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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)276993
Unique words16583
Unique words (used once)6489
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2116
Unique kanji (used once)253
Unique kanji readings3902
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)56416
Unique words7208
Unique words (used once)3476
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1864
Unique kanji (used once)382
Unique kanji readings3353
Difficulty10/10
MAL avg. rating8.0
MAL rating count2988
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Cover of Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199
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Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199
Length (in words)39503
Unique words5519
Unique words (used once)2647
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1477
Unique kanji (used once)282
Unique kanji readings2294
Difficulty9/10
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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)22257
Unique words4239
Unique words (used once)2243
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1328
Unique kanji (used once)314
Unique kanji readings2007
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating7.7
MAL rating count25476
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Cover of Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi
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Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi
Length (in words)83143
Unique words7352
Unique words (used once)3110
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1727
Unique kanji (used once)266
Unique kanji readings2971
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating7.4
MAL rating count1751
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Cover of Metal Armor Dragonar
Anime
Metal Armor Dragonar
Length (in words)84722
Unique words8218
Unique words (used once)3748
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1701
Unique kanji (used once)268
Unique kanji readings2887
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating6.7
MAL rating count672
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Cover of Soukou Kihei Votoms
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Soukou Kihei Votoms
Length (in words)67422
Unique words6927
Unique words (used once)3233
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1529
Unique kanji (used once)268
Unique kanji readings2534
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating7.7
MAL rating count4409
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Cover of Hellsing Ultimate
Anime
Hellsing Ultimate
Length (in words)25681
Unique words4526
Unique words (used once)2384
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1324
Unique kanji (used once)318
Unique kanji readings2035
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating8.4
MAL rating count371981
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Cover of Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar
Anime
Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar
Length (in words)59051
Unique words6439
Unique words (used once)2950
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1511
Unique kanji (used once)263
Unique kanji readings2477
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating7.8
MAL rating count4610
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Cover of Jujutsu Kaisen
Anime
Jujutsu Kaisen
Length (in words)35371
Unique words5382
Unique words (used once)2798
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1411
Unique kanji (used once)278
Unique kanji readings2258
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating7.6
MAL rating count5867
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Cover of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Anime
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Length (in words)79189
Unique words6461
Unique words (used once)2808
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1413
Unique kanji (used once)209
Unique kanji readings2336
Difficulty9/10
MAL avg. rating7.7
MAL rating count76723
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Cover of Yuusha Tokkyuu Might Gaine
Anime
Yuusha Tokkyuu Might Gaine
Length (in words)67879
Unique words6830
Unique words (used once)3228
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1578
Unique kanji (used once)296
Unique kanji readings2651
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.9
MAL rating count481
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Cover of Tatami Galaxy
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Tatami Galaxy
Length (in words)26552
Unique words5057
Unique words (used once)2837
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji1492
Unique kanji (used once)348
Unique kanji readings2360
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.6
MAL rating count108272
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Cover of Yakitate!! Japan
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Yakitate!! Japan
Length (in words)152986
Unique words10899
Unique words (used once)4655
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1814
Unique kanji (used once)219
Unique kanji readings3260
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.9
MAL rating count34302
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Cover of Hokuto no Ken 2
Anime
Hokuto no Ken 2
Length (in words)48620
Unique words4425
Unique words (used once)1980
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1248
Unique kanji (used once)264
Unique kanji readings1957
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.6
MAL rating count12290
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Cover of Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Herlock
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Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Herlock
Length (in words)47992
Unique words5577
Unique words (used once)2611
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1379
Unique kanji (used once)225
Unique kanji readings2200
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.7
MAL rating count7891
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Cover of Scryed
Anime
Scryed
Length (in words)44820
Unique words5079
Unique words (used once)2562
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1407
Unique kanji (used once)308
Unique kanji readings2239
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.4
MAL rating count34302
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Cover of Berserk (2016)
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Berserk (2016)
Length (in words)41172
Unique words5846
Unique words (used once)2976
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1498
Unique kanji (used once)328
Unique kanji readings2445
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.3
MAL rating count127330
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Cover of Fate Extra: Last Encore
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Fate Extra: Last Encore
Length (in words)21831
Unique words3525
Unique words (used once)1867
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1172
Unique kanji (used once)274
Unique kanji readings1738
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.3
MAL rating count72305
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Cover of Battle Spirits: Burning Soul
Anime
Battle Spirits: Burning Soul
Length (in words)77231
Unique words5114
Unique words (used once)2124
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1334
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings2091
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.7
MAL rating count920
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Cover of Juushinki Pandora - Last Hope
Anime
Juushinki Pandora - Last Hope
Length (in words)38420
Unique words5257
Unique words (used once)2604
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1432
Unique kanji (used once)305
Unique kanji readings2219
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.3
MAL rating count8260
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Cover of Zipang
Anime
Zipang
Length (in words)43838
Unique words6165
Unique words (used once)2942
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1500
Unique kanji (used once)265
Unique kanji readings2432
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.5
MAL rating count5955
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Cover of Bungou Stay Dogs S3
Anime
Bungou Stay Dogs S3
Length (in words)20688
Unique words3809
Unique words (used once)2105
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji1277
Unique kanji (used once)312
Unique kanji readings1936
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.2
MAL rating count186796
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Cover of Onmyou Taisenki
Anime
Onmyou Taisenki
Length (in words)92012
Unique words6589
Unique words (used once)2959
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1630
Unique kanji (used once)298
Unique kanji readings2783
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.2
MAL rating count1550
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Cover of Fate Apocrypha
Anime
Fate Apocrypha
Length (in words)38529
Unique words4754
Unique words (used once)2325
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1320
Unique kanji (used once)287
Unique kanji readings2099
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.2
MAL rating count183669
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Cover of Turn A Gundam
Anime
Turn A Gundam
Length (in words)106099
Unique words7989
Unique words (used once)3669
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1576
Unique kanji (used once)224
Unique kanji readings2703
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.7
MAL rating count12497
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Cover of Psycho Pass
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Psycho Pass
Length (in words)38465
Unique words6011
Unique words (used once)3084
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1499
Unique kanji (used once)269
Unique kanji readings2395
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.4
MAL rating count622919
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Cover of Black Lagoon - The Second Barrage
Anime
Black Lagoon - The Second Barrage
Length (in words)23840
Unique words4637
Unique words (used once)2728
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji1329
Unique kanji (used once)350
Unique kanji readings2028
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.2
MAL rating count252689
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Cover of JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Ougon no Kaze
Anime
JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Ougon no Kaze
Length (in words)76109
Unique words6142
Unique words (used once)2679
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1437
Unique kanji (used once)257
Unique kanji readings2305
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.6
MAL rating count568509
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Cover of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Anime
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Length (in words)46950
Unique words6884
Unique words (used once)3468
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1604
Unique kanji (used once)309
Unique kanji readings2634
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.4
MAL rating count140326
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Cover of ID-0
Anime
ID-0
Length (in words)24511
Unique words3793
Unique words (used once)1951
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1130
Unique kanji (used once)251
Unique kanji readings1648
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.6
MAL rating count7349
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Cover of Baki
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Baki
Length (in words)27760
Unique words5129
Unique words (used once)2810
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1392
Unique kanji (used once)307
Unique kanji readings2199
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.2
MAL rating count116461
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Cover of Code Geass Lelouch Of The Rebellion R2
Anime
Code Geass Lelouch Of The Rebellion R2
Length (in words)50001
Unique words5785
Unique words (used once)2861
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1470
Unique kanji (used once)331
Unique kanji readings2294
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.9
MAL rating count938217
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Cover of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Length (in words)74227
Unique words5881
Unique words (used once)2690
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1373
Unique kanji (used once)266
Unique kanji readings2189
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.9
MAL rating count28132
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Cover of Guin Saga
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Guin Saga
Length (in words)39437
Unique words4798
Unique words (used once)2329
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1354
Unique kanji (used once)289
Unique kanji readings2140
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.2
MAL rating count12924
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Cover of Kaiji S2
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Kaiji S2
Length (in words)40510
Unique words5261
Unique words (used once)2511
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1372
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings2234
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.2
MAL rating count81410
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Cover of Space Runaway Ideon
Anime
Space Runaway Ideon
Length (in words)63007
Unique words5348
Unique words (used once)2313
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1319
Unique kanji (used once)245
Unique kanji readings2100
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.0
MAL rating count2692
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Cover of Aura Battler Dunbine
Anime
Aura Battler Dunbine
Length (in words)86483
Unique words6626
Unique words (used once)2956
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1560
Unique kanji (used once)281
Unique kanji readings2577
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.0
MAL rating count1609
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Cover of Kaiji
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Kaiji
Length (in words)43110
Unique words5099
Unique words (used once)2411
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1313
Unique kanji (used once)275
Unique kanji readings2059
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.3
MAL rating count122619
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Cover of Lord El-Melloi II Sei no Jikenbo: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note
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Lord El-Melloi II Sei no Jikenbo: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note
Length (in words)26947
Unique words4357
Unique words (used once)2318
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1354
Unique kanji (used once)322
Unique kanji readings2067
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.4
MAL rating count44729
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Cover of Heybot!
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Heybot!
Length (in words)97345
Unique words10131
Unique words (used once)4742
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1794
Unique kanji (used once)279
Unique kanji readings3112
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating6.0
MAL rating count322
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Cover of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Length (in words)46399
Unique words5639
Unique words (used once)2653
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1403
Unique kanji (used once)252
Unique kanji readings2281
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.0
MAL rating count701531
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Cover of Fate Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia
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Fate Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia
Length (in words)38818
Unique words5418
Unique words (used once)2829
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1481
Unique kanji (used once)318
Unique kanji readings2366
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.9
MAL rating count81805
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Cover of Classroom Crisis
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Classroom Crisis
Length (in words)27109
Unique words4420
Unique words (used once)2288
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1342
Unique kanji (used once)296
Unique kanji readings2058
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.0
MAL rating count40376
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Cover of Yu Yu Hakusho S2
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Yu Yu Hakusho S2
Length (in words)56150
Unique words5577
Unique words (used once)2542
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1341
Unique kanji (used once)234
Unique kanji readings2182
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating8.4
MAL rating count238350
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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)17399
Unique words3241
Unique words (used once)1861
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji1107
Unique kanji (used once)335
Unique kanji readings1619
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.5
MAL rating count206481
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Cover of Basilisk
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Basilisk
Length (in words)23883
Unique words3534
Unique words (used once)1900
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1248
Unique kanji (used once)379
Unique kanji readings1846
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.6
MAL rating count67338
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Cover of Inazuma Eleven
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Inazuma Eleven
Length (in words)174322
Unique words8453
Unique words (used once)3343
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1565
Unique kanji (used once)226
Unique kanji readings2643
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.6
MAL rating count92549
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Busou Renkin
Length (in words)42713
Unique words5203
Unique words (used once)2550
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1364
Unique kanji (used once)262
Unique kanji readings2186
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.3
MAL rating count71042
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Terra e
Length (in words)36815
Unique words4749
Unique words (used once)2281
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1302
Unique kanji (used once)249
Unique kanji readings2025
Difficulty8/10
MAL avg. rating7.9
MAL rating count16417
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