Novel difficulty list

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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)13628
Unique words2488
Unique words (used once)1223
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 Kindaichi-kun no Bouken
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Kindaichi-kun no Bouken
Length (in words)20192
Unique words2996
Unique words (used once)1427
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji717
Unique kanji (used once)196
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters49319
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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)20123
Unique words3177
Unique words (used once)1637
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 Kitan Room
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Kitan Room
Length (in words)29709
Unique words3282
Unique words (used once)1489
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji951
Unique kanji (used once)217
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters70311
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Cover of Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
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Futago Ouji no Miwakekata
Length (in words)28334
Unique words3435
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 Kuudere Ojousama wa Nanka Chigau: Tatanai Ore to Do S na Kanojo
Novel
Kuudere Ojousama wa Nanka Chigau: Tatanai Ore to Do S na Kanojo
Length (in words)14767
Unique words3496
Unique words (used once)2086
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji1208
Unique kanji (used once)360
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.7
Characters36079
Volumes1
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Cover of Owari no Seraph
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Owari no Seraph
Length (in words)33673
Unique words3714
Unique words (used once)1730
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1168
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.7
Characters75789
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Cover of Konbini Ningen
Novel
Konbini Ningen
Length (in words)26051
Unique words3750
Unique words (used once)1865
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 Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
Novel
Mata, Onaji Yume wo Miteita
Length (in words)53553
Unique words3783
Unique words (used once)1677
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 Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Novel
Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Length (in words)33447
Unique words3690
Unique words (used once)1529
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 Natsu to Hanabi to Watashi no Shitai
Novel
Natsu to Hanabi to Watashi no Shitai
Length (in words)33746
Unique words4081
Unique words (used once)1930
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 Chuumon no Ooi Ryouriten
Novel
Chuumon no Ooi Ryouriten
Length (in words)22654
Unique words3939
Unique words (used once)2097
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1334
Unique kanji (used once)419
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length22.2
Characters51994
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Cover of Satsujin Shussan
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Satsujin Shussan
Length (in words)30142
Unique words4422
Unique words (used once)2245
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 Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
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Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
Length (in words)21924
Unique words4434
Unique words (used once)2477
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 Kitchen
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Kitchen
Length (in words)32471
Unique words4495
Unique words (used once)2353
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 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)36446
Unique words4534
Unique words (used once)2221
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 Oshi, Moyu
Novel
Oshi, Moyu
Length (in words)20592
Unique words4504
Unique words (used once)2590
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 Hoshi no Ko
Novel
Hoshi no Ko
Length (in words)31611
Unique words4488
Unique words (used once)2184
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1159
Unique kanji (used once)241
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters73774
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Cover of Yoichi
Novel
Yoichi
Length (in words)31988
Unique words4535
Unique words (used once)2320
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 Watashi, Nibanme no Kanojo de Ii kara
Novel
Watashi, Nibanme no Kanojo de Ii kara
Length (in words)43507
Unique words4559
Unique words (used once)2131
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1219
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters102543
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Cover of Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Novel
Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Length (in words)28706
Unique words4569
Unique words (used once)2415
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 Torinoko City
Novel
Torinoko City
Length (in words)48787
Unique words4632
Unique words (used once)2030
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1274
Unique kanji (used once)234
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters117728
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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 words4732
Unique words (used once)2223
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1440
Unique kanji (used once)311
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length23.3
Characters92608
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Cover of Fushidara na Yatsura
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Fushidara na Yatsura
Length (in words)27040
Unique words4575
Unique words (used once)2372
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 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)50183
Unique words4792
Unique words (used once)2058
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 Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Novel
Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Length (in words)31410
Unique words4727
Unique words (used once)2552
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 Another: Episode S
Novel
Another: Episode S
Length (in words)43948
Unique words4818
Unique words (used once)2113
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1330
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters98276
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Cover of Kare Nanka Yori, Watashi no Hou ga Ii Desho?
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Kare Nanka Yori, Watashi no Hou ga Ii Desho?
Length (in words)32460
Unique words4760
Unique words (used once)2453
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1366
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length19.1
Characters73049
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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!?
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Jitsu wa Onaji Shokuba ni Anata wo Suki na Hito ga Imasu Tenkin Saki wa Bijo Dake no Eigyousho!?
Length (in words)47655
Unique words4735
Unique words (used once)2093
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 Yuki Guni
Novel
Yuki Guni
Length (in words)31591
Unique words4794
Unique words (used once)2445
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1578
Unique kanji (used once)406
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length23.1
Characters67153
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Cover of Wagamama de Gomenasobase
Novel
Wagamama de Gomenasobase
Length (in words)43081
Unique words4778
Unique words (used once)2188
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1373
Unique kanji (used once)292
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters101143
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Cover of Yoru no Bakemono
Novel
Yoru no Bakemono
Length (in words)45392
Unique words4844
Unique words (used once)2274
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1326
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length22.3
Characters104492
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Cover of Tou no Ue no Princess
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Tou no Ue no Princess
Length (in words)39038
Unique words4866
Unique words (used once)2117
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1509
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length22.3
Characters87394
Volumes3
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Cover of Ningen Shikkaku
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Ningen Shikkaku
Length (in words)27891
Unique words4880
Unique words (used once)2593
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 Murasaki Iro no Qualia
Novel
Murasaki Iro no Qualia
Length (in words)49077
Unique words4915
Unique words (used once)2254
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1223
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length18.1
Characters115470
Volumes1
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Cover of Coffee ga Tsumetai Uchi ni
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Coffee ga Tsumetai Uchi ni
Length (in words)46565
Unique words5024
Unique words (used once)2319
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1380
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters109173
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Cover of Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking-Glass
Novel
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking-Glass
Length (in words)35728
Unique words4881
Unique words (used once)2482
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1228
Unique kanji (used once)327
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length24.8
Characters85308
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Cover of Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
Novel
Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
Length (in words)40357
Unique words4956
Unique words (used once)2202
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1347
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters97798
Volumes9
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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)38466
Unique words5010
Unique words (used once)2598
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1350
Unique kanji (used once)317
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length18.9
Characters92126
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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)45675
Unique words5124
Unique words (used once)2446
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 Boogiepop in the Mirror: "Pandora"
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Boogiepop in the Mirror: "Pandora"
Length (in words)35546
Unique words5004
Unique words (used once)2609
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1351
Unique kanji (used once)345
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.7
Characters83886
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Cover of Kaidan to Odorou, Soshite Anata wa Kaidan de Odoru
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Kaidan to Odorou, Soshite Anata wa Kaidan de Odoru
Length (in words)45177
Unique words5065
Unique words (used once)2429
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1395
Unique kanji (used once)298
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters103858
Volumes1
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Cover of Baccano! 1931 (Winter) The Time of the Oasis
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Baccano! 1931 (Winter) The Time of the Oasis
Length (in words)35993
Unique words5139
Unique words (used once)2462
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 Ima kara Anata wo Uttaemasu!
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Ima kara Anata wo Uttaemasu!
Length (in words)31015
Unique words5165
Unique words (used once)2741
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 Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases
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Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases
Length (in words)42839
Unique words5266
Unique words (used once)2528
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1450
Unique kanji (used once)308
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length26.6
Characters103464
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Cover of Alice in Wonderland
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Alice in Wonderland
Length (in words)34377
Unique words5127
Unique words (used once)2718
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1395
Unique kanji (used once)369
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length27.0
Characters81247
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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)33206
Unique words5240
Unique words (used once)2635
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 Sankai Yamanin ga Kataru Fushigi na Hanashi
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Sankai Yamanin ga Kataru Fushigi na Hanashi
Length (in words)44404
Unique words5283
Unique words (used once)2561
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1553
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length23.7
Characters95420
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Cover of Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori
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Hitsuji to Hagane no Mori
Length (in words)45673
Unique words5284
Unique words (used once)2560
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 Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru
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Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru
Length (in words)42485
Unique words4947
Unique words (used once)2404
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1486
Unique kanji (used once)372
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length23.6
Characters98490
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