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 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)45677
Unique words5131
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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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)141707
Unique words10420
Unique words (used once)4115
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 Konya, Sekai Kara Kono Koi ga Kietemo
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Konya, Sekai Kara Kono Koi ga Kietemo
Length (in words)55331
Unique words5411
Unique words (used once)2412
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 Chaos;Child -Children’s Revive-
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Chaos;Child -Children’s Revive-
Length (in words)48151
Unique words5683
Unique words (used once)2640
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1415
Unique kanji (used once)236
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters113208
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Cover of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Length (in words)251903
Unique words15182
Unique words (used once)5966
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2206
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters592732
Volumes8
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Cover of Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Rabukome
Novel
Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Rabukome
Length (in words)130075
Unique words10153
Unique words (used once)4295
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1772
Unique kanji (used once)234
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters312995
Volumes3
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Cover of Santa Claus wo Koroshita. Soshite, Kisu wo Shita
Novel
Santa Claus wo Koroshita. Soshite, Kisu wo Shita
Length (in words)52238
Unique words5470
Unique words (used once)2541
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 Satsujin Shussan
Novel
Satsujin Shussan
Length (in words)30148
Unique words4431
Unique words (used once)2243
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 Aki no Rougoku
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Aki no Rougoku
Length (in words)34568
Unique words5479
Unique words (used once)2842
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 GJ-bu
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GJ-bu
Length (in words)199698
Unique words13582
Unique words (used once)5591
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 Kimi tte Watashi no Koto Suki nan Desho?
Novel
Kimi tte Watashi no Koto Suki nan Desho?
Length (in words)61221
Unique words6486
Unique words (used once)2920
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1585
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters147017
Volumes2
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Cover of Ima kara Anata wo Uttaemasu!
Novel
Ima kara Anata wo Uttaemasu!
Length (in words)31001
Unique words5177
Unique words (used once)2748
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1411
Unique kanji (used once)324
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.1
Characters75765
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Cover of Eru Shion
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Eru Shion
Length (in words)55888
Unique words6777
Unique words (used once)3086
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 Mugen no Sora
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Mugen no Sora
Length (in words)47242
Unique words5967
Unique words (used once)2866
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1519
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.1
Characters110326
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Cover of Kekkon ga Zentei no Rabukome
Novel
Kekkon ga Zentei no Rabukome
Length (in words)154343
Unique words11193
Unique words (used once)4753
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1923
Unique kanji (used once)267
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.3
Characters379583
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Cover of Spy Kyoushitsu Short Stories
Novel
Spy Kyoushitsu Short Stories
Length (in words)41134
Unique words6410
Unique words (used once)3268
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1695
Unique kanji (used once)292
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters96311
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Cover of Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" Another Mission
Novel
Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" Another Mission
Length (in words)40765
Unique words6012
Unique words (used once)3061
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1572
Unique kanji (used once)291
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters94808
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Cover of The Rising of the Shield Hero
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The Rising of the Shield Hero
Length (in words)360293
Unique words14945
Unique words (used once)5357
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2234
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.4
Characters828321
Volumes7
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Cover of Konbini Ningen
Novel
Konbini Ningen
Length (in words)26058
Unique words3761
Unique words (used once)1872
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 Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
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Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Length (in words)33505
Unique words3704
Unique words (used once)1537
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 Tomodachi no Imouto ga Ore ni dake Uzai
Novel
Tomodachi no Imouto ga Ore ni dake Uzai
Length (in words)44734
Unique words7148
Unique words (used once)3700
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 Wasurenu Majo no Monogatari
Novel
Wasurenu Majo no Monogatari
Length (in words)50418
Unique words7350
Unique words (used once)3934
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 Yume Miru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha
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Yume Miru Danshi wa Genjitsushugisha
Length (in words)164935
Unique words12070
Unique words (used once)5094
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji2062
Unique kanji (used once)313
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters388433
Volumes4
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Cover of Nekogari Kazoku no Chou
Novel
Nekogari Kazoku no Chou
Length (in words)48476
Unique words6583
Unique words (used once)3312
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1632
Unique kanji (used once)303
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters114739
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Cover of Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
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Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
Length (in words)21928
Unique words4449
Unique words (used once)2489
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 5 Fun Go ni Igai na Ketsumatsu
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5 Fun Go ni Igai na Ketsumatsu
Length (in words)83683
Unique words9012
Unique words (used once)4141
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1635
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters194907
Volumes3
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Cover of Full Contact!
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Full Contact!
Length (in words)103433
Unique words9480
Unique words (used once)4178
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1851
Unique kanji (used once)260
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.6
Characters236897
Volumes4
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Cover of Hige wo Soru Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou
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Hige wo Soru Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou
Length (in words)174777
Unique words9434
Unique words (used once)3692
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1767
Unique kanji (used once)251
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.5
Characters407689
Volumes5
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Cover of Kikoujuu to Madousho (Grimoire)
Novel
Kikoujuu to Madousho (Grimoire)
Length (in words)42631
Unique words6456
Unique words (used once)3199
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1618
Unique kanji (used once)313
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters104276
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Cover of Zero no Tsukaima Gaiden: Tabatha no Bouken
Novel
Zero no Tsukaima Gaiden: Tabatha no Bouken
Length (in words)106986
Unique words9512
Unique words (used once)4179
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1942
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters251673
Volumes3
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Cover of Kitchen
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Kitchen
Length (in words)32484
Unique words4513
Unique words (used once)2367
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1092
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.4
Characters73449
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Cover of Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori
Novel
Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori
Length (in words)45718
Unique words5287
Unique words (used once)2567
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1469
Unique kanji (used once)327
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters107821
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Cover of Zettai Seigi
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Zettai Seigi
Length (in words)45613
Unique words7219
Unique words (used once)3712
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1693
Unique kanji (used once)323
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters110474
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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)70759
Unique words7697
Unique words (used once)3467
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1694
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters165854
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Cover of 52 Hertz no Kujiratachi
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52 Hertz no Kujiratachi
Length (in words)54636
Unique words6125
Unique words (used once)2953
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 Karafuru
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Karafuru
Length (in words)36923
Unique words5955
Unique words (used once)3116
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1377
Unique kanji (used once)305
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.6
Characters88067
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Cover of Hyouka (Kotenbu Series)
Novel
Hyouka (Kotenbu Series)
Length (in words)251168
Unique words16537
Unique words (used once)6883
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2387
Unique kanji (used once)315
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters592791
Volumes5
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Cover of Alahabad no Mahoutsukai
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Alahabad no Mahoutsukai
Length (in words)115923
Unique words10108
Unique words (used once)4321
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1904
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.4
Characters279476
Volumes3
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Cover of Manomana Amai Yuujou Yuutsu na Koi
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Manomana Amai Yuujou Yuutsu na Koi
Length (in words)126655
Unique words9954
Unique words (used once)4338
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1841
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters299844
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Cover of Kagami no Kojou
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Kagami no Kojou
Length (in words)105726
Unique words6588
Unique words (used once)2710
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1569
Unique kanji (used once)289
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.7
Characters246190
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Cover of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Novel
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Length (in words)111815
Unique words9739
Unique words (used once)4227
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1824
Unique kanji (used once)243
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.8
Characters279108
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Cover of Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
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Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Length (in words)28721
Unique words4573
Unique words (used once)2414
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1381
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters67956
Volumes6
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Cover of Goshujin-sama no Iinari!?
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Goshujin-sama no Iinari!?
Length (in words)77682
Unique words8039
Unique words (used once)3689
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1800
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters186788
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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)41159
Unique words6933
Unique words (used once)3562
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1746
Unique kanji (used once)336
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.9
Characters93412
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Cover of Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora
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Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora
Length (in words)169893
Unique words10666
Unique words (used once)4325
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1954
Unique kanji (used once)237
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters409001
Volumes4
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Cover of Natsu to Hanabi to Watashi no Shitai
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Natsu to Hanabi to Watashi no Shitai
Length (in words)33757
Unique words4081
Unique words (used once)1923
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1303
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length24.3
Characters76426
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Cover of Mahoro Ekimae Tada Benri Ken
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Mahoro Ekimae Tada Benri Ken
Length (in words)57317
Unique words7509
Unique words (used once)3724
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1681
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.5
Characters135901
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Cover of Adachi and Shimamura
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Adachi and Shimamura
Length (in words)243949
Unique words13357
Unique words (used once)5212
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2071
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters570012
Volumes7
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Cover of Himawari no Sakanai Natsu
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Himawari no Sakanai Natsu
Length (in words)79984
Unique words6214
Unique words (used once)2450
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1579
Unique kanji (used once)287
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters178321
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Cover of Tantei wa Mou Shindeiru
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Tantei wa Mou Shindeiru
Length (in words)43528
Unique words5930
Unique words (used once)3040
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1578
Unique kanji (used once)331
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters100887
Volumes1
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