Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi 2021 Top 10 Tankobon Light Novels

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Welcome to another article in our ongoing coverage of Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi 2021!

These are the Top 10 Tankobon books as ranked in the newest edition. Interestingly, the top spot goes to a new title. However, last year’s top 2 books still remain in the top 3.

This list has far more fantasy/isekai titles than the Bunkobon list. Half the list is already licensed for English release.

Also, I had to rely a little more on machine translation for some of the book blurbs. I apologize in advance if they sound a little…off.


Ishura / 異修羅

Written by: Keiso / Illustrated by: Kureta

In a world after the defeat of the Demon Lord. All that are left are the Asura who have even slain the Demon Lord. A master fencer who can see the way to carve up his enemy with one glance, a lancer so fast he leaves sound behind, a raven-black adventurer who handles a legendary in each three arms, a spellbinder that can materialize his words into reality, a cruel angel that bestows instant death… The Asura of any and every conceivable race and species standing at the pinnacle of strength seeks an even stronger enemy, in order to receive the honor of being the “true hero”. All of them are the strongest, all of them a hero, but only one is worthy. The battle to determine the “True One” starts now.

Source: Anime-Planet


Honzuki no Gekokujou / Ascendance of a Bookworm / 本好きの下剋上 ~司書になるためには手段を選んでいられません~

Written by: Miya Kazuki / Illustrated by: You Shiina

A certain college girl who’s loved books ever since she was a little girl dies in an accident and is reborn in another world she knows nothing about. She is now Myne, the sickly five-year-old daughter of a poor soldier. To make things worse, the world she’s been reborn in has a very low literacy rate and books mostly don’t exist. She’d have to pay an enormous amount of money to buy one. Myne resolves herself: If there aren’t any books, she’ll just have to make them! Her goal is to become a librarian. This story begins with her quest to make books so she can live surrounded by them! Dive into this biblio-fantasy written for book lovers and bookworms!

Source: J-Novel Club

The series is licensed for English release by J-Novel Club


Unnamed Memory

Written by: Kuji Furumiya / Illustrated by: Chibi

Love can bloom in the strangest places…and people! A cursed king and the world’s strongest witch are about to cross paths, forever changing their future and the fate of the world!

Source: Yen On

The series is licensed for English release by Yen On


Rebuild World / リビルドワールド

Written by: Nafuse / Illustrated by: Gin

The civilization of the past, now called “Old World”, has produced many “Relics” with its advanced technology. Many rubble of unknown material, high-rise buildings floating in the air, strange medications and a group of weapons that are too powerful to be used by people. After the collapse of science and civilization, people gathered these “Relics”, and over time they were rebuilding human society. In this way the “Hunters” were created, the warriors who face the various dangers of the Old World. Akira, a new hunter boy who wants to go up from the slums, entering the ruins of the Old World he meets a mysterious girl who can only be seen by him as a ghost, in a world where hunters are trying to overcome the legacy of the old civilization.

Source: Anime-Planet



Written by: Kuji Furumiya / Illustrated by: Haruyuki Morisawa

A college student, Shizuku Mizuse, has suddenly wandered into a different world from modern Japan. She is at her wits’ end after landing at the frontier of a world where swords and magic are the norm, but she happens to meet an eccentric young mage, Eriq, who is studying magic letters.

“–Please, help me, please.”
“Okay, but I’d like to ask you one favor in return. Tell me the letters of your country.”

In order to find a way to return to Japan, the two set out on a journey to the magical kingdom of Farsus. The journey is full of absurd and mysterious mysteries. –And so fate begins to turn.

This is a story about words. It is a story of hope and change in the world that has just begun to emerge from their journey.

Source: Amazon.co.jp with DeepL Translate

*Note* This was released several years ago, but with the popularity of Unnamed Memory received a new Tankobon release this year.


Tearmoon Teikoku Monogatari / Tearmoon Empire /

Tearmoon Empire Volume 1

Written by: Nozomu Mochitsuki / Illustrated by: Gilse

Surrounded by the hate-filled gazes of her people, the selfish princess of the fallen Tearmoon Empire, Mia, takes one last look at the bleeding sun before the guillotine blade falls… Only to wake back up as a twelve-year-old! With time rewound and a second chance at life dropped into her lap, she sets out to right the countless wrongs that plague the ailing Empire. Corrupt governance? Check. Border troubles? Check. Natural calamities and economic strife? Check. My, seems like a lot of work. Hard work and Mia don't mix, so she seeks out the aid of others, starting with her loyal maid, Anne, and the brilliant minister, Ludwig. Together, they strive day and night to restore the Empire. Little by little, their tireless efforts begin to change the course of history, pushing the whole of the continent toward a new future. And why did the selfish princess have a change of heart, you ask? Simple--she didn't. She's just terrified of the guillotine. They hurt like hell, and Mia hates pain more than work.

Source: J-Novel Club

The series is licensed for English release by J-Novel Club


Nageki no Bourei wa Intai Shitai / Let This Grieving Soul Retire! Woe is the Weakling Who Leads the Strongest Party

Written By: Tsukikage / Illustrations by: Chyko

The golden age has dawned for treasure hunters, who raid treasure vaults all over the world in search of glory, despite the dangers. Immeasurable wealth, fame, and power await those who prevail.
“Let's be treasure hunters!”
This promise between Krai Andrey and his friends came to a sad conclusion when young Krai realized he didn't have a treasure-hunting bone in his body. Yet for some reason, people's expectations of Krai continued to grow--as did the danger to his life. While his friends became greater, greedier beasts, Krai mastered the art of begging and pleading!
Witness the weal and woe of a man who just wants to retire.

Source: Sol Press

The series is licensed for English release by Sol Press


Afumi no Umi: Minamo ga Yureru Toki / 淡海乃海 水面が揺れる時

Written by: Israfil / Illustrated by: Foo Midori

The year 150. A historic year when the Ashikaga shoguns were ousted by the Miyoshi family and the Muromachi shogunate began to collapse.
In the small fief Kuchiki in Omi, there was a boy who became the head of the family when he was only two years old.
His name was Kuchiki Mototsuna. In fact, he was a reincarnation of a modern Japanese person who loved history.
As he ponders the fate of his forces, he is faced with numerous challenges, including financial difficulties, a shortage of human resources, and a cunning scheme by another fief.
However, Mototsuna, who knows history, does not give in. With his overwhelming knowledge, negotiation skills, and boldness, he runs through the turbulent times.
A rare strategist, buried in history, rewrites Japanese history!
A bold depiction of the life of Kuchiki Mototsuna, the only warlord who saved the three greats, Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu, was born!

Source: Amazon.co.jp with DeepL Translation


Madougushi Dahliya wa Utsumukania / Dahliya Wilts No More / 魔導具師ダリヤはうつむかない

Written by: Amagishi Hisaya / Illustrated by: Kei

“I'm sorry, Dahlia. I want to break off our engagement.”

That was what Dahlia's fiance said in front of her.

In Dahlia's former life, she endured hard work, and she died from a heart attack as she hung her head down.

In this new world, when she wanted to be a good wife and quietly hang her head down, her engagement was cancelled.

Dahlia swore to stop hanging her head down.

Work hard, go where you want to go, eat what you want to eat, drink what you want to drink.

Live as I want to live as much as possible.

Living this way, Dahlia met a knight from the demon subjugation unit. Dahlia who liked magical tools and Wolf who liked magic swords.

Everyday they were involved in drinking and eating while passionately making magical devices and magic swords.

If it was for a convenient life, the magical devices craftswoman who wouldn't hesitate no matter the difficulty, and the fearless knight of the demon subjugation unit who single mindedly cut his way forward.

The two people who wanted to turn their back from love, will they one day fall in love?

Source: Novel Updates


Majo no Tabitabi / Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina / 魔女の旅々

Written by: Jougi Shiraishi / Illustrated by: Azure

What’s your favorite story? Does it have a hero who slays a dragon and saves a princess? Or a child of prophecy destined for greatness? Well, my favorite story is a little different. It’s the tale of a witch who travels the world, seeking nothing in particular. With no quest of her own, she’s free to wander wherever the wind takes her, adding a few pages to the story of whomever she meets before setting off on her next adventure. At the end of her travels, the witch takes on an apprentice who will one day begin her own journey. And so the cycle continues, or so the story goes. Now, the witch who starts the story anew…who could she be?

Source: Yen On

Licensed for release in English by Yen On.

3 thoughts on “Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi 2021 Top 10 Tankobon Light Novels

  1. I don’t know what #1 is about exactly but it sure sounds fun, so like are they gonna fight amongst themselves ? A battle royale among all the heroes ? Or some other evil ?

    I’ve read the first 3 parts of the book fetish girl one and while it was good I kinda disliked that crazy girl lol I also have a hard time with series where the mc is a woman …. I did like it so I’ll catch up soon.

    Bought number 3 Unnamed Memory but haven’t been able to read it yet hope it’s good, it fell down 2 spots though eh ?

    I’ve heard 4 is pretty good, interesting to see a Syfy series here, must be extremely good then, don’t really see that many syfy titles amongst the endless fantasy, romance, isekais we get lol.

    5 I guess is from the author of unnamed memory ? Meh sounded kind of interesting but who knows, it doesn’t have anything to do with female mc.

    6, I really liked the first voluke of tearmoon empire but … Second one is kind of meh really, like many others seems the author had a great idea, that he could use for 1 book, and now he’s trying his best to recapture the magic, the misunderstandings weren’t as on point as the first one and it really felt off, still good but I’m worried about volume 3 a lot.

    7 sounds fucking great, another misunderstanding series maybe ? Seems like everyone idolizes mc and he just can’t catch a break, maybe a bit a la overlord? I really wanna read that one.

    8 sounds fun but who knows historical series can get pretty dry … Komachi adventures is a good example that they can be fun but who knows.

    9 seems kind of fun but it also seems like it’s gonna be annoying as fuck with both of them in love but die to plot reasons they’ll be 2 oblivious to it or something.

    And 10 I also have bought but kinda forgot about lol, still it’s like the 3rd year wandering witch Elena has been on this list right ?

  2. 10. Elaina is wonderful, the anime is absolutely perfect, the girl is very controversial and the anime will reach “that” episode soon so looking forward to that : D
    9. I have no clue because I have not read it.
    8. No comment
    7. (Why god damn Sol Press) I am really surprised that such series ranked so high in Tankobon category, I have not read it myself and in fact have not even heard of it aside from getting licensed. I have absolutely no clue why its that high.
    6. Tearmoon Empire-great book.
    5. Ooo so its in the same world as Unnamed Memory? SO THAT IS WHY THE CELEBRATION ART HAD THESE CHARACTERS.
    No clue what to say, have not read it.
    4. Honestly a very great cyber punk(?) story. There are not many LN of such genre but this one is really great, and I really hope that with the boom for Cyberpunk game, someone would license this (laugh in hope)
    3. Unnamed Memory, have not read it yet. Can’t say anything.
    2. Bookworm, Bookworm, lovely Myne’s tale of books : D
    1. Ishura is appearently an amazing battle royale series, the characters form this series have ranked quite high in the chara categories. Obviously its not for everyone but from what I heard from japanese fans the character aspect is the best thing and not the action, everyone is OP as heck, they all are heroes, half gods and freaking powerful beings.

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