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 37 Seconds
Live action
37 Seconds
Length (in words)4457
Unique words1054
Unique words (used once)586
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji494
Unique kanji (used once)204
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count820
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Cover of Basuke mo Koi mo, Shiteitai
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Basuke mo Koi mo, Shiteitai
Length (in words)4138
Unique words926
Unique words (used once)468
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji406
Unique kanji (used once)148
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count162
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Cover of Any Crybabies Around?
Live action
Any Crybabies Around?
Length (in words)4045
Unique words1019
Unique words (used once)530
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji506
Unique kanji (used once)197
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count63
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Cover of MOTHER
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MOTHER
Length (in words)4222
Unique words971
Unique words (used once)527
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji466
Unique kanji (used once)194
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count889
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Cover of Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy
Live action
Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy
Length (in words)9126
Unique words1505
Unique words (used once)815
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji618
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating5.8
MDL rating count2238
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Cover of Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san
Live action
Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san
Length (in words)5970
Unique words1389
Unique words (used once)755
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji626
Unique kanji (used once)238
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count357
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Cover of Haburashi / Onna Tomodachi
Live action
Haburashi / Onna Tomodachi
Length (in words)13441
Unique words1927
Unique words (used once)911
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji818
Unique kanji (used once)232
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count123
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Cover of River's Edge
Live action
River's Edge
Length (in words)4975
Unique words1174
Unique words (used once)658
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji541
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count1197
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Cover of HOMUNCULUS
Live action
HOMUNCULUS
Length (in words)4009
Unique words1035
Unique words (used once)587
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji518
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count835
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Cover of My Little Lover
Live action
My Little Lover
Length (in words)21410
Unique words2544
Unique words (used once)1169
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji889
Unique kanji (used once)248
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count5628
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Cover of Budokan
Live action
Budokan
Length (in words)11003
Unique words1789
Unique words (used once)875
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji734
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count39
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Cover of Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu
Live action
Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu
Length (in words)26811
Unique words3354
Unique words (used once)1665
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1107
Unique kanji (used once)288
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count1507
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Cover of Marumo no Okite
Live action
Marumo no Okite
Length (in words)37714
Unique words3337
Unique words (used once)1418
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji975
Unique kanji (used once)202
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.8
MDL rating count428
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Cover of Uso Nante Hitotsu mo nai no
Live action
Uso Nante Hitotsu mo nai no
Length (in words)4178
Unique words990
Unique words (used once)538
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji487
Unique kanji (used once)193
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count6
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Cover of Koinaka
Live action
Koinaka
Length (in words)25622
Unique words2755
Unique words (used once)1218
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji955
Unique kanji (used once)231
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count1941
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Cover of Mousou Kanojo
Live action
Mousou Kanojo
Length (in words)5288
Unique words1123
Unique words (used once)581
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji482
Unique kanji (used once)180
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.4
MDL rating count124
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Cover of OL Desu ga, Kyabajou Hajimemashita
Live action
OL Desu ga, Kyabajou Hajimemashita
Length (in words)7144
Unique words1303
Unique words (used once)609
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji529
Unique kanji (used once)158
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count12
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Cover of Furenaba Ochin
Live action
Furenaba Ochin
Length (in words)12950
Unique words1944
Unique words (used once)1015
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji823
Unique kanji (used once)259
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count126
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Cover of Namae o Nakushita Megami
Live action
Namae o Nakushita Megami
Length (in words)27663
Unique words2860
Unique words (used once)1272
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji961
Unique kanji (used once)228
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count131
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Cover of Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
Live action
Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
Length (in words)14545
Unique words2282
Unique words (used once)1097
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji881
Unique kanji (used once)238
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count836
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Cover of Kahogo no Kahoko
Live action
Kahogo no Kahoko
Length (in words)47932
Unique words3639
Unique words (used once)1611
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1124
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count3742
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Cover of Sayonara Watashi
Live action
Sayonara Watashi
Length (in words)19830
Unique words2153
Unique words (used once)994
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji873
Unique kanji (used once)252
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count55
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Cover of Teddy Go!
Live action
Teddy Go!
Length (in words)5390
Unique words1230
Unique words (used once)664
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji548
Unique kanji (used once)184
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count219
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Cover of Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto
Live action
Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto
Length (in words)22830
Unique words2717
Unique words (used once)1296
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji947
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count8052
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Cover of Utsubokazura no Yume
Live action
Utsubokazura no Yume
Length (in words)22729
Unique words2573
Unique words (used once)1187
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji917
Unique kanji (used once)207
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count31
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Cover of Konya wa Kokoro Dake Daite
Live action
Konya wa Kokoro Dake Daite
Length (in words)15157
Unique words2319
Unique words (used once)1181
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji901
Unique kanji (used once)259
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count22
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Cover of TUNA GIRL
Live action
TUNA GIRL
Length (in words)6693
Unique words1708
Unique words (used once)985
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji768
Unique kanji (used once)269
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.2
MDL rating count163
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Cover of Dear Sister
Live action
Dear Sister
Length (in words)34789
Unique words3675
Unique words (used once)1746
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1126
Unique kanji (used once)276
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count2807
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Cover of Share House no Koibito
Live action
Share House no Koibito
Length (in words)29039
Unique words3340
Unique words (used once)1618
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1087
Unique kanji (used once)287
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count335
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Cover of DTC Yukemuri Junjo-hen from HiGH&LOW
Live action
DTC Yukemuri Junjo-hen from HiGH&LOW
Length (in words)6995
Unique words1456
Unique words (used once)765
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji602
Unique kanji (used once)207
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.8
MDL rating count143
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Cover of Switched
Live action
Switched
Length (in words)10746
Unique words1550
Unique words (used once)734
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji597
Unique kanji (used once)181
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count6769
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Cover of Miyamoto kara Kimi e
Live action
Miyamoto kara Kimi e
Length (in words)5526
Unique words1344
Unique words (used once)773
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji584
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count5
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Cover of Mamagoto
Live action
Mamagoto
Length (in words)13758
Unique words1869
Unique words (used once)921
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji733
Unique kanji (used once)231
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count53
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Cover of Starman ~ Kono Hoshi no Koi
Live action
Starman ~ Kono Hoshi no Koi
Length (in words)25103
Unique words2570
Unique words (used once)1166
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji851
Unique kanji (used once)232
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.2
MDL rating count784
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Cover of Maji de Koukaishitemasu
Live action
Maji de Koukaishitemasu
Length (in words)8441
Unique words1769
Unique words (used once)915
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji756
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count106
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Cover of Otto no Kanojo
Live action
Otto no Kanojo
Length (in words)27082
Unique words2995
Unique words (used once)1436
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji940
Unique kanji (used once)208
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count215
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Cover of Nemureru Mori no Jukujo
Live action
Nemureru Mori no Jukujo
Length (in words)19525
Unique words2355
Unique words (used once)1123
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji898
Unique kanji (used once)254
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count251
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Cover of Fukigen na Kajitsu
Live action
Fukigen na Kajitsu
Length (in words)20085
Unique words2636
Unique words (used once)1268
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji980
Unique kanji (used once)259
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count218
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Cover of Little Miss Sumo
Live action
Little Miss Sumo
Length (in words)1115
Unique words424
Unique words (used once)273
Unique words (used once %)64%
Unique kanji243
Unique kanji (used once)120
Difficulty3/10
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Cover of Blanket Cats
Live action
Blanket Cats
Length (in words)19951
Unique words2343
Unique words (used once)1080
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji904
Unique kanji (used once)251
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.8
MDL rating count93
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Cover of Itsuka Hi no Ataru Basho de
Live action
Itsuka Hi no Ataru Basho de
Length (in words)26228
Unique words2870
Unique words (used once)1367
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1004
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count272
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Cover of Boku no Tsuma to Kekkon Shite Kudasai
Live action
Boku no Tsuma to Kekkon Shite Kudasai
Length (in words)17247
Unique words2104
Unique words (used once)977
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji852
Unique kanji (used once)257
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count12
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Cover of Kare, Otto, Otoko Tomodachi
Live action
Kare, Otto, Otoko Tomodachi
Length (in words)16517
Unique words2366
Unique words (used once)1207
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji872
Unique kanji (used once)269
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.2
MDL rating count71
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Cover of Koe Koi
Live action
Koe Koi
Length (in words)12424
Unique words1676
Unique words (used once)803
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji716
Unique kanji (used once)228
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count1602
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Cover of Kurumi no Heya
Live action
Kurumi no Heya
Length (in words)15387
Unique words2220
Unique words (used once)1094
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji852
Unique kanji (used once)238
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.7
MDL rating count42
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Cover of Boku no Ita Jikan
Live action
Boku no Ita Jikan
Length (in words)25226
Unique words2818
Unique words (used once)1304
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji971
Unique kanji (used once)229
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating8.5
MDL rating count4515
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Cover of Utsukushii Rinjin
Live action
Utsukushii Rinjin
Length (in words)22369
Unique words2562
Unique words (used once)1164
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji886
Unique kanji (used once)238
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count267
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Cover of Nakuna, Hara-chan
Live action
Nakuna, Hara-chan
Length (in words)26875
Unique words2089
Unique words (used once)819
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji745
Unique kanji (used once)170
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count456
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Cover of The Many Faces of Ito
Live action
The Many Faces of Ito
Length (in words)12777
Unique words2136
Unique words (used once)1093
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji791
Unique kanji (used once)260
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count1236
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Cover of Love and Hong Kong
Live action
Love and Hong Kong
Length (in words)6951
Unique words1397
Unique words (used once)708
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji607
Unique kanji (used once)206
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count151
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