Live action difficulty list

This is a list of Japanese movies and dramas 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 Pinboke no Kazoku
Live action
Pinboke no Kazoku
Length (in words)3303
Unique words765
Unique words (used once)407
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji356
Unique kanji (used once)149
Unique kanji readings426
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of Beautiful Slow Life
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Beautiful Slow Life
Length (in words)1582
Unique words622
Unique words (used once)410
Unique words (used once %)65%
Unique kanji362
Unique kanji (used once)190
Unique kanji readings455
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.2
MDL rating count29
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Cover of R134 / Shounan no Yakusoku
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R134 / Shounan no Yakusoku
Length (in words)1441
Unique words495
Unique words (used once)286
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji250
Unique kanji (used once)136
Unique kanji readings289
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of Transit Girls
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Transit Girls
Length (in words)7355
Unique words1108
Unique words (used once)503
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji473
Unique kanji (used once)176
Unique kanji readings588
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count1039
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Cover of Gold! (2020)
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Gold! (2020)
Length (in words)2617
Unique words763
Unique words (used once)435
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji379
Unique kanji (used once)164
Unique kanji readings464
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of Toilet no Kamisama
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Toilet no Kamisama
Length (in words)7028
Unique words1402
Unique words (used once)730
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji572
Unique kanji (used once)214
Unique kanji readings743
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count106
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Cover of Watashi no Ao Oni
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Watashi no Ao Oni
Length (in words)3050
Unique words950
Unique words (used once)604
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji505
Unique kanji (used once)222
Unique kanji readings632
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count4
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Cover of Kibou no Hana
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Kibou no Hana
Length (in words)2099
Unique words658
Unique words (used once)381
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji363
Unique kanji (used once)156
Unique kanji readings451
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of Tokyo Westside Monogatari
Live action
Tokyo Westside Monogatari
Length (in words)3521
Unique words1012
Unique words (used once)573
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji518
Unique kanji (used once)189
Unique kanji readings667
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of Higuma
Live action
Higuma
Length (in words)2947
Unique words779
Unique words (used once)410
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji395
Unique kanji (used once)152
Unique kanji readings490
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count197
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Cover of Deadvlei: Aoi Satsui
Live action
Deadvlei: Aoi Satsui
Length (in words)1902
Unique words645
Unique words (used once)405
Unique words (used once %)62%
Unique kanji360
Unique kanji (used once)187
Unique kanji readings428
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of 37 Seconds
Live action
37 Seconds
Length (in words)4470
Unique words1052
Unique words (used once)584
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji494
Unique kanji (used once)204
Unique kanji readings628
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count820
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Cover of Sono Hi no Mae ni
Live action
Sono Hi no Mae ni
Length (in words)6721
Unique words1330
Unique words (used once)700
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji616
Unique kanji (used once)234
Unique kanji readings792
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of So Long!
Live action
So Long!
Length (in words)6235
Unique words1418
Unique words (used once)760
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji644
Unique kanji (used once)231
Unique kanji readings834
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of LOVE Riron (2013)
Live action
LOVE Riron (2013)
Length (in words)840
Unique words374
Unique words (used once)228
Unique words (used once %)60%
Unique kanji245
Unique kanji (used once)138
Unique kanji readings289
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of Pension Metsa
Live action
Pension Metsa
Length (in words)7291
Unique words1317
Unique words (used once)679
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji554
Unique kanji (used once)206
Unique kanji readings716
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.8
MDL rating count106
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Cover of Fuji Family 2017
Live action
Fuji Family 2017
Length (in words)5458
Unique words1136
Unique words (used once)605
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji505
Unique kanji (used once)201
Unique kanji readings652
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Poplar no Aki
Live action
Poplar no Aki
Length (in words)3722
Unique words979
Unique words (used once)543
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji439
Unique kanji (used once)186
Unique kanji readings554
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Ie, Tsuite Itte Ii Desuka?
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Ie, Tsuite Itte Ii Desuka?
Length (in words)9777
Unique words1541
Unique words (used once)771
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji719
Unique kanji (used once)233
Unique kanji readings944
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating8.1
MDL rating count12
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Cover of Akari to Kuzu
Live action
Akari to Kuzu
Length (in words)2264
Unique words614
Unique words (used once)328
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji308
Unique kanji (used once)147
Unique kanji readings363
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count23
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Cover of Fuji Family
Live action
Fuji Family
Length (in words)4508
Unique words969
Unique words (used once)521
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji470
Unique kanji (used once)182
Unique kanji readings587
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of LIVE!LOVE!SING! Ikite Aishite Utau Koto
Live action
LIVE!LOVE!SING! Ikite Aishite Utau Koto
Length (in words)2404
Unique words727
Unique words (used once)395
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji410
Unique kanji (used once)193
Unique kanji readings505
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Haru ga Kita
Live action
Haru ga Kita
Length (in words)8724
Unique words1592
Unique words (used once)788
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji695
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings919
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Koi no Sanriku: Ressha Kon de Ikou
Live action
Koi no Sanriku: Ressha Kon de Ikou
Length (in words)5796
Unique words1327
Unique words (used once)749
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji598
Unique kanji (used once)239
Unique kanji readings788
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Ito no Mori no Ie
Live action
Ito no Mori no Ie
Length (in words)5005
Unique words1035
Unique words (used once)500
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji492
Unique kanji (used once)183
Unique kanji readings628
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of She
Live action
She
Length (in words)5870
Unique words1056
Unique words (used once)552
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji498
Unique kanji (used once)173
Unique kanji readings631
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.2
MDL rating count221
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Cover of Peperoncino
Live action
Peperoncino
Length (in words)2743
Unique words886
Unique words (used once)537
Unique words (used once %)60%
Unique kanji465
Unique kanji (used once)218
Unique kanji readings571
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count42
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Cover of Ojisama to Neko
Live action
Ojisama to Neko
Length (in words)15653
Unique words1838
Unique words (used once)847
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji725
Unique kanji (used once)224
Unique kanji readings983
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating8.1
MDL rating count102
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Cover of Any Crybabies Around?
Live action
Any Crybabies Around?
Length (in words)4055
Unique words1015
Unique words (used once)526
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji506
Unique kanji (used once)197
Unique kanji readings619
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count63
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Cover of Eien no Bokura Sea Side Blue
Live action
Eien no Bokura Sea Side Blue
Length (in words)4553
Unique words1122
Unique words (used once)599
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji536
Unique kanji (used once)210
Unique kanji readings699
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count357
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Cover of Nee Sensei, Shiranai no?
Live action
Nee Sensei, Shiranai no?
Length (in words)6896
Unique words1183
Unique words (used once)538
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji514
Unique kanji (used once)184
Unique kanji readings652
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count4394
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Cover of Kiniro no Umi
Live action
Kiniro no Umi
Length (in words)2603
Unique words695
Unique words (used once)373
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji347
Unique kanji (used once)153
Unique kanji readings431
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Basuke mo Koi mo, Shiteitai
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Basuke mo Koi mo, Shiteitai
Length (in words)4132
Unique words927
Unique words (used once)466
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji406
Unique kanji (used once)148
Unique kanji readings517
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count162
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Cover of Okaasan, Ore wa Daijoubu
Live action
Okaasan, Ore wa Daijoubu
Length (in words)5189
Unique words1289
Unique words (used once)704
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji582
Unique kanji (used once)201
Unique kanji readings774
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating8.1
MDL rating count435
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Cover of Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy
Live action
Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy
Length (in words)9135
Unique words1506
Unique words (used once)814
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji618
Unique kanji (used once)239
Unique kanji readings810
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating5.8
MDL rating count2238
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Cover of Lion no Oyatsu
Live action
Lion no Oyatsu
Length (in words)14921
Unique words2245
Unique words (used once)1146
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji879
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings1219
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count105
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Cover of Koe Girl!
Live action
Koe Girl!
Length (in words)12290
Unique words2039
Unique words (used once)1028
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji784
Unique kanji (used once)284
Unique kanji readings1091
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count199
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Cover of Bokura Koi ga Heta Sugiru
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Bokura Koi ga Heta Sugiru
Length (in words)10853
Unique words1566
Unique words (used once)757
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji599
Unique kanji (used once)194
Unique kanji readings814
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count530
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Cover of Indigo no Koibito
Live action
Indigo no Koibito
Length (in words)2529
Unique words734
Unique words (used once)434
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji397
Unique kanji (used once)168
Unique kanji readings491
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Doubletone: Futari no Yumi
Live action
Doubletone: Futari no Yumi
Length (in words)6621
Unique words1080
Unique words (used once)483
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji498
Unique kanji (used once)146
Unique kanji readings648
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count168
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Cover of MOTHER
Live action
MOTHER
Length (in words)4246
Unique words969
Unique words (used once)529
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji466
Unique kanji (used once)194
Unique kanji readings591
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count889
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Cover of Coin Locker Monogatari
Live action
Coin Locker Monogatari
Length (in words)5317
Unique words1173
Unique words (used once)611
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji519
Unique kanji (used once)190
Unique kanji readings676
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Otouto no Otto
Live action
Otouto no Otto
Length (in words)7869
Unique words1388
Unique words (used once)736
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji652
Unique kanji (used once)235
Unique kanji readings859
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Sekai Kara Neko ga Kieta Nara
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Sekai Kara Neko ga Kieta Nara
Length (in words)4146
Unique words925
Unique words (used once)514
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji447
Unique kanji (used once)190
Unique kanji readings573
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count2215
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Cover of Daisuki!!
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Daisuki!!
Length (in words)23913
Unique words2494
Unique words (used once)1119
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji833
Unique kanji (used once)196
Unique kanji readings1152
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count500
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Cover of Ima, Kai ni Yukimasu
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Ima, Kai ni Yukimasu
Length (in words)18682
Unique words2450
Unique words (used once)1231
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji818
Unique kanji (used once)232
Unique kanji readings1139
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count385
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Cover of Yamaonna Nikki: Yama Fesu ni Ikou / Alps no Jou
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Yamaonna Nikki: Yama Fesu ni Ikou / Alps no Jou
Length (in words)6503
Unique words1398
Unique words (used once)753
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji661
Unique kanji (used once)230
Unique kanji readings894
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Demo, Kekkon shitai!
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Demo, Kekkon shitai!
Length (in words)3231
Unique words845
Unique words (used once)475
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji419
Unique kanji (used once)188
Unique kanji readings512
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count328
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Cover of Neko
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Neko
Length (in words)7401
Unique words1282
Unique words (used once)613
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji591
Unique kanji (used once)202
Unique kanji readings770
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count180
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Cover of 2030 Kanata no Kazoku
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2030 Kanata no Kazoku
Length (in words)4993
Unique words1218
Unique words (used once)691
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji605
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings778
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count22
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