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Cover of Hoshi no Ko
Novel
Hoshi no Ko
Length (in words)31613
Unique words4491
Unique words (used once)2186
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1159
Unique kanji (used once)241
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters73774
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Cover of Kindaichi-kun no Bouken
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Kindaichi-kun no Bouken
Length (in words)20192
Unique words2995
Unique words (used once)1427
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji717
Unique kanji (used once)196
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters49319
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Cover of Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
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Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Length (in words)28338
Unique words3438
Unique words (used once)1670
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
Novel
Orange
Length (in words)76427
Unique words5949
Unique words (used once)2354
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
Novel
Watashi, Nibanme no Kanojo de Ii kara
Length (in words)43507
Unique words4565
Unique words (used once)2136
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 Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
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Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
Length (in words)41903
Unique words5013
Unique words (used once)2191
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 Saijo no Osewa
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Saijo no Osewa
Length (in words)46578
Unique words5463
Unique words (used once)2476
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)43973
Unique words5861
Unique words (used once)2861
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 Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
Novel
Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
Length (in words)53553
Unique words3784
Unique words (used once)1678
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 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)47656
Unique words4739
Unique words (used once)2096
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 Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Novel
Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Length (in words)31410
Unique words4728
Unique words (used once)2553
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!!
Novel
Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
Length (in words)65521
Unique words6619
Unique words (used once)2840
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1151
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters165200
Volumes3
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Cover of Kitan Room
Novel
Kitan Room
Length (in words)29709
Unique words3283
Unique words (used once)1490
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji951
Unique kanji (used once)217
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters70311
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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)50183
Unique words4793
Unique words (used once)2059
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 Torinoko City
Novel
Torinoko City
Length (in words)48788
Unique words4633
Unique words (used once)2031
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
Novel
Sekaiichi Kawaii Ore no Osananajimi ga, Kyou mo Kawaii
Length (in words)39303
Unique words5579
Unique words (used once)2771
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1536
Unique kanji (used once)339
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters91459
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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)114686
Unique words8712
Unique words (used once)3561
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 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)14767
Unique words3497
Unique words (used once)2087
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 Bokutachi no Remake
Novel
Bokutachi no Remake
Length (in words)38625
Unique words5855
Unique words (used once)3086
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: Summer
Novel
JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta: Summer
Length (in words)51930
Unique words6062
Unique words (used once)3029
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?!
Novel
Musume Janakute Watashi ga Suki Nano?!
Length (in words)147075
Unique words9521
Unique words (used once)3814
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 JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta
Novel
JK Haru wa Isekai de Shoufu ni Natta
Length (in words)55096
Unique words6308
Unique words (used once)3132
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1508
Unique kanji (used once)331
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters130672
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Cover of Class no Daikiraina Joshi to Kekkon Suru Koto ni Natta
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Class no Daikiraina Joshi to Kekkon Suru Koto ni Natta
Length (in words)34238
Unique words5752
Unique words (used once)3064
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1584
Unique kanji (used once)342
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters80682
Volumes1
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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)71554
Unique words7166
Unique words (used once)3463
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1609
Unique kanji (used once)301
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters171023
Volumes2
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Cover of Houkago Shijuusou
Novel
Houkago Shijuusou
Length (in words)113233
Unique words8347
Unique words (used once)3526
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1559
Unique kanji (used once)269
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters261707
Volumes3
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Cover of Nee, Mou Isso Tsukiacchau? Osananajimi no Bishoujo ni Tanomarete Camouflage Kareshi Hajimemashita
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Nee, Mou Isso Tsukiacchau? Osananajimi no Bishoujo ni Tanomarete Camouflage Kareshi Hajimemashita
Length (in words)49947
Unique words6343
Unique words (used once)3120
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1507
Unique kanji (used once)267
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.3
Characters116922
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Cover of Hatena ☆ Illusion
Novel
Hatena ☆ Illusion
Length (in words)227369
Unique words13010
Unique words (used once)5403
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 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)66009
Unique words6580
Unique words (used once)2932
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 Fushidara na Yatsura
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Fushidara na Yatsura
Length (in words)27040
Unique words4576
Unique words (used once)2373
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)43106
Unique words4784
Unique words (used once)2189
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 Danjo no Yuujou wa Seiritsu Suru?
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Danjo no Yuujou wa Seiritsu Suru?
Length (in words)45117
Unique words5860
Unique words (used once)2880
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 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)89688
Unique words7691
Unique words (used once)3344
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 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Length (in words)20123
Unique words3183
Unique words (used once)1641
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji908
Unique kanji (used once)240
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length22.7
Characters47652
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Cover of Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
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Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
Length (in words)33206
Unique words5241
Unique words (used once)2633
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1478
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length21.0
Characters78593
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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)137123
Unique words11166
Unique words (used once)5207
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 Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai
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Koi wa Futago de Warikirenai
Length (in words)58406
Unique words7358
Unique words (used once)3752
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1834
Unique kanji (used once)417
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters138900
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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)51457
Unique words5746
Unique words (used once)2671
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 Tonari no Seki ni Natta Bishoujo ga Horesaseyou to Karakatte Kuru ga Itsunomanika Kaeriuchi ni Shiteita
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Tonari no Seki ni Natta Bishoujo ga Horesaseyou to Karakatte Kuru ga Itsunomanika Kaeriuchi ni Shiteita
Length (in words)140541
Unique words10713
Unique words (used once)4469
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1703
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters347635
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)13628
Unique words2489
Unique words (used once)1225
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 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)36446
Unique words4535
Unique words (used once)2222
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1281
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters86520
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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)394046
Unique words12575
Unique words (used once)4042
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 The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
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The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Length (in words)44333
Unique words6522
Unique words (used once)3333
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 Kiki's Delivery Service
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Kiki's Delivery Service
Length (in words)234040
Unique words9614
Unique words (used once)3376
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 Hatenai Sora wo Kimi to Tobitai
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Hatenai Sora wo Kimi to Tobitai
Length (in words)42324
Unique words5916
Unique words (used once)2954
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 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)430059
Unique words18084
Unique words (used once)6115
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 Douka Ore wo Houtteoite Kure Nazeka Bocchi no Owatta Koukouseikatsu wo Kanojo ga Kaeyou Toshite Kuru
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Douka Ore wo Houtteoite Kure Nazeka Bocchi no Owatta Koukouseikatsu wo Kanojo ga Kaeyou Toshite Kuru
Length (in words)47915
Unique words5917
Unique words (used once)2997
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1478
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.8
Characters109534
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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)129815
Unique words10301
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 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)51760
Unique words5919
Unique words (used once)2854
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1431
Unique kanji (used once)280
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.7
Characters122721
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Cover of Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
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Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
Length (in words)395895
Unique words16930
Unique words (used once)6266
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2287
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters932772
Volumes11
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Cover of Chuumon no Ooi Ryouriten
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Chuumon no Ooi Ryouriten
Length (in words)22655
Unique words3940
Unique words (used once)2096
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1334
Unique kanji (used once)419
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length22.2
Characters51994
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