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 Taira no Kiyomori
Live action
Taira no Kiyomori
Length (in words)117243
Unique words8453
Unique words (used once)3322
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1842
Unique kanji (used once)245
Unique kanji readings3398
Difficulty10/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count112
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Cover of Yae no Sakura
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Yae no Sakura
Length (in words)126539
Unique words10519
Unique words (used once)4400
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1995
Unique kanji (used once)286
Unique kanji readings3710
Difficulty10/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count300
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Cover of Seiten wo Tsuke
Live action
Seiten wo Tsuke
Length (in words)119461
Unique words10600
Unique words (used once)4690
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji2046
Unique kanji (used once)333
Unique kanji readings3784
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating8.1
MDL rating count53
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Cover of Sego-don
Live action
Sego-don
Length (in words)131785
Unique words9490
Unique words (used once)4030
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1870
Unique kanji (used once)265
Unique kanji readings3413
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count89
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Cover of Onna Joushu Naotora
Live action
Onna Joushu Naotora
Length (in words)131405
Unique words8533
Unique words (used once)3563
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1746
Unique kanji (used once)266
Unique kanji readings3198
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count130
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Cover of Saka no Ue no Kumo
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Saka no Ue no Kumo
Length (in words)57701
Unique words7795
Unique words (used once)3827
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1868
Unique kanji (used once)350
Unique kanji readings3166
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count41
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Cover of Hana Moyu
Live action
Hana Moyu
Length (in words)130417
Unique words9330
Unique words (used once)3923
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1877
Unique kanji (used once)265
Unique kanji readings3404
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count83
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Cover of Gou: Himetachi no Sengoku
Live action
Gou: Himetachi no Sengoku
Length (in words)111349
Unique words7535
Unique words (used once)3138
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1670
Unique kanji (used once)267
Unique kanji readings2949
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count242
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Cover of Idaten
Live action
Idaten
Length (in words)157371
Unique words12282
Unique words (used once)5311
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1977
Unique kanji (used once)263
Unique kanji readings3646
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count67
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Cover of Sanada Maru
Live action
Sanada Maru
Length (in words)143086
Unique words9261
Unique words (used once)3676
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1893
Unique kanji (used once)286
Unique kanji readings3457
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count102
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Cover of Kirin ga Kuru
Live action
Kirin ga Kuru
Length (in words)114344
Unique words8284
Unique words (used once)3464
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1793
Unique kanji (used once)277
Unique kanji readings3209
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count73
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Cover of Unnatural
Live action
Unnatural
Length (in words)43087
Unique words5666
Unique words (used once)2658
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1488
Unique kanji (used once)279
Unique kanji readings2335
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.6
MDL rating count2650
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Cover of Kamen Rider Drive
Live action
Kamen Rider Drive
Length (in words)70659
Unique words6325
Unique words (used once)2849
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1419
Unique kanji (used once)226
Unique kanji readings2297
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count807
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Cover of Iryuu: Team Medical Dragon S4
Live action
Iryuu: Team Medical Dragon S4
Length (in words)36311
Unique words4128
Unique words (used once)1860
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1230
Unique kanji (used once)255
Unique kanji readings1846
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.1
MDL rating count205
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Cover of Fukuie Keibuho no Aisatsu
Live action
Fukuie Keibuho no Aisatsu
Length (in words)46340
Unique words4886
Unique words (used once)2233
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1309
Unique kanji (used once)237
Unique kanji readings2069
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count116
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Cover of Keiji 7-nin S5
Live action
Keiji 7-nin S5
Length (in words)36551
Unique words4685
Unique words (used once)2201
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1377
Unique kanji (used once)286
Unique kanji readings2136
Difficulty8/10
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Seven Souls in the Skull Castle - Season Moon Kagen
Length (in words)17714
Unique words2623
Unique words (used once)1340
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji944
Unique kanji (used once)272
Unique kanji readings1349
Difficulty8/10
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Cover of Strawberry Night Saga
Live action
Strawberry Night Saga
Length (in words)41049
Unique words5042
Unique words (used once)2415
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1358
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings2112
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count247
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Cover of Kamen Rider W
Live action
Kamen Rider W
Length (in words)74310
Unique words6523
Unique words (used once)2923
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1509
Unique kanji (used once)256
Unique kanji readings2449
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.4
MDL rating count1479
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Cover of Iryuu: Team Medical Dragon S3
Live action
Iryuu: Team Medical Dragon S3
Length (in words)26668
Unique words3682
Unique words (used once)1750
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1104
Unique kanji (used once)223
Unique kanji readings1653
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count423
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Cover of Thunderbolt Fantasy: Touriken Yuuki
Live action
Thunderbolt Fantasy: Touriken Yuuki
Length (in words)30160
Unique words4842
Unique words (used once)2557
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1484
Unique kanji (used once)359
Unique kanji readings2405
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating8.1
MDL rating count157
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NO COVER
Live action
Seven Souls in the Skull Castle 2011
Length (in words)17422
Unique words2687
Unique words (used once)1423
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji917
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings1343
Difficulty7/10
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Cover of Naruto Hichou
Live action
Naruto Hichou
Length (in words)28242
Unique words3650
Unique words (used once)1801
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1187
Unique kanji (used once)289
Unique kanji readings1827
Difficulty7/10
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Cover of Keiji 7-nin S2
Live action
Keiji 7-nin S2
Length (in words)31177
Unique words4471
Unique words (used once)2169
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1352
Unique kanji (used once)268
Unique kanji readings2092
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count70
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NO COVER
Live action
Seven Souls in the Skull Castle - Season Moon Jogen
Length (in words)17426
Unique words2550
Unique words (used once)1290
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji936
Unique kanji (used once)254
Unique kanji readings1338
Difficulty7/10
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Cover of Keiji 7-nin S4
Live action
Keiji 7-nin S4
Length (in words)38080
Unique words4644
Unique words (used once)2119
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1372
Unique kanji (used once)294
Unique kanji readings2120
Difficulty7/10
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Cover of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger
Live action
Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger
Length (in words)68752
Unique words5971
Unique words (used once)2742
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1381
Unique kanji (used once)261
Unique kanji readings2215
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count456
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Cover of JIN S2
Live action
JIN S2
Length (in words)37386
Unique words4694
Unique words (used once)2331
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1353
Unique kanji (used once)275
Unique kanji readings2193
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating8.3
MDL rating count1093
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Cover of Kamen Rider Fourze
Live action
Kamen Rider Fourze
Length (in words)76497
Unique words6502
Unique words (used once)2880
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1479
Unique kanji (used once)255
Unique kanji readings2375
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count1068
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Cover of ST Aka to Shiro no Sousa File
Live action
ST Aka to Shiro no Sousa File
Length (in words)46548
Unique words5498
Unique words (used once)2537
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1417
Unique kanji (used once)253
Unique kanji readings2261
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count771
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Cover of Kamen Rider Super-1
Live action
Kamen Rider Super-1
Length (in words)53308
Unique words5584
Unique words (used once)2547
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1377
Unique kanji (used once)243
Unique kanji readings2209
Difficulty7/10
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Cover of Honboshi ~Shinri Tokusou Jikenbo~
Live action
Honboshi ~Shinri Tokusou Jikenbo~
Length (in words)35353
Unique words4810
Unique words (used once)2331
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1367
Unique kanji (used once)275
Unique kanji readings2180
Difficulty7/10
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Cover of Kamen Rider Kuuga
Live action
Kamen Rider Kuuga
Length (in words)52809
Unique words5307
Unique words (used once)2382
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1396
Unique kanji (used once)248
Unique kanji readings2221
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count718
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Cover of Ryouma Den
Live action
Ryouma Den
Length (in words)126457
Unique words8205
Unique words (used once)3525
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1789
Unique kanji (used once)298
Unique kanji readings3178
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count259
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Cover of Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
Live action
Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
Length (in words)67192
Unique words6666
Unique words (used once)3073
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1445
Unique kanji (used once)238
Unique kanji readings2369
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count352
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Cover of Nobunaga no Chef
Live action
Nobunaga no Chef
Length (in words)29605
Unique words4308
Unique words (used once)2278
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1386
Unique kanji (used once)341
Unique kanji readings2164
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count841
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Cover of Onmitsu Happyaku Yachou
Live action
Onmitsu Happyaku Yachou
Length (in words)18014
Unique words3254
Unique words (used once)1716
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1110
Unique kanji (used once)301
Unique kanji readings1697
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating10.0
MDL rating count1
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Cover of Kamen Rider Ghost
Live action
Kamen Rider Ghost
Length (in words)72913
Unique words5137
Unique words (used once)2242
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1324
Unique kanji (used once)246
Unique kanji readings2107
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count602
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Cover of Ishikawa Goemon
Live action
Ishikawa Goemon
Length (in words)22587
Unique words3668
Unique words (used once)1877
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1228
Unique kanji (used once)321
Unique kanji readings1871
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count1
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Cover of Choujuu Sentai Liveman
Live action
Choujuu Sentai Liveman
Length (in words)43522
Unique words4313
Unique words (used once)1943
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1183
Unique kanji (used once)201
Unique kanji readings1824
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.8
MDL rating count139
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Cover of IP: Cyber Sousohan
Live action
IP: Cyber Sousohan
Length (in words)35902
Unique words4957
Unique words (used once)2389
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1391
Unique kanji (used once)252
Unique kanji readings2135
Difficulty7/10
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Cover of Hidamari no Ki
Live action
Hidamari no Ki
Length (in words)29693
Unique words4146
Unique words (used once)2023
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1289
Unique kanji (used once)308
Unique kanji readings2018
Difficulty7/10
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Cover of Space Ironman Kyodain
Live action
Space Ironman Kyodain
Length (in words)61789
Unique words5601
Unique words (used once)2483
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1382
Unique kanji (used once)239
Unique kanji readings2204
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating5.0
MDL rating count1
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Cover of Shinsengumi Keppuroku
Live action
Shinsengumi Keppuroku
Length (in words)26402
Unique words3898
Unique words (used once)1956
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1240
Unique kanji (used once)305
Unique kanji readings1978
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count4
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Cover of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
Live action
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
Length (in words)58128
Unique words4750
Unique words (used once)2000
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1260
Unique kanji (used once)218
Unique kanji readings1962
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count904
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Cover of Chiisana Kyojin
Live action
Chiisana Kyojin
Length (in words)44486
Unique words4235
Unique words (used once)1855
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1210
Unique kanji (used once)219
Unique kanji readings1864
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count166
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Cover of Ichikei no Karasu
Live action
Ichikei no Karasu
Length (in words)47562
Unique words5483
Unique words (used once)2497
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1441
Unique kanji (used once)269
Unique kanji readings2300
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count337
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Cover of Nobunaga no Chef S2
Live action
Nobunaga no Chef S2
Length (in words)25257
Unique words3695
Unique words (used once)1884
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1335
Unique kanji (used once)340
Unique kanji readings2020
Difficulty7/10
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Cover of Chouseishin Gransazer
Live action
Chouseishin Gransazer
Length (in words)62941
Unique words4720
Unique words (used once)1976
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji886
Unique kanji (used once)124
Unique kanji readings1517
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.8
MDL rating count58
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Cover of Seven Souls in the Skull Castle - Season Bird
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Seven Souls in the Skull Castle - Season Bird
Length (in words)16568
Unique words2663
Unique words (used once)1372
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji960
Unique kanji (used once)266
Unique kanji readings1382
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count4
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