Top 10 Best Light Novels

The Top Ten
1 Frozen Teardrop Frozen Teardrop Product Image
2 Saint Seiya: Gigantomachia
3 Neon Genesis Evangelion: Anima Neon Genesis Evangelion: Anima Product Image
4 The Empty Box and the Zeroth Maria The Empty Box and the Zeroth Maria Product Image

Simply put, a masterpiece. Seriously, I read all available volumes (1-6) in 3 nights. Every day I'd be excited for getting to read the rest of the series. I then spent an excruciating time waiting for the last volume to be released and translated. When it finally got an official translated I went and bought it and had it shipped to my country immediately. Can not recommend this series enough.

This LN is amazing. Within the past year and a half I have read about 50-75 different LNs and none could come even close to affecting me as much emotionally as HakoMari. Its like a painting painted by one of those performer guys who paint upside-down. You don't know what the hell is going on or how the story ends until the author finishes his last stroke flips the painting and all the pieces just fit together perfectly creating a masterpiece.

By far, the best Light Novel I've ever read. It grips you from the first sentence, and doesn't let go until the last. The mystery is very well-crafted, you won't be able to figure out the major plot twists, but you'll realize once they happen that the clues were always there. It's also a powerfully emotional story, with characters that'll make you deeply care.

There is a reason why HakoMari has been number one on myanimelist for such a long time. No mortal can write such a masterpiece, Mikage must be a god in human form.
Anyone who has read HakoMAri knows that this is the best light novel ever written. I voted for it while ignoring my favorite Oregairu and Re:Zero because nothing else can beat the perfection named HakoMari.

I run a anime related site and HakoMari is the only one to ever get a perfect 10 from me.

5 Monogatari Series Monogatari Series Product Image

9/10 I am looking for more action, but other than that, it's a masterpiece. Great character development. Story revolves around a vampire of sorts.

Simply put, an amazing ride with great characters. Truly a story made with love.

A beautiful masterpiece

Simply a masterpiece

6 Rurouni Kenshin: Voyage to the Moon World Rurouni Kenshin: Voyage to the Moon World Product Image
7 One Piece: Defeat Him! the Pirate Ganzack!
8 Overlord Overlord Product Image

30 year old japanese salaryman in a world polluted by waste and corruption finds himself transported into the New World with the family he always wanted.
Rare: he's super powerful.
Even rarer: this is the only LN/anime/fictional story where the MC has a chance of losing in a final setting even tho he's the most powerful force in that universe. Some say he's too powerful and there's no danger but they don't realise because of the realism, he's in more danger than guys like naruto or Deku will ever be in. Read the LN. The animes great, but the LN is just different.

Basically, read this. You won't be dissapointed. Go on, just read Part 1 of Chapter 1. You'll love it.
It's got everything you can imagine and more. Power, women, realism, politics, not vanilla content. Want a generic hero type who works hard and does the right thing? That's Climb. Want a ruthless butcher of humans that "friendship! and Justice!" can't overcome? There's Clementine.
For anyone who's into the psychological aspect, this has it in spades as well and for those who want to see Momon find everything he desperately desired and more, read the twitter side story set in an alternate universe.

best one I've read. mature, not a typical story about teenagers saving the world through the power of friendship and determination or having fan service littered throughout. The MC is a middle aged man and it shows.

Thoroughly enjoyed the GM's point of view. Love the characters. 10/10... One question though. This is the Overlord with Ains in it, right?

9 Konoha Hiden Konoha Hiden Product Image
10 Oregairu Oregairu Product Image

Should be in top 1 :) the best, though the author should end it because the wait is seriously killing me. I have to forget about it till the next book or else it will stick on my mind and stop me from doing anything seriously.

Started my Light Novel reading with this... I have read 10 LNs and this is the best Light Novel so far!

This is probably the best light novel out there. I mean seriously.

Best one in the list.
Imbecile eyesores, look closely.

The Contenders
11 Spice & Wolf Spice & Wolf Product Image

Explaining economics/mercantile workings through the power of Japanese fantasy light novel set in a pseudo-medieval light novel? Check!

A slower paced story filled with a wondrous series of believable events, savourable timelines and developed characters.

Amazing progression, wonderful unforgettable characters, keeps you hooked

The epitome of storytelling!

12 A Certain Magical Index A Certain Magical Index Product Image

Kamachi Kazuma is probably a higher life form that decsended from the high heavens. To be able to keep me interested to the point of impatience is a miracle only he has accomplished. That's just how interesting and amazing this light novel is.
I strongly recommend this light novel to anyone who is willing to give it a chance!

This is arguably one of the most engaging light novels dealing with the theme of magic vs science. The best thing is that it becomes more loveable and intricate with each passing volume.

One of my best I ever read LIGHT NOVEL series. but the ANIME is disappointing though, wish they remake it or just change the director

One of the most well-established worlds and power systems in fiction. Characters you will love and hate. The author is simply a genius.

13 Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand Product Image
14 Jobless Reincarnation - It will be All Out if I Go to Another World

One of the few novels where I liked the character for his obvious flaws. Not the best novel ever, but very readable if you can get over the MC being a cartoonish pervert.

Great novel, mostly thanks to the strong characters. Each one is flawed but in a very humane or endearing kind of way, especially the protagonist that goes from being a useless NEET to risking his life over and over for the sake of his family.

By far the best isekai out there. Many isekai leave a lot to be desired but this one was executed beautifully. The main character and the supporting cast are all unique and memorable and the plot makes sense...kind of.

Best light novel ever
The only light novel that make cry, joy, sad.

Its full of emotions

15 No Game No Life No Game No Life Product Image

Lazy hero that performs extremely well when it counts.
If this was a game character, he'd have a pure intelligence build and 1point for other stats.
Extremely good story, 10/10 would recommend!

Exceptional series. I have read each book multiple times and watched the anime, and I can't recommend it enough. The characters and the writing is exceptional, and their genius is portrayed flawlessly.

Read every available volume (1-7) in 3 weeks. I love the logical genius built into the scenarios the MC's have to get through in order to win.

Though the english translation is not at top notch. It drops bombs after bombs as the novel approach the end. Imagine the boner u gets from the anime when he declare war on all other race top it all of being the weakest. Get that feeling and times 5 my guy.

16 The Rising of the Shield Hero The Rising of the Shield Hero Product Image

Definitely love the 2 MC. And I absolutely love the MC's personality. It's rarely hard to see such a personality that was good to being twisted but still maintained the good qualities. And I like the fact that he knows what he's doing and won't hesitate to do it, even if it's right or wrong, nice or cruel. He doesn't even let the girls correct him, bully him or tell him what to do which is what I desperately wanted because, dude, where's your pride as a man?.-. (unlike some other MCs like Kojou or Shidou). He can be caring and kind but can also be twisted (again, which I love :3) and incredibly dangerous at the same time.

Revolves around a main character that goes from being a hopeful would-be hero, to a practical and at times heartless hero. Full of good plot, details, character development, worldbuilding, and a fantastic supporting cast of well developed characters make this an excellent read. Cannot reccomend it enough.

Fast pace and very good storyline. Keeps readers in suspense and draws them in with un expected twist and turns. The cgaracter development is also really good. After completing this novel, I felt so empty. That, is a true definition of a great LN.

A cooler look on the transported to a different world genre.

17 Bleach: Letters from the Other Side Bleach: Letters from the Other Side Product Image
18 Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Product Image

Want to take a break from all the reading that you've been doing but still want to read anyway? Read Konosuba! It will give you a good laugh!
BUT for the anime, I recommend you watch it at any time. Feel bored? watch Konosuba. Just got dumped by your girl? watch Konosuba. Got scared from watching horror? watch Konosuba. Konosuba is the answer to all your questions.

Instantly hooked. The plot continues to astound me as it unfolds and I absolutely love all of the very well developed characters.

Definitely worth reading if you have some spare time to waste. It's hilarious and has great characters.

Such a masterpiece is on 22th place? It's an unforgivable disgrace.

19 Legendary Moonlight Sculptor

Haven't gotten too far yet, just at chapter 50-ish but I'm hooked!
Protagonist invests a lot of effort and planning to achieve his goals. EPIC family values(the sort of self-sacrifice that should be taught in schools). Care for your family, care for your friends, understand your and your allies limitations and adjust accordingly, don't blame allies if they did their best. A whole lot of values to be found here. I recommend reading this to your children as a bedtime story! 8.5/10 so far!

A refreshing twist on game element light novels, it has a very real vibe to it, even though many light novels have a similar theme they're all related to transmigration etc. Giving the protagonist an edge over the others. Legendary moonlight sculptor though, has a refreshing change where the protag has good instincts

I just love the MC and his background story...
Learn so much about how cruel life is and how to properly handle it...
The MC is so mouthful but actually kind in his own way, errhhh it's kind in any way... Truly better anger management than Arifureta or Shield Hero

This book is great for me because of the EPIC adventures/quests the MC makes. It's a story where he lives up to his ingame username: "Weed". He is like a coakcroach you can't kill off. The MC outwits his opponents in incrediable ways numerous times, if you enjoy the feeling of adventure this is one for you.

20 Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Interesting approach to "transported into another world" LN by Tappei Nagatsuki. Main character, who lived as NEET in Japan, suddenly finds himself in a parallel world and has to figure out his situation. A lot of humor, drama, magic, mystery and suffering (physical and mental). Series is not finished yet, but worth picking up and reading. First 3 story arcs were adapted as an anime in 2016.

I've always been a huge fan of this, and will always think this is the best. It's just such an AMAZING story I can't describe it with words. The best thing in my life that happened to me was finding this masterpiece, and I don't think anything is going to beat this.

This story is amazing. By far my favorite light novel and show. Love all the characters in this story and it is a very dark and awesome series.

One of the best world-building pieces I've ever seen in a while. Some authors could learn a thing or two from Re Zero. Plus, I love Rem.

21 Knight's & Magic
22 Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases Product Image
23 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online Product Image

It's the gateway novel to LITRPG genre, one of the novels that popularized it all amongst the masses and it's well enough to be REreadable (you can read it again after reading it the first time and still enjoy it). Charaters are well enough written to not just be bad tropes.

Although it has its flaws like everything else, SAO has a lot of heart and interesting things to say. The first few volumes are fun, but the story really picks up after Mother's Rosario. The Alicization arc is superb, with a well-realized world. SAO Progressive is also wonderful, with more details about Aincrad. I love the series.

Sword Art Online below Log Horizon? You gotta be kidding me.

It's getting boring hope it regains its hype soon.

24 The Irregular at Magic High School The Irregular at Magic High School Product Image

Based on a HARD MAGIC SYSTEM(Magic system is extremely detailed, well thought out and consistent all throughout)
If you want to know what the world would be like if magic existed in the modern age (approximately 100 years from now), then this would ALMOST be the perfect fantasy novel for you!
The early volumes lean on an incest-ish vibe but if you can get through that, it's pretty epic. It now is on It's 30th Volume! That's proof enough of its epic-ness.

Relatable though a fantasy work. Not over the top action and story makes it (for me) the best thing I ever read.

Where is season 2 or at least a OVA? It sells sells very good in Japan so what gives?

This anime is so cool and I really want to know if they will make season 2

25 Fate/Zero Fate/Zero Product Image

A great story that made me question what it means to be a hero. Arturia, Iskandar and Gilgamesh really stole the show.

"You Killed (Servant)! You're not even human!

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