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 Space Ironman Kyodain
Live action
Space Ironman Kyodain
Length (in words)63136
Unique words5630
Unique words (used once)2485
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1387
Unique kanji (used once)237
Unique kanji readings2218
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating5.0
MDL rating count1
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Cover of Ashio Kara Kita Onna
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Ashio Kara Kita Onna
Length (in words)8225
Unique words1783
Unique words (used once)1004
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji845
Unique kanji (used once)290
Unique kanji readings1162
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating5.8
MDL rating count3
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Cover of Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy
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Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy
Length (in words)9182
Unique words1509
Unique words (used once)813
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji620
Unique kanji (used once)239
Unique kanji readings816
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating5.8
MDL rating count2238
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Cover of Ore no Dandyism
Live action
Ore no Dandyism
Length (in words)28116
Unique words3530
Unique words (used once)1647
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1220
Unique kanji (used once)287
Unique kanji readings1823
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating5.8
MDL rating count5
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Cover of Sorezore no Dangai
Live action
Sorezore no Dangai
Length (in words)17768
Unique words2475
Unique words (used once)1218
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji899
Unique kanji (used once)218
Unique kanji readings1309
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.0
MDL rating count2
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Cover of Tightrope no Onna
Live action
Tightrope no Onna
Length (in words)15034
Unique words2808
Unique words (used once)1470
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji992
Unique kanji (used once)254
Unique kanji readings1444
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating6.0
MDL rating count4
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Cover of Koroshi no Joou Bachi
Live action
Koroshi no Joou Bachi
Length (in words)17765
Unique words2998
Unique words (used once)1569
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1055
Unique kanji (used once)305
Unique kanji readings1504
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating6.1
MDL rating count3
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Cover of Koko ga Uwasa no El Palacio
Live action
Koko ga Uwasa no El Palacio
Length (in words)18620
Unique words2844
Unique words (used once)1475
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji987
Unique kanji (used once)281
Unique kanji readings1404
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.2
MDL rating count8
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Cover of Machigawarechatta Otoko
Live action
Machigawarechatta Otoko
Length (in words)40617
Unique words3875
Unique words (used once)1772
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1152
Unique kanji (used once)240
Unique kanji readings1740
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.3
MDL rating count13
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Cover of Omo ni Naitemasu
Live action
Omo ni Naitemasu
Length (in words)21012
Unique words3183
Unique words (used once)1685
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1093
Unique kanji (used once)315
Unique kanji readings1585
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.3
MDL rating count181
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Cover of Vampire Heaven
Live action
Vampire Heaven
Length (in words)11850
Unique words1835
Unique words (used once)967
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji787
Unique kanji (used once)276
Unique kanji readings1083
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.3
MDL rating count884
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Cover of Mousou Kanojo
Live action
Mousou Kanojo
Length (in words)5293
Unique words1121
Unique words (used once)575
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji482
Unique kanji (used once)180
Unique kanji readings628
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.4
MDL rating count124
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Cover of Sono Otoko, Ishiki Takai-kei
Live action
Sono Otoko, Ishiki Takai-kei
Length (in words)17215
Unique words2574
Unique words (used once)1295
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji983
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings1407
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating6.4
MDL rating count26
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Cover of Sousa Chizu no Onna
Live action
Sousa Chizu no Onna
Length (in words)29988
Unique words4132
Unique words (used once)2005
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1351
Unique kanji (used once)298
Unique kanji readings2102
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating6.4
MDL rating count12
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Cover of Tokyo Toy Box
Live action
Tokyo Toy Box
Length (in words)14036
Unique words2122
Unique words (used once)1071
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji871
Unique kanji (used once)266
Unique kanji readings1200
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.4
MDL rating count30
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Cover of Haretsu
Live action
Haretsu
Length (in words)17155
Unique words3076
Unique words (used once)1606
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1158
Unique kanji (used once)292
Unique kanji readings1707
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating6.5
MDL rating count4
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Cover of Kami no Tsuki
Live action
Kami no Tsuki
Length (in words)15094
Unique words2088
Unique words (used once)1000
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji854
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings1200
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.6
MDL rating count10
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Cover of Masshiro
Live action
Masshiro
Length (in words)38375
Unique words4842
Unique words (used once)2419
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1330
Unique kanji (used once)281
Unique kanji readings2065
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating6.6
MDL rating count54
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Cover of Nanatsu no Kaigi
Live action
Nanatsu no Kaigi
Length (in words)13911
Unique words2586
Unique words (used once)1399
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1000
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings1429
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating6.6
MDL rating count3
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Cover of Kurumi no Heya
Live action
Kurumi no Heya
Length (in words)15499
Unique words2226
Unique words (used once)1094
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji856
Unique kanji (used once)238
Unique kanji readings1196
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.7
MDL rating count42
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Cover of Machiisha Jumbo!!
Live action
Machiisha Jumbo!!
Length (in words)43073
Unique words4618
Unique words (used once)2217
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1341
Unique kanji (used once)295
Unique kanji readings2082
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating6.7
MDL rating count76
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Cover of Ofukou-san
Live action
Ofukou-san
Length (in words)17308
Unique words2625
Unique words (used once)1387
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1010
Unique kanji (used once)285
Unique kanji readings1456
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.7
MDL rating count39
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Cover of Rebound
Live action
Rebound
Length (in words)35859
Unique words3085
Unique words (used once)1374
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji971
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings1401
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.7
MDL rating count1103
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Cover of Shinitai Yoru ni Kagitte
Live action
Shinitai Yoru ni Kagitte
Length (in words)9098
Unique words1695
Unique words (used once)861
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji720
Unique kanji (used once)239
Unique kanji readings969
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.7
MDL rating count72
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Cover of 38-sai Batsuichi Dokushin Onna ga Matching Apuri wo Yattemita Kekka Nikki
Live action
38-sai Batsuichi Dokushin Onna ga Matching Apuri wo Yattemita Kekka Nikki
Length (in words)9394
Unique words1703
Unique words (used once)907
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji769
Unique kanji (used once)271
Unique kanji readings1040
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count176
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Cover of Again!!
Live action
Again!!
Length (in words)15491
Unique words2189
Unique words (used once)1074
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji777
Unique kanji (used once)218
Unique kanji readings1119
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count199
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Cover of Bungaku Shojo
Live action
Bungaku Shojo
Length (in words)11363
Unique words1938
Unique words (used once)1018
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji793
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings1076
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count2079
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Cover of Dai Tokyo Toy Box
Live action
Dai Tokyo Toy Box
Length (in words)15164
Unique words2284
Unique words (used once)1145
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji900
Unique kanji (used once)267
Unique kanji readings1268
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count11
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Cover of Gakeppuchi no Eri
Live action
Gakeppuchi no Eri
Length (in words)31672
Unique words4151
Unique words (used once)2035
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1174
Unique kanji (used once)282
Unique kanji readings1777
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count122
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Cover of Goen Hunter
Live action
Goen Hunter
Length (in words)10316
Unique words1763
Unique words (used once)865
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji752
Unique kanji (used once)214
Unique kanji readings1042
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count90
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Cover of Homeroom
Live action
Homeroom
Length (in words)12691
Unique words2054
Unique words (used once)998
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji828
Unique kanji (used once)242
Unique kanji readings1134
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count536
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Cover of Houkago wa Mystery Totomo ni
Live action
Houkago wa Mystery Totomo ni
Length (in words)23949
Unique words3601
Unique words (used once)1809
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1158
Unique kanji (used once)279
Unique kanji readings1710
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count135
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Cover of Itazura na Kiss
Live action
Itazura na Kiss
Length (in words)31726
Unique words3207
Unique words (used once)1509
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1010
Unique kanji (used once)259
Unique kanji readings1448
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count2409
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Cover of Junichi
Live action
Junichi
Length (in words)7861
Unique words1723
Unique words (used once)986
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji720
Unique kanji (used once)269
Unique kanji readings952
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count361
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Cover of Juui-san Jiken Desu yo
Live action
Juui-san Jiken Desu yo
Length (in words)40453
Unique words4224
Unique words (used once)1963
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1272
Unique kanji (used once)289
Unique kanji readings1935
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count30
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Cover of Lost Days
Live action
Lost Days
Length (in words)20390
Unique words2084
Unique words (used once)950
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji760
Unique kanji (used once)208
Unique kanji readings1059
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count723
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Cover of Moyashimon
Live action
Moyashimon
Length (in words)18522
Unique words3108
Unique words (used once)1588
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1099
Unique kanji (used once)301
Unique kanji readings1591
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count308
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Cover of ReMind
Live action
ReMind
Length (in words)20662
Unique words2287
Unique words (used once)1059
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji871
Unique kanji (used once)227
Unique kanji readings1202
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count2280
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Cover of Real⇔Fake
Live action
Real⇔Fake
Length (in words)7567
Unique words1378
Unique words (used once)685
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji589
Unique kanji (used once)202
Unique kanji readings802
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count134
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Cover of URAKARA
Live action
URAKARA
Length (in words)12281
Unique words2250
Unique words (used once)1162
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji875
Unique kanji (used once)294
Unique kanji readings1189
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.8
MDL rating count104
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Cover of Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo
Live action
Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo
Length (in words)27127
Unique words3151
Unique words (used once)1564
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1029
Unique kanji (used once)252
Unique kanji readings1488
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count218
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Cover of Basuke mo Koi mo, Shiteitai
Live action
Basuke mo Koi mo, Shiteitai
Length (in words)4146
Unique words931
Unique words (used once)466
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji411
Unique kanji (used once)149
Unique kanji readings522
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count162
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Cover of Hana no Zubora Meshi
Live action
Hana no Zubora Meshi
Length (in words)15731
Unique words2664
Unique words (used once)1356
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji949
Unique kanji (used once)280
Unique kanji readings1351
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count65
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Cover of Henshin Interviewer no Yuuutsu
Live action
Henshin Interviewer no Yuuutsu
Length (in words)21475
Unique words2851
Unique words (used once)1436
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1030
Unique kanji (used once)267
Unique kanji readings1472
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count144
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Cover of Iguana no Musume
Live action
Iguana no Musume
Length (in words)22213
Unique words2246
Unique words (used once)994
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji778
Unique kanji (used once)207
Unique kanji readings1110
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count139
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Cover of Iya na Onna
Live action
Iya na Onna
Length (in words)21740
Unique words3300
Unique words (used once)1721
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1142
Unique kanji (used once)278
Unique kanji readings1699
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count4
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Cover of Koisuru Hong Kong
Live action
Koisuru Hong Kong
Length (in words)6988
Unique words1398
Unique words (used once)709
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji610
Unique kanji (used once)205
Unique kanji readings796
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count151
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Cover of My Husband Won't Fit
Live action
My Husband Won't Fit
Length (in words)16923
Unique words2556
Unique words (used once)1311
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji930
Unique kanji (used once)291
Unique kanji readings1313
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count964
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Cover of Nodoka no Niwa
Live action
Nodoka no Niwa
Length (in words)10181
Unique words1947
Unique words (used once)1099
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji807
Unique kanji (used once)263
Unique kanji readings1144
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count59
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Cover of Perfect Blue
Live action
Perfect Blue
Length (in words)34318
Unique words3991
Unique words (used once)1905
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1187
Unique kanji (used once)251
Unique kanji readings1809
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count87
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