Sword Art Online Totally Dominates 2012 Light Novel Charts

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The arrival of Oricon’s light novel sales charts for 2012 has revealed the year belongs to Sword Art Online by a wide margin, with the series being by far the best selling of the year, and with every single SAO title in the featuring in the top 20 best sellers – leading to half the chart being comprised of SAO novels.

The top 10 best selling light novel series of 2012 – Sword Art Online leads the pack by some margin:

1. 2,764,454 – Sword Art Online
2. 1,033,906 – Accel World
3. 767,236 – Koten Seies (Hyouka)
4. 696,322 – Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
5. 686,467 – A Certain Magical Index – A New Contract
6. 654,224 – High School DxD
7. 620,972 – Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
8. 544,507 – Ore no Imouto
9. 450,794 – Oda Nobuna no Yabou
10. 447,053 – Papa no Iu Koto

The top 20 best selling light novels – with every single volume of Sword Art Online ranking in:

1. 368,089 – Sword Art Online 1
2. 317,124 – Sword Art Online 2
3. 304,731 – Sword Art Online 9
4. 299,319 – Sword Art Online 3
5. 286,781 – Sword Art Online 10
6. 286,031 – Sword Art Online 4
7. 256,812 – A Certain Magical Index – A New Contract 3
8. 256,003 – Hyouka (Koten)
9. 249,531 – Sword Art Online 5
10. 248,944 – Sword Art Online Progressive 1
11. 238,096 – Tomodachi ga Sukunai 8
12. 234,235 – Sword Art Online 6
13. 225,343 – Kagerou Days -in a daze-
14. 221,681 – Ore no Imouto 10
15. 213,382 – A Certain Magical Index – A New Contract 4
16. 211,803 – Sword Art Online 7
17. 206,810 – Sword Art Online 8
18. 203,672 – Baka+Test 10
19. 196,364 – Ore no Imouto 11
20. 187,129 – Gusha no End Roll (Koten)

Unsurprisingly, the influence of popular anime adaptations seems to be one of the driving forces behind strong light novel sales, with sales of top novels tending to be propelled ever higher once they receive their anime.

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