I have found many lists of kanji ordered by their usage in newspapers, but are there any lists that order by their usage in novels and other fictional material?

This might be useful to have because if someone wanted to be able to read Japanese novels well, they could study the kanji in the list.


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    Interesting that Heisig misses #66 (俺) and #158 (誰). Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 3:24

I managed to collect the data of kanji usage frequencies from various sources:

  • Japanese Wikipedia's snapshot
  • About 12900 files from Aozora Bunko - these are mostly novels, I believe
  • Public tweets from Twitter's Streaming API
  • Online news articles from various sources

You can find it here. The one you're looking for is "Aozora". There are files in JSON format in the repository. Each file contains JSON table, format is described in README.md.

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    Funny that 笑 is #1 on Twitter!
    – looki
    Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 16:32

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