Anime difficulty list

This is a list of anime 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 shows to watch based on how good your Japanese is.

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Cover of Legend of the Galactic Heroes
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Length (in words)276370
Unique words16563
Unique words (used once)6472
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2116
Unique kanji (used once)253
Difficulty10/10
MAL avg. rating9.1
MAL rating count56056
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Cover of Hyouge Mono
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Hyouge Mono
Length (in words)55674
Unique words7099
Unique words (used once)3429
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1839
Unique kanji (used once)375
Difficulty10/10
MAL avg. rating8.0
MAL rating count2988
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Cover of Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi
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Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi
Length (in words)79739
Unique words7283
Unique words (used once)3090
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1701
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating7.4
MAL rating count1751
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Cover of Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These
Length (in words)22248
Unique words4236
Unique words (used once)2244
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1328
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating7.7
MAL rating count25476
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Cover of Soukou Kihei Votoms
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Soukou Kihei Votoms
Length (in words)67229
Unique words6950
Unique words (used once)3245
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1529
Unique kanji (used once)268
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating7.7
MAL rating count4409
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Cover of Hellsing Ultimate
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Hellsing Ultimate
Length (in words)25663
Unique words4524
Unique words (used once)2381
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1324
Unique kanji (used once)318
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating8.4
MAL rating count371981
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Cover of Metal Armor Dragonar
Anime
Metal Armor Dragonar
Length (in words)84286
Unique words8231
Unique words (used once)3749
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1701
Unique kanji (used once)269
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating6.7
MAL rating count672
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Cover of Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar
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Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar
Length (in words)58731
Unique words6436
Unique words (used once)2943
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1506
Unique kanji (used once)260
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.8
MAL rating count4610
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Cover of Jujutsu Kaisen
Anime
Jujutsu Kaisen
Length (in words)35249
Unique words5381
Unique words (used once)2803
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1403
Unique kanji (used once)281
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.6
MAL rating count5867
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Cover of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Length (in words)78926
Unique words6460
Unique words (used once)2808
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1411
Unique kanji (used once)208
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.7
MAL rating count76723
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Cover of Tatami Galaxy
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Tatami Galaxy
Length (in words)26502
Unique words5053
Unique words (used once)2838
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji1485
Unique kanji (used once)346
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.6
MAL rating count108272
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Cover of Fate Extra: Last Encore
Anime
Fate Extra: Last Encore
Length (in words)21801
Unique words3518
Unique words (used once)1861
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1167
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.3
MAL rating count72305
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Cover of Fate Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia
Anime
Fate Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia
Length (in words)38748
Unique words5403
Unique words (used once)2815
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1477
Unique kanji (used once)319
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.9
MAL rating count81805
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Cover of Berserk (2016)
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Berserk (2016)
Length (in words)41080
Unique words5862
Unique words (used once)2997
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1498
Unique kanji (used once)329
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.3
MAL rating count127330
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Cover of Psycho Pass
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Psycho Pass
Length (in words)38265
Unique words6005
Unique words (used once)3085
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1493
Unique kanji (used once)268
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.4
MAL rating count622919
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Cover of Yuusha Tokkyuu Might Gaine
Anime
Yuusha Tokkyuu Might Gaine
Length (in words)67480
Unique words6840
Unique words (used once)3229
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1573
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.9
MAL rating count481
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Cover of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Length (in words)46812
Unique words6885
Unique words (used once)3469
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1598
Unique kanji (used once)312
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.4
MAL rating count140326
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Cover of Black Lagoon - The Second Barrage
Anime
Black Lagoon - The Second Barrage
Length (in words)23758
Unique words4626
Unique words (used once)2721
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji1328
Unique kanji (used once)353
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.2
MAL rating count252689
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Cover of Juushinki Pandora - Last Hope
Anime
Juushinki Pandora - Last Hope
Length (in words)38422
Unique words5258
Unique words (used once)2600
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1427
Unique kanji (used once)303
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.3
MAL rating count8260
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Cover of Guin Saga
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Guin Saga
Length (in words)39377
Unique words4799
Unique words (used once)2329
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1354
Unique kanji (used once)290
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.2
MAL rating count12924
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Cover of Code Geass Lelouch Of The Rebellion R2
Anime
Code Geass Lelouch Of The Rebellion R2
Length (in words)49851
Unique words5782
Unique words (used once)2857
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1465
Unique kanji (used once)330
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.9
MAL rating count938217
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Cover of Fate Apocrypha
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Fate Apocrypha
Length (in words)38487
Unique words4751
Unique words (used once)2318
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1320
Unique kanji (used once)288
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.2
MAL rating count183669
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Cover of Kaiji S2
Anime
Kaiji S2
Length (in words)40315
Unique words5266
Unique words (used once)2519
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1370
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.2
MAL rating count81410
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Cover of Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Herlock
Anime
Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Herlock
Length (in words)47792
Unique words5577
Unique words (used once)2617
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1375
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.7
MAL rating count7891
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Cover of Scryed
Anime
Scryed
Length (in words)44483
Unique words5097
Unique words (used once)2580
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1404
Unique kanji (used once)308
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.4
MAL rating count34302
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Cover of Yakitate!! Japan
Anime
Yakitate!! Japan
Length (in words)152512
Unique words10849
Unique words (used once)4623
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1800
Unique kanji (used once)213
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.9
MAL rating count34302
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Cover of Kaiji
Anime
Kaiji
Length (in words)42989
Unique words5092
Unique words (used once)2402
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1310
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.3
MAL rating count122619
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Cover of Tokyo Ravens
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Tokyo Ravens
Length (in words)37015
Unique words5301
Unique words (used once)2730
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1521
Unique kanji (used once)350
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.5
MAL rating count180506
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Cover of Battle Spirits: Burning Soul
Anime
Battle Spirits: Burning Soul
Length (in words)77215
Unique words5118
Unique words (used once)2131
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1334
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.7
MAL rating count920
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Cover of Kingdom S2
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Kingdom S2
Length (in words)66931
Unique words6525
Unique words (used once)2904
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1522
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.4
MAL rating count39765
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Cover of Darker Than Black: Ryuusei No Gemini
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Darker Than Black: Ryuusei No Gemini
Length (in words)17332
Unique words3240
Unique words (used once)1865
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji1101
Unique kanji (used once)334
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.5
MAL rating count206481
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Cover of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Length (in words)46375
Unique words5649
Unique words (used once)2663
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1402
Unique kanji (used once)251
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.0
MAL rating count701531
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Cover of Lord El-Melloi II Sei no Jikenbo: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note
Anime
Lord El-Melloi II Sei no Jikenbo: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note
Length (in words)26906
Unique words4352
Unique words (used once)2316
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1353
Unique kanji (used once)321
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.4
MAL rating count44729
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Cover of ID-0
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ID-0
Length (in words)24497
Unique words3796
Unique words (used once)1955
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1129
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.6
MAL rating count7349
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Cover of Katanagatari
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Katanagatari
Length (in words)54653
Unique words5705
Unique words (used once)2729
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1449
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.4
MAL rating count177701
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Cover of Zipang
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Zipang
Length (in words)43736
Unique words6148
Unique words (used once)2932
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1496
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.5
MAL rating count5955
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Cover of Classroom Crisis
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Classroom Crisis
Length (in words)27057
Unique words4415
Unique words (used once)2282
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1337
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.0
MAL rating count40376
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Cover of Kingdom
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Kingdom
Length (in words)66055
Unique words6129
Unique words (used once)2731
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1445
Unique kanji (used once)262
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.0
MAL rating count47140
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Cover of Turn A Gundam
Anime
Turn A Gundam
Length (in words)105983
Unique words8004
Unique words (used once)3671
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1575
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.7
MAL rating count12497
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Cover of Inazuma Eleven
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Inazuma Eleven
Length (in words)173344
Unique words8469
Unique words (used once)3363
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1556
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.6
MAL rating count92549
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Cover of Baki
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Baki
Length (in words)27663
Unique words5132
Unique words (used once)2815
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1388
Unique kanji (used once)307
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.2
MAL rating count116461
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Cover of Basilisk
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Basilisk
Length (in words)23837
Unique words3524
Unique words (used once)1903
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1245
Unique kanji (used once)380
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.6
MAL rating count67338
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Cover of Durarara!!
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Durarara!!
Length (in words)44866
Unique words5004
Unique words (used once)2474
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1354
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.1
MAL rating count553655
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Cover of Onmyou Taisenki
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Onmyou Taisenki
Length (in words)90812
Unique words6594
Unique words (used once)2957
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1624
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.2
MAL rating count1550
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Cover of Aura Battler Dunbine
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Aura Battler Dunbine
Length (in words)86059
Unique words6645
Unique words (used once)2965
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1560
Unique kanji (used once)281
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.0
MAL rating count1609
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Cover of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Length (in words)73859
Unique words5892
Unique words (used once)2695
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1373
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.9
MAL rating count28132
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Cover of Fate Zero
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Fate Zero
Length (in words)44122
Unique words6499
Unique words (used once)3381
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1794
Unique kanji (used once)409
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.3
MAL rating count673364
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Cover of Busou Renkin
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Busou Renkin
Length (in words)42585
Unique words5212
Unique words (used once)2559
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1358
Unique kanji (used once)262
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.3
MAL rating count71042
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Cover of Bungou Stay Dogs S3
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Bungou Stay Dogs S3
Length (in words)20611
Unique words3803
Unique words (used once)2104
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji1270
Unique kanji (used once)305
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.2
MAL rating count186796
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Heavy Object
Length (in words)51100
Unique words7025
Unique words (used once)3506
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1634
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.3
MAL rating count49625
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