Light novel difficulty list

This is a list of light novels ranked by their difficulty, on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is very easy and 10 is very hard. You can use it to find the most appropriate LN to read based on how good your Japanese is.

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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)42080
Unique words5048
Unique words (used once)2208
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1353
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length17.3
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Cover of Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Light novel
Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Length (in words)28268
Unique words3457
Unique words (used once)1675
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1167
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length18.5
Volumes4
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Cover of Fushidara na Yatsura
Light novel
Fushidara na Yatsura
Length (in words)27901
Unique words4625
Unique words (used once)2401
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1320
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.6
Volumes4
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Cover of Orange
Light novel
Orange
Length (in words)76940
Unique words6015
Unique words (used once)2382
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1047
Unique kanji (used once)174
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.0
Volumes3
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Cover of Saijo no Osewa
Light novel
Saijo no Osewa
Length (in words)46793
Unique words5482
Unique words (used once)2484
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1571
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty1/10
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)31470
Unique words4769
Unique words (used once)2564
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1296
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.4
Volumes1
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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)39574
Unique words5616
Unique words (used once)2792
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 JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta
Light novel
JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta
Length (in words)55537
Unique words6388
Unique words (used once)3162
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1507
Unique kanji (used once)328
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.2
Volumes1
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Cover of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spinoff: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo!
Light novel
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spinoff: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo!
Length (in words)115537
Unique words8775
Unique words (used once)3580
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1772
Unique kanji (used once)257
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.8
Volumes3
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Cover of Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
Light novel
Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
Length (in words)393974
Unique words16892
Unique words (used once)6233
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2278
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.7
Volumes11
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Cover of Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
Light novel
Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
Length (in words)33329
Unique words5275
Unique words (used once)2653
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1478
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length21.0
Volumes1
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Cover of Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
Light novel
Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
Length (in words)65982
Unique words6706
Unique words (used once)2859
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1151
Unique kanji (used once)222
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.0
Volumes3
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Cover of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Light novel
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Length (in words)44451
Unique words6570
Unique words (used once)3352
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1586
Unique kanji (used once)305
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.3
Volumes1
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Cover of JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta: Summer
Light novel
JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta: Summer
Length (in words)52223
Unique words6116
Unique words (used once)3051
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1532
Unique kanji (used once)317
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.4
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Cover of Houkago Shijuusou
Light novel
Houkago Shijuusou
Length (in words)113914
Unique words8441
Unique words (used once)3566
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1559
Unique kanji (used once)269
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.7
Volumes3
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Cover of Danjo no Yuujou wa Seiritsu Suru?
Light novel
Danjo no Yuujou wa Seiritsu Suru?
Length (in words)45434
Unique words5901
Unique words (used once)2887
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1540
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.3
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)71895
Unique words7227
Unique words (used once)3485
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1609
Unique kanji (used once)301
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.2
Volumes2
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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)396512
Unique words12661
Unique words (used once)4073
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji1884
Unique kanji (used once)193
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.7
Volumes11
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Cover of Hatena ☆ Illusion
Light novel
Hatena ☆ Illusion
Length (in words)228145
Unique words13101
Unique words (used once)5425
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2041
Unique kanji (used once)276
Difficulty2/10
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)52619
Unique words5818
Unique words (used once)2686
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1573
Unique kanji (used once)283
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.7
Volumes7
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Cover of Isshun wo Ikiru Kimi wo, Boku wa Eien ni Wasurenai
Light novel
Isshun wo Ikiru Kimi wo, Boku wa Eien ni Wasurenai
Length (in words)45549
Unique words5124
Unique words (used once)2440
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1469
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length21.0
Volumes1
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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)52411
Unique words6001
Unique words (used once)2859
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 Musume Janakute Watashi ga Suki Nano?!
Light novel
Musume Janakute Watashi ga Suki Nano?!
Length (in words)147735
Unique words9601
Unique words (used once)3850
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 Wagamama de Gomenasobase
Light novel
Wagamama de Gomenasobase
Length (in words)44862
Unique words4861
Unique words (used once)2184
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 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Light novel
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Length (in words)20271
Unique words3203
Unique words (used once)1654
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji908
Unique kanji (used once)238
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length22.5
Volumes1
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Cover of Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai
Light novel
Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai
Length (in words)58679
Unique words7397
Unique words (used once)3756
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 My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute
Light novel
My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute
Length (in words)662980
Unique words22262
Unique words (used once)7199
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 Imouto sae Ireba ii
Light novel
Imouto sae Ireba ii
Length (in words)34847
Unique words5596
Unique words (used once)2829
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 VRMMO de Summoner Hajimemashita
Light novel
VRMMO de Summoner Hajimemashita
Length (in words)103285
Unique words9194
Unique words (used once)4098
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1779
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.6
Volumes3
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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 words10411
Unique words (used once)4706
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 Yoichi
Light novel
Yoichi
Length (in words)32144
Unique words4560
Unique words (used once)2329
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1435
Unique kanji (used once)342
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.1
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)64191
Unique words7479
Unique words (used once)3725
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 Santa Claus wo Koroshita. Soshite, Kisu wo Shita
Light novel
Santa Claus wo Koroshita. Soshite, Kisu wo Shita
Length (in words)51609
Unique words5371
Unique words (used once)2484
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1452
Unique kanji (used once)287
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length22.0
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Cover of Kitchen
Light novel
Kitchen
Length (in words)32615
Unique words4542
Unique words (used once)2380
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1092
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.4
Volumes1
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Cover of Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka?
Light novel
Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka?
Length (in words)142326
Unique words10506
Unique words (used once)4153
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1860
Unique kanji (used once)218
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.9
Volumes4
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Cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Light novel
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Length (in words)79119
Unique words8021
Unique words (used once)3556
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1628
Unique kanji (used once)282
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.3
Volumes1
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Cover of Level Mugen no Keiyakusha ~Shinken to Skill de Sekai Saikyou~
Light novel
Level Mugen no Keiyakusha ~Shinken to Skill de Sekai Saikyou~
Length (in words)91984
Unique words8956
Unique words (used once)3838
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1990
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.6
Volumes3
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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)41658
Unique words6057
Unique words (used once)3090
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 Seishun Buta Yarou Series
Light novel
Seishun Buta Yarou Series
Length (in words)133698
Unique words10040
Unique words (used once)4007
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1816
Unique kanji (used once)244
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.5
Volumes3
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Cover of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Light novel
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Length (in words)254045
Unique words15316
Unique words (used once)6007
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2207
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.1
Volumes8
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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)37342
Unique words5764
Unique words (used once)2840
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 GJ-bu
Light novel
GJ-bu
Length (in words)202750
Unique words13738
Unique words (used once)5605
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2034
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.6
Volumes9
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Cover of Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Light novel
Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Length (in words)28805
Unique words4587
Unique words (used once)2432
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1381
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.8
Volumes6
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Cover of Full Contact!
Light novel
Full Contact!
Length (in words)103843
Unique words9572
Unique words (used once)4228
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1851
Unique kanji (used once)260
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.6
Volumes4
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Cover of Aki no Rougoku
Light novel
Aki no Rougoku
Length (in words)34656
Unique words5506
Unique words (used once)2864
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1646
Unique kanji (used once)376
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.6
Volumes1
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Cover of Mugen no Sora
Light novel
Mugen no Sora
Length (in words)47134
Unique words5993
Unique words (used once)2906
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 Kekkon ga Zentei no Rabukome
Light novel
Kekkon ga Zentei no Rabukome
Length (in words)152147
Unique words11075
Unique words (used once)4733
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1910
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.3
Volumes4
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Cover of Spy Kyoushitsu Short Stories
Light novel
Spy Kyoushitsu Short Stories
Length (in words)41313
Unique words6429
Unique words (used once)3279
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 The Rising of the Shield Hero
Light novel
The Rising of the Shield Hero
Length (in words)361315
Unique words15031
Unique words (used once)5390
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2234
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.4
Volumes7
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Cover of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
Light novel
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
Length (in words)1261482
Unique words29084
Unique words (used once)8512
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji2739
Unique kanji (used once)220
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.7
Volumes24
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