Every year since 2004’s ’05 guide, Takarajimasha publishes Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel is Amazing!), an overview of what’s new and hot in Cool Japan’s illustrated prose. With descriptions of what’s on the shelves, it offers top lists of the fan favorites, as selected by online polls. As expected, Re:Zero certainly does well in the new 2017 guide. But, it’s not number #1.
1. Ryuuou no Oshigoto!
The newest work from creator of Norin – Shiratori Shirou, this time on shogi (japanese analog for chess) scene! Kuzuryu Yaichi is youngest shogi champion – Ryuou (dragon’s king) – in history. And here is a girl – Hinazuru Ai, who ask him to become his disciple. Too yong for his title, Yaichi is going to revive his shogi trough passionate disciple…. wait, Ai-chan is 9 y.o.? She is an elementary schoolgirl! And… is she going to live with Yaichi? All night until morning? What? Officer, can we have you here, please! A comedy about shogi-holic live-in disciple.
3. A Certain Magical Index
4. Sword Art Online
5. Goblin Slayer
6. Melody Lyric Idol Magic
This is a story that revolves around certain students and one hobby. Amano Keita is our lonely protagonist who has a passion for gaming and is friends with Uehara Tasuku, who is secretly a fellow gamer and is someone who believes his life is perfect. We also have Karen Tendou, the club president of the video games club and Chiaki Hoshinomori, who constantly bickers with Keita. This is a story filled with a non-stop sequence of comedy scenes and misunderstandings. Our chaotic romantic comedy now begins!
8. Yowa-Chara Tomozaki-kun
9. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
10. Kono Koi to, Sono Mirai.
Shirou Matsunaga has been subject to irrationally cruel treatment by his treacherous three sisters. Seeking an escape from this hellish existence, he enrolls in a boarding high school. There, he meets Mirai Oda, his new roommate. Mirai, suffering from gender identity disorder, has the body of a woman, but the soul of a man. Mirai had investigated Shirou’s circumstances beforehand, and in order to secure his own safe co-existence, chose him as his roommate. Shirou tries to make the best of this situation, but as the two of them spend more time together, he finds himself unable to avoid becoming attracted to Mirai…
2. Monogatari Series
3. Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? (So I’m a spider, what about it?)
The world where the Hero and the Demon King continue to oppose each other. The grand magic from the Hero and the Demon King cross over worlds and exploded in the classroom of a certain high school.
The students who died in the explosion will be reincarnated in a different world. The protagonist, who has the lowest reputation in the class, was reincarnated into a spider. Nevertheless, she adapted quickly to the present condition with strong willpower.
This is a story of she who has become a spider trying whatever she can to live.
4. Mushoku Tensei: Isekai Ittara Honki Dasu (Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation)
A 34-year-old NEET gets killed in a traffic accident and finds himself in a world of magic. Rather than waking up as a full-grown mage, he gets reincarnated as a newborn baby, retaining the memories of his past life. Before he can even properly move his body, he resolves to never make the same mistakes he made in his first life ever again and instead live a life with no regrets with the new one that was given to him. Because he has the knowledge of a middle-aged man, by the age of two, he has already become a magical prodigy and possesses power unthinkable for anyone his age and even older. Thus begins the chronicles of Rudeus Greyrat, son of swordsman Paul and healer Zenith, as he enters a new world to become the strongest mage known to man, with powers rivaling even the gods themselves.
5. Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen (Ascendance of a Bookworm – I’ll Become a Librarian At Any Cost! )
Motosu Urano, a book-loving college student who just got her Librarian certification and was supposed to enter the job of her dreams after graduation, was killed during a massive earthquake crushing her underneath a pile of her own massive collection of books.
Wishing for reincarnation in order to read even more, she got reincarnated to a world with a low literacy level and very few books, limited only to the nobility of the world. As she reincarnated as 5-year-old daughter of a lowly soldier, Maine, no matter how much she wants to read, there is no way there are any books around. If there are no books then what do you do? You make them yourself of course… What her goal is, to become a librarian no matter what, and to live a life surrounded by books. For starters she begins from making them.
6. Ninja Slayer Series
7. Kyuuketsuki ni Natta Kimi wa Eien no Ai wo Hajimeru ( You Who Became a Vampire Begins an Eternal Love)
In May of his first year in High School Harada Utaya became a something that’s not a human being. He gained inhuman athletic abilities and was unable to continue play his beloved basketball. He changed schools and there he met a beautiful – Virgin Mary-like senior named Harushina Ayane who asked him to be her “lover” Dracula in a play?!
8. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (Regarding Reincarnated to Slime)
After being killed by a passing robber, a normal 37-year-old guy find himself reincarnated in another world as a blind slime with unique skills. With a new name “Rimuru Tempest” he got after meeting his new friend, the “catastrophe level” Storm Dragon Verudora, he starts his slime life in another world with his increasing number of minions.
9. Boukyaku Tantei Series
by by Nisio Isin, described
Twenty-five-year-old Kakushidate Yakusuke suffers from the fate of constantly stumbling into various crime scenes and ending up being the main suspect.
His last resort: Okitegami Kyouko the “Quickest Detective.” However, Kyouko suffers from a strange case of amnesia; whenever she falls asleep, she forgets everything that happened the previous day, making her solve the mysteries within one day.
10. Kono Sekai ga Game da to Ore dake ga Shitteiru ( I Am the Only One Who Knows This World Is a Game.)
Popular for being filled with bugs, the virtual-reality game New Communicate Online (a.k.a. Nekomimi Neko Offline).
A die-hard fan of the game, Sagara Souma, is sent to the game world from the power of a mysterious device.
Though surprised by the sudden turn of events, Souma conveniently knows the laws of the world.
Mastering every bug, using the game’s logic against it, he is soon known as “Maverick Swordsman Souma.”
1. Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Magical Index)
2. Rem (Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-)
3. Megumin (KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! )
4. Asuna Yuuki (Sword Art Online)
5. Yukino Yukinoshita (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
6. Megumi Katou (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)
7. White Queen (Mitou Shoukan://Blood Sign)
8. Emilia (Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-)
9. Index Librorum Prohibitorum (A Certain Magical Index)
10. Othinus (A Certain Magical Index)
1. Touma Kamijou (A Certain Magical Index)
2. Kazuto Kirigaya (Sword Art Online)
3. Accelerator (A Certain Magical Index)
4. Subaru Natsuki (Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-)
5. Hachiman Hikigaya (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
6. Kenji Fujikido (Ninja Slayer Series)
7. Tatsuya Shiba (The Irregular at Magic High School)
8. Kazuma Satou (KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! )
9. Sora (No Game No Life)
10. Kyousuke Shiroyama (Mitou Shoukan://Blood Sign)
1. Kiyotaka Haimura (A Certain Magical Index)
2. abec (Sword Art Online)
3. Kantoku (Imouto sae Ireba Ii.)
4. Kurone Mishima (KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! )
5. Warainaku (Ninja Slayer Series)
6. Ponkan 8 (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFUd)
7. Kurehito Misaki (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)
8. Shirabi (Ryuuou no Oshigoto!)
9. Shinichirou Ootsuka (Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-)
10. Saki Ukai (Black Bullet)