Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of Oshikake
Visual novel
Oshikake
Length (in words)957
Unique words401
Unique words (used once)271
Unique words (used once %)67%
Unique kanji213
Unique kanji (used once)118
Unique kanji readings252
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters2556
VNDB avg. rating3.1
VNDB rating count16
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Cover of Hontou wa Kowai Yandere Musume ~Love One Another~
Visual novel
Hontou wa Kowai Yandere Musume ~Love One Another~
Length (in words)7784
Unique words1898
Unique words (used once)1140
Unique words (used once %)60%
Unique kanji820
Unique kanji (used once)303
Unique kanji readings1125
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters18924
VNDB avg. rating3.8
VNDB rating count5
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Length (in words)8067
Unique words1126
Unique words (used once)10
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji580
Unique kanji (used once)8
Unique kanji readings736
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters18989
VNDB avg. rating4.9
VNDB rating count8
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Cover of Rakka Ren Ren
Visual novel
Rakka Ren Ren
Length (in words)18245
Unique words2222
Unique words (used once)1066
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji831
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings1228
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length10.7
Characters45051
VNDB avg. rating5.0
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Visual novel
Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Length (in words)2182
Unique words563
Unique words (used once)306
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji279
Unique kanji (used once)121
Unique kanji readings336
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters5702
VNDB avg. rating5.1
VNDB rating count32
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Cover of Reincarnation ☆ Shinsengumi!
Visual novel
Reincarnation ☆ Shinsengumi!
Length (in words)308464
Unique words16713
Unique words (used once)6400
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2205
Unique kanji (used once)248
Unique kanji readings4207
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters735835
VNDB avg. rating5.2
VNDB rating count6
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Cover of Negaeba Kitto...
Visual novel
Negaeba Kitto...
Length (in words)1257
Unique words429
Unique words (used once)272
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji260
Unique kanji (used once)130
Unique kanji readings311
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters2735
VNDB avg. rating5.3
VNDB rating count222
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Cover of Onegai Shimasu. Pantsu wo Misete Kudasai
Visual novel
Onegai Shimasu. Pantsu wo Misete Kudasai
Length (in words)2102
Unique words688
Unique words (used once)387
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji352
Unique kanji (used once)163
Unique kanji readings425
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length10.9
Characters5024
VNDB avg. rating5.3
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Hanahira!
Visual novel
Hanahira!
Length (in words)18461
Unique words2658
Unique words (used once)1350
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji947
Unique kanji (used once)293
Unique kanji readings1336
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length11.4
Characters45579
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count403
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Cover of Hisaki Ojou-sama to Shitsuji na Boku
Visual novel
Hisaki Ojou-sama to Shitsuji na Boku
Length (in words)49233
Unique words4283
Unique words (used once)1956
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1342
Unique kanji (used once)304
Unique kanji readings2071
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.4
Characters121204
VNDB avg. rating5.5
VNDB rating count17
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Cover of Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Visual novel
Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Length (in words)21698
Unique words2518
Unique words (used once)1127
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji924
Unique kanji (used once)249
Unique kanji readings1310
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters55035
VNDB avg. rating5.5
VNDB rating count24
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Cover of Stargazer -Shoujo wa Hoshi no Yume o Miru-
Visual novel
Stargazer -Shoujo wa Hoshi no Yume o Miru-
Length (in words)13017
Unique words2470
Unique words (used once)1308
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji962
Unique kanji (used once)295
Unique kanji readings1352
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters31539
VNDB avg. rating5.7
VNDB rating count39
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Cover of Tsuki no Hikari
Visual novel
Tsuki no Hikari
Length (in words)4251
Unique words1032
Unique words (used once)580
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji522
Unique kanji (used once)223
Unique kanji readings679
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length17.8
Characters9765
VNDB avg. rating5.7
VNDB rating count11
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Cover of Ninja Girl and the Mysterious Army of Urban Legend Monsters! ~Hunt of the Headless Horseman~
Visual novel
Ninja Girl and the Mysterious Army of Urban Legend Monsters! ~Hunt of the Headless Horseman~
Length (in words)48237
Unique words5546
Unique words (used once)2566
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1561
Unique kanji (used once)296
Unique kanji readings2498
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length16.4
Characters111257
VNDB avg. rating5.9
VNDB rating count56
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Cover of Furifure
Visual novel
Furifure
Length (in words)54479
Unique words4418
Unique words (used once)1709
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1371
Unique kanji (used once)247
Unique kanji readings2091
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters127835
VNDB avg. rating5.9
VNDB rating count641
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Cover of Dasaku
Visual novel
Dasaku
Length (in words)107816
Unique words6902
Unique words (used once)2621
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1607
Unique kanji (used once)262
Unique kanji readings2677
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters292524
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count138
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Cover of Function:W();
Visual novel
Function:W();
Length (in words)22081
Unique words4235
Unique words (used once)2313
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1295
Unique kanji (used once)341
Unique kanji readings1942
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters52926
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Tsundere Makai Princess Arisa to Haramase Shinkon Seikatsu! ~Zenbu Dasu made Nuicha Dame! Zettai Jusei Sasenasai yo ne!~
Visual novel
Tsundere Makai Princess Arisa to Haramase Shinkon Seikatsu! ~Zenbu Dasu made Nuicha Dame! Zettai Jusei Sasenasai yo ne!~
Length (in words)78299
Unique words5199
Unique words (used once)2079
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1447
Unique kanji (used once)246
Unique kanji readings2327
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters196417
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count26
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Cover of LEAVEs
Visual novel
LEAVEs
Length (in words)33072
Unique words5272
Unique words (used once)2741
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1435
Unique kanji (used once)317
Unique kanji readings2265
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters76427
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count268
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Cover of Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Visual novel
Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Length (in words)14892
Unique words2429
Unique words (used once)1235
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji992
Unique kanji (used once)287
Unique kanji readings1400
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters34642
VNDB avg. rating6.1
VNDB rating count8
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Cover of Imouto ga Eroge Seiyuu Dattan Daga
Visual novel
Imouto ga Eroge Seiyuu Dattan Daga
Length (in words)24464
Unique words3205
Unique words (used once)1573
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1102
Unique kanji (used once)289
Unique kanji readings1616
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.0
Characters62964
VNDB avg. rating6.1
VNDB rating count19
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Cover of Sadistic Blood
Visual novel
Sadistic Blood
Length (in words)54628
Unique words4846
Unique words (used once)1906
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1406
Unique kanji (used once)261
Unique kanji readings2204
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters132821
VNDB avg. rating6.2
VNDB rating count335
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Cover of Rance 02 Kai: Hangyaku no Shoujo-tachi
Visual novel
Rance 02 Kai: Hangyaku no Shoujo-tachi
Length (in words)76222
Unique words7161
Unique words (used once)3279
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1616
Unique kanji (used once)266
Unique kanji readings2660
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.1
Characters188301
VNDB avg. rating6.2
VNDB rating count852
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Cover of Koufuku no Lalka
Visual novel
Koufuku no Lalka
Length (in words)4373
Unique words1047
Unique words (used once)582
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji489
Unique kanji (used once)196
Unique kanji readings631
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters10533
VNDB avg. rating6.2
VNDB rating count13
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Cover of Shizuku
Visual novel
Shizuku
Length (in words)151664
Unique words7731
Unique words (used once)2242
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji1618
Unique kanji (used once)163
Unique kanji readings2757
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters344344
VNDB avg. rating6.2
VNDB rating count125
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Cover of Konko to no Nichijou ~Bocchi de Kawaikute Hottokenai Youko~
Visual novel
Konko to no Nichijou ~Bocchi de Kawaikute Hottokenai Youko~
Length (in words)129994
Unique words6586
Unique words (used once)2294
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji1546
Unique kanji (used once)205
Unique kanji readings2509
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.7
Characters359031
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count35
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Visual novel
Persona Driver Ryuuki ~Onna Kaijin Gundan Daishingeki!~
Length (in words)174269
Unique words10933
Unique words (used once)4201
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1917
Unique kanji (used once)217
Unique kanji readings3469
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters480187
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count14
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Cover of Shinobi Harisenbo
Visual novel
Shinobi Harisenbo
Length (in words)5279
Unique words1357
Unique words (used once)805
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji719
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings998
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters11453
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count19
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Cover of Mahou Shoujo Shoumou Sensen DeadΩAegis: Gaiden
Visual novel
Mahou Shoujo Shoumou Sensen DeadΩAegis: Gaiden
Length (in words)18609
Unique words3466
Unique words (used once)1788
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1194
Unique kanji (used once)281
Unique kanji readings1766
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.9
Characters45138
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count134
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Cover of KaraKara
Visual novel
KaraKara
Length (in words)24188
Unique words3677
Unique words (used once)1912
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1131
Unique kanji (used once)303
Unique kanji readings1679
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters62103
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count1022
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Cover of Imakoi ~Succubus to Soitogeru Ore!?~
Visual novel
Imakoi ~Succubus to Soitogeru Ore!?~
Length (in words)57450
Unique words5535
Unique words (used once)2509
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1443
Unique kanji (used once)288
Unique kanji readings2269
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters143131
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 0: Minazuki Neko-tachi no Nichijou!
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 0: Minazuki Neko-tachi no Nichijou!
Length (in words)4707
Unique words1275
Unique words (used once)751
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji580
Unique kanji (used once)243
Unique kanji readings745
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters12145
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count2971
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Cover of Josou Jinja
Visual novel
Josou Jinja
Length (in words)46735
Unique words5546
Unique words (used once)2825
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1558
Unique kanji (used once)381
Unique kanji readings2530
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.6
Characters109121
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count302
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Cover of Shimaisou
Visual novel
Shimaisou
Length (in words)21794
Unique words3346
Unique words (used once)1772
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1272
Unique kanji (used once)337
Unique kanji readings1912
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters48525
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count9
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Cover of Tegami
Visual novel
Tegami
Length (in words)7064
Unique words1687
Unique words (used once)979
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji723
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings992
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters16126
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count148
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Cover of Kimi to Yumemishi
Visual novel
Kimi to Yumemishi
Length (in words)234488
Unique words10562
Unique words (used once)3452
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji1868
Unique kanji (used once)205
Unique kanji readings3283
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.9
Characters575384
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count65
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Cover of Memory's Dogma Code:01
Visual novel
Memory's Dogma Code:01
Length (in words)90029
Unique words8155
Unique words (used once)3433
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1775
Unique kanji (used once)295
Unique kanji readings2994
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters222459
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count259
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Cover of Rance 4 -Kyoudan no Isan-
Visual novel
Rance 4 -Kyoudan no Isan-
Length (in words)106752
Unique words8461
Unique words (used once)3741
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1689
Unique kanji (used once)271
Unique kanji readings2813
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.6
Characters261684
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count537
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Cover of Mamapuri!? ~Wagaya no Dousei Tsuushinbo~
Visual novel
Mamapuri!? ~Wagaya no Dousei Tsuushinbo~
Length (in words)241894
Unique words10673
Unique words (used once)3967
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1860
Unique kanji (used once)247
Unique kanji readings3276
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.9
Characters605129
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count26
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Cover of Ogeretsu Daihyakka
Visual novel
Ogeretsu Daihyakka
Length (in words)146734
Unique words10385
Unique words (used once)4209
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1865
Unique kanji (used once)272
Unique kanji readings3335
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters352469
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Furifure 2
Visual novel
Furifure 2
Length (in words)84634
Unique words5806
Unique words (used once)2179
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1494
Unique kanji (used once)214
Unique kanji readings2412
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.9
Characters194187
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count477
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Cover of Machina no Kiseki ~Ogeretsu Daihyakka Gaiden~
Visual novel
Machina no Kiseki ~Ogeretsu Daihyakka Gaiden~
Length (in words)169618
Unique words11697
Unique words (used once)4646
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1983
Unique kanji (used once)226
Unique kanji readings3580
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters414201
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Visual novel
Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Length (in words)3836
Unique words958
Unique words (used once)532
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji495
Unique kanji (used once)202
Unique kanji readings624
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters8913
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Visual novel
Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)2803
Unique words914
Unique words (used once)569
Unique words (used once %)62%
Unique kanji526
Unique kanji (used once)248
Unique kanji readings656
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters6552
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of School of Talent: SUZU-ROUTE
Visual novel
School of Talent: SUZU-ROUTE
Length (in words)54984
Unique words6049
Unique words (used once)2951
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1531
Unique kanji (used once)297
Unique kanji readings2476
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters128955
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count50
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Cover of Vanitas no Hitsuji
Visual novel
Vanitas no Hitsuji
Length (in words)186573
Unique words10502
Unique words (used once)4171
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1763
Unique kanji (used once)233
Unique kanji readings3176
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.1
Characters440763
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count22
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Length (in words)21026
Unique words3129
Unique words (used once)1652
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1069
Unique kanji (used once)306
Unique kanji readings1548
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters52814
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count1697
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Tenshi no Akogare
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Tenshi no Akogare
Length (in words)30776
Unique words3605
Unique words (used once)1764
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1121
Unique kanji (used once)261
Unique kanji readings1685
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters76732
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count46
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Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Tenshi-tachi no Harukoi
Length (in words)32569
Unique words4010
Unique words (used once)1972
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1232
Unique kanji (used once)289
Unique kanji readings1855
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters77790
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count38
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Cover of Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Visual novel
Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Length (in words)17783
Unique words3001
Unique words (used once)1637
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1020
Unique kanji (used once)310
Unique kanji readings1491
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters42716
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count40
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