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Cover of Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Novel
Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Length (in words)33505
Unique words3704
Unique words (used once)1537
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 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Length (in words)20115
Unique words3189
Unique words (used once)1644
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 Sono Hanashi wo Kikasete wa Ikenai
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Sono Hanashi wo Kikasete wa Ikenai
Length (in words)13646
Unique words2499
Unique words (used once)1232
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 Orange
Novel
Orange
Length (in words)76515
Unique words5957
Unique words (used once)2356
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1047
Unique kanji (used once)174
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters192198
Volumes3
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Cover of Kitchen
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Kitchen
Length (in words)32484
Unique words4513
Unique words (used once)2367
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 Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
Novel
Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
Length (in words)53593
Unique words3796
Unique words (used once)1690
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1124
Unique kanji (used once)220
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length23.8
Characters123587
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Cover of Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
Novel
Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!
Length (in words)65571
Unique words6618
Unique words (used once)2826
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1150
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters165200
Volumes3
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Cover of Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Novel
Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Length (in words)28194
Unique words3441
Unique words (used once)1667
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 Watashi, Nibanme no Kanojo de Ii kara
Novel
Watashi, Nibanme no Kanojo de Ii kara
Length (in words)43543
Unique words4571
Unique words (used once)2135
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1219
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters102543
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Cover of Murasaki Iro no Qualia
Novel
Murasaki Iro no Qualia
Length (in words)49059
Unique words4909
Unique words (used once)2242
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1223
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length18.1
Characters115470
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Cover of Konbini Ningen
Novel
Konbini Ningen
Length (in words)26058
Unique words3761
Unique words (used once)1872
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 Jitsu wa Onaji Shokuba ni Anata wo Suki na Hito ga Imasu Tenkin Saki wa Bijo Dake no Eigyousho!?
Novel
Jitsu wa Onaji Shokuba ni Anata wo Suki na Hito ga Imasu Tenkin Saki wa Bijo Dake no Eigyousho!?
Length (in words)47675
Unique words4752
Unique words (used once)2101
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1277
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters115590
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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)31311
Unique words4729
Unique words (used once)2548
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1295
Unique kanji (used once)336
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.4
Characters77612
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Cover of Natsu to Hanabi to Watashi no Shitai
Novel
Natsu to Hanabi to Watashi no Shitai
Length (in words)33757
Unique words4081
Unique words (used once)1923
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 Fushidara na Yatsura
Novel
Fushidara na Yatsura
Length (in words)27082
Unique words4582
Unique words (used once)2378
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1321
Unique kanji (used once)315
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters68193
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Cover of Koteki no Kanata
Novel
Koteki no Kanata
Length (in words)56615
Unique words5700
Unique words (used once)2535
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1331
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length21.8
Characters127667
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Cover of Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
Novel
Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
Length (in words)41919
Unique words5015
Unique words (used once)2194
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1353
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters101901
Volumes9
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Cover of Boogiepop Overdrive: The King of Distortion
Novel
Boogiepop Overdrive: The King of Distortion
Length (in words)39060
Unique words5077
Unique words (used once)2637
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1354
Unique kanji (used once)316
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters93539
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Cover of Kiki's Delivery Service
Novel
Kiki's Delivery Service
Length (in words)234055
Unique words9613
Unique words (used once)3381
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji1354
Unique kanji (used once)204
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.6
Characters593226
Volumes6
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Cover of Boogiepop in the Mirror: "Pandora"
Novel
Boogiepop in the Mirror: "Pandora"
Length (in words)36087
Unique words5069
Unique words (used once)2639
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1356
Unique kanji (used once)345
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters85217
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Cover of Yomei Ichinen to Senkoku Sareta Boku ga Yomei Hantoshi no Kimi to Deatta Hanashi
Novel
Yomei Ichinen to Senkoku Sareta Boku ga Yomei Hantoshi no Kimi to Deatta Hanashi
Length (in words)50167
Unique words4792
Unique words (used once)2053
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1360
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.6
Characters117687
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Cover of Eru Shion
Novel
Eru Shion
Length (in words)55888
Unique words6777
Unique words (used once)3086
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1368
Unique kanji (used once)307
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.5
Characters137390
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Cover of Oshi, Moyu
Novel
Oshi, Moyu
Length (in words)20604
Unique words4514
Unique words (used once)2591
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 Wagamama de Gomenasobase
Novel
Wagamama de Gomenasobase
Length (in words)43097
Unique words4794
Unique words (used once)2195
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1373
Unique kanji (used once)292
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters101143
Volumes6
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Cover of Karafuru
Novel
Karafuru
Length (in words)36923
Unique words5955
Unique words (used once)3116
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 Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Novel
Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Length (in words)28721
Unique words4573
Unique words (used once)2414
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1381
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters67956
Volumes6
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Cover of Another: Episode S
Novel
Another: Episode S
Length (in words)46170
Unique words5174
Unique words (used once)2331
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1392
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters103677
Volumes1
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Cover of Kaidan to Odorou, Soshite Anata wa Kaidan de Odoru
Novel
Kaidan to Odorou, Soshite Anata wa Kaidan de Odoru
Length (in words)45247
Unique words5066
Unique words (used once)2427
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1395
Unique kanji (used once)298
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters103858
Volumes1
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Cover of Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
Novel
Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
Length (in words)21928
Unique words4449
Unique words (used once)2489
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji1395
Unique kanji (used once)345
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters49296
Volumes1
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Cover of Boogiepop and Others
Novel
Boogiepop and Others
Length (in words)37989
Unique words5319
Unique words (used once)2804
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1403
Unique kanji (used once)322
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length18.7
Characters89098
Volumes1
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Cover of Satsujin Shussan
Novel
Satsujin Shussan
Length (in words)30148
Unique words4431
Unique words (used once)2243
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 Shokuzai
Novel
Shokuzai
Length (in words)54472
Unique words5687
Unique words (used once)2669
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1404
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length32.1
Characters133154
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Cover of Ima kara Anata wo Uttaemasu!
Novel
Ima kara Anata wo Uttaemasu!
Length (in words)31001
Unique words5177
Unique words (used once)2748
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1411
Unique kanji (used once)324
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.1
Characters75765
Volumes4
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Cover of Chaos;Child -Children’s Revive-
Novel
Chaos;Child -Children’s Revive-
Length (in words)48151
Unique words5683
Unique words (used once)2640
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1415
Unique kanji (used once)236
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters113208
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Cover of Bokutachi no Remake
Novel
Bokutachi no Remake
Length (in words)38646
Unique words5854
Unique words (used once)3084
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1421
Unique kanji (used once)300
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters90847
Volumes1
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Cover of Hatenai Sora wo Kimi to Tobitai
Novel
Hatenai Sora wo Kimi to Tobitai
Length (in words)42332
Unique words5922
Unique words (used once)2956
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1427
Unique kanji (used once)288
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters101010
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Cover of Tomodachi no Kanojo no Kokuhaku wo Kotowattara, Okotowariya ni Sukauto Saremashita
Novel
Tomodachi no Kanojo no Kokuhaku wo Kotowattara, Okotowariya ni Sukauto Saremashita
Length (in words)51814
Unique words5930
Unique words (used once)2848
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1431
Unique kanji (used once)280
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.7
Characters122721
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Cover of Yoichi
Novel
Yoichi
Length (in words)32044
Unique words4545
Unique words (used once)2328
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 Shakunetsu no Kobayakawa-san
Novel
Shakunetsu no Kobayakawa-san
Length (in words)37816
Unique words6560
Unique words (used once)3469
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 Ano Natsu, Yume no Owari de Koi wo Shita
Novel
Ano Natsu, Yume no Owari de Koi wo Shita
Length (in words)40522
Unique words4746
Unique words (used once)2235
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1440
Unique kanji (used once)311
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length23.3
Characters92608
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Cover of Jyunyuu
Novel
Jyunyuu
Length (in words)42406
Unique words5466
Unique words (used once)2597
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 Yoru ga Aketara, Ichiban ni Kimi ni Ai ni Iku
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Yoru ga Aketara, Ichiban ni Kimi ni Ai ni Iku
Length (in words)64128
Unique words5980
Unique words (used once)2642
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1457
Unique kanji (used once)257
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.2
Characters148263
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Cover of Santa Claus wo Koroshita. Soshite, Kisu wo Shita
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Santa Claus wo Koroshita. Soshite, Kisu wo Shita
Length (in words)52238
Unique words5470
Unique words (used once)2541
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1469
Unique kanji (used once)288
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.1
Characters119077
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Cover of Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori
Novel
Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori
Length (in words)45718
Unique words5287
Unique words (used once)2567
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1469
Unique kanji (used once)327
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters107821
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Cover of Isshun wo Ikiru Kimi wo, Boku wa Eien ni Wasurenai
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Isshun wo Ikiru Kimi wo, Boku wa Eien ni Wasurenai
Length (in words)45677
Unique words5131
Unique words (used once)2445
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1476
Unique kanji (used once)318
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters103556
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Cover of Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
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Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
Length (in words)33222
Unique words5264
Unique words (used once)2645
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 Kokuhaku
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Kokuhaku
Length (in words)52099
Unique words6040
Unique words (used once)2772
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1488
Unique kanji (used once)254
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length27.5
Characters125544
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Cover of Kimi no Na wa
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Kimi no Na wa
Length (in words)35165
Unique words5488
Unique words (used once)2853
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1488
Unique kanji (used once)315
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters77916
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Cover of Kokkyou no Minami, Taiyou no Nishi
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Kokkyou no Minami, Taiyou no Nishi
Length (in words)69706
Unique words5666
Unique words (used once)2552
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1492
Unique kanji (used once)292
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length25.7
Characters156062
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Cover of Yatara to Sasshi no Ii Ore wa, Dokuzetsu Kuudere Bishoujo no Chiisana Dere mo Minogasazu ni Guigui Iku
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Yatara to Sasshi no Ii Ore wa, Dokuzetsu Kuudere Bishoujo no Chiisana Dere mo Minogasazu ni Guigui Iku
Length (in words)43968
Unique words5869
Unique words (used once)2857
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1493
Unique kanji (used once)331
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters107541
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