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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Haru to Natsu
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Haru to Natsu
Length (in words)7047
Unique words1382
Unique words (used once)672
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji195
Unique kanji (used once)48
Unique kanji readings246
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters18231
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Christmas no Otomarikai
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Christmas no Otomarikai
Length (in words)6752
Unique words1358
Unique words (used once)676
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji258
Unique kanji (used once)66
Unique kanji readings352
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.7
Characters16999
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Fruits Matsuri
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Fruits Matsuri
Length (in words)7222
Unique words1352
Unique words (used once)669
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji185
Unique kanji (used once)44
Unique kanji readings254
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters18362
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Aki to Fuyu
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Aki to Fuyu
Length (in words)6787
Unique words1415
Unique words (used once)695
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji186
Unique kanji (used once)35
Unique kanji readings252
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.4
Characters17610
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Kasou Party
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Kasou Party
Length (in words)6060
Unique words1343
Unique words (used once)658
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji253
Unique kanji (used once)62
Unique kanji readings336
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length11.3
Characters15573
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Cover of Kuuku no Mori no Gakkou: Tomodachi tte, Naani?
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Kuuku no Mori no Gakkou: Tomodachi tte, Naani?
Length (in words)7951
Unique words1396
Unique words (used once)667
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji257
Unique kanji (used once)77
Unique kanji readings353
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters20638
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Mori no Restaurant
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Mori no Restaurant
Length (in words)7664
Unique words1409
Unique words (used once)680
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji190
Unique kanji (used once)37
Unique kanji readings262
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters19264
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Sora no Picnic
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Sora no Picnic
Length (in words)6968
Unique words1399
Unique words (used once)706
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji261
Unique kanji (used once)79
Unique kanji readings372
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.4
Characters17494
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Hajimete no Umi to Camp
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Hajimete no Umi to Camp
Length (in words)6220
Unique words1314
Unique words (used once)665
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji239
Unique kanji (used once)56
Unique kanji readings317
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters15411
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Birthday Party
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Birthday Party
Length (in words)6871
Unique words1319
Unique words (used once)674
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji207
Unique kanji (used once)46
Unique kanji readings293
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters16999
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Cover of Sakka ni Naritai
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Sakka ni Naritai
Length (in words)14299
Unique words2636
Unique words (used once)1452
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji711
Unique kanji (used once)194
Unique kanji readings1028
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters36259
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Cover of Obake ga Shitsuji no Nanafushigi
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Obake ga Shitsuji no Nanafushigi
Length (in words)20501
Unique words2804
Unique words (used once)1348
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji609
Unique kanji (used once)177
Unique kanji readings901
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters50891
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Cover of Hoshi no Kirby: Nazo to Jiken no Pupupu Train!?
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Hoshi no Kirby: Nazo to Jiken no Pupupu Train!?
Length (in words)16533
Unique words2601
Unique words (used once)1282
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji671
Unique kanji (used once)178
Unique kanji readings949
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters43429
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Cover of Moshimo, Kono Machi de
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Moshimo, Kono Machi de
Length (in words)22316
Unique words3283
Unique words (used once)1623
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji804
Unique kanji (used once)185
Unique kanji readings1210
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters55588
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Cover of Uchira Tokken☆ Tenkou Travelers!!
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Uchira Tokken☆ Tenkou Travelers!!
Length (in words)17791
Unique words2575
Unique words (used once)1255
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji717
Unique kanji (used once)175
Unique kanji readings1031
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length14.0
Characters43970
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Cover of Fushigi Koshoten
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Fushigi Koshoten
Length (in words)24120
Unique words3183
Unique words (used once)1565
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji700
Unique kanji (used once)194
Unique kanji readings1034
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.7
Characters60825
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Cover of Obake ga Shitsuji no Natsuyasumi
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Obake ga Shitsuji no Natsuyasumi
Length (in words)24256
Unique words3104
Unique words (used once)1468
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji609
Unique kanji (used once)152
Unique kanji readings887
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters60318
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Cover of Aoi Natsu, Watashi wa Tsutanai Koi wo Shita
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Aoi Natsu, Watashi wa Tsutanai Koi wo Shita
Length (in words)9470
Unique words2163
Unique words (used once)1262
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji883
Unique kanji (used once)314
Unique kanji readings1188
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters22280
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Cover of Haikyo ni Ikou!
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Haikyo ni Ikou!
Length (in words)8444
Unique words2062
Unique words (used once)1200
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji915
Unique kanji (used once)327
Unique kanji readings1270
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.7
Characters19515
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Cover of Koi wa Buryure, Kimi wa Doruche
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Koi wa Buryure, Kimi wa Doruche
Length (in words)11712
Unique words2274
Unique words (used once)1264
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji898
Unique kanji (used once)290
Unique kanji readings1271
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters28355
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Cover of Totsugeki!? Jigoku Channel: Koi no Yokanwa Kikenna Kaori!
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Totsugeki!? Jigoku Channel: Koi no Yokanwa Kikenna Kaori!
Length (in words)5450
Unique words1618
Unique words (used once)1002
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji588
Unique kanji (used once)206
Unique kanji readings814
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters13299
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Cover of Yukisaki Hikari wa Ore ni Rabukome wo Oshietai
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Yukisaki Hikari wa Ore ni Rabukome wo Oshietai
Length (in words)33529
Unique words4263
Unique words (used once)2135
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1260
Unique kanji (used once)312
Unique kanji readings1949
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters78252
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Cover of LAST KISS
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LAST KISS
Length (in words)41373
Unique words4118
Unique words (used once)1898
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1220
Unique kanji (used once)276
Unique kanji readings1887
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.7
Characters98664
Volumes1
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Cover of Aru Hi Totsuzen, Gyaru no Iinazuke ga Dekita
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Aru Hi Totsuzen, Gyaru no Iinazuke ga Dekita
Length (in words)28897
Unique words3780
Unique words (used once)1779
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1169
Unique kanji (used once)261
Unique kanji readings1782
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters69654
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Cover of Kindaichi-kun no Bouken
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Kindaichi-kun no Bouken
Length (in words)20206
Unique words2990
Unique words (used once)1423
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji717
Unique kanji (used once)196
Unique kanji readings1048
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters49319
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Cover of Hoshi no Kirby: Kurayami Mori de Dai Sawagi!
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Hoshi no Kirby: Kurayami Mori de Dai Sawagi!
Length (in words)19401
Unique words3006
Unique words (used once)1488
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji753
Unique kanji (used once)199
Unique kanji readings1118
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.8
Characters49724
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Cover of Futoukou no Osananajimi ga Gakkou ni Iku Jouken wa, Mainichi Ore to Kiss Suru Koto Datta
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Futoukou no Osananajimi ga Gakkou ni Iku Jouken wa, Mainichi Ore to Kiss Suru Koto Datta
Length (in words)41094
Unique words4076
Unique words (used once)1895
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1164
Unique kanji (used once)258
Unique kanji readings1792
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters96381
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Cover of Osananajimi Kara no Renai Soudan
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Osananajimi Kara no Renai Soudan
Length (in words)35613
Unique words4627
Unique words (used once)2249
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1254
Unique kanji (used once)294
Unique kanji readings1956
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.3
Characters82799
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Cover of Hoshi no Ko
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Hoshi no Ko
Length (in words)31621
Unique words4478
Unique words (used once)2177
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1159
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings1780
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters73774
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Cover of Rabukome Manga ni Haitte Shitamatta no de, Oshi no Make Heroine wo Zenryoku de Shiawase ni Suru
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Rabukome Manga ni Haitte Shitamatta no de, Oshi no Make Heroine wo Zenryoku de Shiawase ni Suru
Length (in words)45973
Unique words3566
Unique words (used once)1507
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1127
Unique kanji (used once)259
Unique kanji readings1713
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.7
Characters106960
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Cover of Rika no Okashi na Jikkenshitsu
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Rika no Okashi na Jikkenshitsu
Length (in words)48070
Unique words4286
Unique words (used once)1833
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1072
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings1609
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters117107
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Cover of Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
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Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Length (in words)28344
Unique words3432
Unique words (used once)1664
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1167
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings1751
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters65366
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Cover of Rabukome no Kamisama Nanoni Ore no Rabukome wo Jama Suru no? Datte Suki Nanda Mon
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Rabukome no Kamisama Nanoni Ore no Rabukome wo Jama Suru no? Datte Suki Nanda Mon
Length (in words)112857
Unique words6286
Unique words (used once)2421
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1476
Unique kanji (used once)227
Unique kanji readings2415
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters256144
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Cover of Aoi Tori
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Aoi Tori
Length (in words)30879
Unique words3657
Unique words (used once)1695
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji787
Unique kanji (used once)207
Unique kanji readings1174
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters76706
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Cover of Anata
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Anata
Length (in words)11016
Unique words2150
Unique words (used once)1182
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji816
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings1175
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.3
Characters25861
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Cover of Uso ga Mieru Ore wa, Sunao na Kimi ni Koi wo Shita
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Uso ga Mieru Ore wa, Sunao na Kimi ni Koi wo Shita
Length (in words)38697
Unique words4766
Unique words (used once)2396
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1300
Unique kanji (used once)276
Unique kanji readings2049
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters88463
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Cover of Jitsu wa Gimai Deshita. ~Saikin Dekita Giri no Otouto no Kyorikan ga Yatara Chikai Wake~
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Jitsu wa Gimai Deshita. ~Saikin Dekita Giri no Otouto no Kyorikan ga Yatara Chikai Wake~
Length (in words)35437
Unique words4519
Unique words (used once)2187
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1285
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings2013
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.4
Characters83424
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Cover of Yotsugo Gurashi
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Yotsugo Gurashi
Length (in words)46330
Unique words4884
Unique words (used once)2205
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1035
Unique kanji (used once)201
Unique kanji readings1647
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters113491
Volumes2
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Cover of Totsugeki!? Jigoku Channel: Scoop Itadaichaimasu!
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Totsugeki!? Jigoku Channel: Scoop Itadaichaimasu!
Length (in words)27673
Unique words4310
Unique words (used once)2154
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1043
Unique kanji (used once)223
Unique kanji readings1578
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters67013
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Cover of Imouto no Shinyuu? Mou Ore no Onna Tomodachi? Nara, Sono Tsuji wa?
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Imouto no Shinyuu? Mou Ore no Onna Tomodachi? Nara, Sono Tsuji wa?
Length (in words)37311
Unique words4236
Unique words (used once)1907
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1191
Unique kanji (used once)261
Unique kanji readings1826
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.9
Characters87451
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Cover of Himitsu no Kaen
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Himitsu no Kaen
Length (in words)31221
Unique words3455
Unique words (used once)1529
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji801
Unique kanji (used once)193
Unique kanji readings1187
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters74529
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Cover of Hakoniwa no Yakujutsushi
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Hakoniwa no Yakujutsushi
Length (in words)167657
Unique words9024
Unique words (used once)3469
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1761
Unique kanji (used once)219
Unique kanji readings2996
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters386900
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Cover of Kyoufu no Mukashi Asobi
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Kyoufu no Mukashi Asobi
Length (in words)24266
Unique words3729
Unique words (used once)1834
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji990
Unique kanji (used once)240
Unique kanji readings1496
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters59869
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Cover of Boku no Kurasu Niwa Kounai Ichi Yuumei na Bijin Dakedo Komyushou na Rinjin ga Imasu
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Boku no Kurasu Niwa Kounai Ichi Yuumei na Bijin Dakedo Komyushou na Rinjin ga Imasu
Length (in words)68648
Unique words7136
Unique words (used once)3305
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1625
Unique kanji (used once)286
Unique kanji readings2722
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.2
Characters169261
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Cover of Orange
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Orange
Length (in words)76479
Unique words5918
Unique words (used once)2346
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1047
Unique kanji (used once)174
Unique kanji readings1752
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters192198
Volumes3
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Cover of Ninki Seiyuu to Ichaicha Shite Kekkon Suru Rabukome
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Ninki Seiyuu to Ichaicha Shite Kekkon Suru Rabukome
Length (in words)43569
Unique words4838
Unique words (used once)2355
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1361
Unique kanji (used once)302
Unique kanji readings2127
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.7
Characters101958
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Cover of "Kanchigai Shinaide yo ne! Anta no Koto Nanka Daisuki Nandakara!" Noroi de Honne Shika Ienakunatta Tsundere Ojousama
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"Kanchigai Shinaide yo ne! Anta no Koto Nanka Daisuki Nandakara!" Noroi de Honne Shika Ienakunatta Tsundere Ojousama
Length (in words)36645
Unique words3469
Unique words (used once)1525
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1151
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings1715
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters92288
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Cover of Sekaiisshuu Tondemo Gourmet Harapeko Shoujo, Shishou ni Deau
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Sekaiisshuu Tondemo Gourmet Harapeko Shoujo, Shishou ni Deau
Length (in words)18555
Unique words3181
Unique words (used once)1612
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji922
Unique kanji (used once)269
Unique kanji readings1334
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.4
Characters47373
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Cover of Hoshi no Kirby: Abunai Gourmet Yashiki!?
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Hoshi no Kirby: Abunai Gourmet Yashiki!?
Length (in words)18714
Unique words3129
Unique words (used once)1572
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji782
Unique kanji (used once)192
Unique kanji readings1158
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.4
Characters49309
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Cover of Toiki ga Ai wo Oshiete Kuremashita
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Toiki ga Ai wo Oshiete Kuremashita
Length (in words)21465
Unique words3125
Unique words (used once)1583
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1042
Unique kanji (used once)275
Unique kanji readings1558
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length23.8
Characters50890
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