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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)7055
Unique words1377
Unique words (used once)668
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)6758
Unique words1361
Unique words (used once)679
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji259
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)7225
Unique words1352
Unique words (used once)668
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji185
Unique kanji (used once)44
Unique kanji readings255
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)6799
Unique words1418
Unique words (used once)697
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji186
Unique kanji (used once)34
Unique kanji readings253
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)6061
Unique words1347
Unique words (used once)662
Unique words (used once %)49%
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)7953
Unique words1396
Unique words (used once)668
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji257
Unique kanji (used once)77
Unique kanji readings352
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)7677
Unique words1412
Unique words (used once)682
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji191
Unique kanji (used once)37
Unique kanji readings264
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)6974
Unique words1401
Unique words (used once)708
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: Birthday Party
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Birthday Party
Length (in words)6872
Unique words1316
Unique words (used once)671
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji207
Unique kanji (used once)46
Unique kanji readings292
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters16999
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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)6219
Unique words1311
Unique words (used once)667
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 Sakka ni Naritai
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Sakka ni Naritai
Length (in words)14316
Unique words2637
Unique words (used once)1454
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji716
Unique kanji (used once)197
Unique kanji readings1034
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)20506
Unique words2804
Unique words (used once)1348
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji609
Unique kanji (used once)176
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)16534
Unique words2599
Unique words (used once)1279
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji671
Unique kanji (used once)178
Unique kanji readings948
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)22418
Unique words3287
Unique words (used once)1622
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji812
Unique kanji (used once)186
Unique kanji readings1223
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)17825
Unique words2579
Unique words (used once)1260
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji718
Unique kanji (used once)175
Unique kanji readings1034
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length14.0
Characters43970
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Cover of Fushigi Koshoten
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Fushigi Koshoten
Length (in words)24126
Unique words3186
Unique words (used once)1570
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji707
Unique kanji (used once)199
Unique kanji readings1044
Difficulty3/10
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)24257
Unique words3113
Unique words (used once)1476
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji609
Unique kanji (used once)152
Unique kanji readings891
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)9488
Unique words2162
Unique words (used once)1258
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji884
Unique kanji (used once)313
Unique kanji readings1191
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)8451
Unique words2070
Unique words (used once)1204
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji918
Unique kanji (used once)330
Unique kanji readings1273
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)11773
Unique words2274
Unique words (used once)1265
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)5465
Unique words1621
Unique words (used once)1000
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji588
Unique kanji (used once)206
Unique kanji readings815
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)34097
Unique words4262
Unique words (used once)2132
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1263
Unique kanji (used once)310
Unique kanji readings1953
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters78252
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Cover of LAST KISS
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LAST KISS
Length (in words)41690
Unique words4116
Unique words (used once)1894
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1222
Unique kanji (used once)276
Unique kanji readings1891
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)28890
Unique words3781
Unique words (used once)1780
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)20231
Unique words3000
Unique words (used once)1429
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji724
Unique kanji (used once)197
Unique kanji readings1063
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)19416
Unique words3008
Unique words (used once)1489
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji756
Unique kanji (used once)201
Unique kanji readings1123
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)41313
Unique words4086
Unique words (used once)1898
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1167
Unique kanji (used once)258
Unique kanji readings1798
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters96381
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Cover of Hoshi no Ko
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Hoshi no Ko
Length (in words)31668
Unique words4490
Unique words (used once)2188
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1168
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings1796
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)46212
Unique words3567
Unique words (used once)1506
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1129
Unique kanji (used once)259
Unique kanji readings1716
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)48083
Unique words4281
Unique words (used once)1833
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1072
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings1610
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters117107
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Cover of Anata
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Anata
Length (in words)11025
Unique words2153
Unique words (used once)1184
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji817
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings1182
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.3
Characters25861
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Cover of Aoi Tori
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Aoi Tori
Length (in words)30884
Unique words3661
Unique words (used once)1702
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji788
Unique kanji (used once)208
Unique kanji readings1176
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters76706
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Cover of Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
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Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Length (in words)28358
Unique words3434
Unique words (used once)1665
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)113422
Unique words6289
Unique words (used once)2422
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1479
Unique kanji (used once)227
Unique kanji readings2419
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters256144
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Cover of Yotsugo Gurashi
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Yotsugo Gurashi
Length (in words)46448
Unique words4886
Unique words (used once)2202
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1038
Unique kanji (used once)201
Unique kanji readings1654
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)27721
Unique words4312
Unique words (used once)2156
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1043
Unique kanji (used once)222
Unique kanji readings1582
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters67013
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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)38819
Unique words4771
Unique words (used once)2399
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1304
Unique kanji (used once)280
Unique kanji readings2055
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)35525
Unique words4529
Unique words (used once)2192
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1294
Unique kanji (used once)276
Unique kanji readings2036
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.4
Characters83424
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Cover of Himitsu no Kaen
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Himitsu no Kaen
Length (in words)31235
Unique words3459
Unique words (used once)1529
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji802
Unique kanji (used once)192
Unique kanji readings1190
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters74529
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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)37367
Unique words4237
Unique words (used once)1904
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1198
Unique kanji (used once)264
Unique kanji readings1838
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.9
Characters87451
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Cover of Osananajimi Kara no Renai Soudan
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Osananajimi Kara no Renai Soudan
Length (in words)97345
Unique words8004
Unique words (used once)3416
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1592
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings2692
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters228504
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Cover of Hakoniwa no Yakujutsushi
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Hakoniwa no Yakujutsushi
Length (in words)167662
Unique words9019
Unique words (used once)3466
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1763
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings2999
Difficulty4/10
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)24279
Unique words3730
Unique words (used once)1836
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji992
Unique kanji (used once)240
Unique kanji readings1501
Difficulty4/10
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)68706
Unique words7152
Unique words (used once)3318
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1627
Unique kanji (used once)284
Unique kanji readings2733
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.2
Characters169261
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Cover of Orange
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Orange
Length (in words)76532
Unique words5941
Unique words (used once)2359
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1051
Unique kanji (used once)174
Unique kanji readings1765
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters192198
Volumes3
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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)18574
Unique words3187
Unique words (used once)1617
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji923
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings1336
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.4
Characters47373
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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)43654
Unique words4843
Unique words (used once)2354
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1366
Unique kanji (used once)303
Unique kanji readings2138
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.7
Characters101958
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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)21477
Unique words3125
Unique words (used once)1582
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1043
Unique kanji (used once)274
Unique kanji readings1561
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length23.8
Characters50890
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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)18721
Unique words3130
Unique words (used once)1577
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji784
Unique kanji (used once)193
Unique kanji readings1161
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.4
Characters49309
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Cover of Renai Keiken Zero Desu Kedo, Watashi wo Erande Kuremasu ka?
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Renai Keiken Zero Desu Kedo, Watashi wo Erande Kuremasu ka?
Length (in words)32471
Unique words4387
Unique words (used once)2044
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1277
Unique kanji (used once)284
Unique kanji readings1968
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.1
Characters77002
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