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Industry Insiders Rank the Best Light Novels of 2016

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
Bingo Morihashi

9. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World
Natsume Akatsuki

8. The Low Tier Character Tomozaki-kun
Yuki Yaku

7. Gamers!

Sekina Aoi (Student Council’s Discretion)

6. Melody Lyrik Idol Magik
Hiroshi Ishikawa

5. Goblin Slayer
Kumo Kagyu

4. Sword Art Online
Reki Kawahara

3. A Certain Magical Index
Kazuma Kamachi

2. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
Tappei Nagatsuki

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?

Source: Yaraon

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.