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Cover of Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Novel
Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Length (in words)28181
Unique words3437
Unique words (used once)1668
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1167
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters65366
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Cover of Watashi, Nibanme no Kanojo de Ii kara
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Watashi, Nibanme no Kanojo de Ii kara
Length (in words)43533
Unique words4559
Unique words (used once)2128
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1219
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters102543
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Cover of Orange
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Orange
Length (in words)76438
Unique words5938
Unique words (used once)2344
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1047
Unique kanji (used once)174
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters192198
Volumes3
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Cover of Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
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Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
Length (in words)41910
Unique words5012
Unique words (used once)2191
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1353
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters101901
Volumes9
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Cover of Saijo no Osewa
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Saijo no Osewa
Length (in words)46587
Unique words5458
Unique words (used once)2471
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1571
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.1
Characters108248
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Cover of Yatara to Sasshi no Ii Ore wa, Dokuzetsu Kuudere Bishoujo no Chiisana Dere mo Minogasazu ni Guigui Iku
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Yatara to Sasshi no Ii Ore wa, Dokuzetsu Kuudere Bishoujo no Chiisana Dere mo Minogasazu ni Guigui Iku
Length (in words)43977
Unique words5857
Unique words (used once)2857
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1493
Unique kanji (used once)331
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters107541
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Cover of Jitsu wa Onaji Shokuba ni Anata wo Suki na Hito ga Imasu Tenkin Saki wa Bijo Dake no Eigyousho!?
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Jitsu wa Onaji Shokuba ni Anata wo Suki na Hito ga Imasu Tenkin Saki wa Bijo Dake no Eigyousho!?
Length (in words)47671
Unique words4730
Unique words (used once)2093
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1277
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters115590
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Cover of Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
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Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
Length (in words)53550
Unique words3778
Unique words (used once)1677
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1124
Unique kanji (used once)220
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length23.8
Characters123587
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Cover of Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
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Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Length (in words)31308
Unique words4719
Unique words (used once)2547
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1296
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.4
Characters77612
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Cover of Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
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Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
Length (in words)65541
Unique words6597
Unique words (used once)2816
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1150
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters165200
Volumes3
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Cover of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spinoff: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo!
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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Spinoff: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Bakuen wo!
Length (in words)114584
Unique words8691
Unique words (used once)3550
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1772
Unique kanji (used once)257
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters262755
Volumes3
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Cover of Torinoko City
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Torinoko City
Length (in words)48781
Unique words4626
Unique words (used once)2026
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1274
Unique kanji (used once)234
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters117728
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Cover of Sekaiichi Kawaii Ore no Osananajimi ga, Kyou mo Kawaii
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Sekaiichi Kawaii Ore no Osananajimi ga, Kyou mo Kawaii
Length (in words)39326
Unique words5572
Unique words (used once)2768
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1536
Unique kanji (used once)339
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters91459
Volumes1
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Cover of Yomei Ichinen to Senkoku Sareta Boku ga Yomei Hantoshi no Kimi to Deatta Hanashi
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Yomei Ichinen to Senkoku Sareta Boku ga Yomei Hantoshi no Kimi to Deatta Hanashi
Length (in words)50199
Unique words4785
Unique words (used once)2051
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1360
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.6
Characters117687
Volumes1
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Cover of Bokutachi no Remake
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Bokutachi no Remake
Length (in words)38622
Unique words5844
Unique words (used once)3077
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1421
Unique kanji (used once)300
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters90847
Volumes1
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Cover of Kuudere Ojousama wa Nanka Chigau: Tatanai Ore to Do S na Kanojo
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Kuudere Ojousama wa Nanka Chigau: Tatanai Ore to Do S na Kanojo
Length (in words)14762
Unique words3497
Unique words (used once)2086
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji1208
Unique kanji (used once)360
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length20.7
Characters36079
Volumes1
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Cover of JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta: Summer
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JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta: Summer
Length (in words)51904
Unique words6059
Unique words (used once)3023
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1532
Unique kanji (used once)318
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters120790
Volumes1
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Cover of Musume Janakute Watashi ga Suki Nano?!
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Musume Janakute Watashi ga Suki Nano?!
Length (in words)147083
Unique words9511
Unique words (used once)3805
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1844
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters357226
Volumes5
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Cover of Keikenzumi na Kimi to, Keikenzero na Ore ga, Otsukiai Suru Hanashi
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Keikenzumi na Kimi to, Keikenzero na Ore ga, Otsukiai Suru Hanashi
Length (in words)71573
Unique words7154
Unique words (used once)3455
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1609
Unique kanji (used once)301
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters171023
Volumes2
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Cover of JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta
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JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta
Length (in words)55098
Unique words6306
Unique words (used once)3128
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1508
Unique kanji (used once)331
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters130672
Volumes1
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Cover of Houkago Shijuusou
Novel
Houkago Shijuusou
Length (in words)113221
Unique words8330
Unique words (used once)3517
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1559
Unique kanji (used once)269
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters261707
Volumes3
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Cover of Danjo no Yuujou wa Seiritsu Suru?
Novel
Danjo no Yuujou wa Seiritsu Suru?
Length (in words)45116
Unique words5852
Unique words (used once)2879
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1540
Unique kanji (used once)336
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.3
Characters108523
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Cover of Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
Novel
Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
Length (in words)33205
Unique words5247
Unique words (used once)2636
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1478
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length21.0
Characters78593
Volumes1
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Cover of Hatena ☆ Illusion
Novel
Hatena ☆ Illusion
Length (in words)227073
Unique words12975
Unique words (used once)5384
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2042
Unique kanji (used once)279
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters545096
Volumes4
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Cover of Fushidara na Yatsura
Novel
Fushidara na Yatsura
Length (in words)27046
Unique words4569
Unique words (used once)2365
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1321
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters68193
Volumes4
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Cover of Wagamama de Gomenasobase
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Wagamama de Gomenasobase
Length (in words)43103
Unique words4779
Unique words (used once)2185
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1373
Unique kanji (used once)292
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters101143
Volumes6
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Cover of Tsukushitagarina Uchi no Yome ni Tsuite Deretemo Ii ka?
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Tsukushitagarina Uchi no Yome ni Tsuite Deretemo Ii ka?
Length (in words)66012
Unique words6574
Unique words (used once)2925
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1595
Unique kanji (used once)291
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.1
Characters162501
Volumes2
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Cover of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Length (in words)20121
Unique words3182
Unique words (used once)1640
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji908
Unique kanji (used once)240
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length22.7
Characters47652
Volumes1
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Cover of Yuusha Dakedo, Maou kara Sekai wo Hanbun Moratte Uragiru Koto ni Shita
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Yuusha Dakedo, Maou kara Sekai wo Hanbun Moratte Uragiru Koto ni Shita
Length (in words)51479
Unique words5745
Unique words (used once)2668
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1570
Unique kanji (used once)283
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters118313
Volumes7
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Cover of Omiai Shitakunatta no de, Murinandaina Jouken wo Tsuketara Doukyuusei ga Kita Ken ni Tsuite
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Omiai Shitakunatta no de, Murinandaina Jouken wo Tsuketara Doukyuusei ga Kita Ken ni Tsuite
Length (in words)89694
Unique words7674
Unique words (used once)3329
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1768
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters218553
Volumes2
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Cover of Watashi ga Koibito ni Nareru Wake nai jan, Muri Muri!
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Watashi ga Koibito ni Nareru Wake nai jan, Muri Muri!
Length (in words)137128
Unique words11139
Unique words (used once)5183
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1895
Unique kanji (used once)298
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.6
Characters338538
Volumes3
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Cover of Sono Hanashi wo Kikasete wa Ikenai
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Sono Hanashi wo Kikasete wa Ikenai
Length (in words)13625
Unique words2490
Unique words (used once)1226
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji935
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length25.2
Characters31169
Volumes1
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Cover of Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai
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Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai
Length (in words)58372
Unique words7333
Unique words (used once)3736
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1834
Unique kanji (used once)417
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters138900
Volumes1
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Cover of Shuu Yon de Heya ni Asobi ni Kuru Koakuma Girl wa Kubittake!
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Shuu Yon de Heya ni Asobi ni Kuru Koakuma Girl wa Kubittake!
Length (in words)36454
Unique words4529
Unique words (used once)2213
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1281
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters86520
Volumes1
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Cover of Omae wo Otaku ni Shite Yaru Kara Ore wo Riajuu ni Shite Kure!
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Omae wo Otaku ni Shite Yaru Kara Ore wo Riajuu ni Shite Kure!
Length (in words)394153
Unique words12537
Unique words (used once)4014
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji1884
Unique kanji (used once)193
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.7
Characters925743
Volumes11
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Cover of Kiki's Delivery Service
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Kiki's Delivery Service
Length (in words)234104
Unique words9584
Unique words (used once)3360
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji1354
Unique kanji (used once)204
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.6
Characters593226
Volumes6
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Cover of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
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The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Length (in words)44337
Unique words6517
Unique words (used once)3328
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1586
Unique kanji (used once)305
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters102694
Volumes1
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Cover of Hatenai Sora wo Kimi to Tobitai
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Hatenai Sora wo Kimi to Tobitai
Length (in words)42313
Unique words5907
Unique words (used once)2946
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1427
Unique kanji (used once)288
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters101010
Volumes1
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Cover of Uchi no Musume no Tame no Naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru Kamoshirenai
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Uchi no Musume no Tame no Naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru Kamoshirenai
Length (in words)429549
Unique words18034
Unique words (used once)6093
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2477
Unique kanji (used once)212
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length23.6
Characters977695
Volumes9
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Cover of Onna Doushi toka Arienai Desho to Iiharu Onnanoko wo, Hyakunichikan de Tetteiteki ni Otosu Yuri no Ohanashi
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Onna Doushi toka Arienai Desho to Iiharu Onnanoko wo, Hyakunichikan de Tetteiteki ni Otosu Yuri no Ohanashi
Length (in words)129814
Unique words10274
Unique words (used once)4652
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1818
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.8
Characters322667
Volumes4
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Cover of Tomodachi no Kanojo no Kokuhaku wo Kotowattara, Okotowariya ni Sukauto Saremashita
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Tomodachi no Kanojo no Kokuhaku wo Kotowattara, Okotowariya ni Sukauto Saremashita
Length (in words)51757
Unique words5913
Unique words (used once)2842
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1431
Unique kanji (used once)280
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.7
Characters122721
Volumes4
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Cover of Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
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Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
Length (in words)395967
Unique words16882
Unique words (used once)6238
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2286
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters932772
Volumes11
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Cover of Rokka no Yuusha: Archive 1 Don't Pray to the Flower
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Rokka no Yuusha: Archive 1 Don't Pray to the Flower
Length (in words)52181
Unique words6005
Unique words (used once)2826
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1625
Unique kanji (used once)288
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters121231
Volumes1
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Cover of Yoru ga Aketara, Ichiban ni Kimi ni Ai ni Iku
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Yoru ga Aketara, Ichiban ni Kimi ni Ai ni Iku
Length (in words)64135
Unique words5963
Unique words (used once)2640
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1457
Unique kanji (used once)257
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.2
Characters148263
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Cover of Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha, Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei Suru
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Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha, Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei Suru
Length (in words)49294
Unique words6338
Unique words (used once)2967
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1636
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.1
Characters110621
Volumes1
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Cover of Shakunetsu no Kobayakawa-san
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Shakunetsu no Kobayakawa-san
Length (in words)37810
Unique words6542
Unique words (used once)3460
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1435
Unique kanji (used once)260
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters87950
Volumes1
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Cover of Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka?
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Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka?
Length (in words)141686
Unique words10395
Unique words (used once)4103
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1859
Unique kanji (used once)217
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters338220
Volumes4
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Cover of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
Length (in words)1255815
Unique words28896
Unique words (used once)8475
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji2739
Unique kanji (used once)220
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.7
Characters2928662
Volumes24
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Cover of Kanojo no Imouto to Kiss wo Shita
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Kanojo no Imouto to Kiss wo Shita
Length (in words)97319
Unique words8991
Unique words (used once)4165
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1845
Unique kanji (used once)299
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters226624
Volumes3
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Cover of Isshun wo Ikiru Kimi wo, Boku wa Eien ni Wasurenai
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Isshun wo Ikiru Kimi wo, Boku wa Eien ni Wasurenai
Length (in words)45678
Unique words5126
Unique words (used once)2445
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1476
Unique kanji (used once)318
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters103556
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