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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Fruits Matsuri
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Fruits Matsuri
Length (in words)7221
Unique words1352
Unique words (used once)669
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji185
Unique kanji (used once)44
Unique kanji readings254
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters18362
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Aki to Fuyu
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Aki to Fuyu
Length (in words)6788
Unique words1415
Unique words (used once)696
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji186
Unique kanji (used once)35
Unique kanji readings253
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.4
Characters17610
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Mori no Restaurant
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Mori no Restaurant
Length (in words)7664
Unique words1409
Unique words (used once)680
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji190
Unique kanji (used once)37
Unique kanji readings263
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters19264
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Haru to Natsu
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Haru to Natsu
Length (in words)7044
Unique words1381
Unique words (used once)671
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji195
Unique kanji (used once)48
Unique kanji readings247
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters18231
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Birthday Party
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Birthday Party
Length (in words)6872
Unique words1319
Unique words (used once)674
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji207
Unique kanji (used once)46
Unique kanji readings293
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters16999
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Hajimete no Umi to Camp
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Hajimete no Umi to Camp
Length (in words)6222
Unique words1315
Unique words (used once)667
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji239
Unique kanji (used once)56
Unique kanji readings317
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters15411
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Kasou Party
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Kasou Party
Length (in words)6060
Unique words1344
Unique words (used once)658
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji253
Unique kanji (used once)62
Unique kanji readings337
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length11.3
Characters15573
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Cover of Kuuku no Mori no Gakkou: Tomodachi tte, Naani?
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Kuuku no Mori no Gakkou: Tomodachi tte, Naani?
Length (in words)7950
Unique words1396
Unique words (used once)667
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji257
Unique kanji (used once)77
Unique kanji readings353
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters20638
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Christmas no Otomarikai
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Christmas no Otomarikai
Length (in words)6751
Unique words1357
Unique words (used once)675
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji258
Unique kanji (used once)66
Unique kanji readings352
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.7
Characters16999
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Cover of Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Sora no Picnic
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Koguma no Kuuku Monogatari: Sora no Picnic
Length (in words)6971
Unique words1399
Unique words (used once)706
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji261
Unique kanji (used once)79
Unique kanji readings373
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.4
Characters17494
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Cover of Totsugeki!? Jigoku Channel: Koi no Yokanwa Kikenna Kaori!
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Totsugeki!? Jigoku Channel: Koi no Yokanwa Kikenna Kaori!
Length (in words)5449
Unique words1617
Unique words (used once)1001
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji588
Unique kanji (used once)206
Unique kanji readings815
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters13299
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Cover of Obake ga Shitsuji no Nanafushigi
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Obake ga Shitsuji no Nanafushigi
Length (in words)20494
Unique words2803
Unique words (used once)1347
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji609
Unique kanji (used once)177
Unique kanji readings902
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters50891
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Cover of Obake ga Shitsuji no Natsuyasumi
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Obake ga Shitsuji no Natsuyasumi
Length (in words)24262
Unique words3102
Unique words (used once)1469
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji609
Unique kanji (used once)152
Unique kanji readings888
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters60318
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Cover of Hoshi no Kirby: Nazo to Jiken no Pupupu Train!?
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Hoshi no Kirby: Nazo to Jiken no Pupupu Train!?
Length (in words)16530
Unique words2601
Unique words (used once)1281
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji671
Unique kanji (used once)178
Unique kanji readings948
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters43429
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Cover of Fushigi Koshoten
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Fushigi Koshoten
Length (in words)24113
Unique words3180
Unique words (used once)1563
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji700
Unique kanji (used once)194
Unique kanji readings1035
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.7
Characters60825
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Cover of Sakka ni Naritai
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Sakka ni Naritai
Length (in words)14298
Unique words2636
Unique words (used once)1452
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji711
Unique kanji (used once)194
Unique kanji readings1028
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters36259
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Cover of Kindaichi-kun no Bouken
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Kindaichi-kun no Bouken
Length (in words)20200
Unique words2991
Unique words (used once)1423
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji717
Unique kanji (used once)196
Unique kanji readings1049
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters49319
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Cover of Uchira Tokken☆ Tenkou Travelers!!
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Uchira Tokken☆ Tenkou Travelers!!
Length (in words)17791
Unique words2574
Unique words (used once)1254
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji717
Unique kanji (used once)175
Unique kanji readings1032
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length14.0
Characters43970
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Cover of Hoshi no Kirby: Kurayami Mori de Dai Sawagi!
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Hoshi no Kirby: Kurayami Mori de Dai Sawagi!
Length (in words)19396
Unique words3005
Unique words (used once)1488
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji753
Unique kanji (used once)199
Unique kanji readings1119
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.8
Characters49724
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Cover of Hoshi no Kirby: Abunai Gourmet Yashiki!?
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Hoshi no Kirby: Abunai Gourmet Yashiki!?
Length (in words)18711
Unique words3128
Unique words (used once)1572
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji782
Unique kanji (used once)192
Unique kanji readings1158
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.4
Characters49309
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Cover of Aoi Tori
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Aoi Tori
Length (in words)30873
Unique words3658
Unique words (used once)1698
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji787
Unique kanji (used once)207
Unique kanji readings1175
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters76706
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Cover of Nansou Satomi Hakkenden
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Nansou Satomi Hakkenden
Length (in words)28069
Unique words3721
Unique words (used once)1683
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji795
Unique kanji (used once)155
Unique kanji readings1265
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters64601
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Cover of Himitsu no Kaen
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Himitsu no Kaen
Length (in words)31220
Unique words3456
Unique words (used once)1530
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji801
Unique kanji (used once)193
Unique kanji readings1188
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters74529
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Cover of Moshimo, Kono Machi de
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Moshimo, Kono Machi de
Length (in words)22313
Unique words3283
Unique words (used once)1622
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji804
Unique kanji (used once)185
Unique kanji readings1211
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters55588
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Cover of Anata
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Anata
Length (in words)11014
Unique words2152
Unique words (used once)1184
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji816
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings1176
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.3
Characters25861
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Cover of Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
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Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Length (in words)33428
Unique words3670
Unique words (used once)1510
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji840
Unique kanji (used once)214
Unique kanji readings1144
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length21.1
Characters72484
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Cover of Aoi Natsu, Watashi wa Tsutanai Koi wo Shita
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Aoi Natsu, Watashi wa Tsutanai Koi wo Shita
Length (in words)9463
Unique words2162
Unique words (used once)1261
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji883
Unique kanji (used once)314
Unique kanji readings1189
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters22280
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Cover of "Mizube no Gakkou" no Tokoro-kun
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"Mizube no Gakkou" no Tokoro-kun
Length (in words)23659
Unique words3664
Unique words (used once)1701
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji892
Unique kanji (used once)195
Unique kanji readings1368
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length25.2
Characters53961
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Cover of Koi wa Buryure, Kimi wa Doruche
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Koi wa Buryure, Kimi wa Doruche
Length (in words)11705
Unique words2274
Unique words (used once)1264
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji898
Unique kanji (used once)290
Unique kanji readings1272
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters28355
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Cover of Oshare Kaitou Crystal: Miwaku no Muffler
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Oshare Kaitou Crystal: Miwaku no Muffler
Length (in words)29502
Unique words4135
Unique words (used once)2032
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji904
Unique kanji (used once)227
Unique kanji readings1369
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.2
Characters76307
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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)20132
Unique words3174
Unique words (used once)1631
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji908
Unique kanji (used once)240
Unique kanji readings1325
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.7
Characters47652
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Cover of Haikyo ni Ikou!
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Haikyo ni Ikou!
Length (in words)8440
Unique words2063
Unique words (used once)1200
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji915
Unique kanji (used once)327
Unique kanji readings1271
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.7
Characters19515
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Cover of Meitantei Holmes Akage Kumiai
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Meitantei Holmes Akage Kumiai
Length (in words)33009
Unique words4825
Unique words (used once)2393
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji919
Unique kanji (used once)213
Unique kanji readings1419
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length26.4
Characters80330
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Cover of Sekaiisshuu Tondemo Gourmet Harapeko Shoujo, Shishou ni Deau
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Sekaiisshuu Tondemo Gourmet Harapeko Shoujo, Shishou ni Deau
Length (in words)18549
Unique words3183
Unique words (used once)1616
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji922
Unique kanji (used once)269
Unique kanji readings1335
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.4
Characters47373
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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)13629
Unique words2486
Unique words (used once)1226
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji935
Unique kanji (used once)255
Unique kanji readings1313
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length25.2
Characters31169
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Cover of Elf to Raven no Fushigi na Bouken
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Elf to Raven no Fushigi na Bouken
Length (in words)87264
Unique words5866
Unique words (used once)2330
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji935
Unique kanji (used once)150
Unique kanji readings1542
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.2
Characters217921
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Cover of Fushigi Dagashiya Zeni Tendou
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Fushigi Dagashiya Zeni Tendou
Length (in words)33474
Unique words4692
Unique words (used once)2324
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji935
Unique kanji (used once)249
Unique kanji readings1387
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters85137
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Cover of Kitan Room
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Kitan Room
Length (in words)29714
Unique words3280
Unique words (used once)1486
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji951
Unique kanji (used once)217
Unique kanji readings1407
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters70311
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Cover of Shoukoujo Sera
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Shoukoujo Sera
Length (in words)46831
Unique words4917
Unique words (used once)2167
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji989
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings1506
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length29.0
Characters124260
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Cover of Kyoufu no Mukashi Asobi
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Kyoufu no Mukashi Asobi
Length (in words)24259
Unique words3728
Unique words (used once)1833
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji990
Unique kanji (used once)240
Unique kanji readings1497
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters59869
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Cover of Totsugeki!? Jigoku Channel: Nerawareta Minarai Reporter!?
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Totsugeki!? Jigoku Channel: Nerawareta Minarai Reporter!?
Length (in words)24548
Unique words3960
Unique words (used once)2005
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1010
Unique kanji (used once)217
Unique kanji readings1512
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters59966
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Cover of Kono Fune, Jigoku Yuki
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Kono Fune, Jigoku Yuki
Length (in words)20905
Unique words3426
Unique words (used once)1749
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1012
Unique kanji (used once)254
Unique kanji readings1487
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.0
Characters51447
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Cover of Sakiyomi!
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Sakiyomi!
Length (in words)53357
Unique words4547
Unique words (used once)1956
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1015
Unique kanji (used once)176
Unique kanji readings1581
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters126104
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Cover of Yotsugo Gurashi
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Yotsugo Gurashi
Length (in words)46326
Unique words4880
Unique words (used once)2202
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1035
Unique kanji (used once)201
Unique kanji readings1648
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters113491
Volumes2
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Cover of Sekai Kara Neko ga Kieta Nara
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Sekai Kara Neko ga Kieta Nara
Length (in words)17838
Unique words2949
Unique words (used once)1578
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1038
Unique kanji (used once)303
Unique kanji readings1527
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.1
Characters41291
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Cover of Toiki ga Ai wo Oshiete Kuremashita
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Toiki ga Ai wo Oshiete Kuremashita
Length (in words)21463
Unique words3123
Unique words (used once)1581
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1042
Unique kanji (used once)275
Unique kanji readings1559
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length23.8
Characters50890
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Cover of Totsugeki!? Jigoku Channel: Scoop Itadaichaimasu!
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Totsugeki!? Jigoku Channel: Scoop Itadaichaimasu!
Length (in words)27670
Unique words4310
Unique words (used once)2153
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1043
Unique kanji (used once)223
Unique kanji readings1579
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters67013
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Cover of Kono Koi, Eiga Yorimo Amame Desu!
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Kono Koi, Eiga Yorimo Amame Desu!
Length (in words)19182
Unique words3072
Unique words (used once)1537
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1043
Unique kanji (used once)254
Unique kanji readings1545
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.2
Characters46419
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Cover of Orange
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Orange
Length (in words)76450
Unique words5915
Unique words (used once)2345
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1047
Unique kanji (used once)174
Unique kanji readings1752
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters192198
Volumes3
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Koi wo Hiku
Length (in words)15650
Unique words2819
Unique words (used once)1574
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji1056
Unique kanji (used once)317
Unique kanji readings1555
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.9
Characters36126
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