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Cover of Sono Hanashi wo Kikasete wa Ikenai
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Sono Hanashi wo Kikasete wa Ikenai
Length (in words)13625
Unique words2490
Unique words (used once)1226
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji935
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length25.2
Characters31169
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Cover of Kuudere Ojousama wa Nanka Chigau: Tatanai Ore to Do S na Kanojo
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Kuudere Ojousama wa Nanka Chigau: Tatanai Ore to Do S na Kanojo
Length (in words)14762
Unique words3497
Unique words (used once)2086
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji1208
Unique kanji (used once)360
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length20.7
Characters36079
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Cover of Oshi, Moyu
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Oshi, Moyu
Length (in words)20588
Unique words4504
Unique words (used once)2584
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji1371
Unique kanji (used once)349
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length31.3
Characters47590
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Cover of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Length (in words)20121
Unique words3182
Unique words (used once)1640
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji908
Unique kanji (used once)240
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length22.7
Characters47652
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Cover of Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
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Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
Length (in words)21925
Unique words4440
Unique words (used once)2482
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji1395
Unique kanji (used once)345
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters49296
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Cover of Konbini Ningen
Novel
Konbini Ningen
Length (in words)26044
Unique words3754
Unique words (used once)1868
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1253
Unique kanji (used once)289
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length24.4
Characters60188
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Cover of Ningen Shikkaku
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Ningen Shikkaku
Length (in words)27893
Unique words4873
Unique words (used once)2585
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1541
Unique kanji (used once)366
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length34.4
Characters63397
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Cover of Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Novel
Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Length (in words)28181
Unique words3437
Unique words (used once)1668
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1167
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters65366
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Cover of Yuki Guni
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Yuki Guni
Length (in words)31578
Unique words4794
Unique words (used once)2439
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1578
Unique kanji (used once)406
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length23.1
Characters67153
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Cover of Satsujin Shussan
Novel
Satsujin Shussan
Length (in words)30144
Unique words4421
Unique words (used once)2238
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1403
Unique kanji (used once)292
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.1
Characters67669
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Cover of Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Novel
Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Length (in words)28710
Unique words4566
Unique words (used once)2410
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1381
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters67956
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Cover of Fushidara na Yatsura
Novel
Fushidara na Yatsura
Length (in words)27046
Unique words4569
Unique words (used once)2365
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1321
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters68193
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Cover of Yoichi
Novel
Yoichi
Length (in words)32007
Unique words4538
Unique words (used once)2321
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1435
Unique kanji (used once)343
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters70006
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Cover of Soukou Akki Muramasa: Youkou Hibun Hagane
Novel
Soukou Akki Muramasa: Youkou Hibun Hagane
Length (in words)34415
Unique words5385
Unique words (used once)2668
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1773
Unique kanji (used once)408
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters72240
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Cover of Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Novel
Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Length (in words)33443
Unique words3691
Unique words (used once)1524
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji840
Unique kanji (used once)214
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.1
Characters72484
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Cover of Kitchen
Novel
Kitchen
Length (in words)32462
Unique words4496
Unique words (used once)2355
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1092
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.4
Characters73449
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Cover of Ima kara Anata wo Uttaemasu!
Novel
Ima kara Anata wo Uttaemasu!
Length (in words)31017
Unique words5167
Unique words (used once)2739
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1411
Unique kanji (used once)324
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.1
Characters75765
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Cover of Natsu to Hanabi to Watashi no Shitai
Novel
Natsu to Hanabi to Watashi no Shitai
Length (in words)33745
Unique words4077
Unique words (used once)1924
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1303
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length24.3
Characters76426
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Cover of Aki no Rougoku
Novel
Aki no Rougoku
Length (in words)34544
Unique words5477
Unique words (used once)2844
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1646
Unique kanji (used once)376
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters76892
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Cover of Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Novel
Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Length (in words)31308
Unique words4719
Unique words (used once)2547
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1296
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.4
Characters77612
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Cover of Kimi no Na wa
Novel
Kimi no Na wa
Length (in words)35155
Unique words5478
Unique words (used once)2845
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1488
Unique kanji (used once)315
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters77916
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Cover of Shakugan no Shana Zero
Novel
Shakugan no Shana Zero
Length (in words)33956
Unique words6315
Unique words (used once)3361
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1748
Unique kanji (used once)376
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters78022
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Cover of Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
Novel
Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
Length (in words)33205
Unique words5247
Unique words (used once)2636
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1478
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length21.0
Characters78593
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Cover of Baccano! 1931 (Winter) The Time of the Oasis
Novel
Baccano! 1931 (Winter) The Time of the Oasis
Length (in words)35898
Unique words5134
Unique words (used once)2449
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1533
Unique kanji (used once)312
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.4
Characters80581
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Cover of Boogiepop in the Mirror: "Pandora"
Novel
Boogiepop in the Mirror: "Pandora"
Length (in words)36048
Unique words5044
Unique words (used once)2621
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1356
Unique kanji (used once)345
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters85217
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Cover of Shuu Yon de Heya ni Asobi ni Kuru Koakuma Girl wa Kubittake!
Novel
Shuu Yon de Heya ni Asobi ni Kuru Koakuma Girl wa Kubittake!
Length (in words)36454
Unique words4529
Unique words (used once)2213
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1281
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters86520
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Cover of Durarara!! Gaiden!?
Novel
Durarara!! Gaiden!?
Length (in words)38549
Unique words5672
Unique words (used once)2946
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1546
Unique kanji (used once)335
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters87802
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Cover of Shakunetsu no Kobayakawa-san
Novel
Shakunetsu no Kobayakawa-san
Length (in words)37810
Unique words6542
Unique words (used once)3460
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1435
Unique kanji (used once)260
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters87950
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Cover of Karafuru
Novel
Karafuru
Length (in words)36697
Unique words5943
Unique words (used once)3108
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1377
Unique kanji (used once)305
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.6
Characters88067
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Cover of Tou no Ue no Princess
Novel
Tou no Ue no Princess
Length (in words)39365
Unique words4895
Unique words (used once)2120
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1515
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.3
Characters88210
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Cover of Jigoku Kurayami Hana mo Naki
Novel
Jigoku Kurayami Hana mo Naki
Length (in words)37604
Unique words6836
Unique words (used once)3706
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1794
Unique kanji (used once)345
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length21.1
Characters88786
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Cover of Boogiepop and Others
Novel
Boogiepop and Others
Length (in words)37987
Unique words5309
Unique words (used once)2803
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1403
Unique kanji (used once)322
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length18.7
Characters89098
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Cover of Bokutachi no Remake
Novel
Bokutachi no Remake
Length (in words)38622
Unique words5844
Unique words (used once)3077
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1421
Unique kanji (used once)300
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters90847
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Cover of Kimi no Na wa Another Side: Earthbound
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Kimi no Na wa Another Side: Earthbound
Length (in words)39372
Unique words6459
Unique words (used once)3398
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1569
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length23.1
Characters90985
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Cover of Sekaiichi Kawaii Ore no Osananajimi ga, Kyou mo Kawaii
Novel
Sekaiichi Kawaii Ore no Osananajimi ga, Kyou mo Kawaii
Length (in words)39326
Unique words5572
Unique words (used once)2768
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1536
Unique kanji (used once)339
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters91459
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Cover of Baccano! 1931 Another Junk Railroad
Novel
Baccano! 1931 Another Junk Railroad
Length (in words)40637
Unique words5544
Unique words (used once)2754
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1561
Unique kanji (used once)308
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length21.6
Characters91516
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Cover of Ano Natsu, Yume no Owari de Koi wo Shita
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Ano Natsu, Yume no Owari de Koi wo Shita
Length (in words)40541
Unique words4733
Unique words (used once)2225
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1440
Unique kanji (used once)311
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length23.3
Characters92608
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Cover of Bijoutachi ni Semarareteiru Kishi Ore wa Jiyuu ga Hoshii!
Novel
Bijoutachi ni Semarareteiru Kishi Ore wa Jiyuu ga Hoshii!
Length (in words)41146
Unique words6920
Unique words (used once)3559
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1746
Unique kanji (used once)334
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.9
Characters93412
Volumes5
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Cover of Boogiepop Overdrive: The King of Distortion
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Boogiepop Overdrive: The King of Distortion
Length (in words)39023
Unique words5067
Unique words (used once)2637
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1354
Unique kanji (used once)316
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters93539
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Cover of Souchi no Bohimei
Novel
Souchi no Bohimei
Length (in words)42628
Unique words6506
Unique words (used once)3291
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1727
Unique kanji (used once)340
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.6
Characters93653
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Cover of Kaijin no Calchel
Novel
Kaijin no Calchel
Length (in words)42596
Unique words5420
Unique words (used once)2429
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1657
Unique kanji (used once)286
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length16.4
Characters94314
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Cover of Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" Another Mission
Novel
Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" Another Mission
Length (in words)41429
Unique words6003
Unique words (used once)3055
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1572
Unique kanji (used once)291
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters94808
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Cover of Hakubou no Dendoushi
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Hakubou no Dendoushi
Length (in words)42779
Unique words7352
Unique words (used once)3711
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji2016
Unique kanji (used once)370
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length24.2
Characters95049
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Cover of Shita no Ue no Kimi
Novel
Shita no Ue no Kimi
Length (in words)43829
Unique words6046
Unique words (used once)3041
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1765
Unique kanji (used once)380
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length21.3
Characters95408
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Cover of Spy Kyoushitsu Short Stories
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Spy Kyoushitsu Short Stories
Length (in words)41111
Unique words6405
Unique words (used once)3265
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1695
Unique kanji (used once)292
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters96311
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Cover of Yuushiki
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Yuushiki
Length (in words)42728
Unique words5974
Unique words (used once)3090
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1558
Unique kanji (used once)336
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters96792
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Cover of Mou Hitotsu no Inochi
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Mou Hitotsu no Inochi
Length (in words)41631
Unique words5923
Unique words (used once)2967
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1613
Unique kanji (used once)321
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.1
Characters96914
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Cover of Tatoe Anata ga Hone ni Nattemo
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Tatoe Anata ga Hone ni Nattemo
Length (in words)43546
Unique words5835
Unique words (used once)2884
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1561
Unique kanji (used once)298
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters97590
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Cover of Jyunyuu
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Jyunyuu
Length (in words)42324
Unique words5453
Unique words (used once)2590
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1450
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length27.2
Characters98147
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Cover of Tenki no Ko
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Tenki no Ko
Length (in words)44179
Unique words6240
Unique words (used once)3067
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1497
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters98612
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