Oricon’s Yearly Light Novel Sales Ranking 2019

Since I made the post for Manga, why not cover Light Novel as well?! Again let me know what you thing about the format.

NOTE: This is for the year 2019, not 2020. The 2020 chart will be out in around 2 to 3 weeks time.

2019 remains a pretty busy year for Light Novel, but I expect 2020 to be even busier. Sales of Kimetsu no Yaiba’s novels were less pronounced here – as they become more apparent in 2020, yet its individual sales for Shiawase no Hana and Katabane no Chou are without a doubt popular in Japan then. The cast of individual sales volumes was led by Tenki no Ko with sales reaching 511,159 ending November 25, 2019. The title was followed by Sword Art Online’s volume 21 while Kimetsu no Yaiba’s Shiawase no Hana occupied the 3rd spot.

Light Novels Individual Volumes Sales Ranking Top 12


1. Tenki no Ko (Light Novel)
by Makoto Shinkai
Estimated number of copies sold: 511,159


2. Sword Art Online: Unital Ring I Vol. 21
by (Author) Reki Kawahara and (Ilustration) abec
Estimated number of copies sold: 253,739


3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Shiawase no Hana
by (Original) Koyoharu Gotouge and (Novel) Aya Yajima
Estimated number of copies sold: 210,966


4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Katabane no Chou
by (Original) Koyoharu Gotouge and (Novel) Aya Yajima
Estimated number of copies sold: 196,674


5. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Vol. 13
by (Author) Wataru Watari and (Illustration) Ponkan⑧
Estimated number of copies sold: 171,203


6. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol. 14
by (Author) Fujino Omori and (Illustration) Suzuhito Yasuda
Estimated number of copies sold: 157,440


7. Meitantei Conan: Konpeki no Hitsugi
by (Author) Shima Mizuki, (Original) Gosho Aoyama and (Script) Takahiro Oukura
Estimated number of copies sold: 147,259


8. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Vol. 15
by (Author) Fujino Omori and (Illustration) Suzuhito Yasuda
Estimated number of copies sold: 143,769


9. Sword Art Online: Kiss and Fly Vol. 22
by (Author) Reki Kawahara and (Ilustration) abec
Estimated number of copies sold: 140,405


10. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Vol. 14
by (Author) Fuse and (Illustration) Mitzvah
Estimated number of copies sold: 135,239


11. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol. 28
by (Author) Tsutomu Satou and (Art) Kana Ishida
Estimated number of copies sold: 130,320


12. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol. 29
by (Author) Tsutomu Satou and (Art) Kana Ishida
Estimated number of copies sold: 124,651

From December 3, 2018 to November 25, 2019


As for series, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken tops the chart with 879,734 copies sold for the year. Here, Tenki no Ko slips down to number 2 with 634,151 copies sold and Sword Art Online settled for 3rd.

Light Novel Sales Ranking According to Series Top 10


1. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
by (Author) Fuse and (Illustration) Mitzvah
Estimated number of copies sold: 879,734


2. Tenki no Ko (Light Novel)
by Makoto Shinkai
Estimated number of copies sold: 634,151


3. Sword Art Online
by (Author) Reki Kawahara and (Ilustration) abec
Estimated number of copies sold: 615,363


4. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
by (Author) Tappei Nagatsuki and (Illustration) Shinichirou Ootsuka
Estimated number of copies sold: 550,202


5. Seishun Buta Yarou Series
by (Author) Hajime Kamoshida and (Illustration) Keiji Mizoguchi
Estimated number of copies sold: 536,494


6. Kusuriya no Hitorigoto
by (Author) Natsu Hyuuga and (Illustration) Touko Shino
Estimated number of copies sold: 461,024


7. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
by (Author) Fujino Omori and (Illustration) Suzuhito Yasuda
Estimated number of copies sold: 434,034


8. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
by (Author) Tsutomu Satou and (Art) Kana Ishida
Estimated number of copies sold: 429,217


9. Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e
by (Author) Shougo Kinugasa and (Illustration) Shunsaku Tomose
Estimated number of copies sold: 420,573


10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Novelize
by (Original) Koyoharu Gotouge and (Novel) Aya Yajima
Estimated number of copies sold: 407,640

From December 3, 2018 to November 25, 2019


The Light Novel chart for the year 2020 may be filled with its own hurdles as – if you have been keeping up with the charts – Kimetsu no Yaiba’s dominance for the year has been nothing short but complete hegemony. Note that, based on data we have, the series (all of its novels) have sold a cumulative 2,432,837 copies, remember that this excludes the times where some of its titles did not make the weekly charts. That alone, has allowed it to sell nearly three times the amount Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken sold for the year 2019.

Nevertheless, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken still have a somewhat decent year thus far, with 205,179 copies recorded when it made the weekly charts (Top 10) in 2020 while Another noteworthy title, OVERLORD which volume 14 performed rather well back in March 2020. This may give it a chance to make the chart. Titles such as Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei and Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e Ninensei-hen too have a shot.

Well, let us see how it goes.

Source

1. Oricon 2019 Light Novel Chart
2. Oricon 2019 Chart, Light Novel Individual
3. Oricon 2019 Chart, Light Novel Series
4. Oricon 2019 Chart, Light Novel Bunko (26 – 50)

Updated (November 30, 2020): Slight fixes

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