The yearly results of the annual Light Novel ranking publication are finally out. Thanks to an early filtration of the cover we already knew that Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru (OregaIru) a.k.a My Teem Romantic Comedy SNAFU was the overall winner this year, but the biggest surprise the 2015 edition of Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! brings is the dethroning of 5-time Best Female Character winner Misaka Mikoto.
Let's check the Rankings
Favorite Light Novel Ranking
1) Mey Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
2) Sword Art Online
3) A Certain Magical Index
4) No game, No Life
5) Koukyuu Rakuen Kyuujou) Harem League Baseball
6) Zesshinkai no Solaris
7) Escape Speed
8) Toaru Hikuushi e no Seiyaku
9) Kono Koi to, Sono Mirai
10) Tenkyou no Alderamin
11) Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
12) Kiniro Quartet!
13) Mahouka Koukou No Rettousei
14) Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
15) Danshi Koukousei de Urekko Light Novel Sakka wo Shiteiru keredo, Toshishita no Classmate de Seiyuu no Onnanoko ni Kubi wo Shimerareteiru.
16) Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
18) Higashi Ikebukuro Stray Cats
19) Hai to Gensou no Grimgal
20) Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
21) Ore no Class ni Haruhi wa Inai
22) Seishun Buta Yarou series
24) Haken no Kouki Altina
25) Majo wa Tsuki Izuru Tokoro ni Nemuru
27) Steam Heaven Freaks
28) Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
29) Kami-sama no Memo-chou (Heaven's Memo Pad)
30) Hidan no Aria (Aria the Scarlet Ammo)
As in past years Oregairu, Sword Art Online and To Aru Majutsu no Index series are in very high spots in the ranking and as it was the case last year the overall winner is once again High School comedy My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Oregairu) and thanks to its popularity we're receiving a second season scheduled for Spring 2015.
Other things to note is how The Irregular Anime didn't boost the novel popularity and we all know why ;). Also of note is the lovely name of the 15th spot which is as long as they come and who more or less can be translated as I'm A High School Boy and a Successful Light Novel Author, But I'm Being Strangled By A Female Classmate Who's A Voice Actress And Is Younger Than Me. I mean come on! seems like the author decided to put the summary of the series in the title. Also seems like Amagi is not popular.
Now that Light Novel Anime adaptations are abundant expect to hear something about the top spots some time in the future (Like the 11th spot Danmachi and the 14th spot Saenai Heroine no Sodetekata already having anime adaptations announced)
Favorite Male Character Ranking
1) Hachiman Hikigaya (Oregairu)
2) Touma Kamijou (To Aru series)
3) Kirito (Sword Art Online)
4) Accelerator (To Aru series)
5) Tatsuya Shiba (The Irregular at Magic High School)
6) Sora (No Game, No Life)
7) Rentarou Satomi (Black Bullet)
8) Val Clanel (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka?)
9) Saika Totsuka (Oregairu)
10) Ikuta Soruku (Tenkyou no Alderamin)
Not much of a surprise there as Hachiman, Touma and Kirito repeat their placing from last year but the 5th ranked character just reminds me of how badly portrayed Tatsuya was in the Anime. I mean he's over powered and all but there's a reason for that, and the Anime decided to forgo that important explanation
Favorite Female Character Ranking
1) Yukino Yukinoshita (Oregairu)
2) Mikoto Misaka (To Aru series)
3) Yui Yuigahama (Oregairu)
4) Asuna (Sword Art Online)
5) Othinus (To Aru series)
6) Index Librorum Prohibitorum (To Aru series)
7) Sinon (Sword Art Online)
8) Komachi Hikigaya (Oregairu)
9) Misaki Shokuhou (To Aru series)
10) Shiro (No Game No Life)
I never though I would live to see the day that fan favorite biri-biri Misaka Mikoto would lose the top spot of the ranking (I'm of course exaggerating). After taking the throne for 5 consecutive years, she fall to the second spot as Yukino Yukinoshita takes revenge for last year and proves that Oregairu is simply the most popular Light Novel right now. My theory is that thanks to the sweet latest To Aru volume, some fans change sides to Misaki Shokuhou's camp (the main character of the volume) and Misaka lost some votes in the process. But who can blame them, that was a little sweet story about Touma and Misaki
And see how Anime does help? Sinon makes the 7th spot even if she doesn't appear at all after the Caliber arc in the novel. Of course there are Oregairu,.SAO and To Aru characters everywhere.
Favorite Character Overall
1) Hachiman Hikigaya (Oregairu)
2) Touma Kamijou (Index)
3) Yukino Yukinoshita (Oregairu)
4) Misaka Mikoto (Index)
5) Kazuto Kirigaya (SAO)
6) Yui Yuigahama (Oregairu)
7) Asuna Yuuki (SAO)
8) Accelerator (Index)
9) Tatsuya Shiba (Mahouka Koukou)
10) Othinus (Index)
Nothing much to comment on these, except that it seems Male characters are more popular? Who knows...
Favorite Illustrator Ranking
1) Ponkan 8 (Oregairu)
2) Kiyotaka Haimura (To Aru series)
3) ABEC (Sword Art Online)
4) Buriki (Haganai)
5) Saki Ukai (Black Bullet)
6) Kantoku (The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat)
7) Miho Takeoka (Book Girl, Tasogareiro no Utatsukai)
8) Yuu Kamiya (No Game, No Life)
9) Suzuhito Yasuda (Durarara!!)
10) tsunako (Date A Live)
And once again Oregairu takes the top spot, this time thanks to his illustrator Ponkan8 and Kiyotaka Haimura is once again very highly ranked, as does SAO illustrator ABEC. Shocking Truth!
Favorite New Work Ranking
1) Koukyuu Rakuen Kyuujou: Harem League Baseball
2) Zetsushinkai no Solaris
3) Kono Koi to, Sono Mirai.
4) Kiniro Quartet!
5) Danshi Koukousei de Urekko Light Novel Sakka wo Shiteiru keredo, Toshishita no Classmate de Seiyuu no Onnanoko ni Kubi wo Shimerareteiru.
6) Higashi Ikebukuro Stray Cats
7) Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai
8) Majo wa Tsuki Izuru Tokoro ni Nemuru
9) Steam Heaven Freaks
10) Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
Okay, the first one has a title that makes me really interested in it, and some of these made it to the overall Top 30 raking. Now we'll wait and see how they do in the future. My money goes to Harem League Baseball and Danshi Koukosei de Urekko Light Novel wo Sakkahghaghahg my tongue :'(
So there you have it, Oregairu takes all the top spots this time. Are you excited about season two as much as I do?
As a bonus have this illustration of Kaori Korimoto (the one on the left side) and Iroha Isshiki (The one on the right side) the new characters announced for the second season of SNAFU. The will be voiced by Ayane Sakura and Haruka Tomatsu. you may remember mentions of Kaori on the first season as the girl who rejected Hachiman, making him the cynic he is today.