The year is coming to an end, and that means it’s list time.
Getting the party started is Kono Raito Noberu ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel is Amazing!), a yearly guidebook that polls industry insiders to discover the best light novels of the year.
Here’s a look at the year’s top ten sugoiest manga:
10. Kono Koi to Sono Mirai
9. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World
8. The Low Tier Character Tomozaki-kun
Sekina Aoi (Student Council’s Discretion)
6. Melody Lyrik Idol Magik
5. Goblin Slayer
4. Sword Art Online
3. A Certain Magical Index
2. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
1. Ryuoh no Oshigoto!
Shirow Shiratori (No-Rin)
To qualify, novels have had to have been published between October 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016 (continuations of long-running series were eligible as long as they had a novel published in that timeframe). Industry insiders polled included critics, writers, retailers, librarians, bloggers and light novel event organizers.
Novels from several of these series, including KonoSuba, Goblin Slayer, Sword Art Online, A Certain Magical Index, and Re:Zero are or will soon be available in English via Yen Press.
Have you read any light novels this year? What’s been particularly sugoi?