31 Best Light Novels of All Time

Best Light Novels of All Time

Light Novels are begin more well-known as a part of Japanese pop culture as well as anime and manga. Many popular anime and manga are created, being adapted from the successful selling light novels these days.

Japanese literature including classic novels written by Soseki Natsume, Osamu Dazai, etc. and modern books by Haruki Murakami, Banana Yoshimoto, etc. has been loved by international readers. Light novels are also translated into multiple languages and read worldwide now.

It is difficult to define what is exactly a light novel, but almost all light novels have anime characters illustrated on their front covers and on some pages in the books. The pioneers of light novels were published from around the 1970s.

A legendary light novel title Slayers, which started its publication in 1989, familiarized a wide range of people in Japan. The new novel category got much more popular for Haruhi Suzumiya Series that has been published since 2003.

Some new genres are derived from general light novels, which consist of Noro-kei, Isekai and so on. A list of recommended light novels will be too long, and you may wonder which one to read first.

Today, I’d like to introduce 31 best light novels of all time for both beginners and experienced readers. Check the must-read classic titles and the hottest recent trends!

31. Slayers

Slayers
Slayers

Slayers (スレイヤーズ) is a pioneer of the light novel industry, which has ignited many manga and anime fans’ interests in the new novel category since the first volume was released in 1989. In addition to the current 17 volumes of the main story, there are also 30 volumes of the spin-off Slayers Special and 5 volumes of Slayers Smash. The fantasy story focuses on a young talented sorceress named Lina Inverse who travels around the world with her partner Gourry Gabriev.

Author: Hajime Kanzaka
Illustrator: Rui Araizumi
Volumes: 17 (As of 2022)

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30. Oreimo

Oreimo
Oreimo (Japanese)

Oreimo (俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない) is a comedy and slice-of-life light novel published between 2008 and 2021, which was adapted into two seasons of an anime series in 2010 and 2013. The story begins when a protagonist and narrator Kyosuke finds out his 14-year-old younger sister Kirino is an Otaku (a geek) who like an eroge (erotic computer games).

Author: Tsukasa Fushimi
Illustrator: Hiro Kanzaki
Volumes: 17

29. Haganai

Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends
Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends

Haganai (僕は友達が少ない), categorized as slice of life, comedy and romance, is a popular light novel which consists of 14 volumes published between 2009 and 2015. Two seasons of its anime adaptation were aired in 2011 and 2013. Haganai revolves around a blond high schooler Kodaka Hasegawa and two heroines Yozora Mikazuki and Sena Kashiwazaki.

Author: Yomi Hirasaka
Illustrator: Buriki
Volumes: 14

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28. Goblin Slayer

Goblin Slayer
Goblin Slayer

As one of the most popular light novel series in the recent years, Goblin Slayer (ゴブリンスレイヤー) has been published since 2016. The dark fantasy light novel, which was released as an online novel at first, has been also made into anime and manga adaptations. A main character is a venturer Goblin Slayer, who clings to hunting the weakest monster goblins.

Author: Kumo Kagyu
Illustrator: Noboru Kannatsuki
Volumes: 15 (As of 2022)

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27. The Twelve Kingdoms

The Twelve Kingdoms
The Twelve Kingdoms

The Twelve Kingdoms (十二国記) is a fantasy historical novel series written by Fuyumi Ono, which has been published since the first title Shadow of the Moon, Sea of Shadow was released in 1992 (which also followed the previous entry The Demonic Child in 1991).

It is set in the twelve kingdoms in a parallel fantasy world, which is inspired by an ancient China. Main characters differ from one part to another but are related to each other.

Author: Fuyumi Ono
Illustrator: Akihiro Yamada
Volumes: 15 (As of 2022)

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26. Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere (Japanese)

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere (境界線上のホライゾン) is a fantasy light novel series mixed with multiple genres such as historical, comedy, Isekai, etc. There are 29 volumes and 3 spin-offs published from 2008 to 2018 in the series, adapted into two seasons of an anime series in 2011 and 2012.

The setting is an apocalyptic world, where humans live in the only habitable area in the East Asia. They try to find a way to get out of the earth reenacting human history.

Author: Minoru Kawakami
Illustrator: Satoyasu
Volumes: 32

25. Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf
Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf (狼と香辛料) is a well-known fantasy adventure light novel franchise published since 2006. It has been made into various adaptations such as TV anime series, video games and manga series. The story was completed with the vol.17 and started the following adventure in Wolf and Parchment: New Theory Spice & Wolf (新説 狼と香辛料 狼と羊皮紙) in 2019.

Spice and Wolf focuses on economic activities in the medieval Europe where a twenty-something merchant travels with a girl who has wolf ears and tail.

Author: Isuna Hasekura
Illustrator: Ju Ayakura
Volumes: 23 (As of 2022)

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24. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

In the recent years, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (転生したらスライムだった件) is what gets the most attention from light novel fans including adults and children. It is an Isekai adventure light novel series that was first released on the online novel publishing site Shosetsuka ni Naro in 2013.

There are also manga and anime adaptations that are as popular as the original novels. The story begins when a protagonist Satoru dies from stab wounds inflicted by a phantom killer and is reincarnated as a Slime in another world.

Author: Fuse
Illustrator: Mitz Vah
Volumes: 19 (As of 2022)

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23. The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero
The Rising of the Shield Hero

In one of the most popular light novel genres Isekai, The Rising of the Shield Hero (盾の勇者の成り上がり) is highly recommended to read now. The fantasy adventure series started its publication on the user-generated light novel website Shosetsuka ni Naro from 2012.

It has been also adapted into a manga and TV anime series. A university student Naofumi Iwatani is summoned into another world as the Shield Hero with other weapons equipped heroes.

Author: Aneko Yusagi
Illustrator: Minami Seira
Volumes: 22 (As f 2022)

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22. Boogiepop Series

Boogiepop And Others
Boogiepop And Others

Boogiepop Series (ブギーポップシリーズ), which is also known as the first title Boogiepop and Others (ブギーポップは笑わない), is a classic dark-fantasy light novel series written by Kouhei Kadono. It has been published since 1998, adapted into two versions of anime series in 2000 and 2019.

Boogiepop Series depicts the life of high schoolers who have negative personal problems, and Boogiepop shows up as the other side of a character’s personality when the world faces an imminent threat.

Author: Kouhei Kadono
Illustrator: Kouji Ogata
Volumes: 23 (As of 2022)

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21. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (デスマーチからはじまる異世界狂想曲) is a popular Isekai light novel series starting its publication on the online light novel website Shosetsuka ni Naro in 2013. Its manga adaptation has been made since 2014 and an anime adaptation was released in 2018.

The story follows a gaming programmer who finds he is sent to the world inside an MMORPG awakening from his nap.

Author: Hiro Ainana
Illustrator: shri
Volumes: 24 (As of 2022)

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20. Katanagatari

Katanagatari
Katanagatari

The famous author Nisio Isin’s action historical novel Katanagatari (刀語) consists of 12 volumed that were published for the twelfth month straight in 2007. It was also adapted into an anime series in 2010.

Katanagatari is set in a Japanese period of warring states (around the Edo period) and centers on a swordsman named Yasuri Shichika, who sets out on a journey to collect the twelve legendary swords.

Author: Nisio Isin
Illustrator: Take
Volumes: 12

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19. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (Japanese)

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (冴えない彼女の育てかた) is one of the most popular modern light novel categorized as romance and comedy. The light novels including 13 volumes with 5 collections of short stories were published from 2012 to 2017. The first season of an anime adaptation was broadcasted in 2015 and the second season in 2017, which were followed by an anime movie Saekano the Movie: Finale in 2019.

The main character is a high school boy Tomoya Aki, who creates a visual novel computer game with his classmate Megumi Kato, an illustrator Eriri Spencer Sawamura and a novelist Utaha Kasumigaoka.

Author: Fumiaki Maruto
Illustrator: Kurehito Misaki
Volumes: 18

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18. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (ダンジョンに出会いを求めるのは間違っているだろうか) is a quite popular fantasy light novel series written by Fujino Omori. It was first released on a online novel website Arcadia and has been published as physical books since 2013. There are three seasons of an anime adaptation aired in 2015, 2019 and 2020, and the fourth season will follow them in 2022.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? focuses on a young boy named Bell Cranel, who fights against evil monsters in Dungeons with the goddess Hestia Familia members and other gods.

Author: Fujino Omori
Illustrator: Suzuhito Yasuda
Volumes: 17 (As of 2022)

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17. No Game No Life

No Game No Life
No Game No Life

No Game No Life (ノーゲーム・ノーライフ) is an Isekai comedy light novel with the theme of games, both written and illustrated by Yu Kamiya. It has been published since 2012 and was made into an anime adaptation in 2014.

No Game No Life focuses on two gaming geniuses: a 18-year-old boy Sora and his 11-year-old stepsister Shiro. They are summoned to another world and battle with other species characters in a variety of games.

Author: Yu Kamiya
Illustrator: Yu Kamiya
Volumes: 12 (As of 2022)

16. Overlord

Overlord
Overlord

A popular modern Isekai and antihero light novel Overlord (オーバーロード) has been published since it was first released as an online novel on Arcadia in 2010. Its manga adaptation started in 2015, and there are three seasons of an anime adaptation broadcasted in 2015 and 2018.

Overlord is set in the 22nd century when a DMMORPG called Yggdrasil is developed. A protagonist, who comes to be called Ainz Ooal Gown, is sent to a gaming world and is to attain the world domination with the strongest power.

Author: Kugane Maruyama
Illustrator: so-bin
Volumes: 14 (As of 2022)

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15. The Saga of Tanya the Evil

The Saga of Tanya the Evil
The Saga of Tanya the Evil

The Saga of Tanya the Evil (幼女戦記) is an Isekai light novel franchise with the theme of military. Its serialization started on the novel publishing website Arcadia in 2011 and the light novel has been published since 2013. It has been adapted into over 20 volumes of manga series and 12-episode anime series.

The setting of The Saga of Tanya the Evil is Europe during the world wars. A 30-something business person is reincarnated as a 9-year-old blond girl into the parallel world, who is named Tanya von Degurechaff. She fights in the war at the rank of major using magical powers.

Author: Carlo Zen
Illustrator: Shinobu Shinotsuki
Volumes: 12 (As of 2022)

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14. Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!

Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!

Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! (この素晴らしい世界に祝福を!) is one of the most popular light novel series in modern days. The Isekai comedy light novel was serialized between 2013 and 2020, adapted into two seasons of anime series released in 2016 and 2017.

The story begins when a high school boy Kazuma dies in an accident and is reincarnated into another world as an ordinary venturer with a goddess named Aqua. They are get involved in various problems with a magician Megumin and a crusader Darkness in the role playing game world.

Author: Natsume Akatsuki
Illustrator: Kurone Mishima
Volumes: 17

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13. Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World-

Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World-
Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World-

The long-run fantasy adventure light novel Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World- (キノの旅 -the Beautiful World-), written by Keiichi Sigsawa, has been published with an episodic structure since 2000. One of the most famous light novels in Dengeki Bunko was adapted into two versions of anime series broadcasted in 2003 and 2017.

Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World- focuses on a teen girl named Kino, who travels around the fantasy world with her partner motorcycle Hermes that can speak. It depicts the fables in a variety of countries she visits, and each of them has a unique system, culture and concept.

Author: Keiichi Sigsawa
Illustrator: Kouhaku Kuroboshi
Volumes: 23 (As of 2022)

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12. 86 -Eighty Six-

86 -Eighty Six-
86 -Eighty Six-

The new sci-fi and mecha light novel has stood out as one of the best-selling titles recently, titled 86 -Eighty Six- (86-エイティシックス-). Written by Asato Asato and illustrated by Shirabii since 2017, the military-themed drama was made into the first anime adaptation that aired with 23 episodes between 2021 and 2022 by the famous anime studio A-1 Pictures.

86 -Eighty Six- is set in a futuristic world, where an unattended autonomous weapons Legion is invented by the Empire of Giad. The story follows a 16-year-old boy Shinei Nouzen called Shin, who fights against the Legions as the leader of the Republic of San Magnolia’s squadron Spearhead. Shin and other 86 people are persecuted and sent to the front line of the fight between the Republic of San Magnolia and the Empire of Giad.

The discriminated 86 people fight against the unattended autonomous machines by piloting the crewed machine called Juggernauts. On the other hand, other citizens peacefully live in the Republic of San Magnolia while the government hides the presence of 86. A military officer Vladilena Milizé, who remotely exercises control over the squadron Spearhead as a Handler, questions what the country has become today.

Author: Asato Asato
Illustrator: Shirabii
Volumes: 11 (As of 2022)

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11. Toradora!

Toradora!
Toradora!

As one of the best romantic comedy light novels, Toradora! (とらドラ!) should be picked out by classic light novel fans. The slice-of-life novel was published from 2006 to 2009 consisting 10 volumes and 3 spin-offs. Its manga adaptation started in 2007 and an anime series was aired in 2008-2009.

Toradora! presents everyday of a high schooler named Ryuji Takasu and a heroine Taiga Aisaka. The relationships between them and their classmates Minori Kushieda and Yusaku Kitamura is changing though seasonal events and various activities.

Author: Yuyuko Takemiya
Illustrator: Yasu
Volumes: 13

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10. A Certain Magical Index

A Certain Magical Index
A Certain Magical Index

A Certain Magical Index (とある魔術の禁書目録), one of the most famous and popular light novels of all time, has been published with over 50 volumes since 2004. The first part was completed with the 22nd volume, and its sequel series New Testament: A Certain Magical Index (新約 とある魔術の禁書目録) started in 2011. The third part with the title Genesis Testament: A Certain Magical Index (創約 とある魔術の禁書目録) followed it from 2020. In addition, there are some popular spin-offs like A Certain Scientific Railgun (とある科学の超電磁砲).

The setting of A Certain Magical Index is a futuristic world, where psychic abilities are revealed by science. There are espers with science powers and sorcerers with magic powers in the Academy City. The story centers on a high schooler Toma Kamijo, who meets a little mysterious girl called Index.

Author: Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrator: Kiyotaka Haimura
Volumes: 24/New Testament: 23/Genesis Testament: 5 (As of 2021)

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9. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions (Japanese)

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions (中二病でも恋がしたい!) is a renowned slice of life light novel series published from 2011 to 2017, also categorized as comedy and romance. It won an encouragement prize in the 1st Kyoto Animation Award in 2010 and was adapted into an anime series by Kyoto Animation in 2012 and 2014.

The symbol of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions is Chunibyo, which is a modern Japanese term used to describe teenagers who have grandiose delusions that they are a much more special person than others. A first-grade high schooler Yuta Togashi, who used to be a Chunibyo in the middle school, meets a currently Chunibyo girl Rikka Takanashi.

Author: Torako
Illustrator: Nozomi Osaka
Volumes: 4

8. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

The popular recent light novel series Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (青春ブタ野郎はバニーガール先輩の夢を見ない) in the genre mixed with slice of life and fantasy started its publication from 2014. The first anime adaptation was made from the original light novel in 2018, followed by an anime movie Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl (青春ブタ野郎はゆめみる少女の夢を見ない) in 2019.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is a seaside city Fujisawa and follows a high school boy Sakuta Azusagawa. The story begins when he meets a one-year-older Senpai heroine Mai Sakurajima who wears a bunny girl outfit in the library. Strange supernatural events occur to them and other heroines, caused by their psychological problems.

Author: Hajime Kamoshida
Illustrator: Keiji Mizoguchi
Volumes: 11 (As of 2022)

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7. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン), written by Reki Kawahara, is one of the most famous and popular light novel series all over the world. The action adventure light novel has been published since 2009 while Reki Kawahara has written the other popular title Accel World (アクセル・ワールド) simultaneously.

The sequel Sword Art Online: Progressive (ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ) has been also serialized since 2012. There are three seasons of the anime series aired from 2012 to 2020, which will be followed by the anime adaptations of the rest of the original novels.

Sword Art Online is set in Japan in 2022, when the world’s first VRMMORPG (virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game) called Sword Art Online (SAO) is invented. Kirito, a protagonist of the story and a player of SAO, is trapped in the game world with other players. Kirito and a heroine Asuna head to the 100th floor of a castle Aincrad to log out of SAO.

Author: Reki Kawahara
Illustrator: abec
Volumes: Sword Art Online: 26 (As of 2022)/Sword Art Online: Progressive: 8 (As of 2022)

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6. Zaregoto Series

Decapitation Kubikiri Cycle- The Blue Savant and the Nonsense User
Decapitation Kubikiri Cycle- The Blue Savant and the Nonsense User

Zaregoto Series (戯言シリーズ), which is known for the first volume’s title Decapitation Kubikiri Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Nonsense User (クビキリサイクル 青色サヴァンと戯言遣い), is one of top-rated light novel series written by Nisio Isin. Total 9 volumes were published between 2002 and 2005. Spin-off series such as Ningen Series and Saikyo Series are derived from Zaregoto Serie.

Zaregoto Series’s first part was adapted into an OVA (original video animation) with 8 episodes released in 2016-2017.

The action and mystery light novel is narrated by the first-person narrator, who visits a deserted island with a heroine Tomo Kunagisa in Decapitation Kubikiri Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Nonsense User. He encounters mysterious cases around other characters he newly meets.

Author: Nisio Isin
Illustrator: Take
Volumes: 9

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5. My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected

My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected
My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected

My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。), abbreviated to OreGairu and also known as My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, is categorized as comedy, romance and slice of life, which is a symbolic genre of the modern light novels.

14 volumes and 3 spin-offs were published from 2011 to 2019, adapted into there seasons of an anime series broadcasted in 2013, 2015 and 2020.

A high school boy named Hachiman Hikigaya is featured in the romantic comedy light novel. He is inspired to form a service club in the high school with heroines Yukino Yukinoshita and Yui Yuigahama by their teacher. They solve a variety of personal problems held by other students in the school.

Author: Wataru Watari
Illustrator: Ponkan8
Volumes: 17

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4. Classroom of the Elite

Classroom of the Elite
Classroom of the Elite

Classroom of the Elite(ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ), which is abbreviated to You-Jitsu, is one of the hottest light novel these days. The slice-of-life and psychological thriller light novel started its serialization in 2015 and the 1st Year Arc was completed with the 14th volume in 2019. And then, the 2nd Year Arc has been published since 2020.

They has been adapted into a manga series since 2016 and was adapted into an anime series in 2017.

Classroom of the Elite is set in the Advanced Nurturing High School in Tokyo, centering on a first-grade boy named Kiyotaka Ayanokoji. There are four classes (A to D) in each grade. He belongs to the lowest class D and all students aim for reaching the top class until graduation competing in academic skills and special extra tests.

Author: Shogo Kinugasa
Illustrator: Shunsaku Tomose
Volumes: 1st Year Arc: 14/2nd Year Arc: 7 (As of 2022)

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3. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活) is the best Isekai light novel of all time, written by Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrated by Shinichirou Otsuka. The Isekai dark-fantasy light novel has been published on the user-generated novel website Shosetsuka ni Naro since 2012 and released as physical books since 2014.

There are 25 volumes in the main story so far in addition to 6 collections of short stories and 4 spin-offs. They are also adapted into popular anime series with two seasons in 2016 and 2020-2021.

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- is set in an Isekai world (a parallel world), where a 17-year-old boy Subaru Natsuki is sent. He meets a heroine Emilia with her cat-shaped pet spirit Puck and helps her to sit upon the throne of the Kingdom of Lugunica.

Unlike many other light novels, the protagonist is not gifted with any special power like magic skills or martial arts techniques except a strange ability: Shinimodori (return by death). He goes back into the past to give his life another try when he dies. His journey with Emilia and his fellow characters is depicted with comedy and drama in the whole story.

Author: Tappei Nagatsuki
Illustrator: Shinichirou Otsuka
Volumes: 40 including 6 short-story collections and 6 spin-offs (As of 2022)

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2. Haruhi Suzumiya Series

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Haruhi Suzumiya Series (涼宮ハルヒシリーズ), also known as the first volume title The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱), is one of the legendary and best light novel series, which most light novel fans agree with.

The first volume of the fantasy and comedy series was written by Nagaru Tanigawa in 2003, and the latest 12th title The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの直観) was released in 2020. It is also famous for the two seasons of its anime adaptation aired in 2006 and 2009.

Haruhi Suzumiya Series revolves around an eccentric high school girl named Haruhi Suzumiya, narrated by a protagonist Kyon. To bread away from her boring school life, she founds a school club called SOS Brigade that consists of an alien Yuki Nagato, a time traveler Mikuru Asahina and an esper Itsuki Koizumi in addition to Haruhi and Kyon.

The light novel mixed with science fiction and slice of life depicts the fusion of peaceful daily life in the high school with supernatural phenomena occurred by the unique characters. They get involved in the exciting problems caused by Haruhi.

Author: Nagaru Tanigawa
Illustrator: Noizi Ito
Volumes: 12 (As of 2022)

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1. Monogatari Series

Bakemonogatari
Bakemonogatari

Monogatari Series (物語シリーズ), which starts with the first title Bakemonogatari (化物語), is perfect for the best light novel of all time. Monogatari Series has been written by a famous author Nisio Isin since 2006, categorized as fantasy, mystery, comedy, slice of life and even action.

There are three seasons of an anime adaptations and three anime movies which were adapted until the 18th volume Zoku Owarimonogatari. Its manga adaptation began in 2018.

Monogatari Series is set in a Japanese high school life of a protagonist named Koyomi Araragi. The symbol of the light novel is an apparition (Kaii in Japanese) that causes supernatural phenomena around him and several heroines including his girlfriend Hitagi Senjogahara and his classmate Tsubasa Hanekawa.

He is transformed into a half-vampire half-human by the most powerful apparition vampire Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade. Other main characters also meet apparitions which have a negative influence on them due to their personal problems.

Each character has a unique personality that is totally different from the others, and their conversations are humorous, which is the highlight of Monogatari Series.

Author: Nisio Isin
Illustrator: Vofan
Volumes: 28 (As of 2022)

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