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 13-sai no Hello Work
Live action
13-sai no Hello Work
Length (in words)37910
Unique words4610
Unique words (used once)2268
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1276
Unique kanji (used once)291
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count156
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Cover of 37 Seconds
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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 ATARU
Live action
ATARU
Length (in words)39778
Unique words4341
Unique words (used once)1932
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1267
Unique kanji (used once)244
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count1097
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Cover of Aino Kekkon Soudanjo
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Aino Kekkon Soudanjo
Length (in words)23105
Unique words3353
Unique words (used once)1693
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1110
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count153
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Cover of Ainori Love Wagon African Journey
Live action
Ainori Love Wagon African Journey
Length (in words)27076
Unique words3675
Unique words (used once)1902
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1175
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count145
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Cover of Ainori Love Wagon Asian Journey
Live action
Ainori Love Wagon Asian Journey
Length (in words)28286
Unique words3904
Unique words (used once)2075
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1188
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating7.8
MDL rating count300
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Cover of Ainori Love Wagon Asian Journey S2
Live action
Ainori Love Wagon Asian Journey S2
Length (in words)26783
Unique words3679
Unique words (used once)1945
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1116
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count191
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Cover of Aka Hige
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Aka Hige
Length (in words)22700
Unique words2886
Unique words (used once)1437
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji989
Unique kanji (used once)284
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating9.0
MDL rating count2
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Cover of Akira to Akira
Live action
Akira to Akira
Length (in words)35347
Unique words4122
Unique words (used once)1870
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1196
Unique kanji (used once)229
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count210
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Cover of Akumu-chan
Live action
Akumu-chan
Length (in words)37170
Unique words3712
Unique words (used once)1789
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1178
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count1459
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Cover of Akuryo Byoto
Live action
Akuryo Byoto
Length (in words)11349
Unique words1616
Unique words (used once)706
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji680
Unique kanji (used once)178
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count326
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Cover of Algernon ni Hanataba wo
Live action
Algernon ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)28813
Unique words3801
Unique words (used once)1873
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1174
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count52
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Cover of Alice in Borderland
Live action
Alice in Borderland
Length (in words)15903
Unique words2550
Unique words (used once)1302
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji953
Unique kanji (used once)306
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating8.8
MDL rating count24584
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Cover of Alice no Toge
Live action
Alice no Toge
Length (in words)28808
Unique words3574
Unique words (used once)1607
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1150
Unique kanji (used once)238
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count721
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Cover of Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo
Live action
Anata no Koto wa Sorehodo
Length (in words)27058
Unique words3158
Unique words (used once)1566
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1025
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count218
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Cover of Ando Lloyd
Live action
Ando Lloyd
Length (in words)26205
Unique words3554
Unique words (used once)1763
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1154
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count1226
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Cover of Angel Heart
Live action
Angel Heart
Length (in words)23375
Unique words3214
Unique words (used once)1610
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1078
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count252
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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 Aogeba Totoshi
Live action
Aogeba Totoshi
Length (in words)23505
Unique words2781
Unique words (used once)1270
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji947
Unique kanji (used once)234
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count7
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Cover of Aoihonoo
Live action
Aoihonoo
Length (in words)22051
Unique words3005
Unique words (used once)1487
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1047
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count398
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Cover of Arashi's Diary -Voyage-
Live action
Arashi's Diary -Voyage-
Length (in words)56010
Unique words4581
Unique words (used once)2042
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1159
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating8.5
MDL rating count120
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Cover of Aru Hi, Ahiru Bus
Live action
Aru Hi, Ahiru Bus
Length (in words)25401
Unique words3724
Unique words (used once)1921
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1251
Unique kanji (used once)320
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count8
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Cover of Ashi-girl
Live action
Ashi-girl
Length (in words)27976
Unique words3698
Unique words (used once)1847
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1129
Unique kanji (used once)299
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count1146
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Cover of Ashio Kara Kita Onna
Live action
Ashio Kara Kita Onna
Length (in words)8134
Unique words1756
Unique words (used once)991
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji833
Unique kanji (used once)291
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating5.8
MDL rating count3
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Cover of Ashita no Yakusoku
Live action
Ashita no Yakusoku
Length (in words)32495
Unique words3300
Unique words (used once)1535
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1022
Unique kanji (used once)231
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count154
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Cover of Ashita, Mama ga Inai
Live action
Ashita, Mama ga Inai
Length (in words)26627
Unique words3210
Unique words (used once)1590
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1044
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count958
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Cover of Asunaro San San Nana Byoushi
Live action
Asunaro San San Nana Byoushi
Length (in words)27573
Unique words3585
Unique words (used once)1734
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1082
Unique kanji (used once)245
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count10
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Cover of Atami no Sousakan
Live action
Atami no Sousakan
Length (in words)24749
Unique words3297
Unique words (used once)1634
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1101
Unique kanji (used once)262
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count354
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Cover of Atelier
Live action
Atelier
Length (in words)37735
Unique words4470
Unique words (used once)2218
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1183
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count1491
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Cover of BORDER
Live action
BORDER
Length (in words)27325
Unique words4080
Unique words (used once)2062
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1297
Unique kanji (used once)303
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating8.1
MDL rating count2343
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Cover of Banyuki
Live action
Banyuki
Length (in words)16893
Unique words2669
Unique words (used once)1367
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji959
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count15
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Cover of Bartender
Live action
Bartender
Length (in words)25712
Unique words3601
Unique words (used once)1818
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1146
Unique kanji (used once)307
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count903
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Cover of Basuke mo Koi mo, Shiteitai
Live action
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 Beginners!
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Beginners!
Length (in words)25541
Unique words3251
Unique words (used once)1525
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1033
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count820
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Cover of Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou
Live action
Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou
Length (in words)40497
Unique words4157
Unique words (used once)1907
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1203
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count845
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Cover of Black President
Live action
Black President
Length (in words)53770
Unique words5091
Unique words (used once)2331
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1273
Unique kanji (used once)233
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count217
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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 Blazing Transfer Students
Live action
Blazing Transfer Students
Length (in words)14138
Unique words2680
Unique words (used once)1466
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji974
Unique kanji (used once)315
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count505
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Cover of Bleach
Live action
Bleach
Length (in words)5464
Unique words1198
Unique words (used once)642
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji548
Unique kanji (used once)194
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count4813
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Cover of Blue, Painful, Fragile
Live action
Blue, Painful, Fragile
Length (in words)7416
Unique words1436
Unique words (used once)761
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji615
Unique kanji (used once)217
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count305
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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 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 Boku no Yabai Tsuma
Live action
Boku no Yabai Tsuma
Length (in words)26631
Unique words3311
Unique words (used once)1591
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1098
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count592
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Cover of Boku to Star no 99 Nichi
Live action
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi
Length (in words)32040
Unique words3347
Unique words (used once)1532
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1043
Unique kanji (used once)245
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count1869
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Cover of Boku, Unmei no Hito desu
Live action
Boku, Unmei no Hito desu
Length (in words)44466
Unique words4971
Unique words (used once)2350
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1291
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count3246
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Cover of Bokutachi ga Yarimashita
Live action
Bokutachi ga Yarimashita
Length (in words)32709
Unique words3525
Unique words (used once)1732
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1055
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count683
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Cover of Boys on the Run
Live action
Boys on the Run
Length (in words)27958
Unique words3408
Unique words (used once)1642
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1063
Unique kanji (used once)253
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count270
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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 Busu to Yajuu
Live action
Busu to Yajuu
Length (in words)12184
Unique words2143
Unique words (used once)1113
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji824
Unique kanji (used once)258
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count17
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Cover of Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki
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Busujima Yuriko no Sekirara Nikki
Length (in words)13189
Unique words2060
Unique words (used once)1016
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji778
Unique kanji (used once)209
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count111
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