oricon News are either leaked or being based on leaks. In case you would like to know where the data is coming from, it comes from the Oricon personal sales platform called the “Yuutaijuu” which I have already covered extensively right here.

Remember! Thank it is thanks to Oricon that we get to see these charts on a yearly basis, so be sure to say your thanks by visiting their site here. All the information you see below is accessible via Oricon right here (Series), here (Individuals) and here (Bunko). For previous years’ charts, you can read them here (for Series 2020), here (for Individuals 2020) and here (for 2021).

The Light Novel chart this time around is quite an interesting one to see. We are missing several popular titles that frequented the charts before. To name a few, they would be Sword Art Online, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu and Kusuriya no Hitorigoto which were on the half-year charts from 2019 to 2021.

As for this year’s half-year sales, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken tops the half-year chart at 305,851 copies sold, mainly driven by sales of its 19th volume (which will be discussed further below in the individual section). But what is more astonishing is its continuous appearance on the half-year sales charts since 2017, peaking at 604,159 copies sold in 2019. Note that this jump is most certainly attributed to the Anime adaptation of its first season which aired between October 2, 2018, and March 19, 2019. Despite having a number of Anime adaptation that follow suit, including the spin-off title: Tensura Nikki: Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken, the series could not repeat the success it saw in 2019 which could be due to a number of reasons such as fewer volumes released between 2020 and 2022, or that it has reached maturity.

Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Aalya-san makes a surprise appearance to place 2nd on the list at 225,637 copies sold which is mostly driven by sales of its 3rd and 4th volumes which were released back on December 1, 2021, and April 1, 2022. The success of the series has also been linked to VTuber, however, its other promotional material, such as its voiced drama, are also very popular. You can check out one that was released by KADOKAWA six months ago, yet the one that has garnered the most attention is the voiced drama released back in February 2021 (it has 1,250,595 views at the time of writing) featuring voice casts Sumire Uesaka and Kouhei Amasaki. I highly recommend you to check it out since it is quite hilarious. The video is about the male protagonist Masachika Kuze asking Aalya to play a kind of compliment game. After finding herself having a hard time complimenting Kuze, she proceeded to utter the compliments in the Russian language.

The Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e series makes a double placement on the list with the sequel title 2-nensei-hen placing 3rd at 176,809 copies while the prequel title can be found at the 10th place at 125,789 copies sold, putting the two at a total of 302,598 copies sold. Interestingly, if you head over to the individual list, you will find Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: 2-nensei-hen Volume 6 at 103,167 copies, which means the volume alone accounts to 58.35% of the total sales made for the series. The series however has not been performing as great as before, despite the greater retention. For instance, Volumes 4 to 6 were able to chart for five weeks on Oricon Top 10 charts as opposed to Volumes 1 to 3’s three weeks. Nevertheless, copies sold were a lot stronger for its first three volumes despite the shorter number of days. That said, it seemed to have experienced a small improvement in sales between Volume 5 and Volume 6.

Head over to Number 7 and you will find Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsunomanika Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken at 141,197 copies sold. Note that since Volume 6 was only released recently (on May 16), it only accounts to 15.06% of the total sales. The lifetime sales for the volume so far including its presales are at 21,265 copies sold. Its sales performance started out slow back in its early days with Volume 2 only breaching the Top 10 chart once, then its subsequent volumes improved its weekly retention rate to two weeks before Volumes 5 and 5.5 were able to chart for three weeks in a row. I expect Volume 6 to most likely do the same.

Eighty-Six which is another series that has been gaining traction domestically ever since its Anime’s broadcast. The title is placed 8th on the list, above Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. at 131,939 copies sold. In terms of its performance on Oricon sales charts, it mostly charted around two weeks at most with Volume 9 only appearing on Week 1 but missed out on the next. But it being on the list is certainly very positive as this would mean that copies sold for each volume across the board are selling really well in Japan.

Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. is also on the list at Number 9 with copies sold at 130,987. Ever since its Anime, it has noted great turnout for its volumes. For instance, its earlier volumes were only placed on the charts for one week before disappearing the week after. That has somewhat changed for Volume 6 which was released in November 2021, two months after the broadcast of its Anime. Its three-week sales at the time netted it 34,659 copies sold.

Note. Although there may be some of your favourite titles that have missed out on the chart this time around, do remember that none of the performances you see here are conclusive. For instance, titles like Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu and Sword Art Online are not present here, but it does not mean at all that they are no longer popular or that they are no longer selling well. Remember that for the fiscal year 2022, the two aforementioned titles are KADOKAWA’s 1st and 3rd best-sellers for its publication business (which takes into account sales between April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, so we have around five months worth of sales to be considered here on the half-year sales chart). While titles such as the ones mentioned may not appear on the list, it may be doing well in other regions or on other platforms that are unbeknownst to us.

Light Novel Series Sales Ranking (Top 10)

(November 22, 2021 to May 22, 2022)


1. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
by (Author) Fuse and (Illustration) Mitz Vah
Publisher: Micro Magazine
Estimated number of copies: 305,851


2. Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Aalya-san
by (Author) Sun Sun Sun and (Art) Momoco
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies: 225,637


3. Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: 2-nensei-hen
by (Author) Shougo Kinugasa and (Illustration) Shunsaku Tomose
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies: 176,809


4. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie Novelize
by (Original) Gege Akutami, (Novel) Ballad Kitaguni and (Script) Hiroshi Seko
Publisher: Shueisha
Estimated number of copies: 174,778


5. Hoshi no Kirby
by (Author) Mie Takase and (Illustration) Tau Karino and Poto
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies: 164,251


6. Kimetsu no Yaiba
by (Original・Art) Koyoharu Gotouge and (Author) Shuka Matsuda
Publisher: Shueisha
Estimated number of copies: 148,657


7. Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsunomanika Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken
by (Author) Saeki-san and (Illustration) Hanekoto
Publisher: SB Creative
Estimated number of copies: 141,197


8. Eighty-Six
by (Author) Asato Asato and (Illustration) Shirabi
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies: 131,939


9. Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru.
by (Author) Nigojuu and (Illustration) Umibouzu
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies: 130,987


10. Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e
by (Author) Shougo Kinugasa and (Illustration) Shunsaku Tomose
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies: 125,789


As for individual performance, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Volume 19 is the best-selling volume so far at 146,496 copies sold. Note that the volume was officially released on November 30, 2021. From its release date to January 9 alone, the volume saw a total of 125,805 copies sold (note that this includes presales), and that would put the remaining weeks to May 22 at 20,691 copies sold.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie Novelize is next at Number 2 with 114,916 copies sold for its Regular Edition while the Mirai Bunko Edition places 9th on the list at 59,862 copies sold. While the Regular Edition was able to chart on the first week (both volumes were released on December 24, 2021), the Mirai Bunko Edition failed to do so, only featuring on the chart the week after at 9,187 copies sold. Between December 20 and March 6, the Regular Edition noted 101,558 copies sold within the period, and its Mirai Bunko were rather sparse, however total tracked by the Blog puts it at around 28,706 copies sold.

Coming in 3rd on the list is Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: 2-nensei-hen Volume 6 at 103,167 copies sold. It made a big debut the first 3 days to see 45,235 copies sold before sales of its volume continued to slow down, being left out off the chart from March 21 onward. Note that the volume was released officially on February 25 this year and went on to chart for four consecutive weeks. Within that period, it noted 88,304 copies sold, which would put its remainder until May the 22nd to 14,863 copies.

No Game No Life Volume 11 is next at Number 4, after a long time since its last volume. Copies sold are at 99,569 copies sold. Like Youkoso, it too saw a huge turnout for its 11th volume in its first 4 days at 40,905 copies sold (note that the volume was released on November 25, 2021), and it was charted for the next three weeks to see a total of 73,988 copies sold between November 22 and December 19. That would put its remainder at 25,581 copies sold from December 20 to May 22.

Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou III: Tobira-ko to Utsurona Yume which was released on March 25 this year is 5th at 95,431 copies sold. The volume started out weaker at 23,461 copies sold in its first 3 days before seeing a climb in number of copies sold the week after to 25,777 copies and continued to be placed on the sales charts for the next five weeks. Within its first seven weeks (or to be precise its first 45 days), it managed to sell 90,593 copies. As such, between May 9 and May 22, it sold the remaining 4,838 copies.

As for Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Aalya-san, it sees two of its volumes making it onto the list with Volume 3 placing two spots above Volume 4, both at 85,861 copies and 61,381 copies sold respectively. And as for why that is the case, the 3rd volume went on sale much earlier back in December 2021 while the 4th volume was released quite recently on April 1 this year. When looking at the comparison among its latest three volumes in their first three weeks, copies sold were a lot higher for Volume 3 amid its longer days of sales while Volume 4 does slightly better than Volume 2, both with the same number of days of sales.

Jump right over to Number 10, and you will find Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. Volume 6 at 58,794 copies sold. Note that the volume was released on November 25 last year and was charted for three consecutive weeks (most likely, its best performance to date). For the three-week period it saw a total of 34,659 copies sold, thus making its remainder of 24,135 copies being sold between December 13 and May 22.

Kimetsu no Yaiba Novelize: Osowareta Katanakaji no Sato-hen is last on the list at 58,003 copies sold. Released on November 26, 2021, it saw a humble start to its Light Novel journey to see 6,343 copies sold in its first 3 days. The volume was then seen on the next three consecutive weeks, putting its 4-week sales at the time to 21,716 copies, and therefore, has sold a total of 36,287 copies between December 20 and May 22.

Light Novel Individual Volume Sales Ranking (Top 11)

(November 22, 2021 to May 22, 2022)


1. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Vol. 19
by (Author) Fuse and (Illustration) Mitz Vah
Publisher: Micro Magazine
Estimated number of copies: 146,496


2. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie Novelize
by (Original) Gege Akutami, (Novel) Ballad Kitaguni and (Script) Hiroshi Seko
Publisher: Shueisha
Estimated number of copies: 114,916


3. Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: 2-nensei-hen Vol. 6
by (Author) Shougo Kinugasa and (Illustration) Shunsaku Tomose
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies: 103,167


4. No Game No Life Vol. 11
by Yuu Kamiya
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies: 99,569


5. Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou III: Tobira-ko to Utsurona Yume
by En Mikami
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies: 95,431


6. Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Aalya-san Vol. 3
by (Author) Sun Sun Sun and (Art) Momoco
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies: 85,861


7. Detective Conan: Halloween no Hanayome
by (Author) Shima Mizuki, (Original) Gosho Aoyama and (Script) Takahiro Ohkura
Publisher: Shogakukan
Estimated number of copies: 69,150


8. Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Aalya-san Vol. 4
by (Author) Sun Sun Sun and (Art) Momoco
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies: 61,381


9. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie Novelize Mirai Bunko Edition
by (Original) Gege Akutami, (Novel) Tarou Kumaa and (Script) Hiroshi Seko
Publisher: Shueisha
Estimated number of copies: 59,862


10. Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. Vol. 6
by (Author) Nigojuu and (Illustration) Umibouzu
Publisher: KADOKAWA
Estimated number of copies: 58,794


11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Novelize: Osowareta Katanakaji no Sato-hen
by (Original) Koyoharu Gotouge and (Author) Shuka Matsuda
Publisher: Shueisha
Estimated number of copies: 58,003


As always, if you find any faults with the list above, please do not hesitate to let me know! Also, don’t shy away from dropping a comment or two down below and share your thoughts with us!

Source: Oricon

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Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken LN Series Performance (Japan, Half-year)
Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Volume 19 LN Sales Performance (Japan)
Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken LN Sales Performance (Japan)
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie Novelize Sales Performance (Japan)
Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: 2-nensei-hen LN Sales Performance (Japan)
Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: 2-nensei-hen Volume 6 LN Sales Performance (Japan)
No Game No Life Vol. 11 Volume 11 LN Sales Performance (Japan)
Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou III: Tobira-ko to Utsurona Yume LN Sales Performance (Japan)
Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Aalya-san LN Sales Performance (Japan)
Tokidoki Bosotto Russia-go de Dereru Tonari no Aalya-san LN Sales Performance (Japan)
Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsunomanika Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken LN Sales Performance (Japan)
Eighty-Six LN Sales Performance (Japan)
Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. LN Sales Performance (Japan)
Tantei wa Mou, Shindeiru. Volume 6 LN Sales Performance (Japan)
Kimetsu no Yaiba Novelize: Osowareta Katanakaji no Sato-hen LN Sales Performance (Japan)

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10 thoughts on “Oricon’s Half-Year Light Novel Sales Ranking 2022

  1. Bro the hardwork is another level I could definitely see it 💀🎉🎉🔥🤯 man a huge respect to u man 🧎🙏🤯

  2. Didn’t expect Tanmoshi to see in the individual volume list. The series has gotten really popular because of it’s anime adaptation (although it was lacklustre).
    Glad to see 86 in the list.
    Roshidere is in a league of its own
    Hmm… Kirby? I haven’t read this one haha.

    I want to ask a question, have they also included the .5 volumes of cote?

    Thank you for always giving us such detailed analysis 🙂

    1. Hey!

      Apologies for the late reply.

      I have to agree with that, the Anime adaptation of Tanmoshi had certainly given it a huge nudge despite… well as you mentioned its production quality. If it does have another adaptation (a sequel) and if it is done properly, its performance may get a lot better, if not in Japan, elsewhere.

      Kirby is quite a niche series. I don’t see any official translation of its LNs as well (for English at least).

      For COTE series, yes! Vol. 5.5 is in 😊

      And I thank you for the support!! And happy to be of help! 😁

  3. Came back after seeing the visuals

    The visuals are really good and also informative. Liked how you explained the disappearance of big titles like SAO and Re:Zero.

    Thank you 🙂

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