J-Novel Club's most successful series so far?



  • I'm not sure where this would go, but forgive me for indulging my curiosity.

    I recently came across an old statement by Sam that Grimgar was originally the most popular series on the site until it was ignominiously dethroned by the Realist Hero.

    That was quite a while ago now, have things changed since then regarding series successes? Have any other series risen to the top? Is there a correlation between existing fan translation and popularity of series?



  • @Catscope

    My guess would be that "Arifureta", "Realist Hero" and "Grimgar" makes up the top 3. Can't say in which order though.



  • Arifureta Volume 1 is the #1 best seller for fantasy Manga, and Volume 2 is #3, and then Bluesteel is #4

    I believe for a brief moment Volume 2 of Realist Hero also made the Best Sellers list on amazon as well as Vol. 2 of Isekai Smartphone.

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    Amazon Fantasy Manga Bestseller


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    Well, if we limit ourselves to amazon, then we can do an advanced search for publisher j-novel.club and order by salesrank: https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_adv_b/?search-alias=stripbooks&unfiltered=1&field-keywords=&field-author=&field-title=&field-isbn=&field-publisher=J-Novel+Club&node=&field-p_n_condition-type=&p_n_feature_browse-bin=&field-age_range=&field-language=&field-dateop=During&field-datemod=&field-dateyear=&sort=salesrank&Adv-Srch-Books-Submit.x=13&Adv-Srch-Books-Submit.y=5

    This should be better than best sellers, as it works across genres. Unfortunately, this will only tell us about the popularity of titles. I'm afraid only @Sam-Pinansky could tell us the aggregate values.


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    I just contact amazon.uk and bookdepository. They say that for Grimgar physical copy release they get limited number of books and they cover pre-order with that number. So they sold most of the stock just to cover pre-order. I was confused because I get pre-order few months back and there was 6.6.2017 but now is there september 2017 on their web. So thanks to god I should get it in time. So it looks like, there will be probably a second print. I am curious, how much copies was actually printed. Also, on US amazon is still 6.6.2017 release. They probably send just few copies to poor Europe :D (Slovakia here)


  • Translators

    @Jaquobus it's Realist, then paladin and grimgar are real close, then arifureta is catching up rapidly.

    I suspect it will be realist arifureta grimgar/paladin after dust settles.

    In case you are wondering our worst seller is not my little sister can read kanji! (That's a close second ;( )



  • @Sam-Pinansky said in J-Novel Club's most successful series so far?:

    In case you are wondering our worst seller is not my little sister can read kanji! (That's a close second ;( )

    It has to be Brave Chronicle, right? :man_shrugging:

    I'm really impressed though how Paladin can compete with high-exposure series like Realist and Arifureta and Grimgar. Hope Rokujouma and Daimao can make it up there once they're published. It would be a shame for either of them to be beaten by something like Smartphone (no offense to @ReadingSteiner ).

    Thanks for taking the time to answer!


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    Kinda curious about Rokujouma pre-order status at the moment. How good it is?


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    I'm really glad to see Realist Hero doing so well. I didn't know anything about it going in and was pleasantly surprised. Very nice economical type Isekai tale, like a "Spice and Wolf" or "Maoyuu".

    I personally fell behind on SisKan (along with some other series), so I'd need to do some serious catch up at some point if I want to get back into that one.


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    @Terrence I really like Realist LN. Characters and story are really nice. But Spice and Wolf and Maoyuu holds a special place in my heart. Really nice economical story with feelings part.


  • Translators

    @NeoAnkara Let's not judge on preorders alone...



  • @Sam-Pinansky

    Need time for that word of mouth to build?


  • Translators

    @Sam-Pinansky said in J-Novel Club's most successful series so far?:

    @Jaquobus it's Realist, then paladin and grimgar are real close, then arifureta is catching up rapidly.

    I suspect it will be realist arifureta grimgar/paladin after dust settles.

    In case you are wondering our worst seller is not my little sister can read kanji! (That's a close second ;( )

    Hah. You're so pathetic, you only have one series on the bottom of the sales heap!

    I'm an overachiever.



  • @Liz for what it's worth I follow both NeeChuu and $$$MMO and would be quite sad if either were dropped. :cry:


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    @Catscope They're my favorite series, right there with Realist Hero (up through V2 of Paying to Win and V3 of NeeChu). =(


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    I hope Neechuu eventually gets animated so it gets a sales boost, it definitely deserves more attention than its getting right now.


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    If someone is interested in LN sales Nov - May

    1 707,300 Sword Art Online
    2 578,811 Konosuba
    3 540,806 Re:Zero
    4 412,086 your name.
    5 344,286 The Saga of Evil Tanya
    6 299,957 The Irregular at Magic High School
    7 275,579 Akashic Records of the Bastard Magical Instructor
    8 239,132 Eromanga Sensei
    9 231,214 Regarding Reincarnation as Slime
    10 168,725 Konosuba Spinoff

    11 155,631 Overlord
    12 155,625 Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
    13 151,679 Monogatari Series
    14 140,639 Kokuhaku Yokō Renshū
    15 137,160 No Game No Life
    16 123,136 Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Side Story
    17 117,210 Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
    18 108,564 Goblin Slayer
    19 104,018 Aria the Scarlet Ammo
    20 96,624 FATE/STRANGE FAKE

    21 96,200 Bungo Stray Dogs
    22 94,469 No Game No Life Short Story Collection
    23 93,118 Accel World
    24 88,653 Haikyu!! Novel Edition!!
    25 87,316 Imōto Sae Ireba Ii.
    26 85,505 Gamers!
    27 84,372 Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekaisaikyou
    28 80,553 Tokyo Ghoul:re Novelization
    29 79,133 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index
    30 76,801 Ryūō no Oshigoto!

    This list covers sales surveyed from November 21, 2016 to May 21, 2017.



  • @sparhawk6

    Yen Press is so gonna pick up Eromanga-sensei and Saekano.


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    @Hakomari I think so too, sadly.


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    This is ranking for volumes :
    *1. *,285,125 Sword Art Online Vol.19
    *2. *,264,066 Kimi no Na wa. (Kadokawa Bunko)
    *3. *,173,046 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Vol.21
    *4. *,148,020 Kimi no Na wa. (Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko)
    *5. *,129,377 Monogatari Series: Off Season "Musubimonogatari"
    *6. *,102,985 Youjo Senki Vol.1
    *7. *,101,480 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.11
    *8. *,*95,920 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.11
    *9. *,*92,710 No Game No Life: Practical War Game
    10. *,*91,034 Accel World Vol.21

    11. *,*80,553 Tokyo Ghoul:re "Quest"
    12. *,*79,431 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.12
    13. *,*74,491 Kimi no Na wa. Another Side: Earthbound
    14. *,*71,009 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spin-off: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo! Vol.4
    15. *,*69,463 Meitantei Conan Karakurenai no Love Letter
    16. *,*63,055 Youjo Senki Vol.2
    17. *,*61,604 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.10
    18. *,*60,501 Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Vol.1
    19. *,*60,135 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.1
    20. *,*59,791 Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Vol.9

    Rank 21 - 41

    21. *,*59,488 Fate/strange Fake Vol.4
    22. *,*58,999 Bleach: We Do Knot Always Love You
    23. *,*57,862 Owari no Seraph: Ichinose Guren, 16-sai no Hametsu Vol.7
    24. *,*56,710 Date A Live Vol.16
    25. *,*56,001 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Vol.10
    26. *,*55,279 Hidan no Aria Vol.24
    27. *,*55,036 Strike the Blood Vol.16
    28. *,*54,728 Haikyuu!! Shousetsu-ban!! Vol.8
    29. *,*54,669 Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka: Familia Chronicle Episode Ryu
    30. *,*54,650 Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Vol.10

    31. *,*54,540 Eromanga-sensei Vol.8
    32. *,*53,795 Monster Strike The Movie: Hajimari no Basho e
    33. *,*40,080 Boku no Hero Academia: Yuuei Hakusho Vol.2
    34. *,*36,858 Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note: Idol Oouji wa Shitteiru
    35. *,*35,159 Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan wo.: Kokuhaku Jikkou Inkai
    36. *,*34,240 Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note: Gakkou no Toshi Densetsu wa Shitteiru
    37. *,*33,538 Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari (Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko)
    38. *,*28,622 Zutto Mae kara Suki deshita.: Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai
    39. *,*27,557 Gekijouban Kuroko no Basket: Last Game
    40. *,*25,438 12-sai.: Omoritai

    41. *,*24,273 Ao no Exorcist: Spy Game


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