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 Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Novel
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Length (in words)702004
Unique words25378
Unique words (used once)8037
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2679
Unique kanji (used once)252
Unique kanji readings4982
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length30.9
Characters1654659
Volumes10
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Cover of Legend of the Galactic Heroes Side Stories
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes Side Stories
Length (in words)288937
Unique words18976
Unique words (used once)7393
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2409
Unique kanji (used once)302
Unique kanji readings4317
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length30.5
Characters684193
Volumes5
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Cover of Fate/strange Fake
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Fate/strange Fake
Length (in words)278318
Unique words16006
Unique words (used once)6252
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2617
Unique kanji (used once)305
Unique kanji readings5014
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length22.3
Characters597048
Volumes6
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Cover of Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
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Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Length (in words)476146
Unique words22776
Unique words (used once)8060
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2505
Unique kanji (used once)218
Unique kanji readings5051
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length21.1
Characters1085607
Volumes11
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Cover of 86
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86
Length (in words)510008
Unique words21525
Unique words (used once)6941
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2726
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings5319
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters1142977
Volumes9
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Cover of Vamp!
Novel
Vamp!
Length (in words)302294
Unique words15479
Unique words (used once)6042
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2344
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings4421
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.1
Characters669936
Volumes5
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Cover of Monogatari Series
Novel
Monogatari Series
Length (in words)1411335
Unique words32867
Unique words (used once)9956
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2957
Unique kanji (used once)316
Unique kanji readings6131
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.7
Characters3336133
Volumes19
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Cover of Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin
Novel
Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin
Length (in words)878143
Unique words27955
Unique words (used once)7991
Unique words (used once %)28%
Unique kanji2788
Unique kanji (used once)208
Unique kanji readings5736
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length24.2
Characters1982237
Volumes14
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Cover of Durarara!!
Novel
Durarara!!
Length (in words)653925
Unique words22022
Unique words (used once)7777
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2543
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings5030
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters1487125
Volumes13
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Cover of Shakugan no Shana
Novel
Shakugan no Shana
Length (in words)934312
Unique words28725
Unique words (used once)8626
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2954
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings6175
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.6
Characters2114050
Volumes22
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Cover of Zero Machina Kakuu Sanagi wo Shiie wa Utenai
Novel
Zero Machina Kakuu Sanagi wo Shiie wa Utenai
Length (in words)189160
Unique words15479
Unique words (used once)6046
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2467
Unique kanji (used once)256
Unique kanji readings4708
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.1
Characters427866
Volumes10
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Cover of Fate/Zero (TYPE-MOON BOOKS ver.)
Novel
Fate/Zero (TYPE-MOON BOOKS ver.)
Length (in words)270321
Unique words19236
Unique words (used once)7044
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2775
Unique kanji (used once)293
Unique kanji readings5550
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length26.1
Characters613197
Volumes4
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Cover of Guin Saga
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Guin Saga
Length (in words)462677
Unique words19847
Unique words (used once)6736
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2405
Unique kanji (used once)288
Unique kanji readings4606
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length24.9
Characters1076491
Volumes9
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Cover of Kinkakuji
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Kinkakuji
Length (in words)83721
Unique words10998
Unique words (used once)5295
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji2547
Unique kanji (used once)433
Unique kanji readings4662
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length29.8
Characters170636
Volumes1
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Cover of Kamen no Kokuhaku
Novel
Kamen no Kokuhaku
Length (in words)62287
Unique words9975
Unique words (used once)5177
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji2329
Unique kanji (used once)425
Unique kanji readings4109
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length31.8
Characters133103
Volumes1
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Cover of Guin Saga Gaiden
Novel
Guin Saga Gaiden
Length (in words)72262
Unique words7842
Unique words (used once)3576
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1634
Unique kanji (used once)336
Unique kanji readings2690
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length26.5
Characters168649
Volumes1
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Cover of Katanagatari
Novel
Katanagatari
Length (in words)338929
Unique words14675
Unique words (used once)5236
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2296
Unique kanji (used once)260
Unique kanji readings4350
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters755145
Volumes12
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Cover of Chuushingura
Novel
Chuushingura
Length (in words)277338
Unique words19856
Unique words (used once)7586
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2908
Unique kanji (used once)382
Unique kanji readings5998
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.7
Characters615323
Volumes5
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Cover of Usotsuki Mii-kun to Kowareta Maa-chan
Novel
Usotsuki Mii-kun to Kowareta Maa-chan
Length (in words)547915
Unique words26148
Unique words (used once)9015
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2658
Unique kanji (used once)221
Unique kanji readings5506
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.6
Characters1232739
Volumes11
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Cover of Youjo Senki
Novel
Youjo Senki
Length (in words)284204
Unique words17707
Unique words (used once)6579
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2407
Unique kanji (used once)246
Unique kanji readings4490
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.9
Characters653470
Volumes3
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Cover of Ryuuban Nanachou: Dragon Buster
Novel
Ryuuban Nanachou: Dragon Buster
Length (in words)123561
Unique words13705
Unique words (used once)6202
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji2419
Unique kanji (used once)358
Unique kanji readings4635
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length29.2
Characters265865
Volumes2
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Cover of Circlet Girl
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Circlet Girl
Length (in words)885708
Unique words27891
Unique words (used once)8994
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2667
Unique kanji (used once)223
Unique kanji readings5397
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.7
Characters2012729
Volumes13
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Cover of Angel Howling
Novel
Angel Howling
Length (in words)413614
Unique words16195
Unique words (used once)5689
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2336
Unique kanji (used once)247
Unique kanji readings4496
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.3
Characters955815
Volumes10
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Cover of Trinity Blood Reborn on the Mars
Novel
Trinity Blood Reborn on the Mars
Length (in words)383330
Unique words21303
Unique words (used once)7661
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2717
Unique kanji (used once)265
Unique kanji readings5295
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length24.4
Characters884362
Volumes6
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Cover of Higashi no Kensei Houten
Novel
Higashi no Kensei Houten
Length (in words)103252
Unique words8692
Unique words (used once)3607
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2049
Unique kanji (used once)323
Unique kanji readings3759
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length23.1
Characters215945
Volumes1
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Cover of Tokyo Ravens
Novel
Tokyo Ravens
Length (in words)934054
Unique words26886
Unique words (used once)7822
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji2855
Unique kanji (used once)216
Unique kanji readings5896
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters2165729
Volumes16
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Cover of The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II
Novel
The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II
Length (in words)465672
Unique words21268
Unique words (used once)7724
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2686
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings5180
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.3
Characters1096281
Volumes10
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Cover of Crest of the Stars
Novel
Crest of the Stars
Length (in words)151019
Unique words13180
Unique words (used once)5504
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2284
Unique kanji (used once)357
Unique kanji readings4037
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters355607
Volumes3
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Cover of Ten to Chi to
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Ten to Chi to
Length (in words)292285
Unique words18234
Unique words (used once)6826
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2595
Unique kanji (used once)381
Unique kanji readings5054
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.3
Characters663266
Volumes5
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Cover of Iconoclast!
Novel
Iconoclast!
Length (in words)425526
Unique words18532
Unique words (used once)6400
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2539
Unique kanji (used once)206
Unique kanji readings5004
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.3
Characters966580
Volumes10
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Cover of Paracelsus no Musume
Novel
Paracelsus no Musume
Length (in words)467379
Unique words23136
Unique words (used once)8315
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2701
Unique kanji (used once)290
Unique kanji readings5246
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.6
Characters1105296
Volumes10
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Cover of Trinity Blood Rage Against the Moons
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Trinity Blood Rage Against the Moons
Length (in words)291459
Unique words19138
Unique words (used once)7323
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2637
Unique kanji (used once)295
Unique kanji readings5059
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.7
Characters667903
Volumes6
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Cover of Baccano! 1935
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Baccano! 1935
Length (in words)181525
Unique words12196
Unique words (used once)4994
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2189
Unique kanji (used once)275
Unique kanji readings3985
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters414919
Volumes4
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Cover of Rengoku Hime
Novel
Rengoku Hime
Length (in words)297284
Unique words16429
Unique words (used once)5749
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2610
Unique kanji (used once)226
Unique kanji readings4983
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.3
Characters676015
Volumes6
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Cover of Hitsugi no Chaika
Novel
Hitsugi no Chaika
Length (in words)438585
Unique words17659
Unique words (used once)6029
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2538
Unique kanji (used once)240
Unique kanji readings4975
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters950502
Volumes9
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Cover of Sword Art Online
Novel
Sword Art Online
Length (in words)1501030
Unique words34507
Unique words (used once)9950
Unique words (used once %)28%
Unique kanji2924
Unique kanji (used once)216
Unique kanji readings6128
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length26.0
Characters3421562
Volumes25
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Cover of Rakuin no Monshou
Novel
Rakuin no Monshou
Length (in words)670464
Unique words21640
Unique words (used once)6051
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji2579
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings5082
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length24.7
Characters1563892
Volumes12
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Cover of Mad Bullet Underground
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Mad Bullet Underground
Length (in words)204186
Unique words13461
Unique words (used once)4961
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2286
Unique kanji (used once)223
Unique kanji readings4278
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.1
Characters464052
Volumes3
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Cover of D-Crackers
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D-Crackers
Length (in words)387131
Unique words20104
Unique words (used once)7252
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2462
Unique kanji (used once)229
Unique kanji readings4870
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length18.4
Characters890548
Volumes7
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Cover of 9S (Nine S)
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9S (Nine S)
Length (in words)713250
Unique words24298
Unique words (used once)7634
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2472
Unique kanji (used once)192
Unique kanji readings4895
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters1655267
Volumes13
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Cover of Accel World
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Accel World
Length (in words)699611
Unique words24440
Unique words (used once)7999
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2608
Unique kanji (used once)230
Unique kanji readings5216
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.2
Characters1656503
Volumes12
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Cover of Sabikui Bisco
Novel
Sabikui Bisco
Length (in words)297984
Unique words16808
Unique words (used once)6089
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2427
Unique kanji (used once)225
Unique kanji readings4729
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters666643
Volumes5
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Cover of Momi no Ki wa Nokotta
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Momi no Ki wa Nokotta
Length (in words)235301
Unique words12092
Unique words (used once)4532
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2389
Unique kanji (used once)356
Unique kanji readings4442
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length29.5
Characters509133
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Cover of Kara no Kyoukai
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Kara no Kyoukai
Length (in words)200882
Unique words12623
Unique words (used once)5021
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2182
Unique kanji (used once)281
Unique kanji readings3980
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.2
Characters446395
Volumes3
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Cover of Bakumatsu Mahoushi
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Bakumatsu Mahoushi
Length (in words)202456
Unique words16236
Unique words (used once)6376
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2668
Unique kanji (used once)307
Unique kanji readings5237
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters440878
Volumes3
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Cover of Zaregoto Series
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Zaregoto Series
Length (in words)665146
Unique words22980
Unique words (used once)8178
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2641
Unique kanji (used once)266
Unique kanji readings5216
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters1553055
Volumes9
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Cover of Nanatsu no Maken ga Shihai Suru
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Nanatsu no Maken ga Shihai Suru
Length (in words)304310
Unique words17175
Unique words (used once)6069
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2454
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings4769
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.9
Characters676275
Volumes5
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Cover of Double Breed
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Double Breed
Length (in words)484126
Unique words17817
Unique words (used once)6265
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2429
Unique kanji (used once)232
Unique kanji readings4682
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.6
Characters1110201
Volumes10
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Cover of Kyokou Suiri
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Kyokou Suiri
Length (in words)138986
Unique words11297
Unique words (used once)4785
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1992
Unique kanji (used once)267
Unique kanji readings3594
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length29.0
Characters322054
Volumes2
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Cover of Orabatora Senki
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Orabatora Senki
Length (in words)509938
Unique words20713
Unique words (used once)7465
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2613
Unique kanji (used once)295
Unique kanji readings5052
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters1207362
Volumes11
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