Visual novel difficulty list

This is a list of visual novels 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 VN to read based on how good your Japanese is.

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Cover of Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Visual novel
Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Length (in words)2181
Unique words562
Unique words (used once)306
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji279
Unique kanji (used once)121
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters5702
VNDB avg. rating5.3
VNDB rating count23
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Cover of Hanahira!
Visual novel
Hanahira!
Length (in words)18450
Unique words2666
Unique words (used once)1349
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji947
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length11.4
Characters45579
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count353
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Cover of Oshikake
Visual novel
Oshikake
Length (in words)950
Unique words400
Unique words (used once)270
Unique words (used once %)67%
Unique kanji213
Unique kanji (used once)118
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters2556
VNDB avg. rating3.5
VNDB rating count6
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Cover of Tsuki no Hikari
Visual novel
Tsuki no Hikari
Length (in words)16802
Unique words1030
Unique words (used once)2
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji521
Unique kanji (used once)2
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters38867
VNDB avg. rating6.2
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Koufuku no Lalka
Visual novel
Koufuku no Lalka
Length (in words)4367
Unique words1044
Unique words (used once)578
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji489
Unique kanji (used once)196
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters10533
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count5
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Cover of Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Visual novel
Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Length (in words)3972
Unique words990
Unique words (used once)541
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji453
Unique kanji (used once)185
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters9690
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Cover of Christmas * Flower
Visual novel
Christmas * Flower
Length (in words)2082
Unique words789
Unique words (used once)519
Unique words (used once %)65%
Unique kanji382
Unique kanji (used once)204
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters5139
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count11
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Length (in words)8061
Unique words1121
Unique words (used once)10
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji579
Unique kanji (used once)8
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters18989
VNDB avg. rating4.6
VNDB rating count7
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Cover of Tegami
Visual novel
Tegami
Length (in words)7052
Unique words1686
Unique words (used once)978
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji723
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters16126
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count142
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Cover of Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Visual novel
Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Length (in words)3809
Unique words957
Unique words (used once)532
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji493
Unique kanji (used once)203
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters8913
VNDB avg. rating8.7
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Onii-chan, Kiss no Junbi wa Mada Desu ka? Ecchi no Junbi mo Mada Desu ka?
Visual novel
Onii-chan, Kiss no Junbi wa Mada Desu ka? Ecchi no Junbi mo Mada Desu ka?
Length (in words)139639
Unique words5880
Unique words (used once)1193
Unique words (used once %)20%
Unique kanji1447
Unique kanji (used once)128
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters376057
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count71
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Cover of Negaeba Kitto...
Visual novel
Negaeba Kitto...
Length (in words)1253
Unique words427
Unique words (used once)271
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji259
Unique kanji (used once)130
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters2735
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count215
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Cover of Tsuyuchiru Letter ~Umi to Shiori ni Amaoto o~
Visual novel
Tsuyuchiru Letter ~Umi to Shiori ni Amaoto o~
Length (in words)50944
Unique words3431
Unique words (used once)1388
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1125
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters121359
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count68
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Cover of Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Visual novel
Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Length (in words)21659
Unique words2524
Unique words (used once)1132
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji924
Unique kanji (used once)249
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters55035
VNDB avg. rating5.5
VNDB rating count24
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 2: Shimai Neko no Sucre
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 2: Shimai Neko no Sucre
Length (in words)32271
Unique words3794
Unique words (used once)1836
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1112
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters87360
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count2810
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Cover of Kare to Kanojo to Kanojo no Chuugi
Visual novel
Kare to Kanojo to Kanojo no Chuugi
Length (in words)9672
Unique words2239
Unique words (used once)1265
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji943
Unique kanji (used once)328
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.6
Characters23359
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count6
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Cover of Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Visual novel
Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Length (in words)14918
Unique words2240
Unique words (used once)1089
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji748
Unique kanji (used once)221
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters38744
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count177
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Cover of Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Visual novel
Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Length (in words)87118
Unique words5529
Unique words (used once)2405
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1392
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters204018
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count59
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Length (in words)21020
Unique words3139
Unique words (used once)1658
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1069
Unique kanji (used once)306
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters52814
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count1618
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Cover of Kanojo no Seiiki
Visual novel
Kanojo no Seiiki
Length (in words)66234
Unique words4939
Unique words (used once)2001
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1293
Unique kanji (used once)238
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters158797
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count159
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Cover of Yami no Koe 2
Visual novel
Yami no Koe 2
Length (in words)80997
Unique words5281
Unique words (used once)2274
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1317
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.3
Characters202203
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count32
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Length (in words)34611
Unique words4243
Unique words (used once)2083
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1191
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters90784
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count4770
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Cover of Stargazer -Shoujo wa Hoshi no Yume o Miru-
Visual novel
Stargazer -Shoujo wa Hoshi no Yume o Miru-
Length (in words)13011
Unique words2471
Unique words (used once)1315
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji962
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters31539
VNDB avg. rating5.8
VNDB rating count34
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Cover of Yami no Koe
Visual novel
Yami no Koe
Length (in words)42182
Unique words3007
Unique words (used once)1300
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji910
Unique kanji (used once)228
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters106878
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count52
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Cover of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui - Hajisarashi-hen
Visual novel
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui - Hajisarashi-hen
Length (in words)9766
Unique words2250
Unique words (used once)1334
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji948
Unique kanji (used once)338
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.4
Characters23755
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Cover of Tsuki no Terasu
Visual novel
Tsuki no Terasu
Length (in words)10030
Unique words2441
Unique words (used once)1508
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji981
Unique kanji (used once)319
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.6
Characters23324
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count332
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Cover of Inochi no Spare
Visual novel
Inochi no Spare
Length (in words)123910
Unique words6909
Unique words (used once)2760
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1486
Unique kanji (used once)220
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.4
Characters299760
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count195
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Cover of Nanatsuiro★Drops
Visual novel
Nanatsuiro★Drops
Length (in words)186511
Unique words7795
Unique words (used once)3000
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1539
Unique kanji (used once)231
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.9
Characters448822
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count100
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Cover of Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Visual novel
Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)2801
Unique words913
Unique words (used once)570
Unique words (used once %)62%
Unique kanji525
Unique kanji (used once)247
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters6552
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Suiren to Shion
Visual novel
Suiren to Shion
Length (in words)120477
Unique words7915
Unique words (used once)3225
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1717
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters312484
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count97
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Cover of Shinobi Harisenbo
Visual novel
Shinobi Harisenbo
Length (in words)5269
Unique words1354
Unique words (used once)802
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji719
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters11453
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count17
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Cover of Midori no Umi
Visual novel
Midori no Umi
Length (in words)213998
Unique words7603
Unique words (used once)2806
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1689
Unique kanji (used once)245
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.7
Characters527598
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count165
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Cover of Kohonya
Visual novel
Kohonya
Length (in words)12812
Unique words2489
Unique words (used once)1323
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji952
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters28959
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru
Visual novel
Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru
Length (in words)153022
Unique words8751
Unique words (used once)3526
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1728
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters363064
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count139
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Cover of Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Visual novel
Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Length (in words)14885
Unique words2432
Unique words (used once)1240
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji992
Unique kanji (used once)287
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters34642
VNDB avg. rating6.1
VNDB rating count8
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Cover of Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Visual novel
Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Length (in words)27015
Unique words1612
Unique words (used once)376
Unique words (used once %)23%
Unique kanji724
Unique kanji (used once)88
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters64890
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Mamapuri!? ~Wagaya no Dousei Tsuushinbo~
Visual novel
Mamapuri!? ~Wagaya no Dousei Tsuushinbo~
Length (in words)242111
Unique words10691
Unique words (used once)3978
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1860
Unique kanji (used once)248
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.9
Characters605129
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count22
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Cover of Onii-chan, Kiss no Junbi wa Mada Desu ka?
Visual novel
Onii-chan, Kiss no Junbi wa Mada Desu ka?
Length (in words)316329
Unique words10971
Unique words (used once)3051
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji1947
Unique kanji (used once)197
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters843409
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count551
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Cover of Haruka no Sora
Visual novel
Haruka no Sora
Length (in words)134813
Unique words9695
Unique words (used once)4215
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1769
Unique kanji (used once)257
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.9
Characters337181
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count236
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Cover of Tsundere Makai Princess Arisa to Haramase Shinkon Seikatsu!
Visual novel
Tsundere Makai Princess Arisa to Haramase Shinkon Seikatsu!
Length (in words)78224
Unique words5201
Unique words (used once)2082
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1445
Unique kanji (used once)246
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters196417
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count25
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Cover of Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Visual novel
Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Length (in words)21165
Unique words4036
Unique words (used once)2185
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1230
Unique kanji (used once)322
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.8
Characters52185
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Shukusei no Girlfriend -the destiny star of girlfriend-
Visual novel
Shukusei no Girlfriend -the destiny star of girlfriend-
Length (in words)65937
Unique words7714
Unique words (used once)3870
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1718
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters154677
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count104
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Cover of Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen-
Visual novel
Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen-
Length (in words)135538
Unique words7574
Unique words (used once)3020
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1591
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters323031
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count941
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Cover of Aonatsu Line
Visual novel
Aonatsu Line
Length (in words)193343
Unique words11851
Unique words (used once)4861
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1932
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters458536
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count125
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Cover of Natsuiro Kokoro Log
Visual novel
Natsuiro Kokoro Log
Length (in words)280595
Unique words13058
Unique words (used once)5091
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1993
Unique kanji (used once)241
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.4
Characters697122
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count75
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Cover of Rance 02 Kai: Hangyaku no Shoujo-tachi
Visual novel
Rance 02 Kai: Hangyaku no Shoujo-tachi
Length (in words)76185
Unique words7183
Unique words (used once)3291
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1616
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.1
Characters188301
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count624
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Cover of Mamiya-kunchi no Itsutsugo Jijou
Visual novel
Mamiya-kunchi no Itsutsugo Jijou
Length (in words)375686
Unique words13085
Unique words (used once)4749
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1943
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters932684
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count79
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Cover of Ame Koi
Visual novel
Ame Koi
Length (in words)112523
Unique words7750
Unique words (used once)3484
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1760
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters266828
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count84
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Cover of Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~
Visual novel
Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~
Length (in words)402709
Unique words15790
Unique words (used once)5806
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2075
Unique kanji (used once)230
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.6
Characters964429
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count1901
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Cover of Sanoba Witch
Visual novel
Sanoba Witch
Length (in words)443184
Unique words13702
Unique words (used once)5019
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1981
Unique kanji (used once)214
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.5
Characters1091137
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count2680
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