Light novel difficulty list

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Cover of Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
Light novel
Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
Length (in words)42062
Unique words5034
Unique words (used once)2201
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1353
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length17.3
Volumes9
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Cover of Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Light novel
Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Length (in words)28245
Unique words3457
Unique words (used once)1675
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1167
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.5
Volumes4
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Cover of Fushidara na Yatsura
Light novel
Fushidara na Yatsura
Length (in words)27892
Unique words4609
Unique words (used once)2390
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1320
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.6
Volumes4
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Cover of Saijo no Osewa
Light novel
Saijo no Osewa
Length (in words)46760
Unique words5486
Unique words (used once)2487
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1571
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.1
Volumes1
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Cover of Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Light novel
Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Length (in words)31462
Unique words4777
Unique words (used once)2571
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1296
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.4
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Cover of Sekaiichi Kawaii Ore no Osananajimi ga, Kyou mo Kawaii
Light novel
Sekaiichi Kawaii Ore no Osananajimi ga, Kyou mo Kawaii
Length (in words)39540
Unique words5594
Unique words (used once)2776
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1535
Unique kanji (used once)338
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.9
Volumes1
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Cover of Keikenzumi na Kimi to, Keikenzero na Ore ga, Otsukiai Suru Hanashi
Light novel
Keikenzumi na Kimi to, Keikenzero na Ore ga, Otsukiai Suru Hanashi
Length (in words)71833
Unique words7221
Unique words (used once)3479
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1609
Unique kanji (used once)301
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.2
Volumes2
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Cover of Hatena ☆ Illusion
Light novel
Hatena ☆ Illusion
Length (in words)227952
Unique words13101
Unique words (used once)5422
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2041
Unique kanji (used once)276
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.0
Volumes4
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Cover of Yuusha Dakedo, Maou kara Sekai wo Hanbun Moratte Uragiru Koto ni Shita
Light novel
Yuusha Dakedo, Maou kara Sekai wo Hanbun Moratte Uragiru Koto ni Shita
Length (in words)52587
Unique words5818
Unique words (used once)2683
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1573
Unique kanji (used once)283
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.7
Volumes7
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Cover of Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
Light novel
Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
Length (in words)393278
Unique words16884
Unique words (used once)6239
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2278
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.7
Volumes11
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Cover of Musume Janakute Watashi ga Suki Nano?!
Light novel
Musume Janakute Watashi ga Suki Nano?!
Length (in words)147730
Unique words9597
Unique words (used once)3845
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1844
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.0
Volumes5
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Cover of Danjo no Yuujou wa Seiritsu Suru?
Light novel
Danjo no Yuujou wa Seiritsu Suru?
Length (in words)45404
Unique words5899
Unique words (used once)2887
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1540
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.3
Volumes1
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Cover of Omae wo Otaku ni Shite Yaru Kara Ore wo Riajuu ni Shite Kure!
Light novel
Omae wo Otaku ni Shite Yaru Kara Ore wo Riajuu ni Shite Kure!
Length (in words)396202
Unique words12663
Unique words (used once)4077
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji1884
Unique kanji (used once)193
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.7
Volumes11
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Cover of Wagamama de Gomenasobase
Light novel
Wagamama de Gomenasobase
Length (in words)44835
Unique words4861
Unique words (used once)2186
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1383
Unique kanji (used once)283
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length21.2
Volumes6
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Cover of Houkago Shijuusou
Light novel
Houkago Shijuusou
Length (in words)113933
Unique words8452
Unique words (used once)3573
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1559
Unique kanji (used once)269
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.7
Volumes3
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Cover of Tomodachi no Kanojo no Kokuhaku wo Kotowattara, Okotowariya ni Sukauto Saremashita
Light novel
Tomodachi no Kanojo no Kokuhaku wo Kotowattara, Okotowariya ni Sukauto Saremashita
Length (in words)52340
Unique words5993
Unique words (used once)2847
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1434
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.6
Volumes4
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Cover of Tokidoki Bosotto to Roshiago de Dereru Tonari no Arya-san
Light novel
Tokidoki Bosotto to Roshiago de Dereru Tonari no Arya-san
Length (in words)37323
Unique words5763
Unique words (used once)2842
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1495
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.2
Volumes1
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Cover of Kanojo no Imouto to Kiss wo Shita
Light novel
Kanojo no Imouto to Kiss wo Shita
Length (in words)64155
Unique words7481
Unique words (used once)3727
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1718
Unique kanji (used once)350
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.8
Volumes2
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Cover of Imouto wa Gravure Idol
Light novel
Imouto wa Gravure Idol
Length (in words)141390
Unique words10903
Unique words (used once)4237
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1959
Unique kanji (used once)241
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.4
Volumes3
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Cover of Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai
Light novel
Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai
Length (in words)58654
Unique words7398
Unique words (used once)3754
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1834
Unique kanji (used once)417
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.2
Volumes1
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Cover of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Light novel
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Length (in words)44397
Unique words6571
Unique words (used once)3351
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1586
Unique kanji (used once)305
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.3
Volumes1
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Cover of Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" Another Mission
Light novel
Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" Another Mission
Length (in words)41622
Unique words6057
Unique words (used once)3091
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1572
Unique kanji (used once)291
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.8
Volumes1
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Cover of Spy Kyoushitsu Short Stories
Light novel
Spy Kyoushitsu Short Stories
Length (in words)41291
Unique words6433
Unique words (used once)3281
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1695
Unique kanji (used once)292
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.9
Volumes1
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Cover of Onna Doushi toka Arienai Desho to Iiharu Onnanoko wo, Hyakunichikan de Tetteiteki ni Otosu Yuri no Ohanashi
Light novel
Onna Doushi toka Arienai Desho to Iiharu Onnanoko wo, Hyakunichikan de Tetteiteki ni Otosu Yuri no Ohanashi
Length (in words)130584
Unique words10414
Unique words (used once)4703
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1818
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.8
Volumes4
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Cover of Santa Claus wo Koroshita. Soshite, Kisu wo Shita
Light novel
Santa Claus wo Koroshita. Soshite, Kisu wo Shita
Length (in words)51541
Unique words5372
Unique words (used once)2482
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1452
Unique kanji (used once)287
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length22.0
Volumes1
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Cover of Mugen no Sora
Light novel
Mugen no Sora
Length (in words)47095
Unique words5991
Unique words (used once)2902
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1515
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.2
Volumes6
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Cover of Imouto sae Ireba ii
Light novel
Imouto sae Ireba ii
Length (in words)34827
Unique words5570
Unique words (used once)2819
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1523
Unique kanji (used once)311
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.2
Volumes1
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Cover of My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute
Light novel
My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute
Length (in words)662781
Unique words22258
Unique words (used once)7201
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2445
Unique kanji (used once)244
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.9
Volumes16
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Cover of Kekkon ga Zentei no Rabukome
Light novel
Kekkon ga Zentei no Rabukome
Length (in words)151984
Unique words11074
Unique words (used once)4735
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1910
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.3
Volumes4
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Cover of Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Light novel
Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Length (in words)28748
Unique words4569
Unique words (used once)2421
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1381
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.8
Volumes6
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Cover of Kimi no Na wa
Light novel
Kimi no Na wa
Length (in words)35374
Unique words5527
Unique words (used once)2873
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1488
Unique kanji (used once)315
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.0
Volumes1
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Cover of Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Light novel
Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Length (in words)34041
Unique words3783
Unique words (used once)1561
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji840
Unique kanji (used once)215
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.1
Volumes1
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Cover of Full Contact!
Light novel
Full Contact!
Length (in words)103755
Unique words9550
Unique words (used once)4226
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1851
Unique kanji (used once)260
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.6
Volumes4
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Cover of Level Mugen no Keiyakusha ~Shinken to Skill de Sekai Saikyou~
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Level Mugen no Keiyakusha ~Shinken to Skill de Sekai Saikyou~
Length (in words)91937
Unique words8962
Unique words (used once)3839
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1990
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.6
Volumes3
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Cover of Manomana Amai Yuujou Yuutsu na Koi
Light novel
Manomana Amai Yuujou Yuutsu na Koi
Length (in words)126970
Unique words9995
Unique words (used once)4354
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1841
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.9
Volumes3
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Cover of Hige wo Soru Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou
Light novel
Hige wo Soru Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou
Length (in words)175225
Unique words9510
Unique words (used once)3728
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1771
Unique kanji (used once)252
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.4
Volumes5
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Cover of Samurai Girl
Light novel
Samurai Girl
Length (in words)86996
Unique words7959
Unique words (used once)3321
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1700
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.6
Volumes2
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Cover of Tantei wa Mou Shindeiru
Light novel
Tantei wa Mou Shindeiru
Length (in words)43651
Unique words5962
Unique words (used once)3062
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1578
Unique kanji (used once)331
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.2
Volumes1
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Cover of VRMMO de Summoner Hajimemashita
Light novel
VRMMO de Summoner Hajimemashita
Length (in words)103229
Unique words9192
Unique words (used once)4095
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1779
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.6
Volumes3
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Cover of Kimi tte Watashi no Koto Suki nan Desho?
Light novel
Kimi tte Watashi no Koto Suki nan Desho?
Length (in words)61610
Unique words6532
Unique words (used once)2951
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1585
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.5
Volumes2
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Cover of Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsu no Ma ni ka Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken
Light novel
Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsu no Ma ni ka Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken
Length (in words)174847
Unique words11000
Unique words (used once)4289
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1923
Unique kanji (used once)243
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.3
Volumes4
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Cover of Alahabad no Mahoutsukai
Light novel
Alahabad no Mahoutsukai
Length (in words)116263
Unique words10179
Unique words (used once)4367
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1906
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.4
Volumes3
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Cover of Tenki no Ko
Light novel
Tenki no Ko
Length (in words)44354
Unique words6273
Unique words (used once)3083
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1497
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.3
Volumes1
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Cover of Hyouka (Kotenbu Series)
Light novel
Hyouka (Kotenbu Series)
Length (in words)252036
Unique words16613
Unique words (used once)6917
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2387
Unique kanji (used once)315
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Volumes5
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Cover of Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuu Tan
Light novel
Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuu Tan
Length (in words)49000
Unique words6842
Unique words (used once)3446
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1717
Unique kanji (used once)327
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.3
Volumes1
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Cover of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Light novel
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Length (in words)253981
Unique words15312
Unique words (used once)6008
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2207
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.1
Volumes8
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Cover of Ikebukuro West Gate Park
Light novel
Ikebukuro West Gate Park
Length (in words)62831
Unique words7916
Unique words (used once)3994
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1523
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.4
Volumes1
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Cover of Goshujin-sama no Iinari!?
Light novel
Goshujin-sama no Iinari!?
Length (in words)77933
Unique words8098
Unique words (used once)3711
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1800
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.8
Volumes3
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Cover of Yume Miru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha
Light novel
Yume Miru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha
Length (in words)165822
Unique words12156
Unique words (used once)5139
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji2062
Unique kanji (used once)313
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.2
Volumes4
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Cover of Wasurenu Majo no Monogatari
Light novel
Wasurenu Majo no Monogatari
Length (in words)50489
Unique words7375
Unique words (used once)3953
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1708
Unique kanji (used once)370
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.5
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