Update: Now with last year’s rankings and estimates!

So Oricon, a Japanese company part of a larger corporate group has supplied their annual statistics on the series that sold the most units in the Manga and Light Novel categories in Japan (They do statistics on a number of other things, that are beyond the scope of this discussion). They had been measuring from November 17, 2014 to November 22, 2015. Here, we’ll focus on estimated annual sales for a series overall and not individual volumes, though you can find those rankings on both Oricon, and on ANN if you want. Let’s discuss these sale numbers and hype/bash/criticize/complain/praise as per the usual :D!

Let’s take a look at the Manga rankings first. I’ll round to the nearest ten-thousand for convenience: (Edit 1:30 PM EST: I’ve found last years rankings! If a show is given a - then it wasn’t on last years top 30, so I can’t find sales estimates)
1. (1) One Piece - 14.10 million units (11.89 million)
2. (9) The Seven Deadly Sins - 10.30 million (4.63 million)
3. (2) Attack on Titan - 8.78 million (11.73 million)
4. (10) Assassination Classroom - 8.61 million (4.62 million)
5. (21) Kingdom - 8.57 million (2.52 million)
6. (3) Haikyu!! - 6.53 million (8.28 million)
7. (19) Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma - 4.32 million (2.64 million)
8. (12) Terra Formars - 4.19 million (4.30 million)
9. ( -) Prison School - 4.06 million (-)
10. (-) Tokyo Ghoul:re - 3.76 million (-)
11. (28) One Punch Man - 3.69 million (2.17 million)
12. (13) Blue Spring Ride - 3.64 million (4.17 million)
13. (4) Tokyo Ghoul - 3.58 million (6.95 million)
14. (6) Naruto - 3.50 million (5.51 million)
15. (17) Fairy Tail - 3.47 million (3.28 million)
16. (14) Yowamushi Pedal - 3.36 million (4.10 million)
17. (16) Nisekoi -3.20 million (3.82 million)
18. (7) Ace of Diamond - 2.94 million (4.68 million)
19. (-) Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign - 2.85 million (-)
20. (8) Magi - 2.82 million (4.66 million)
21. (18) Bleach - 2.82 million (2.99 million)
22. (-) World Trigger - 2.74 million (-)
23. (24) Gintama - 2.64 million (2.39 million)
24. (-) Orange - 2.32 million (-)
25. (25) Detective Conan - 2.31 million (2.38 million)
26. (-) My Love Story - 2.30 million (-)
27. (-) My Hero Academia - 2.19 million (-)
28. (11) Hozuki no Reitetsu - 2.15 million (4.39 million)
29. (-) March comes in like a Lion - 1.98 million (-)
30. (26) Black Butler - 1.96 million (2.29 million)
Dropping off from last year’s list: Kuroko no Basket (5), Gin no Sagi (15), Youkai Watch (20), Kyou wa Kaisha Yaumimasu (22), Kimi ni Todoke (23), Noragami (27), Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (29) and Chihayafuru (30)

It’s pretty obvious that One Piece would be dominating this ranking, with a high spot also for Attack on Titan. I’m surprised that Seven Deadly Sins was so high. One Punch Man seems low, though that may change after this season. Tokyo Ghoul, if counted together, would have narrowly missed the top 5. Blue Spring Ride is also surprisingly high, and My Love Story so low. My Hero Academia will be getting an anime adaptation soon, but other manga-only entrants include Orange and March.

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Great! Now that you have been thoroughly disappointed somehow, lets go to the Light Novel Rankings! Here, I’ll round to the nearest thousand to account for comparatively less sales: (Once again, if a series is given a -, then that means it wasn’t on last years list, so I can’t find sales estimates)
1. (21) Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? - 1220 thousand/1.22 million (221 thousand)
2. (1) The Irregular at Magic High School - 1176 thousand/1.176 million (1.60 million)
3. (5) My Teen Romantic SNAFU - 1050 thousand/1.05 million (640 thousand)
4. (-) Overlord - 927 thousand/0.927 million (-)
5. (-) Naruto (Story Series) - 884 thousand (-)
6. (-) Sword Art Online - 789 thousand (1.403 million)
7. (3) Kagerou Daze - 495 thousand (1.107 million)
8. (19) Kokuhaku Yoko Renshu - 414 thousand (256 thousand)
9. (8) New Testament: A Certain Magical Index - 406 thousand (546 thousand)
10. (11) Sword Art Online: Progressive - 391 thousand (373 thousand)
11. (-) Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku - 380 thousand (-)
12. (-)Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Side Story - 337 thousand (-)
13. (6) Haikyu!! Novel Edition!! - 334 thousand (604 thousand)
14. (7) No Game, No Life - 326 thousand (595 thousand)
15. (-) Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online - 315 thousand (-)
16. (-) Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend - 314 thousand (-)
17. (30) My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Short Story Collection - 313 thousand (178 thousand)
18. (-) Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign: 16-Sai no Hamestu - 302 thousand (-)
19. (-) Gate: Jietai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri - 294 thousand (-)
20. (16) The Devil is a Part-Timer! - 289 thousand (289 thousand)
21. (4) Monogatari Series - 288 thousand (827 thousand)
22. (13) Date a Live - 264 thousand (359 thousand)
23. (-) The Boy and The Beast - 255 thousand (-)
24. (9) Kuroko’s Basketball -Replace- - 251 thousand (387 thousand)
25. (-) World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman - 242 thousand (-)
26. (17) Accel World - 238 thousand (275 thousand)
27. (-) The Testament of Sister New Devil - 235 thousand (-)
28. (18) Aria the Scarlet Ammo - 230 thousand (273 thousand)
29. (-) Chivalry of a Failed Knight - 226 thousand (-)
30. (-)Naruto Shinden Series - 217 thousand (-)
Dropping off of last years list: Log Horizon (10), Strike the Blood (12), Black Bullet (14), Love Live! School Idol Diary (20), Baka and Test (22), Noucome (23), Mikgure Gakuen Kumikyou (24), Invaders of the Rokujyoma (25), No-Rin (26), Problem children are coming from another world, aren’t they? (27), Ero Manga Sensei (28), Tokyo Ravens (29).

No surprise here either in the top two entrants. As someone who finished SNAFU 2 recently, those sales give me a lot of hope for that third season we all crave. Sword Art Online takes up 3 of the top 30 here. Thankfully, Saekano is getting a second season, or those sales would worry me. The chances for more Devil is a Part-Timer and NGNL seem dead in the water, though there is a flicker of hope for both I guess if Accel World is getting a new season. Kokuhaku appears to be getting a movie in 2016, while Boy & Beast had a movie air this year. Okitegami doesn’t have an anime yet, though it is written by Nisio Isin, which is intriguing.

So what about you guys? Any surprises on these lists? Anything you would have liked to have seen on these lists, or would like to change about these rankings? Any hopes and dreams smashed or validated? And for those that are manga/light novel only, what do you think about them? Feel free to discuss anything about this, and also amongst yourselves.

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(Source for these numbers come from ANN, which in turn come from Oricon)