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)2182
Unique words564
Unique words (used once)308
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji279
Unique kanji (used once)121
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters5702
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count16
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Cover of Hanahira!
Visual novel
Hanahira!
Length (in words)18451
Unique words2667
Unique words (used once)1351
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 count339
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Cover of Oshikake
Visual novel
Oshikake
Length (in words)949
Unique words399
Unique words (used once)269
Unique words (used once %)67%
Unique kanji213
Unique kanji (used once)118
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters2556
VNDB avg. rating3.8
VNDB rating count4
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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. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Koufuku no Lalka
Visual novel
Koufuku no Lalka
Length (in words)4368
Unique words1048
Unique words (used once)582
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji489
Unique kanji (used once)196
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters10533
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Visual novel
Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Length (in words)3971
Unique words987
Unique words (used once)539
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji453
Unique kanji (used once)185
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters9690
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Length (in words)8037
Unique words1119
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)7170
Unique words1683
Unique words (used once)979
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji722
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters16126
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count140
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Cover of Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Visual novel
Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Length (in words)3813
Unique words961
Unique words (used once)531
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji493
Unique kanji (used once)203
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters8913
VNDB avg. rating10.0
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)139588
Unique words5885
Unique words (used once)1189
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 count61
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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 count208
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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)50967
Unique words3425
Unique words (used once)1382
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1125
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters121359
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count48
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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)9690
Unique words2239
Unique words (used once)1263
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji943
Unique kanji (used once)328
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.6
Characters23359
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count5
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Cover of Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Visual novel
Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Length (in words)21653
Unique words2524
Unique words (used once)1131
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji924
Unique kanji (used once)249
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters55035
VNDB avg. rating5.6
VNDB rating count23
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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)32228
Unique words3798
Unique words (used once)1838
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 count2694
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Cover of Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Visual novel
Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Length (in words)87098
Unique words5515
Unique words (used once)2388
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 count56
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Cover of Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Visual novel
Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Length (in words)14922
Unique words2246
Unique words (used once)1095
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 count168
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Cover of Kanojo no Seiiki
Visual novel
Kanojo no Seiiki
Length (in words)66238
Unique words4929
Unique words (used once)1992
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 count151
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Cover of Yami no Koe
Visual novel
Yami no Koe
Length (in words)42210
Unique words3012
Unique words (used once)1297
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji910
Unique kanji (used once)228
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters106878
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count45
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Length (in words)34597
Unique words4246
Unique words (used once)2084
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 count4576
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Cover of Yami no Koe 2
Visual novel
Yami no Koe 2
Length (in words)81017
Unique words5286
Unique words (used once)2263
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1317
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.3
Characters202203
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count30
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Length (in words)21028
Unique words3140
Unique words (used once)1660
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 count1597
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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)13017
Unique words2469
Unique words (used once)1311
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji962
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters31539
VNDB avg. rating5.9
VNDB rating count34
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Cover of Tsuki no Terasu
Visual novel
Tsuki no Terasu
Length (in words)10031
Unique words2443
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 count319
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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)9769
Unique words2253
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 Suiren to Shion
Visual novel
Suiren to Shion
Length (in words)120413
Unique words7911
Unique words (used once)3221
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1717
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters312484
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count79
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Cover of Nanatsuiro★Drops
Visual novel
Nanatsuiro★Drops
Length (in words)186576
Unique words7794
Unique words (used once)2993
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 count95
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Cover of Midori no Umi
Visual novel
Midori no Umi
Length (in words)214020
Unique words7597
Unique words (used once)2815
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1689
Unique kanji (used once)245
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.7
Characters527598
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count159
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Cover of Shinobi Harisenbo
Visual novel
Shinobi Harisenbo
Length (in words)5304
Unique words1356
Unique words (used once)803
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 Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Visual novel
Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)2800
Unique words914
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 Kohonya
Visual novel
Kohonya
Length (in words)12814
Unique words2494
Unique words (used once)1329
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji952
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters28959
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Mamapuri!? ~Wagaya no Dousei Tsuushinbo~
Visual novel
Mamapuri!? ~Wagaya no Dousei Tsuushinbo~
Length (in words)242151
Unique words10690
Unique words (used once)3972
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1860
Unique kanji (used once)248
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.9
Characters605129
VNDB avg. rating6.2
VNDB rating count21
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Cover of Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru
Visual novel
Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru
Length (in words)153037
Unique words8735
Unique words (used once)3514
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1728
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters363064
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count130
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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)316181
Unique words10957
Unique words (used once)3045
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji1947
Unique kanji (used once)197
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters843409
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count501
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Cover of Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Visual novel
Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Length (in words)21163
Unique words4033
Unique words (used once)2179
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
VNDBOfficial websiteBuy at DLsiteBuy at BOOTH
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Cover of Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Visual novel
Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Length (in words)27024
Unique words1612
Unique words (used once)377
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 Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Visual novel
Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Length (in words)14884
Unique words2430
Unique words (used once)1239
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 Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen-
Visual novel
Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen-
Length (in words)135445
Unique words7564
Unique words (used once)3010
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1591
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters323031
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count882
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Cover of Aonatsu Line
Visual novel
Aonatsu Line
Length (in words)193423
Unique words11826
Unique words (used once)4838
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1932
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters458536
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count113
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Cover of Haruka no Sora
Visual novel
Haruka no Sora
Length (in words)134872
Unique words9692
Unique words (used once)4206
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 count222
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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)65882
Unique words7722
Unique words (used once)3873
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1718
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters154677
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count90
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Cover of Ame Koi
Visual novel
Ame Koi
Length (in words)112318
Unique words7749
Unique words (used once)3480
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1760
Unique kanji (used once)311
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters266828
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count79
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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)76159
Unique words7180
Unique words (used once)3284
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1616
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.1
Characters188301
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count523
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Cover of Mamiya-kunchi no Itsutsugo Jijou
Visual novel
Mamiya-kunchi no Itsutsugo Jijou
Length (in words)375217
Unique words13071
Unique words (used once)4737
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1943
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters932684
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count77
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Cover of CharaBration! ~Otome wa Koi shite Charabureru~
Visual novel
CharaBration! ~Otome wa Koi shite Charabureru~
Length (in words)189537
Unique words9651
Unique words (used once)3898
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1809
Unique kanji (used once)246
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters485430
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count83
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Cover of AstralAir no Shiroki Towa Finale -Shiroki Hoshi no Yume-
Visual novel
AstralAir no Shiroki Towa Finale -Shiroki Hoshi no Yume-
Length (in words)164874
Unique words8941
Unique words (used once)3476
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1735
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters390880
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count60
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Cover of Hen Koi ≒ Kuro Rekishi
Visual novel
Hen Koi ≒ Kuro Rekishi
Length (in words)205257
Unique words10643
Unique words (used once)4472
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1887
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters521738
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count17
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Cover of Function:W();
Visual novel
Function:W();
Length (in words)22056
Unique words4248
Unique words (used once)2327
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1294
Unique kanji (used once)340
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters52926
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count2
VNDBOfficial websiteBuy at DLsiteBuy at BOOTH
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Cover of Sanoba Witch
Visual novel
Sanoba Witch
Length (in words)443086
Unique words13663
Unique words (used once)4990
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1981
Unique kanji (used once)214
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.5
Characters1091137
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count2421
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Cover of Otome Domain
Visual novel
Otome Domain
Length (in words)241206
Unique words11769
Unique words (used once)4680
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1970
Unique kanji (used once)249
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters603626
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count238
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