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)696948
Unique words25279
Unique words (used once)7975
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2679
Unique kanji (used once)252
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)287845
Unique words18954
Unique words (used once)7355
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2409
Unique kanji (used once)303
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length30.5
Characters684193
Volumes5
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Cover of Fate/Zero (TYPE-MOON BOOKS ver.)
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Fate/Zero (TYPE-MOON BOOKS ver.)
Length (in words)272347
Unique words19393
Unique words (used once)7081
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2783
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length26.1
Characters618364
Volumes4
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Cover of Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
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Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Length (in words)477752
Unique words22836
Unique words (used once)8044
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2507
Unique kanji (used once)218
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length21.1
Characters1088343
Volumes11
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Cover of 86
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86
Length (in words)274481
Unique words17274
Unique words (used once)6285
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2560
Unique kanji (used once)308
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length22.3
Characters615291
Volumes5
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Cover of Circlet Girl
Novel
Circlet Girl
Length (in words)885968
Unique words27911
Unique words (used once)8964
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2667
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.7
Characters2012729
Volumes13
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Cover of Monogatari Series
Novel
Monogatari Series
Length (in words)865039
Unique words26501
Unique words (used once)8813
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2731
Unique kanji (used once)306
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length20.4
Characters2037357
Volumes12
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Cover of Trinity Blood Canon Shingaku Taisen
Novel
Trinity Blood Canon Shingaku Taisen
Length (in words)92466
Unique words11920
Unique words (used once)5544
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2192
Unique kanji (used once)330
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length29.9
Characters215282
Volumes1
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Cover of Shakugan no Shana
Novel
Shakugan no Shana
Length (in words)932935
Unique words28802
Unique words (used once)8635
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji2962
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.6
Characters2116303
Volumes22
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Cover of Youjo Senki
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Youjo Senki
Length (in words)283157
Unique words17667
Unique words (used once)6541
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2407
Unique kanji (used once)246
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.9
Characters653470
Volumes3
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Cover of Trinity Blood Reborn on the Mars
Novel
Trinity Blood Reborn on the Mars
Length (in words)382460
Unique words21267
Unique words (used once)7633
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2717
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length24.4
Characters884362
Volumes6
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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)189252
Unique words15502
Unique words (used once)6056
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2467
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.1
Characters427866
Volumes10
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Cover of Accel World
Novel
Accel World
Length (in words)699484
Unique words24452
Unique words (used once)7994
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2608
Unique kanji (used once)230
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length25.2
Characters1656503
Volumes12
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Cover of Tokyo Ravens
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Tokyo Ravens
Length (in words)934613
Unique words26891
Unique words (used once)7785
Unique words (used once %)28%
Unique kanji2855
Unique kanji (used once)216
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters2165729
Volumes16
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Cover of Baccano! 1935
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Baccano! 1935
Length (in words)180122
Unique words12168
Unique words (used once)4969
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2189
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters414919
Volumes4
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Cover of Katanagatari
Novel
Katanagatari
Length (in words)338954
Unique words14693
Unique words (used once)5231
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2295
Unique kanji (used once)260
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters755145
Volumes12
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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)140474
Unique words12968
Unique words (used once)5720
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji2347
Unique kanji (used once)336
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.6
Characters328074
Volumes3
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Cover of Sanzensekai no Karasu wo Koroshi
Novel
Sanzensekai no Karasu wo Koroshi
Length (in words)841560
Unique words28625
Unique words (used once)8694
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2546
Unique kanji (used once)218
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length24.5
Characters1948086
Volumes20
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Cover of Trinity Blood Rage Against the Moons
Novel
Trinity Blood Rage Against the Moons
Length (in words)289917
Unique words19110
Unique words (used once)7305
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2636
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length22.7
Characters667903
Volumes6
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Cover of Leviathan no Koibito
Novel
Leviathan no Koibito
Length (in words)212919
Unique words16408
Unique words (used once)6117
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2606
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length23.3
Characters475043
Volumes4
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Cover of Kara no Kyoukai
Novel
Kara no Kyoukai
Length (in words)200898
Unique words12657
Unique words (used once)5022
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2181
Unique kanji (used once)280
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.2
Characters446395
Volumes3
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Cover of Crest of the Stars
Novel
Crest of the Stars
Length (in words)150929
Unique words13204
Unique words (used once)5512
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2284
Unique kanji (used once)357
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters355607
Volumes3
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Cover of 1Q84
Novel
1Q84
Length (in words)404116
Unique words18450
Unique words (used once)7014
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2359
Unique kanji (used once)252
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length24.5
Characters954306
Volumes3
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Cover of BEATLESS
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BEATLESS
Length (in words)224560
Unique words14790
Unique words (used once)5974
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2171
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length24.5
Characters524551
Volumes2
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Cover of Genesis Series: Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon
Novel
Genesis Series: Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon
Length (in words)377569
Unique words17111
Unique words (used once)6471
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2387
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters790384
Volumes3
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Cover of Shakugan no Shana S
Novel
Shakugan no Shana S
Length (in words)151326
Unique words15162
Unique words (used once)6462
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji2496
Unique kanji (used once)319
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length22.9
Characters342889
Volumes3
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Cover of Chrome Shelled Regios
Novel
Chrome Shelled Regios
Length (in words)429790
Unique words17641
Unique words (used once)6309
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2320
Unique kanji (used once)247
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.3
Characters1020331
Volumes11
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Cover of Banner of the Stars
Novel
Banner of the Stars
Length (in words)198222
Unique words13701
Unique words (used once)5522
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2320
Unique kanji (used once)327
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length22.6
Characters475313
Volumes4
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Cover of No Game No Life
Novel
No Game No Life
Length (in words)352063
Unique words18546
Unique words (used once)6732
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2463
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters773865
Volumes8
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Cover of Orabatora Senki
Novel
Orabatora Senki
Length (in words)508904
Unique words20735
Unique words (used once)7453
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2613
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters1207362
Volumes11
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Cover of Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World
Novel
Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World
Length (in words)1391179
Unique words29112
Unique words (used once)7383
Unique words (used once %)25%
Unique kanji2768
Unique kanji (used once)152
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.6
Characters3152395
Volumes23
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Cover of Baccano! 1934
Novel
Baccano! 1934
Length (in words)179628
Unique words11940
Unique words (used once)4860
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2105
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters410225
Volumes3
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Cover of A Certain Magical Index
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A Certain Magical Index
Length (in words)1258516
Unique words30767
Unique words (used once)8913
Unique words (used once %)28%
Unique kanji2703
Unique kanji (used once)251
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length23.7
Characters2885539
Volumes23
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Cover of Baccano! 1933 The Slash
Novel
Baccano! 1933 The Slash
Length (in words)101120
Unique words8503
Unique words (used once)3713
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1828
Unique kanji (used once)298
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters227350
Volumes2
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Cover of The Irregular at Magic High School
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The Irregular at Magic High School
Length (in words)755850
Unique words28319
Unique words (used once)9052
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2728
Unique kanji (used once)233
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length24.3
Characters1758837
Volumes13
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Cover of Overlord
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Overlord
Length (in words)443305
Unique words17595
Unique words (used once)6270
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2485
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length22.2
Characters1028706
Volumes6
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Cover of Kokoro
Novel
Kokoro
Length (in words)69751
Unique words6383
Unique words (used once)2973
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1897
Unique kanji (used once)388
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length29.1
Characters149877
Volumes1
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Cover of Bodacious Space Pirates
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Bodacious Space Pirates
Length (in words)703297
Unique words21366
Unique words (used once)7095
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2321
Unique kanji (used once)243
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length28.0
Characters1706271
Volumes12
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Cover of Isekai Goumon Hime
Novel
Isekai Goumon Hime
Length (in words)471649
Unique words17428
Unique words (used once)5395
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2548
Unique kanji (used once)198
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters1023243
Volumes10
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Cover of Inoru Kami no Na wo Shirazu, Negau Kokoro no Katachi mo Miezu, Sore Demo Tsuki wa Yozora ni Noboru
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Inoru Kami no Na wo Shirazu, Negau Kokoro no Katachi mo Miezu, Sore Demo Tsuki wa Yozora ni Noboru
Length (in words)83239
Unique words9708
Unique words (used once)4496
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2087
Unique kanji (used once)327
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length22.0
Characters189498
Volumes1
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Cover of Vivy Prototype
Novel
Vivy Prototype
Length (in words)70679
Unique words8191
Unique words (used once)3780
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1750
Unique kanji (used once)281
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length24.3
Characters166344
Volumes1
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Cover of Sword Art Online Progressive
Novel
Sword Art Online Progressive
Length (in words)557997
Unique words21784
Unique words (used once)7399
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2500
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length27.9
Characters1277531
Volumes8
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Cover of Baccano! 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad
Novel
Baccano! 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad
Length (in words)94749
Unique words8192
Unique words (used once)3520
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1825
Unique kanji (used once)283
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.8
Characters208949
Volumes2
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Cover of Kyo Kara Maoh!
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Kyo Kara Maoh!
Length (in words)550771
Unique words27919
Unique words (used once)10027
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2875
Unique kanji (used once)302
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.1
Characters1268506
Volumes16
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Cover of Soukou Akki Muramasa: Uchuu-hen
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Soukou Akki Muramasa: Uchuu-hen
Length (in words)56980
Unique words9168
Unique words (used once)4690
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji2129
Unique kanji (used once)396
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.1
Characters125093
Volumes1
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Cover of Campione
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Campione
Length (in words)334466
Unique words20550
Unique words (used once)7679
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2655
Unique kanji (used once)306
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.5
Characters774888
Volumes6
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Cover of Baccano! 2002
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Baccano! 2002
Length (in words)99304
Unique words9295
Unique words (used once)4175
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1911
Unique kanji (used once)303
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.8
Characters224956
Volumes2
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Cover of Magical City Night
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Magical City Night
Length (in words)340496
Unique words17312
Unique words (used once)6354
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2332
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters777947
Volumes10
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Cover of Fragments of the Stars
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Fragments of the Stars
Length (in words)102856
Unique words10245
Unique words (used once)4574
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji2102
Unique kanji (used once)324
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters243502
Volumes2
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Cover of Kuroi Ame
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Kuroi Ame
Length (in words)84875
Unique words10455
Unique words (used once)4926
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji2426
Unique kanji (used once)419
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length30.7
Characters180221
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