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Cover of Kono Fune, Jigoku Yuki
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Kono Fune, Jigoku Yuki
Length (in words)20905
Unique words3426
Unique words (used once)1749
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1012
Unique kanji (used once)254
Unique kanji readings1487
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.0
Characters51447
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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)35141
Unique words5482
Unique words (used once)2865
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1448
Unique kanji (used once)299
Unique kanji readings2306
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters83807
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Cover of Renai Keiken Zero Desu Kedo, Watashi wo Erande Kuremasu ka?
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Renai Keiken Zero Desu Kedo, Watashi wo Erande Kuremasu ka?
Length (in words)32413
Unique words4378
Unique words (used once)2038
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1273
Unique kanji (used once)284
Unique kanji readings1964
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.1
Characters77002
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Cover of Mikaru wa Reimajo!
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Mikaru wa Reimajo!
Length (in words)48051
Unique words5405
Unique words (used once)2465
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1234
Unique kanji (used once)230
Unique kanji readings1955
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.3
Characters113886
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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)15868
Unique words3130
Unique words (used once)1748
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji1139
Unique kanji (used once)357
Unique kanji readings1650
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.1
Characters38884
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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)47669
Unique words4723
Unique words (used once)2077
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1277
Unique kanji (used once)274
Unique kanji readings1949
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters115590
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Cover of Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
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Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
Length (in words)53573
Unique words3776
Unique words (used once)1671
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1124
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings1674
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length23.8
Characters123587
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Cover of Tanteiken Chris
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Tanteiken Chris
Length (in words)81921
Unique words6872
Unique words (used once)2891
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1311
Unique kanji (used once)188
Unique kanji readings2191
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.1
Characters191973
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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)46436
Unique words5689
Unique words (used once)2841
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1441
Unique kanji (used once)278
Unique kanji readings2303
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters115207
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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)39040
Unique words4574
Unique words (used once)2210
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1287
Unique kanji (used once)283
Unique kanji readings1970
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters93560
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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)43474
Unique words3833
Unique words (used once)1682
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 Maigo ni Natteita Youjo wo Tasuketara, Otonari ni 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 ni Sumu Bishoujo Ryuugakusei ga Ie ni Asobi ni Kuru You ni Natta Ken ni Tsuite
Length (in words)43474
Unique words3833
Unique words (used once)1682
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 Yoru Cafe
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Yoru Cafe
Length (in words)225064
Unique words10245
Unique words (used once)3801
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1308
Unique kanji (used once)181
Unique kanji readings2257
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters558087
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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)20619
Unique words3100
Unique words (used once)1635
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1123
Unique kanji (used once)307
Unique kanji readings1655
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.6
Characters48969
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Cover of 800
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800
Length (in words)44694
Unique words5370
Unique words (used once)2577
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1299
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings2042
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.7
Characters103960
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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)31421
Unique words4723
Unique words (used once)2545
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1296
Unique kanji (used once)337
Unique kanji readings1977
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.4
Characters77612
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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)48627
Unique words5034
Unique words (used once)2332
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1394
Unique kanji (used once)297
Unique kanji readings2206
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters112472
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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)54333
Unique words4917
Unique words (used once)2182
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1346
Unique kanji (used once)262
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)37337
Unique words4892
Unique words (used once)2232
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1311
Unique kanji (used once)283
Unique kanji readings2069
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters93102
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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)23659
Unique words3664
Unique words (used once)1701
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji892
Unique kanji (used once)195
Unique kanji readings1368
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length25.2
Characters53961
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Cover of Spy Shitsugyou
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Spy Shitsugyou
Length (in words)32243
Unique words4387
Unique words (used once)2212
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1217
Unique kanji (used once)265
Unique kanji readings1947
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.7
Characters75565
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Cover of Saijo no Osewa
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Saijo no Osewa
Length (in words)46601
Unique words5450
Unique words (used once)2472
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1571
Unique kanji (used once)293
Unique kanji readings2548
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.1
Characters108248
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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)61063
Unique words7778
Unique words (used once)3885
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1733
Unique kanji (used once)302
Unique kanji readings2895
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.8
Characters149050
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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)43992
Unique words5848
Unique words (used once)2845
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1493
Unique kanji (used once)331
Unique kanji readings2376
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters107541
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Cover of Sakiyomi!
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Sakiyomi!
Length (in words)53357
Unique words4547
Unique words (used once)1956
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1015
Unique kanji (used once)176
Unique kanji readings1581
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters126104
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Cover of Watashi no Ie wa Obakeyashiki
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Watashi no Ie wa Obakeyashiki
Length (in words)41365
Unique words4453
Unique words (used once)2144
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1147
Unique kanji (used once)260
Unique kanji readings1749
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.0
Characters102526
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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)43875
Unique words4994
Unique words (used once)2370
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1339
Unique kanji (used once)255
Unique kanji readings2112
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.8
Characters101715
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Cover of Dorobou no Meijin
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Dorobou no Meijin
Length (in words)32735
Unique words4413
Unique words (used once)2188
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1264
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings1966
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters77205
Volumes1
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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)24548
Unique words3960
Unique words (used once)2005
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1010
Unique kanji (used once)217
Unique kanji readings1512
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters59966
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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)115044
Unique words8189
Unique words (used once)3386
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1688
Unique kanji (used once)248
Unique kanji readings2827
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters264654
Volumes3
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Cover of Kitan Room
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Kitan Room
Length (in words)29714
Unique words3280
Unique words (used once)1486
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji951
Unique kanji (used once)217
Unique kanji readings1407
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)143619
Unique words8705
Unique words (used once)3404
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1722
Unique kanji (used once)233
Unique kanji readings3017
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.7
Characters333806
Volumes3
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Cover of Ai ni Chikau Oukoku
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Ai ni Chikau Oukoku
Length (in words)20419
Unique words3151
Unique words (used once)1512
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1258
Unique kanji (used once)309
Unique kanji readings1878
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters48357
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Cover of Shoukoujo Sera
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Shoukoujo Sera
Length (in words)46831
Unique words4917
Unique words (used once)2167
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji989
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings1506
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length29.0
Characters124260
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Cover of Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
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Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
Length (in words)65538
Unique words6582
Unique words (used once)2827
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1151
Unique kanji (used once)224
Unique kanji readings1844
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters165200
Volumes3
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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)49042
Unique words6084
Unique words (used once)2810
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1677
Unique kanji (used once)312
Unique kanji readings2723
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters120221
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Cover of Shiawase Shokudou no Isekai Gohan
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Shiawase Shokudou no Isekai Gohan
Length (in words)110098
Unique words7576
Unique words (used once)3147
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 Hachi Gatsu no Kamome Tachi
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Hachi Gatsu no Kamome Tachi
Length (in words)33849
Unique words4292
Unique words (used once)1989
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1150
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings1739
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters79556
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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)31334
Unique words4765
Unique words (used once)2546
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1318
Unique kanji (used once)312
Unique kanji readings2062
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters75547
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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)25349
Unique words3189
Unique words (used once)1453
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1103
Unique kanji (used once)268
Unique kanji readings1625
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.7
Characters60544
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Cover of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear
Length (in words)934374
Unique words14897
Unique words (used once)4686
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2101
Unique kanji (used once)166
Unique kanji readings3878
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters2170087
Volumes19
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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)51892
Unique words5661
Unique words (used once)2652
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1445
Unique kanji (used once)327
Unique kanji readings2271
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.4
Characters119032
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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)114721
Unique words8692
Unique words (used once)3550
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1772
Unique kanji (used once)257
Unique kanji readings3121
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters262755
Volumes3
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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)55099
Unique words6278
Unique words (used once)3117
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1508
Unique kanji (used once)331
Unique kanji readings2410
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters130672
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Cover of Houkago Renaibu
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Houkago Renaibu
Length (in words)49870
Unique words5499
Unique words (used once)2567
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1378
Unique kanji (used once)258
Unique kanji readings2181
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters120069
Volumes1
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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)19182
Unique words3072
Unique words (used once)1537
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1043
Unique kanji (used once)254
Unique kanji readings1545
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)38393
Unique words4871
Unique words (used once)2394
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1376
Unique kanji (used once)291
Unique kanji readings2169
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters92663
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Cover of Koi wo Hiku
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Koi wo Hiku
Length (in words)15650
Unique words2819
Unique words (used once)1574
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji1056
Unique kanji (used once)317
Unique kanji readings1555
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.9
Characters36126
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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)56433
Unique words5751
Unique words (used once)2529
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1558
Unique kanji (used once)259
Unique kanji readings2540
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length23.2
Characters132096
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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)32771
Unique words4107
Unique words (used once)2022
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1149
Unique kanji (used once)255
Unique kanji readings1817
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.5
Characters78037
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