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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)7045
Unique words1383
Unique words (used once)674
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)6750
Unique words1359
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)7221
Unique words1353
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)6786
Unique words1416
Unique words (used once)696
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji186
Unique kanji (used once)35
Unique kanji readings251
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 words1346
Unique words (used once)660
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)7948
Unique words1397
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)6872
Unique words1320
Unique words (used once)675
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)14297
Unique words2637
Unique words (used once)1453
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji711
Unique kanji (used once)194
Unique kanji readings1025
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)20494
Unique words2804
Unique words (used once)1348
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji609
Unique kanji (used once)177
Unique kanji readings900
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)16529
Unique words2601
Unique words (used once)1282
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)22314
Unique words3285
Unique words (used once)1624
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)17788
Unique words2577
Unique words (used once)1256
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)24115
Unique words3184
Unique words (used once)1565
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji700
Unique kanji (used once)194
Unique kanji readings1033
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)24249
Unique words3107
Unique words (used once)1468
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji609
Unique kanji (used once)152
Unique kanji readings886
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 words2166
Unique words (used once)1265
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)8439
Unique words2064
Unique words (used once)1203
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 words2273
Unique words (used once)1263
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 readings813
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)33510
Unique words4261
Unique words (used once)2134
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)41350
Unique words4118
Unique words (used once)1899
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 Kindaichi-kun no Bouken
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Kindaichi-kun no Bouken
Length (in words)20198
Unique words2993
Unique words (used once)1425
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji717
Unique kanji (used once)196
Unique kanji readings1047
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)19392
Unique words3006
Unique words (used once)1488
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji753
Unique kanji (used once)199
Unique kanji readings1117
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)41080
Unique words4077
Unique words (used once)1896
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1164
Unique kanji (used once)258
Unique kanji readings1793
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)31612
Unique words4479
Unique words (used once)2177
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1159
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings1781
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters73774
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Cover of Osananajimi Kara no Renai Soudan
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Osananajimi Kara no Renai Soudan
Length (in words)35589
Unique words4625
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 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)45949
Unique words3565
Unique words (used once)1508
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)48065
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)28343
Unique words3433
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)112825
Unique words6288
Unique words (used once)2422
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)30868
Unique words3661
Unique words (used once)1699
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)11014
Unique words2150
Unique words (used once)1182
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji816
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings1174
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)38685
Unique words4766
Unique words (used once)2397
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)35426
Unique words4520
Unique words (used once)2186
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)46322
Unique words4886
Unique words (used once)2207
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)27670
Unique words4312
Unique words (used once)2155
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)37301
Unique words4233
Unique words (used once)1905
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)31218
Unique words3457
Unique words (used once)1531
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)167646
Unique words9025
Unique words (used once)3467
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)24262
Unique words3732
Unique words (used once)1837
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji990
Unique kanji (used once)240
Unique kanji readings1494
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)68635
Unique words7138
Unique words (used once)3307
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)76447
Unique words5916
Unique words (used once)2344
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)43561
Unique words4841
Unique words (used once)2356
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)36646
Unique words3469
Unique words (used once)1526
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)18548
Unique words3184
Unique words (used once)1615
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)18708
Unique words3131
Unique words (used once)1574
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)21456
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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Kaji Bannou no Ore ga Kokou (?) no Bishoujo wo Asa Kara Yoru Made Osewasuru Koto ni Natta Hanashi
Length (in words)35138
Unique words5484
Unique words (used once)2866
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1448
Unique kanji (used once)299
Unique kanji readings2305
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters83807
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