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)703121
Unique words25444
Unique words (used once)8065
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2679
Unique kanji (used once)251
Unique kanji readings5001
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)289804
Unique words19041
Unique words (used once)7428
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2415
Unique kanji (used once)306
Unique kanji readings4344
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length30.5
Characters684193
Volumes5
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Cover of Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Novel
Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Length (in words)476950
Unique words22823
Unique words (used once)8092
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2507
Unique kanji (used once)219
Unique kanji readings5069
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length21.1
Characters1085607
Volumes11
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Cover of 86
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86
Length (in words)507691
Unique words21550
Unique words (used once)6951
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2726
Unique kanji (used once)240
Unique kanji readings5324
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters1142977
Volumes9
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Cover of Vamp!
Novel
Vamp!
Length (in words)302839
Unique words15489
Unique words (used once)6043
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2345
Unique kanji (used once)269
Unique kanji readings4426
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length22.1
Characters669936
Volumes5
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Cover of Fate/strange Fake
Novel
Fate/strange Fake
Length (in words)219063
Unique words14161
Unique words (used once)5694
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2388
Unique kanji (used once)293
Unique kanji readings4435
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters482155
Volumes5
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Cover of Monogatari Series
Novel
Monogatari Series
Length (in words)1405854
Unique words32983
Unique words (used once)10011
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2963
Unique kanji (used once)314
Unique kanji readings6166
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)878541
Unique words27968
Unique words (used once)7997
Unique words (used once %)28%
Unique kanji2788
Unique kanji (used once)207
Unique kanji readings5743
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length24.2
Characters1982237
Volumes14
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Cover of Durarara!!
Novel
Durarara!!
Length (in words)654407
Unique words22079
Unique words (used once)7809
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2552
Unique kanji (used once)247
Unique kanji readings5061
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters1487125
Volumes13
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Cover of Shakugan no Shana
Novel
Shakugan no Shana
Length (in words)940434
Unique words28792
Unique words (used once)8648
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2959
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings6198
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.6
Characters2114050
Volumes22
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Cover of Zero Machina Kakuu Sanagi wo Shiie wa Utenai
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Zero Machina Kakuu Sanagi wo Shiie wa Utenai
Length (in words)190036
Unique words15503
Unique words (used once)6048
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2469
Unique kanji (used once)255
Unique kanji readings4717
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)272050
Unique words19282
Unique words (used once)7070
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2780
Unique kanji (used once)296
Unique kanji readings5568
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)463296
Unique words19881
Unique words (used once)6748
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2405
Unique kanji (used once)287
Unique kanji readings4611
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length24.9
Characters1076491
Volumes9
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Cover of Kinkakuji
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Kinkakuji
Length (in words)83896
Unique words11127
Unique words (used once)5402
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji2561
Unique kanji (used once)434
Unique kanji readings4733
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length29.8
Characters170636
Volumes1
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Cover of Guin Saga Gaiden
Novel
Guin Saga Gaiden
Length (in words)72434
Unique words7855
Unique words (used once)3577
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1640
Unique kanji (used once)336
Unique kanji readings2700
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length26.5
Characters168649
Volumes1
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Cover of Kamen no Kokuhaku
Novel
Kamen no Kokuhaku
Length (in words)62317
Unique words10028
Unique words (used once)5215
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji2337
Unique kanji (used once)421
Unique kanji readings4151
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length31.8
Characters133103
Volumes1
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Cover of Katanagatari
Novel
Katanagatari
Length (in words)339303
Unique words14714
Unique words (used once)5249
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2301
Unique kanji (used once)261
Unique kanji readings4364
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters755145
Volumes12
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Cover of Chuushingura
Novel
Chuushingura
Length (in words)282905
Unique words20327
Unique words (used once)7735
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2931
Unique kanji (used once)379
Unique kanji readings6165
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)548440
Unique words26207
Unique words (used once)9051
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2660
Unique kanji (used once)219
Unique kanji readings5519
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.6
Characters1232739
Volumes11
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Cover of Youjo Senki
Novel
Youjo Senki
Length (in words)284160
Unique words17741
Unique words (used once)6607
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2408
Unique kanji (used once)245
Unique kanji readings4496
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.9
Characters653470
Volumes3
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Cover of Circlet Girl
Novel
Circlet Girl
Length (in words)894174
Unique words27935
Unique words (used once)9022
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2673
Unique kanji (used once)226
Unique kanji readings5416
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.7
Characters2012729
Volumes13
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Cover of Higashi no Kensei Houten
Novel
Higashi no Kensei Houten
Length (in words)104514
Unique words8727
Unique words (used once)3620
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2058
Unique kanji (used once)325
Unique kanji readings3778
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length23.1
Characters215945
Volumes1
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Cover of Ryuuban Nanachou: Dragon Buster
Novel
Ryuuban Nanachou: Dragon Buster
Length (in words)124054
Unique words13740
Unique words (used once)6215
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji2428
Unique kanji (used once)362
Unique kanji readings4659
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length29.2
Characters265865
Volumes2
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Cover of Angel Howling
Novel
Angel Howling
Length (in words)413714
Unique words16203
Unique words (used once)5693
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2338
Unique kanji (used once)248
Unique kanji readings4500
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)383405
Unique words21344
Unique words (used once)7682
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2718
Unique kanji (used once)265
Unique kanji readings5301
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length24.4
Characters884362
Volumes6
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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)465990
Unique words21298
Unique words (used once)7732
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2687
Unique kanji (used once)249
Unique kanji readings5183
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.3
Characters1096281
Volumes10
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Cover of Tokyo Ravens
Novel
Tokyo Ravens
Length (in words)936635
Unique words26952
Unique words (used once)7858
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji2861
Unique kanji (used once)219
Unique kanji readings5923
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters2165729
Volumes16
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Cover of Ten to Chi to
Novel
Ten to Chi to
Length (in words)295427
Unique words18584
Unique words (used once)6978
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2623
Unique kanji (used once)379
Unique kanji readings5185
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.3
Characters663266
Volumes5
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Cover of Crest of the Stars
Novel
Crest of the Stars
Length (in words)151134
Unique words13204
Unique words (used once)5518
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2286
Unique kanji (used once)356
Unique kanji readings4043
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters355607
Volumes3
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Cover of Paracelsus no Musume
Novel
Paracelsus no Musume
Length (in words)467902
Unique words23209
Unique words (used once)8349
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2709
Unique kanji (used once)295
Unique kanji readings5276
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.6
Characters1105296
Volumes10
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Cover of Iconoclast!
Novel
Iconoclast!
Length (in words)425754
Unique words18539
Unique words (used once)6401
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2542
Unique kanji (used once)207
Unique kanji readings5012
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.3
Characters966580
Volumes10
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Cover of Trinity Blood Rage Against the Moons
Novel
Trinity Blood Rage Against the Moons
Length (in words)291645
Unique words19158
Unique words (used once)7327
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2639
Unique kanji (used once)296
Unique kanji readings5065
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)181843
Unique words12206
Unique words (used once)4999
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2190
Unique kanji (used once)275
Unique kanji readings3987
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters414919
Volumes4
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Cover of Rengoku Hime
Novel
Rengoku Hime
Length (in words)297492
Unique words16442
Unique words (used once)5757
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2611
Unique kanji (used once)227
Unique kanji readings4988
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.3
Characters676015
Volumes6
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Cover of Mad Bullet Underground
Novel
Mad Bullet Underground
Length (in words)204239
Unique words13474
Unique words (used once)4964
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2287
Unique kanji (used once)223
Unique kanji readings4279
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.1
Characters464052
Volumes3
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Cover of Hitsugi no Chaika
Novel
Hitsugi no Chaika
Length (in words)439557
Unique words17682
Unique words (used once)6040
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2538
Unique kanji (used once)239
Unique kanji readings4979
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters950502
Volumes9
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Cover of Sword Art Online
Novel
Sword Art Online
Length (in words)1502755
Unique words34585
Unique words (used once)9986
Unique words (used once %)28%
Unique kanji2928
Unique kanji (used once)217
Unique kanji readings6147
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length26.0
Characters3421562
Volumes25
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Cover of Rakuin no Monshou
Novel
Rakuin no Monshou
Length (in words)671005
Unique words21683
Unique words (used once)6066
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji2580
Unique kanji (used once)221
Unique kanji readings5086
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length24.7
Characters1563892
Volumes12
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Cover of D-Crackers
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D-Crackers
Length (in words)389603
Unique words20130
Unique words (used once)7263
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2465
Unique kanji (used once)228
Unique kanji readings4887
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length18.4
Characters890548
Volumes7
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Cover of 9S (Nine S)
Novel
9S (Nine S)
Length (in words)714432
Unique words24341
Unique words (used once)7662
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2482
Unique kanji (used once)198
Unique kanji readings4920
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters1655267
Volumes13
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Cover of Kara no Kyoukai
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Kara no Kyoukai
Length (in words)201368
Unique words12641
Unique words (used once)5030
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2188
Unique kanji (used once)283
Unique kanji readings3992
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length20.2
Characters446395
Volumes3
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Cover of Sabikui Bisco
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Sabikui Bisco
Length (in words)298438
Unique words16843
Unique words (used once)6114
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2428
Unique kanji (used once)224
Unique kanji readings4739
Difficulty9/10
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)239208
Unique words12304
Unique words (used once)4619
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2402
Unique kanji (used once)351
Unique kanji readings4517
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length29.5
Characters509133
Volumes1
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Cover of Accel World
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Accel World
Length (in words)700303
Unique words24497
Unique words (used once)8016
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2613
Unique kanji (used once)228
Unique kanji readings5227
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.2
Characters1656503
Volumes12
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Cover of Bakumatsu Mahoushi
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Bakumatsu Mahoushi
Length (in words)204239
Unique words16340
Unique words (used once)6422
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2687
Unique kanji (used once)316
Unique kanji readings5301
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters440878
Volumes3
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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)304760
Unique words17207
Unique words (used once)6085
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2454
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings4773
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.9
Characters676275
Volumes5
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Cover of Double Breed
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Double Breed
Length (in words)484865
Unique words17876
Unique words (used once)6302
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2434
Unique kanji (used once)227
Unique kanji readings4711
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.6
Characters1110201
Volumes10
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Cover of Zaregoto Series
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Zaregoto Series
Length (in words)666273
Unique words23053
Unique words (used once)8222
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2653
Unique kanji (used once)272
Unique kanji readings5260
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters1553055
Volumes9
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Cover of Kyokou Suiri
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Kyokou Suiri
Length (in words)140236
Unique words11333
Unique words (used once)4807
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji2008
Unique kanji (used once)272
Unique kanji readings3630
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length29.0
Characters322054
Volumes2
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Cover of Banner of the Stars
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Banner of the Stars
Length (in words)198686
Unique words13662
Unique words (used once)5525
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2321
Unique kanji (used once)327
Unique kanji readings4194
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.6
Characters475313
Volumes4
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