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Cover of Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
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Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Length (in words)28194
Unique words3441
Unique words (used once)1667
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 Orange
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Orange
Length (in words)76515
Unique words5957
Unique words (used once)2356
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 Watashi, Nibanme no Kanojo de Ii kara
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Watashi, Nibanme no Kanojo de Ii kara
Length (in words)43543
Unique words4571
Unique words (used once)2135
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 Saijo no Osewa
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Saijo no Osewa
Length (in words)46611
Unique words5466
Unique words (used once)2476
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1571
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty1/10
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)43968
Unique words5869
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 Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
Novel
Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
Length (in words)41919
Unique words5015
Unique words (used once)2194
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1353
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters101901
Volumes9
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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)47675
Unique words4752
Unique words (used once)2101
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1277
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters115590
Volumes1
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Cover of Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Novel
Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Length (in words)31311
Unique words4729
Unique words (used once)2548
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1295
Unique kanji (used once)336
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.4
Characters77612
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Cover of Musume Janakute Watashi ga Suki Nano?!
Novel
Musume Janakute Watashi ga Suki Nano?!
Length (in words)147085
Unique words9542
Unique words (used once)3823
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 Fushidara na Yatsura
Novel
Fushidara na Yatsura
Length (in words)27082
Unique words4582
Unique words (used once)2378
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1321
Unique kanji (used once)315
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters68193
Volumes4
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Cover of Sekaiichi Kawaii Ore no Osananajimi ga, Kyou mo Kawaii
Novel
Sekaiichi Kawaii Ore no Osananajimi ga, Kyou mo Kawaii
Length (in words)39344
Unique words5582
Unique words (used once)2770
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
Novel
Yomei Ichinen to Senkoku Sareta Boku ga Yomei Hantoshi no Kimi to Deatta Hanashi
Length (in words)50167
Unique words4792
Unique words (used once)2053
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1360
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.6
Characters117687
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Cover of Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
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Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
Length (in words)65571
Unique words6618
Unique words (used once)2826
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 Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
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Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
Length (in words)53593
Unique words3796
Unique words (used once)1690
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 Bokutachi no Remake
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Bokutachi no Remake
Length (in words)38646
Unique words5854
Unique words (used once)3084
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 JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta
Novel
JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta
Length (in words)55153
Unique words6327
Unique words (used once)3141
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1507
Unique kanji (used once)330
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters130672
Volumes1
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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)114994
Unique words8714
Unique words (used once)3559
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 Danjo no Yuujou wa Seiritsu Suru?
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Danjo no Yuujou wa Seiritsu Suru?
Length (in words)45159
Unique words5867
Unique words (used once)2883
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1540
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.3
Characters108523
Volumes1
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Cover of Houkago Shijuusou
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Houkago Shijuusou
Length (in words)113245
Unique words8351
Unique words (used once)3529
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 Keikenzumi na Kimi to, Keikenzero na Ore ga, Otsukiai Suru Hanashi
Novel
Keikenzumi na Kimi to, Keikenzero na Ore ga, Otsukiai Suru Hanashi
Length (in words)71595
Unique words7174
Unique words (used once)3462
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: Summer
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JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta: Summer
Length (in words)51942
Unique words6078
Unique words (used once)3031
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 Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
Novel
Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
Length (in words)33222
Unique words5264
Unique words (used once)2645
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 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)89707
Unique words7689
Unique words (used once)3339
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 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)66041
Unique words6583
Unique words (used once)2923
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 Elysion
Novel
Elysion
Length (in words)58225
Unique words7242
Unique words (used once)3608
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1885
Unique kanji (used once)368
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters131555
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)51505
Unique words5760
Unique words (used once)2677
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 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Length (in words)20115
Unique words3189
Unique words (used once)1644
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 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)137108
Unique words11157
Unique words (used once)5189
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1895
Unique kanji (used once)299
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.6
Characters338538
Volumes3
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Cover of Hatena ☆ Illusion
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Hatena ☆ Illusion
Length (in words)226750
Unique words13010
Unique words (used once)5394
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 The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
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The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Length (in words)44311
Unique words6528
Unique words (used once)3327
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1586
Unique kanji (used once)305
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters102694
Volumes1
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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)51814
Unique words5930
Unique words (used once)2848
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 Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai
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Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai
Length (in words)58436
Unique words7346
Unique words (used once)3737
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 Kiki's Delivery Service
Novel
Kiki's Delivery Service
Length (in words)234055
Unique words9613
Unique words (used once)3381
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 Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
Novel
Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
Length (in words)396370
Unique words16920
Unique words (used once)6246
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 Wagamama de Gomenasobase
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Wagamama de Gomenasobase
Length (in words)43097
Unique words4794
Unique words (used once)2195
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 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)394510
Unique words12570
Unique words (used once)4035
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 Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
Length (in words)1256259
Unique words28932
Unique words (used once)8473
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 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)129864
Unique words10307
Unique words (used once)4666
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 Shakunetsu no Kobayakawa-san
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Shakunetsu no Kobayakawa-san
Length (in words)37816
Unique words6560
Unique words (used once)3469
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 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)52213
Unique words6010
Unique words (used once)2828
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 Hatenai Sora wo Kimi to Tobitai
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Hatenai Sora wo Kimi to Tobitai
Length (in words)42332
Unique words5922
Unique words (used once)2956
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1427
Unique kanji (used once)288
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters101010
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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)13646
Unique words2499
Unique words (used once)1232
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji935
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length25.2
Characters31169
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Cover of VRMMO de Summoner Hajimemashita
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VRMMO de Summoner Hajimemashita
Length (in words)102131
Unique words9105
Unique words (used once)4063
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1779
Unique kanji (used once)279
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters249136
Volumes3
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Cover of Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?
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Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?
Length (in words)143797
Unique words11135
Unique words (used once)4601
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1933
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.8
Characters341156
Volumes3
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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)64128
Unique words5980
Unique words (used once)2642
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 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Length (in words)78354
Unique words7980
Unique words (used once)3523
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1628
Unique kanji (used once)282
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.3
Characters193783
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Cover of My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute
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My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute
Length (in words)658779
Unique words22048
Unique words (used once)7162
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2445
Unique kanji (used once)244
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.9
Characters1589801
Volumes16
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Cover of Yoichi
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Yoichi
Length (in words)32044
Unique words4545
Unique words (used once)2328
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1435
Unique kanji (used once)343
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters70006
Volumes1
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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)91474
Unique words8893
Unique words (used once)3811
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1990
Unique kanji (used once)279
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters213936
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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)97328
Unique words9013
Unique words (used once)4176
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1845
Unique kanji (used once)299
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters226624
Volumes3
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