Another year has passed, and it’s time to take a look at the light novel series that have sold the most copies in Japan for 2015.
Over the course of 2015, the top-selling light novels were:
- Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? — 1,220,217
- The Irregular at Magic High School — 1,175,978
- My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU — 1,050,446
- Overlord — 927,413
- Naruto books — 883,833
- Sword Art Online — 788,895
- Kagerou Daze — 494,721
- Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu (“Confession Rehearsal”) — 413,663
- A Certain Magical Index: New Testament — 405,666
- Sword Art Online: Progressive — 390,856
Click here to see the full chart for the top 30-selling light novel series for the year. (Source: Anime News Network).
Congratulations to DanMachi, for jumping up all the way to first this year!
You can compare this list to last year’s by clicking here.
Meanwhile at Shoizumi Book Tower, the following series were announced as the top-selling light novels of 2015:
- Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
- The Irregular at Magic High School
To see a sales chart for specific volumes of light novels, click here. The top 30-selling light novels for 2015 are listed. Series that appear the most include:
- The Irregular at Magic High School — 4 volumes
- Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? — 4 volumes
- Naruto — 4 volumes
- Sword Art Online (including spin-offs) — 3 volumes
- My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU — 3 volumes
(Source: Anime News Network)
Note: The sixth Kagerou Daze volume ranked 3rd, The Boy and the Beast novelization ranked 5th, and Overlord (the 4th-best selling series) only had one volume make this list (with the first volume ranked 28th).
I think it’s also worth taking a look at some of the lists kuuderes_shadow has compiled, including:
- Oricon yearly light novel sales for 2015
- Bookwalker.jp 2015 yearly rankings
- eBook Japan yearly light novel sales
This can give a good idea of what some of Japan’s other popular light novel series may be, outside of those that have received recent anime adaptations.
Any titles stick out to you, or catch you by surprise?