Weekly Light Novel Sales Charts for 2016

These are the weekly light novel sales charts for 2016, via myanimelist news, continued from the 2015 post. If you want more recent data, there are other places where charts are available (e.g. the mal news forum I get them from).

Format:

news post url
week of data
Place. [Weekly Sales] [Total Sales] [Series+volume #]

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Weekly Light Novel Sales Charts for 2015

These are the weekly light novel sales charts for the first four months in 2015, via myanimelist news, continued from the 2014 post. I’ll be doing one of these updates every 4 months; if you want more recent data, there are other places where charts are available (e.g. the mal news forum I get them from).

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Weekly Light Novel Sales Charts for 2014

These are the weekly light novel sales charts for the first four months in 2014, via myanimelist news, continued from the 2013 post. I’ll be doing one of these updates every 4 months; if you want more recent data, there’s plenty of places where charts are available (eg. ann, the mal news forum I get them from).

Edit: Added data through August 2014.

Edit 2: Added data through December 2014.

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Weekly Light Novel Sales Data for 2013

Weekly Oricon rankings of Light Novels, continued from the 2012 post. Based on just what I saw copy-pasting these lists together, there’s a pretty favorable case to be made that Mahouka Kouko no Rettousai will sell more than anything else in 2014. More on that when I actually get around to using these for the purpose I compiled them for.

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Weekly Light Novel Sales Data for 2011

Weekly LN rankings from 2011, continued from the 2010 post. This is where the sample starts getting interesting for the purpose of determining the effects of LN sales on the popularity of an anime (and subsequent effects of the anime’s popularity on LN sales), since we have a solid baseline or thresholds for comparison from previous years for everything that got an adaptation this year.

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Weekly Light Novel Sales Data for 2010

Same as for 2009, but for 2010. This year sees multiple series (BakaTest, Durarara, and OreImo) scoring huge sales resurgences soon after their anime aired, taking up 5+ spaces on the weekly charts with old volumes. It helps to have a chart threshold that’s below 10k. This phenomenon also happens on the manga charts, but far less frequently and to a much lesser degree for series not named Blue Exorcist or Attack on Titan.

Oh, and a quick fyi; the reason why there are different list sizes for different weeks is because these are taken from the LNs that charted on the overall novel rankings, and their numbers can vary by week.

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Weekly Light Novel Sales Data for 2009 (April-December)

I noted in my 2014 “questions” post that I wanted to do a breakdown of Light Novel sales as compared to the reception of anime adaptations. I also noted that myanimelist kept the data, but in weekly posts that were archived on myanimelist’s news forum, a place so organized that 2009 threads will often be bumped up to 2011, with a search function that only displays a max of 30 or so posts and adds about 20 seconds to the collection of every datapoint by pointing you to the last post made in each thread. This is no fault of dtshyk,  Snowical, and symbv, the mal news people who have done a straight up excellent job of keeping LN (and manga) data on a weekly basis for nearly 5 years now. Many thanks to them for keeping the data archived in a retrievable and easy to understand format.

Since I don’t have much else in terms of data to crunch until February ends, I decided to see what I could do with that. After taking down data for 3 of the 16 series in my 2011 sample, I realized that individually going through the forums and looking for the release weeks was inefficient as all get out, so I decided to just make a master text file for each year’s worth of data and wash my hands of people bumping a post 2 years into the future to point out how happy they were that Katekyoshi Hitman Reborn was on the manga list. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to make these collections available as I finish them. As far as I’ve searched, there’s no other English-language site that archives these data in a convenient format. And if there is, well, redundancy is always nice.

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