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Cover of "Omae Gotoki ga Maou ni Kateru to Omou na" to Yuusha Party wo Tsuihou Sareta no de, Outo de Kimama ni Kurashitai
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"Omae Gotoki ga Maou ni Kateru to Omou na" to Yuusha Party wo Tsuihou Sareta no de, Outo de Kimama ni Kurashitai
Length (in words)70772
Unique words7695
Unique words (used once)3466
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1694
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters165854
Volumes1
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Cover of 1Q84
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1Q84
Length (in words)404208
Unique words18444
Unique words (used once)7011
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2359
Unique kanji (used once)252
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length24.5
Characters954306
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Cover of 5 Fun Go ni Igai na Ketsumatsu
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5 Fun Go ni Igai na Ketsumatsu
Length (in words)83702
Unique words9017
Unique words (used once)4143
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1635
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters194907
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Cover of 52 Hertz no Kujiratachi
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52 Hertz no Kujiratachi
Length (in words)54629
Unique words6126
Unique words (used once)2953
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1674
Unique kanji (used once)345
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.3
Characters128369
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Cover of 86
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86
Length (in words)274509
Unique words17273
Unique words (used once)6286
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 A Certain Magical Index
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A Certain Magical Index
Length (in words)1258452
Unique words30761
Unique words (used once)8910
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 A Certain Scientific Railgun SS
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A Certain Scientific Railgun SS
Length (in words)55524
Unique words7115
Unique words (used once)3338
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1618
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length24.3
Characters130045
Volumes8
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Cover of AURA ~Maryuuin Kouga Saigo no Tatakai~
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AURA ~Maryuuin Kouga Saigo no Tatakai~
Length (in words)58546
Unique words8442
Unique words (used once)4175
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1638
Unique kanji (used once)287
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.3
Characters132591
Volumes1
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Cover of Accel World
Novel
Accel World
Length (in words)699509
Unique words24453
Unique words (used once)7995
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2608
Unique kanji (used once)230
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length25.2
Characters1656503
Volumes12
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Cover of Adachi and Shimamura
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Adachi and Shimamura
Length (in words)243994
Unique words13357
Unique words (used once)5213
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2071
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters570012
Volumes7
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Cover of Aki no Rougoku
Novel
Aki no Rougoku
Length (in words)34571
Unique words5479
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 Akkan no Grimoire
Novel
Akkan no Grimoire
Length (in words)110635
Unique words12173
Unique words (used once)5257
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji2104
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters254907
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Cover of Akuyaku Reijou wa, Shomin ni Totsugitai
Novel
Akuyaku Reijou wa, Shomin ni Totsugitai
Length (in words)127320
Unique words9422
Unique words (used once)3793
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1868
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.8
Characters295336
Volumes2
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Cover of Alahabad no Mahoutsukai
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Alahabad no Mahoutsukai
Length (in words)115923
Unique words10106
Unique words (used once)4319
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1904
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.4
Characters279476
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Cover of Amanojakuna Himuro-san Koukandou 100% kara Hajimeru Dokuzetsu Joshi no Otoshikata
Novel
Amanojakuna Himuro-san Koukandou 100% kara Hajimeru Dokuzetsu Joshi no Otoshikata
Length (in words)220472
Unique words12954
Unique words (used once)5171
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1988
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.3
Characters511126
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Cover of Ameku Takao no Suiri Karute
Novel
Ameku Takao no Suiri Karute
Length (in words)48712
Unique words5723
Unique words (used once)2574
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1523
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters112186
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Cover of Ano Natsu, Yume no Owari de Koi wo Shita
Novel
Ano Natsu, Yume no Owari de Koi wo Shita
Length (in words)40525
Unique words4748
Unique words (used once)2237
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 Another 2001
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Another 2001
Length (in words)138572
Unique words9012
Unique words (used once)3451
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1738
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length20.2
Characters320404
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Cover of Another: Episode S
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Another: Episode S
Length (in words)46134
Unique words5174
Unique words (used once)2330
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1392
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters103677
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Cover of Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon"
Novel
Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon"
Length (in words)505350
Unique words19374
Unique words (used once)6078
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2439
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length19.3
Characters1151493
Volumes11
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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)40765
Unique words6013
Unique words (used once)3061
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1572
Unique kanji (used once)291
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters94808
Volumes1
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Cover of Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
Novel
Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
Length (in words)619771
Unique words21140
Unique words (used once)6373
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2545
Unique kanji (used once)192
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters1419526
Volumes8
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Cover of Ascendance of a Bookworm
Novel
Ascendance of a Bookworm
Length (in words)323707
Unique words13620
Unique words (used once)4879
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2102
Unique kanji (used once)241
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length24.6
Characters750330
Volumes4
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Cover of Asura Cryin'
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Asura Cryin'
Length (in words)700919
Unique words23418
Unique words (used once)7972
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2553
Unique kanji (used once)244
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters1634039
Volumes14
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Cover of BEATLESS
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BEATLESS
Length (in words)224592
Unique words14787
Unique words (used once)5972
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 Baccano! 1705 The Ironic Light Orchestra
Novel
Baccano! 1705 The Ironic Light Orchestra
Length (in words)50341
Unique words6100
Unique words (used once)2926
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1674
Unique kanji (used once)309
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length21.3
Characters111617
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Cover of Baccano! 1710 Crack Flag
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Baccano! 1710 Crack Flag
Length (in words)49760
Unique words5881
Unique words (used once)2856
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1695
Unique kanji (used once)365
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters112162
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Cover of Baccano! 1711 Whitesmile
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Baccano! 1711 Whitesmile
Length (in words)55227
Unique words6294
Unique words (used once)2981
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1712
Unique kanji (used once)339
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.9
Characters126614
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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)35948
Unique words5156
Unique words (used once)2461
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1533
Unique kanji (used once)313
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.4
Characters80581
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Cover of Baccano! 1931 Another Junk Railroad
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Baccano! 1931 Another Junk Railroad
Length (in words)40664
Unique words5554
Unique words (used once)2758
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 Baccano! 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad
Novel
Baccano! 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad
Length (in words)94754
Unique words8194
Unique words (used once)3519
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1825
Unique kanji (used once)283
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.8
Characters208949
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Cover of Baccano! 1932 (Summer) Man in the Killer
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Baccano! 1932 (Summer) Man in the Killer
Length (in words)45547
Unique words5636
Unique words (used once)2753
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1569
Unique kanji (used once)315
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.2
Characters102814
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Cover of Baccano! 1932 Drug & The Dominos
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Baccano! 1932 Drug & The Dominos
Length (in words)48888
Unique words6271
Unique words (used once)3035
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1678
Unique kanji (used once)333
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters109647
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Cover of Baccano! 1933 The Slash
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Baccano! 1933 The Slash
Length (in words)101138
Unique words8512
Unique words (used once)3723
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1828
Unique kanji (used once)298
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters227350
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Cover of Baccano! 1934
Novel
Baccano! 1934
Length (in words)179659
Unique words11947
Unique words (used once)4865
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2105
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters410225
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Cover of Baccano! 1935
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Baccano! 1935
Length (in words)180140
Unique words12174
Unique words (used once)4972
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2189
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters414919
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Cover of Baccano! 2001 The Children of Bottle
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Baccano! 2001 The Children of Bottle
Length (in words)53309
Unique words5953
Unique words (used once)2833
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1644
Unique kanji (used once)332
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length23.0
Characters118521
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Cover of Baccano! 2002
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Baccano! 2002
Length (in words)99330
Unique words9299
Unique words (used once)4177
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1911
Unique kanji (used once)303
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.8
Characters224956
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Cover of Baccano! The Rolling Bootlegs
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Baccano! The Rolling Bootlegs
Length (in words)48229
Unique words6370
Unique words (used once)3122
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1692
Unique kanji (used once)329
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters108600
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Cover of Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
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Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
Length (in words)396423
Unique words16917
Unique words (used once)6246
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2286
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters932772
Volumes11
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Cover of Banner of the Stars
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Banner of the Stars
Length (in words)198250
Unique words13699
Unique words (used once)5525
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 Bara no Maria
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Bara no Maria
Length (in words)441071
Unique words21850
Unique words (used once)7728
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2612
Unique kanji (used once)280
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.5
Characters1062549
Volumes6
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Cover of Ben-to
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Ben-to
Length (in words)936070
Unique words25669
Unique words (used once)8113
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2626
Unique kanji (used once)200
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters2081786
Volumes12
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Cover of Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou
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Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou
Length (in words)230342
Unique words12584
Unique words (used once)4767
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2067
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters545345
Volumes5
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Cover of Bijoutachi ni Semarareteiru Kishi Ore wa Jiyuu ga Hoshii!
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Bijoutachi ni Semarareteiru Kishi Ore wa Jiyuu ga Hoshii!
Length (in words)41163
Unique words6935
Unique words (used once)3566
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1746
Unique kanji (used once)336
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.9
Characters93412
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Cover of Biscuit Frankenstein
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Biscuit Frankenstein
Length (in words)44492
Unique words6534
Unique words (used once)3236
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1678
Unique kanji (used once)311
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length18.6
Characters101504
Volumes1
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Cover of Bishounen Tanteidan
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Bishounen Tanteidan
Length (in words)368758
Unique words20383
Unique words (used once)7708
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2425
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length24.4
Characters896861
Volumes12
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Cover of Bodacious Space Pirates
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Bodacious Space Pirates
Length (in words)703371
Unique words21362
Unique words (used once)7095
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2321
Unique kanji (used once)243
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length28.0
Characters1706271
Volumes12
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Cover of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Length (in words)251963
Unique words15190
Unique words (used once)5968
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2206
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters592732
Volumes8
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Cover of Boku wa Yellow de White de, Chotto Blue
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Boku wa Yellow de White de, Chotto Blue
Length (in words)52451
Unique words6908
Unique words (used once)3452
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1539
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length33.2
Characters122727
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