2014 has been quite the good year for light novels as several of them received very successful light novel adaptations this year like No game No Life, Kagerou Days (Mekaku City Actors), Black Bullet, and The Irregular at Magic High School. Oricon has now released their annual rankings for 2014’s best selling series which were gathered from the period of Nov. 18, 2013 – Nov. 16, 2014. Here are the Top 30:

30) My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Short Story Collection by Wataru Watari (177,671 copies sold)

29) Tokyo Raven by Kouhei (182,131 copies sold)

28) Ero Manga Sensei by Tsukasa Fushimi (183,607 copies sold)

27) Problem children are coming from another world, aren’t they? by Tarou Tatsunoko (187,561 copies sold)

26) No-Rin by Shiratori Shirow (187,609 copies sold)

25) Invaders of the Rokujyōma!? by Takehaya (188,587 copies sold)

24) Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku by Last Note (199,203 copies sold)

23) My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy by Takeru Kasukabe (201,009 copies sold)

22) Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts by Kenji Inoue (204,779 copies sold)

21) Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? by Fujino Oomori (221,158 copies sold)

20) Love Live! School idol diary by Sakurako Kimino (246,57 copies sold)

19) Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu by Touko Fujitani (255,512 copies sold)

18) Aria the Scarlet Ammo by Chuugaku Akamatsu (272,818 copies sold)

17) Accel World by Reki Kawahara (275,084 copies sold)

16) The Devil is a Part-Timer! by Satoshi Wagahara  (289,021 copies sold)

15) No Game, No Life (Media Factory version) by Yuu Kamiya (344,771 copies sold)

14) Black Bullet by Shiden Kanzaki (358,317 copies sold)

13) Date A Live by Koushi Tachibana (359,343 copies sold)

12) Strike the Blood by Gakuto Mikumo (361,363 copies sold)

11) Sword Art Online: Progressive by Reki Kawahara (373,077 copies sold)

10) Log Horizon by Mamare Touno (376,830 copies sold)


9) Kuroko’s Basketball -Replace-by Sawako Hirabayashi and Tadatoshi Fujimaki (387,330  copies sold)


8) A Certain Magical Index: New Testament by Kazuma Kamaci (545,890  copies sold)


7) No Game, No Life (Kadokawa version) by Yuu Kamiya (594,667 copies sold)


6) Haikyuu!! by Haruichi Furudate and Kiyoko Hoshi (603,511 copies sold)


5) My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU by Wataru Watari (640,119 copies sold)


4) The Monogatari series by NisiOisin (826,719 copies sold)


3) Kagerou Daze by JIN (1,106,631 copies sold)


2) Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara (1,403,681 copies sold)


1) The Irregular at Magic High School by Tsutomu Satou (1,599,614 copies sold)


And there you have it, an overwhelming victory by The Irregulat at Magic High School, which almost had a 200,000 copies sold lead over the highly-favored Sword Art Online. The series was already famous in Japan even before the anime adaptation, and it seems like the anime only made its popularity grow even further.

#2 ranked Sword Art Online however maintained its popularity with the anime’s second season and was one of only three titles being able to break the 1 million mark for copies sold, along with Kagerou Days, which had a successful but disappointing anime.

Monogatari and Oregairu meanwhile maintained their popularity in 2014 as well. Oregairu, which experienced a lot of critical success this year showed why it is one of the best LN series out there by placing 5th while Monogatari, which just ended this year capped the series off at 4th place. Other big names also made it to the top 10 like A Certain Magical Index: New Testament, Log Horizon, and No game, No Life.

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