Book Walker held a voting on 12 May 2017 called ‘Tsugi no hit Saku wa Kore da! Shinsaku Light Novel Sou Senkyou 2017’ in which readers could vote for the light novel they thought would become the next big hit. The vote was held to spread more works that haven’t had the chance to become known.
Everybody who purchases a light novel every month at Book Walker was qualified to vote, as well as staff members who like light novels. More than 10,000 votes from light novel fans were gathered all around Japan and the results of the voting were announced on 30 August 2018.
1. Infinite Dendrogram (Story: Kaido Sakon, Art: Taiki)
On 15 July 2043, a unique game was launched called ‘Infinite Dendrogram’ in which each player can follow his own evolution – the possibilities seem endless. Mukudori Reiji finally finished his studies for his university entrance exams and rewards himself by starting to play the game. And then the lines between game and reality start to blur.
2. Yowa-chara Tomozaki-kun (Story: Yuki Taku, Art: Fly)
Life is a bad video game. It doesn’t have simple, easy rules. It is irrational and unequal. The strong enjoy it while the weak have no choice but to live with the disadvantage. And that’s why it’s awful. And the best gamer of Japan can’t be wrong, so it must be true. But then there is someone who is at the same level as him, and she says ‘Life is great’. She says she would teach Japan’s no. 1 player the rules.
3. 86 (Story: Asato Asato, Art: Shirabi)
Officially, the Republic of San Magnolia managed to copy the unmanned military vehicles that the Empire used to attack them with. But in reality, there is a 86th district. There, Sheen is directing the young suicide bombers.
4. Isekai Goumon Hime (Story: Keishi Ayasato, Art: Saki Ukai)
Kaito is reborn into a world where he meets Elisabeth, who calls herself ‘Gomon-hime’, or ‘torture princess’.
5. Yagate Koi Suru Vivi Lane (Story: Koroku Inumura, Art: Minako Iwasaki)
A boy from the slums goes on an adventure to find Vivi Lane and meets many people. What should have just been a search for a girl, expands into a war to change the world.
6. Yujin-chara wa Taihen desu ka? (Story: Yasushi Date, Art: Benio)
7. 14-sai to Illustrator (Story: Yukiya Murasaki, Art: Keiji Mizuguchi)
8. Tsujo Kogeki ga Zentai Kogeki de Nikai Kogeki no Okaasan wa Sukidesuka? (Story: Dachima Inaka, Art: Pochi Iida)
9. 29 to JK (Story: Yuji Yuji, Art: Yan-Yam)
10. Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saiken-ki (Story: Maru Dojyomaru, Art: Fuyuyuki)