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Cover of "Kanchigai Shinaide yo ne! Anta no Koto Nanka Daisuki Nandakara!" Noroi de Honne Shika Ienakunatta Tsundere Ojousama
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"Kanchigai Shinaide yo ne! Anta no Koto Nanka Daisuki Nandakara!" Noroi de Honne Shika Ienakunatta Tsundere Ojousama
Length (in words)37264
Unique words3472
Unique words (used once)1522
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1154
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings1720
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters92288
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Cover of Kaji Bannou no Ore ga Kokou (?) no Bishoujo wo Asa Kara Yoru Made Osewasuru Koto ni Natta Hanashi
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Kaji Bannou no Ore ga Kokou (?) no Bishoujo wo Asa Kara Yoru Made Osewasuru Koto ni Natta Hanashi
Length (in words)35211
Unique words5483
Unique words (used once)2860
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1453
Unique kanji (used once)300
Unique kanji readings2316
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters83807
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Cover of Kono Fune, Jigoku Yuki
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Kono Fune, Jigoku Yuki
Length (in words)20915
Unique words3432
Unique words (used once)1750
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1017
Unique kanji (used once)257
Unique kanji readings1495
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.0
Characters51447
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Cover of Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
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Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
Length (in words)53811
Unique words3776
Unique words (used once)1672
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1124
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings1675
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length23.8
Characters123587
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Cover of Futte Waita Omiai Aite wa Hatsukoi wo Kojiraseta Osananajimi no Onzoushi!
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Futte Waita Omiai Aite wa Hatsukoi wo Kojiraseta Osananajimi no Onzoushi!
Length (in words)15897
Unique words3134
Unique words (used once)1754
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji1142
Unique kanji (used once)357
Unique kanji readings1658
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.1
Characters38884
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Cover of Mikaru wa Reimajo!
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Mikaru wa Reimajo!
Length (in words)47958
Unique words5411
Unique words (used once)2468
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1236
Unique kanji (used once)230
Unique kanji readings1960
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.3
Characters113886
Volumes2
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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)47935
Unique words4725
Unique words (used once)2078
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1280
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings1955
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters115590
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Cover of Tanteiken Chris
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Tanteiken Chris
Length (in words)81982
Unique words6875
Unique words (used once)2895
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1313
Unique kanji (used once)190
Unique kanji readings2193
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.1
Characters191973
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Cover of Yoru Cafe
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Yoru Cafe
Length (in words)225173
Unique words10272
Unique words (used once)3817
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1320
Unique kanji (used once)181
Unique kanji readings2277
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters558087
Volumes11
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Cover of Suki to Kirai no Aida ni Shampoo wo Oku
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Suki to Kirai no Aida ni Shampoo wo Oku
Length (in words)39067
Unique words4580
Unique words (used once)2215
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1291
Unique kanji (used once)285
Unique kanji readings1976
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters93560
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Cover of Ore wo Suki na no wa Omae Dake ka yo
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Ore wo Suki na no wa Omae Dake ka yo
Length (in words)48723
Unique words5051
Unique words (used once)2336
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1397
Unique kanji (used once)295
Unique kanji readings2215
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters112472
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Cover of Tondemonai Otoko ni Koi Shite Shimatta You Desu!
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Tondemonai Otoko ni Koi Shite Shimatta You Desu!
Length (in words)20633
Unique words3101
Unique words (used once)1636
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1125
Unique kanji (used once)309
Unique kanji readings1657
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.6
Characters48969
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Cover of 800
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800
Length (in words)44942
Unique words5377
Unique words (used once)2580
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1301
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings2048
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.7
Characters103960
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Cover of Maigo ni Natteita Youjo wo Tasuketara, Otonari no Sumu Bishoujo Ryuugakusei ga Ie ni Asobi ni Kuru You ni Natta Ken ni Tsuite
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Maigo ni Natteita Youjo wo Tasuketara, Otonari no Sumu Bishoujo Ryuugakusei ga Ie ni Asobi ni Kuru You ni Natta Ken ni Tsuite
Length (in words)43512
Unique words3835
Unique words (used once)1683
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1154
Unique kanji (used once)238
Unique kanji readings1739
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.1
Characters103889
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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)31511
Unique words4717
Unique words (used once)2540
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1298
Unique kanji (used once)337
Unique kanji readings1980
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.4
Characters77612
Volumes1
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Cover of Yuri no Aida ni Hasamareta Watashi ga, Ikioi de Futamata Shite Shimatta Hanashi
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Yuri no Aida ni Hasamareta Watashi ga, Ikioi de Futamata Shite Shimatta Hanashi
Length (in words)46497
Unique words5683
Unique words (used once)2837
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1441
Unique kanji (used once)278
Unique kanji readings2305
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters115207
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Cover of Inkyara no Boku ni Batsu Game de Kokuhaku Shitekita Hazu no Gyaru ga, Doumitemo Boku Betabore Desu
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Inkyara no Boku ni Batsu Game de Kokuhaku Shitekita Hazu no Gyaru ga, Doumitemo Boku Betabore Desu
Length (in words)54349
Unique words4912
Unique words (used once)2180
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1347
Unique kanji (used once)263
Unique kanji readings2121
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.3
Characters124921
Volumes1
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Cover of Takanashi-san wa Rabukome Benkyouchuu!
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Takanashi-san wa Rabukome Benkyouchuu!
Length (in words)37368
Unique words4895
Unique words (used once)2236
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1313
Unique kanji (used once)285
Unique kanji readings2072
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters93102
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Cover of Spy Shitsugyou
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Spy Shitsugyou
Length (in words)32317
Unique words4403
Unique words (used once)2221
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1233
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings1967
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.7
Characters75565
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Cover of "Mizube no Gakkou" no Tokoro-kun
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"Mizube no Gakkou" no Tokoro-kun
Length (in words)23961
Unique words3693
Unique words (used once)1713
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji902
Unique kanji (used once)199
Unique kanji readings1389
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length25.2
Characters53961
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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)44741
Unique words5844
Unique words (used once)2837
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1493
Unique kanji (used once)329
Unique kanji readings2379
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters107541
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Cover of Saijo no Osewa
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Saijo no Osewa
Length (in words)46784
Unique words5453
Unique words (used once)2473
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1572
Unique kanji (used once)292
Unique kanji readings2551
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.1
Characters108248
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Cover of Dorobou no Meijin
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Dorobou no Meijin
Length (in words)32745
Unique words4417
Unique words (used once)2199
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1267
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings1976
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters77205
Volumes1
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Cover of Boku-tachi wa Mada Koi wo Shiranai ~Hatsukoi Jikken Module de no Kyoudou Seikatsu 375 Nichi~
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Boku-tachi wa Mada Koi wo Shiranai ~Hatsukoi Jikken Module de no Kyoudou Seikatsu 375 Nichi~
Length (in words)61172
Unique words7775
Unique words (used once)3881
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1735
Unique kanji (used once)304
Unique kanji readings2900
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.8
Characters149050
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Cover of Sakiyomi!
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Sakiyomi!
Length (in words)53365
Unique words4548
Unique words (used once)1955
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1015
Unique kanji (used once)175
Unique kanji readings1581
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters126104
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Cover of Koi ni Naru made, Ato 1 Senchi
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Koi ni Naru made, Ato 1 Senchi
Length (in words)44028
Unique words4994
Unique words (used once)2368
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1339
Unique kanji (used once)255
Unique kanji readings2116
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.8
Characters101715
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Cover of Watashi no Ie wa Obakeyashiki
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Watashi no Ie wa Obakeyashiki
Length (in words)41402
Unique words4450
Unique words (used once)2136
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1149
Unique kanji (used once)260
Unique kanji readings1752
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.0
Characters102526
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Cover of Totsugeki!? Jigoku Channel: Nerawareta Minarai Reporter!?
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Totsugeki!? Jigoku Channel: Nerawareta Minarai Reporter!?
Length (in words)24565
Unique words3961
Unique words (used once)2003
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1011
Unique kanji (used once)218
Unique kanji readings1515
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters59966
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Cover of Kitan Room
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Kitan Room
Length (in words)29722
Unique words3288
Unique words (used once)1495
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji956
Unique kanji (used once)216
Unique kanji readings1414
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters70311
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Cover of Yuusha Party ni Kawaii Ko ga Ita no de, Kokuhaku Shitemita.
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Yuusha Party ni Kawaii Ko ga Ita no de, Kokuhaku Shitemita.
Length (in words)143798
Unique words8711
Unique words (used once)3405
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1723
Unique kanji (used once)233
Unique kanji readings3018
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.7
Characters333806
Volumes3
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Cover of Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
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Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
Length (in words)65848
Unique words6599
Unique words (used once)2833
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1155
Unique kanji (used once)221
Unique kanji readings1854
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters165200
Volumes3
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Cover of Jikuu Mahou de Isekai to Chikyuu wo Ittari Kitari
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Jikuu Mahou de Isekai to Chikyuu wo Ittari Kitari
Length (in words)115140
Unique words8210
Unique words (used once)3398
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1692
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings2833
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters264654
Volumes3
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Cover of Shoukoujo Sera
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Shoukoujo Sera
Length (in words)46801
Unique words4919
Unique words (used once)2170
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji991
Unique kanji (used once)222
Unique kanji readings1511
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length29.0
Characters124260
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Cover of Ai ni Chikau Oukoku
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Ai ni Chikau Oukoku
Length (in words)20436
Unique words3154
Unique words (used once)1514
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1258
Unique kanji (used once)309
Unique kanji readings1880
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters48357
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Cover of "Ou no Saien" no Kishi to, "Yasai" no Ojousama
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"Ou no Saien" no Kishi to, "Yasai" no Ojousama
Length (in words)49162
Unique words6091
Unique words (used once)2815
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1677
Unique kanji (used once)312
Unique kanji readings2724
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters120221
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Cover of Hachi Gatsu no Kamome Tachi
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Hachi Gatsu no Kamome Tachi
Length (in words)33928
Unique words4301
Unique words (used once)1990
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1158
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings1755
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters79556
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Cover of Shiawase Shokudou no Isekai Gohan
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Shiawase Shokudou no Isekai Gohan
Length (in words)110142
Unique words7582
Unique words (used once)3155
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1673
Unique kanji (used once)275
Unique kanji readings2769
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters260085
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Cover of Tsun 100% Joshi no Sunao ni Narenai Renai Jijou
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Tsun 100% Joshi no Sunao ni Narenai Renai Jijou
Length (in words)25746
Unique words3190
Unique words (used once)1451
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1104
Unique kanji (used once)268
Unique kanji readings1627
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.7
Characters60544
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Cover of Iware Ace no Suuki na Koiji
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Iware Ace no Suuki na Koiji
Length (in words)52063
Unique words5668
Unique words (used once)2656
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1446
Unique kanji (used once)327
Unique kanji readings2274
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.4
Characters119032
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Cover of Makemasen Kara to Iiharu Kao no Ii Onnanoko wo, Zenryoku de Kuppukusaseru Yuri no Ohanashi
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Makemasen Kara to Iiharu Kao no Ii Onnanoko wo, Zenryoku de Kuppukusaseru Yuri no Ohanashi
Length (in words)31324
Unique words4763
Unique words (used once)2546
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1323
Unique kanji (used once)317
Unique kanji readings2068
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters75547
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Cover of Hen na Ie
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Hen na Ie
Length (in words)25210
Unique words3584
Unique words (used once)1833
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1229
Unique kanji (used once)276
Unique kanji readings1905
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters59531
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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)114737
Unique words8699
Unique words (used once)3550
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1773
Unique kanji (used once)256
Unique kanji readings3124
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters262755
Volumes3
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Cover of Houkago Renaibu
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Houkago Renaibu
Length (in words)49932
Unique words5502
Unique words (used once)2568
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1382
Unique kanji (used once)261
Unique kanji readings2188
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters120069
Volumes1
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Cover of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
Length (in words)935350
Unique words14911
Unique words (used once)4691
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2102
Unique kanji (used once)165
Unique kanji readings3883
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters2170087
Volumes19
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Cover of Kono Koi, Eiga Yorimo Amame Desu!
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Kono Koi, Eiga Yorimo Amame Desu!
Length (in words)19207
Unique words3075
Unique words (used once)1538
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1045
Unique kanji (used once)254
Unique kanji readings1548
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.2
Characters46419
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Cover of Tobioriyou to Shiteiru Joshikousei wo Tasuketara Dounaru no ka?
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Tobioriyou to Shiteiru Joshikousei wo Tasuketara Dounaru no ka?
Length (in words)38559
Unique words4888
Unique words (used once)2405
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1389
Unique kanji (used once)296
Unique kanji readings2188
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters92663
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Cover of Ame no Yoru, Yakou Ressha ni
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Ame no Yoru, Yakou Ressha ni
Length (in words)33016
Unique words4116
Unique words (used once)2028
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1155
Unique kanji (used once)254
Unique kanji readings1829
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.5
Characters78037
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Cover of Ashita, Hadashi de Koi.
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Ashita, Hadashi de Koi.
Length (in words)72155
Unique words6642
Unique words (used once)2976
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1530
Unique kanji (used once)282
Unique kanji readings2506
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters171770
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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)55118
Unique words6282
Unique words (used once)3118
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1510
Unique kanji (used once)332
Unique kanji readings2412
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters130672
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Cover of Koi Shitau Shiro Bara ~Hikikomori Hime wa Bukiyou na Kishi ni Aisareru~
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Koi Shitau Shiro Bara ~Hikikomori Hime wa Bukiyou na Kishi ni Aisareru~
Length (in words)56569
Unique words5757
Unique words (used once)2533
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1558
Unique kanji (used once)259
Unique kanji readings2539
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length23.2
Characters132096
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