Light Novel Rankings 2010, illustrators, characters..

A short book was recently released called, 『このライトノベルがすごい! 2010』 (This light novel is incredible!), which provides a definitive popularity-based overview of the light-novel market over the last year. Check it out here. Research was conducted to ascertain the top 60 light novel titles over the last year, the top 10 illustrators, and the top 10 female and male characters (among other rankings!). The light novel industry in Japan is really booming, and has become a prime source of anime adaptations (especially Dengeki’s various titles!). These rankings are pretty interesting, so I thought I’d translate and discuss some of them!

The top 10 light novels of 2010 (taken from the top 60 ranking):

1 To Aru Majutsu no Index
2 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
3 Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
4 Sword Art Online
5 Ben・Tou
6 Bugaku Shoujo Series
7 Seitokai no Ichizon Series
8 Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga nai!
9 Durarara!!
10 Kamisama no Mechichou

Index was the clear winner.

Top 10 Illustrators:

1 Haimura Kiyotaka (Index)
2 Buriki (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, OreImo anime #2 ED illustration)
3 Takeoka Miho (Bungaku Shoujo)
4 Mel Kishida/Meru Kishida (Kamisama no Mechichou, So-ra-no-wo-to, Hanasaku Iroha designs)
5 Hidari (Tamakosan to Kashiwakun, Fractale anime designs, oreImo #4 ED illustration)
6 abec (Sword Art Online)
7 Itou Noiji (Many works, Jap wiki)
8 Haga Yui (Baka to Test to Shoukan)
9 Imegami Kira
10 Yasuda Suzuhito (Durarara!!)

Haimura Kiyotaka's art is fantastic! Soft hues and cute girls~

Female Characters

1 Misaka Mikoto (Index)
2 Alice (Kamisama no Memo Chou)
3 Index (Index)
4 Kashiwazaki Sena (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai)
5 Amano Tooko (Bungaku Shoujo)
6 Asuna (Sword Art Online)
7 Itsuwa (Index)
8 Senjougahara Hitagi
9 Fujia Erio (Denpa Onna)
10 Kotobuki Nanase (Bungaku Shoujo)

Misaka Mikoto's great victory!

Male Character Rankings:

1 Kamijou Touma (Index)
2 Accelerator (Index)
3 Kirito (Sword Art Online)
4 Hideyoshi Kinoshita (Baka Test)
5 Satou You (Ben-to)
6 Sousuke Sagara (FMP)
7 Araragi Koyomi (Bakemonogatari)
8 Sugisaki Ken (Seitokai no Ichizon)
9 Miikun (Usotsuki mee-kun to Kowareta Ma-chan)
10 Heiwajima Shizuo (Durarara!!)

Misaka Mikoto’s unyielding popularity really doesn’t surprise me, and I’m really glad she took first spot! not being well-versed in the light-novel industry, I found these rankings pretty interesting (although I’d also like to look at some comprehensive sales figures). This ‘Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai’ is a series I hadn’t even heard of, but it seems to have taken the light novel world by storm. It seems likely we’ll get an anime of that soon! I also hadn’t realised how popular Baka Test actually was. I wonder if OreImo will climb the ranking after the anime? I’m sure it boosted sales. I loved checking out the illustrator list. I’m in 100% agreeance with the top choice, Haimura Kiyotaka. His artwork for the Index light novel series is always so stunning, evocative and has a cute warmth to it whenever he draws the girls. It’s so good that it often makes any other Index official art look ugly by comparison! Mel Kishida being #4 is also good to see!

Please share your thoughts!