Novel difficulty list

This is a list of novels, both light novels and traditional novels, ranked by their difficulty, on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is very easy and 10 is very hard. You can use it to find the most appropriate novel to read based on how good your Japanese is.

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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)42322
Unique words5915
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 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 words10296
Unique words (used once)4660
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 Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
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Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
Length (in words)395891
Unique words16922
Unique words (used once)6259
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2287
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters932772
Volumes11
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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)45675
Unique words5124
Unique words (used once)2446
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1476
Unique kanji (used once)318
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters103556
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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)52193
Unique words6008
Unique words (used once)2829
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 Owari no Seraph
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Owari no Seraph
Length (in words)33673
Unique words3714
Unique words (used once)1730
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1168
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.7
Characters75789
Volumes1
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Cover of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
Length (in words)1258155
Unique words29040
Unique words (used once)8561
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji2740
Unique kanji (used once)221
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.7
Characters2928662
Volumes24
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Cover of Shakunetsu no Kobayakawa-san
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Shakunetsu no Kobayakawa-san
Length (in words)37821
Unique words6547
Unique words (used once)3470
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1435
Unique kanji (used once)260
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters87950
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)51750
Unique words5911
Unique words (used once)2850
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 Chuumon no Ooi Ryouriten
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Chuumon no Ooi Ryouriten
Length (in words)22654
Unique words3939
Unique words (used once)2097
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1334
Unique kanji (used once)419
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length22.2
Characters51994
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Cover of Tenkou-saki no Seiso Karen na Bishoujo ga, Mukashi Danshi to Omotte Issho ni Asonda Osananajimi datta Ken
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Tenkou-saki no Seiso Karen na Bishoujo ga, Mukashi Danshi to Omotte Issho ni Asonda Osananajimi datta Ken
Length (in words)127029
Unique words10123
Unique words (used once)4231
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1981
Unique kanji (used once)309
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters305185
Volumes3
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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)141682
Unique words10402
Unique words (used once)4117
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 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)64098
Unique words5973
Unique words (used once)2647
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 Aokute Itakute Moroi
Novel
Aokute Itakute Moroi
Length (in words)60293
Unique words6324
Unique words (used once)2992
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1484
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length24.4
Characters140109
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Cover of I Want to Eat Your Pancreas
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I Want to Eat Your Pancreas
Length (in words)56316
Unique words6220
Unique words (used once)3060
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1576
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters124873
Volumes1
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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)143848
Unique words11117
Unique words (used once)4606
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 Konya, Sekai Kara Kono Koi ga Kietemo
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Konya, Sekai Kara Kono Koi ga Kietemo
Length (in words)55272
Unique words5398
Unique words (used once)2404
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1517
Unique kanji (used once)283
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.1
Characters127972
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Cover of Coffee ga Tsumetai Uchi ni
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Coffee ga Tsumetai Uchi ni
Length (in words)46565
Unique words5024
Unique words (used once)2319
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1380
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters109173
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Cover of Yoichi
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Yoichi
Length (in words)31988
Unique words4535
Unique words (used once)2320
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1435
Unique kanji (used once)343
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters70006
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Cover of Spy Kyoushitsu Short Stories
Novel
Spy Kyoushitsu Short Stories
Length (in words)41139
Unique words6413
Unique words (used once)3278
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1695
Unique kanji (used once)292
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters96311
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Cover of Aki no Rougoku
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Aki no Rougoku
Length (in words)34516
Unique words5475
Unique words (used once)2843
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1646
Unique kanji (used once)376
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters76892
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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)97322
Unique words9004
Unique words (used once)4169
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1846
Unique kanji (used once)299
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters226624
Volumes3
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Cover of VRMMO de Summoner Hajimemashita
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VRMMO de Summoner Hajimemashita
Length (in words)102071
Unique words9095
Unique words (used once)4058
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1780
Unique kanji (used once)280
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters249136
Volumes3
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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)656416
Unique words21997
Unique words (used once)7170
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2439
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.9
Characters1585583
Volumes16
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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)91405
Unique words8880
Unique words (used once)3813
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1990
Unique kanji (used once)279
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters213936
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Cover of Kekkon ga Zentei no Rabukome
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Kekkon ga Zentei no Rabukome
Length (in words)154339
Unique words11162
Unique words (used once)4733
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1923
Unique kanji (used once)267
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.3
Characters379583
Volumes4
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Cover of Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" Another Mission
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Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" Another Mission
Length (in words)41396
Unique words6009
Unique words (used once)3062
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1572
Unique kanji (used once)291
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters94808
Volumes1
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Cover of Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Rabukome
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Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Rabukome
Length (in words)130040
Unique words10152
Unique words (used once)4309
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1772
Unique kanji (used once)234
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters312995
Volumes3
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Cover of Dantoudai to Kakumei Hime
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Dantoudai to Kakumei Hime
Length (in words)71574
Unique words6011
Unique words (used once)2547
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1602
Unique kanji (used once)319
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.3
Characters164918
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Cover of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Length (in words)251111
Unique words15138
Unique words (used once)5969
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2206
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.1
Characters590883
Volumes8
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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)81030
Unique words8006
Unique words (used once)3534
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1628
Unique kanji (used once)282
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.3
Characters193783
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Cover of Santa Claus wo Koroshita. Soshite, Kisu wo Shita
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Santa Claus wo Koroshita. Soshite, Kisu wo Shita
Length (in words)52211
Unique words5458
Unique words (used once)2527
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1469
Unique kanji (used once)288
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.1
Characters119077
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Cover of Tomodachi no Imouto ga Ore ni dake Uzai
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Tomodachi no Imouto ga Ore ni dake Uzai
Length (in words)44661
Unique words7147
Unique words (used once)3709
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1693
Unique kanji (used once)353
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.4
Characters104461
Volumes1
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Cover of Chaos;Child -Children’s Revive-
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Chaos;Child -Children’s Revive-
Length (in words)48163
Unique words5674
Unique words (used once)2643
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1415
Unique kanji (used once)236
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters113208
Volumes1
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Cover of Satsujin Shussan
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Satsujin Shussan
Length (in words)30142
Unique words4422
Unique words (used once)2245
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1403
Unique kanji (used once)292
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.1
Characters67669
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Cover of Sekaiju no Hitsugi
Novel
Sekaiju no Hitsugi
Length (in words)59979
Unique words6160
Unique words (used once)2856
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1586
Unique kanji (used once)291
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters140021
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Cover of Ima kara Anata wo Uttaemasu!
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Ima kara Anata wo Uttaemasu!
Length (in words)31015
Unique words5165
Unique words (used once)2741
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1411
Unique kanji (used once)324
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.1
Characters75765
Volumes4
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Cover of Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
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Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
Length (in words)21924
Unique words4434
Unique words (used once)2477
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji1395
Unique kanji (used once)345
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters49296
Volumes1
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Cover of Eru Shion
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Eru Shion
Length (in words)56099
Unique words6757
Unique words (used once)3074
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1368
Unique kanji (used once)307
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters137390
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Cover of Bijoutachi ni Semarareteiru Kishi Ore wa Jiyuu ga Hoshii!
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Bijoutachi ni Semarareteiru Kishi Ore wa Jiyuu ga Hoshii!
Length (in words)41157
Unique words6916
Unique words (used once)3556
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1747
Unique kanji (used once)334
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.9
Characters93412
Volumes5
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Cover of Konbini Ningen
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Konbini Ningen
Length (in words)26051
Unique words3750
Unique words (used once)1865
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1253
Unique kanji (used once)289
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length24.4
Characters60188
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Cover of 52 Hertz no Kujiratachi
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52 Hertz no Kujiratachi
Length (in words)54569
Unique words6121
Unique words (used once)2944
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1674
Unique kanji (used once)345
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.3
Characters128369
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Cover of Shokuzai
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Shokuzai
Length (in words)54496
Unique words5671
Unique words (used once)2665
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1404
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length32.1
Characters133154
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Cover of "Omae Gotoki ga Maou ni Kateru to Omou na" to Yuusha Party wo Tsuihou Sareta no de, Outo de Kimama ni Kurashitai
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"Omae Gotoki ga Maou ni Kateru to Omou na" to Yuusha Party wo Tsuihou Sareta no de, Outo de Kimama ni Kurashitai
Length (in words)70889
Unique words7691
Unique words (used once)3466
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1694
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters165854
Volumes1
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Cover of Wasurenu Majo no Monogatari
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Wasurenu Majo no Monogatari
Length (in words)50380
Unique words7337
Unique words (used once)3928
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1708
Unique kanji (used once)370
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.5
Characters121356
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Cover of Mugen no Sora
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Mugen no Sora
Length (in words)47185
Unique words5964
Unique words (used once)2869
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1519
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.1
Characters110326
Volumes6
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Cover of Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
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Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Length (in words)33447
Unique words3690
Unique words (used once)1529
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji840
Unique kanji (used once)214
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.1
Characters72484
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Cover of Kimi tte Watashi no Koto Suki nan Desho?
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Kimi tte Watashi no Koto Suki nan Desho?
Length (in words)61201
Unique words6461
Unique words (used once)2899
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1585
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters147017
Volumes2
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Cover of GJ-bu
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GJ-bu
Length (in words)199798
Unique words13566
Unique words (used once)5596
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2034
Unique kanji (used once)276
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters476192
Volumes9
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Cover of Sankai Yamanin ga Kataru Fushigi na Hanashi
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Sankai Yamanin ga Kataru Fushigi na Hanashi
Length (in words)44404
Unique words5283
Unique words (used once)2561
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1553
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length23.7
Characters95420
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