Novel difficulty list

This is a list of novels, both light novels and traditional novels, ranked by their difficulty, on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is very easy and 10 is very hard. You can use it to find the most appropriate novel to read based on how good your Japanese is.

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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)13647
Unique words2499
Unique words (used once)1231
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 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Length (in words)20116
Unique words3190
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 Oshi, Moyu
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Oshi, Moyu
Length (in words)20611
Unique words4511
Unique words (used once)2589
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 Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
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Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin
Length (in words)21930
Unique words4453
Unique words (used once)2495
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji1395
Unique kanji (used once)345
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters49296
Volumes1
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Cover of Konbini Ningen
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Konbini Ningen
Length (in words)26062
Unique words3763
Unique words (used once)1874
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 Fushidara na Yatsura
Novel
Fushidara na Yatsura
Length (in words)27085
Unique words4582
Unique words (used once)2375
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 Ningen Shikkaku
Novel
Ningen Shikkaku
Length (in words)27902
Unique words4880
Unique words (used once)2589
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)28199
Unique words3443
Unique words (used once)1670
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 Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Novel
Doctor Alpha no Tea Time
Length (in words)28719
Unique words4579
Unique words (used once)2418
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 Satsujin Shussan
Novel
Satsujin Shussan
Length (in words)30156
Unique words4429
Unique words (used once)2240
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 Ima kara Anata wo Uttaemasu!
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Ima kara Anata wo Uttaemasu!
Length (in words)31011
Unique words5175
Unique words (used once)2745
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 Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Novel
Vtuber Dakedo, Yuri Eigyou Shitara Dohamari Shita Ken
Length (in words)31314
Unique words4730
Unique words (used once)2549
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 Yuki Guni
Novel
Yuki Guni
Length (in words)31572
Unique words4804
Unique words (used once)2446
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 Yoichi
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Yoichi
Length (in words)32049
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 Kitchen
Novel
Kitchen
Length (in words)32486
Unique words4512
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 Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
Novel
Shimekirimae ni wa Yuri ga Hakadoru
Length (in words)33228
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 Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Novel
Nichijou no Natsuyasumi
Length (in words)33512
Unique words3700
Unique words (used once)1534
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)33761
Unique words4081
Unique words (used once)1922
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 Shakugan no Shana Zero
Novel
Shakugan no Shana Zero
Length (in words)33977
Unique words6327
Unique words (used once)3373
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1748
Unique kanji (used once)376
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters78022
Volumes1
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Cover of Soukou Akki Muramasa: Youkou Hibun Hagane
Novel
Soukou Akki Muramasa: Youkou Hibun Hagane
Length (in words)34431
Unique words5398
Unique words (used once)2675
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 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 Kimi no Na wa
Novel
Kimi no Na wa
Length (in words)35169
Unique words5489
Unique words (used once)2853
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 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 Boogiepop in the Mirror: "Pandora"
Novel
Boogiepop in the Mirror: "Pandora"
Length (in words)36090
Unique words5069
Unique words (used once)2640
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 Karafuru
Novel
Karafuru
Length (in words)36927
Unique words5955
Unique words (used once)3117
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 Jigoku Kurayami Hana mo Naki
Novel
Jigoku Kurayami Hana mo Naki
Length (in words)37632
Unique words6841
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 Shakunetsu no Kobayakawa-san
Novel
Shakunetsu no Kobayakawa-san
Length (in words)37823
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 Boogiepop and Others
Novel
Boogiepop and Others
Length (in words)37989
Unique words5319
Unique words (used once)2803
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 Bokutachi no Remake
Novel
Bokutachi no Remake
Length (in words)38649
Unique words5861
Unique words (used once)3089
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 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 Sekaiichi Kawaii Ore no Osananajimi ga, Kyou mo Kawaii
Novel
Sekaiichi Kawaii Ore no Osananajimi ga, Kyou mo Kawaii
Length (in words)39345
Unique words5585
Unique words (used once)2773
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 Tou no Ue no Princess
Novel
Tou no Ue no Princess
Length (in words)39374
Unique words4903
Unique words (used once)2122
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 Kimi no Na wa Another Side: Earthbound
Novel
Kimi no Na wa Another Side: Earthbound
Length (in words)39387
Unique words6477
Unique words (used once)3418
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 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 Baccano! 1931 Another Junk Railroad
Novel
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 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
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Cover of Spy Kyoushitsu Short Stories
Novel
Spy Kyoushitsu Short Stories
Length (in words)41142
Unique words6409
Unique words (used once)3269
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1695
Unique kanji (used once)292
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters96311
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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)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
Volumes5
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Cover of Mou Hitotsu no Inochi
Novel
Mou Hitotsu no Inochi
Length (in words)41635
Unique words5935
Unique words (used once)2971
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 Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
Novel
Wakatsuki Hikaru's Teens' Love Short Stories
Length (in words)41927
Unique words5018
Unique words (used once)2195
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1353
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters101901
Volumes9
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Cover of Hatenai Sora wo Kimi to Tobitai
Novel
Hatenai Sora wo Kimi to Tobitai
Length (in words)42341
Unique words5925
Unique words (used once)2958
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 Jyunyuu
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Jyunyuu
Length (in words)42412
Unique words5463
Unique words (used once)2594
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 Kaijin no Calchel
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Kaijin no Calchel
Length (in words)42614
Unique words5424
Unique words (used once)2431
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1656
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length16.4
Characters94314
Volumes1
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Cover of Kikoujuu to Madousho (Grimoire)
Novel
Kikoujuu to Madousho (Grimoire)
Length (in words)42645
Unique words6455
Unique words (used once)3200
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1618
Unique kanji (used once)313
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters104276
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Cover of Souchi no Bohimei
Novel
Souchi no Bohimei
Length (in words)42653
Unique words6514
Unique words (used once)3300
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 Hakubou no Dendoushi
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Hakubou no Dendoushi
Length (in words)42787
Unique words7363
Unique words (used once)3723
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 Yuushiki
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Yuushiki
Length (in words)42794
Unique words5979
Unique words (used once)3093
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 Wagamama de Gomenasobase
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Wagamama de Gomenasobase
Length (in words)43105
Unique words4794
Unique words (used once)2193
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 Tantei wa Mou Shindeiru
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Tantei wa Mou Shindeiru
Length (in words)43537
Unique words5928
Unique words (used once)3038
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1578
Unique kanji (used once)331
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters100887
Volumes1
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Cover of Watashi, Nibanme no Kanojo de Ii kara
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Watashi, Nibanme no Kanojo de Ii kara
Length (in words)43544
Unique words4570
Unique words (used once)2133
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1219
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters102543
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