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 Hanahira!
Visual novel
Hanahira!
Length (in words)18091
Unique words2671
Unique words (used once)1359
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji941
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 Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Visual novel
Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Length (in words)2203
Unique words568
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 Oshikake
Visual novel
Oshikake
Length (in words)970
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. rating3.8
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Tsuki no Hikari
Visual novel
Tsuki no Hikari
Length (in words)16790
Unique words1032
Unique words (used once)2
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji521
Unique kanji (used once)2
Difficulty2/10
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)4417
Unique words1051
Unique words (used once)585
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)3919
Unique words982
Unique words (used once)540
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji448
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)7803
Unique words1111
Unique words (used once)10
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji577
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)7182
Unique words1691
Unique words (used once)985
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)3818
Unique words964
Unique words (used once)533
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)143653
Unique words5904
Unique words (used once)1188
Unique words (used once %)20%
Unique kanji1447
Unique kanji (used once)128
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters376057
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count61
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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)9702
Unique words2243
Unique words (used once)1267
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 Negaeba Kitto...
Visual novel
Negaeba Kitto...
Length (in words)1254
Unique words426
Unique words (used once)269
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji259
Unique kanji (used once)130
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters2735
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count208
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Cover of Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Visual novel
Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Length (in words)21200
Unique words2526
Unique words (used once)1140
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji922
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 Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Visual novel
Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Length (in words)87286
Unique words5532
Unique words (used once)2395
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1390
Unique kanji (used once)309
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters204018
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count56
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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)48848
Unique words3425
Unique words (used once)1386
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1118
Unique kanji (used once)226
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters121359
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count48
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Cover of Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Visual novel
Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Length (in words)15262
Unique words2258
Unique words (used once)1101
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 Nekopara Vol. 2: Shimai Neko no Sucre
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 2: Shimai Neko no Sucre
Length (in words)32246
Unique words3822
Unique words (used once)1852
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1112
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters87360
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count2694
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Cover of Yami no Koe 2
Visual novel
Yami no Koe 2
Length (in words)80190
Unique words5279
Unique words (used once)2280
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1303
Unique kanji (used once)268
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.3
Characters202203
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count30
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Cover of Kanojo no Seiiki
Visual novel
Kanojo no Seiiki
Length (in words)63865
Unique words4951
Unique words (used once)1996
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1293
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters158797
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count151
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Length (in words)34479
Unique words4258
Unique words (used once)2082
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1191
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters90784
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count4576
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Cover of Yami no Koe
Visual novel
Yami no Koe
Length (in words)41486
Unique words3015
Unique words (used once)1303
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji903
Unique kanji (used once)230
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters106878
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count45
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Cover of Shinobi Harisenbo
Visual novel
Shinobi Harisenbo
Length (in words)5304
Unique words1357
Unique words (used once)804
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 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui - Hajisarashi-hen
Visual novel
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui - Hajisarashi-hen
Length (in words)9792
Unique words2255
Unique words (used once)1337
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 Nanatsuiro★Drops
Visual novel
Nanatsuiro★Drops
Length (in words)185424
Unique words7797
Unique words (used once)2990
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1534
Unique kanji (used once)234
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)215526
Unique words7620
Unique words (used once)2822
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1686
Unique kanji (used once)246
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.7
Characters527598
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count159
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Length (in words)20643
Unique words3148
Unique words (used once)1669
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1068
Unique kanji (used once)309
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters52814
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count1597
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Cover of Tsuki no Terasu
Visual novel
Tsuki no Terasu
Length (in words)10342
Unique words2444
Unique words (used once)1509
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 Kohonya
Visual novel
Kohonya
Length (in words)12822
Unique words2502
Unique words (used once)1338
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 Suiren to Shion
Visual novel
Suiren to Shion
Length (in words)120519
Unique words7925
Unique words (used once)3227
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1718
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters312484
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count79
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Cover of Mamapuri!? ~Wagaya no Dousei Tsuushinbo~
Visual novel
Mamapuri!? ~Wagaya no Dousei Tsuushinbo~
Length (in words)242303
Unique words10722
Unique words (used once)3990
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 Rance 02 Kai: Hangyaku no Shoujo-tachi
Visual novel
Rance 02 Kai: Hangyaku no Shoujo-tachi
Length (in words)77614
Unique words7210
Unique words (used once)3289
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1614
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.1
Characters188301
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count523
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Cover of Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Visual novel
Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)2801
Unique words915
Unique words (used once)571
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 Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Visual novel
Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Length (in words)27025
Unique words1614
Unique words (used once)379
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 Stargazer -Shoujo wa Hoshi no Yume o Miru-
Visual novel
Stargazer -Shoujo wa Hoshi no Yume o Miru-
Length (in words)13362
Unique words2484
Unique words (used once)1319
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji960
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 Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Visual novel
Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Length (in words)14908
Unique words2433
Unique words (used once)1245
Unique words (used once %)51%
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 Onii-chan, Kiss no Junbi wa Mada Desu ka?
Visual novel
Onii-chan, Kiss no Junbi wa Mada Desu ka?
Length (in words)325032
Unique words10988
Unique words (used once)3039
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 Shukusei no Girlfriend -the destiny star of girlfriend-
Visual novel
Shukusei no Girlfriend -the destiny star of girlfriend-
Length (in words)63802
Unique words7732
Unique words (used once)3885
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1716
Unique kanji (used once)321
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters154677
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count90
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Cover of Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru
Visual novel
Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru
Length (in words)149150
Unique words8736
Unique words (used once)3524
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1722
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 Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen-
Visual novel
Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen-
Length (in words)134814
Unique words7579
Unique words (used once)3024
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1590
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters323031
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count882
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Cover of CharaBration! ~Otome wa Koi shite Charabureru~
Visual novel
CharaBration! ~Otome wa Koi shite Charabureru~
Length (in words)188414
Unique words9667
Unique words (used once)3909
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1808
Unique kanji (used once)248
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters485430
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count83
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Cover of Marco to Ginga Ryuu
Visual novel
Marco to Ginga Ryuu
Length (in words)33167
Unique words4785
Unique words (used once)2456
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1377
Unique kanji (used once)320
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length10.0
Characters80000
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count347
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Cover of Rance 6 -Zeth Houkai-
Visual novel
Rance 6 -Zeth Houkai-
Length (in words)322438
Unique words14679
Unique words (used once)5181
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2153
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length10.0
Characters769310
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count887
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Cover of Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai
Visual novel
Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai
Length (in words)693563
Unique words20342
Unique words (used once)6933
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2255
Unique kanji (used once)187
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.7
Characters1705367
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count1411
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Cover of Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Visual novel
Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Length (in words)21622
Unique words4036
Unique words (used once)2178
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1229
Unique kanji (used once)322
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.8
Characters52185
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
VNDBOfficial websiteBuy at DLsiteBuy at BOOTH
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Cover of Function:W();
Visual novel
Function:W();
Length (in words)22105
Unique words4255
Unique words (used once)2333
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 Summer Pockets
Visual novel
Summer Pockets
Length (in words)305059
Unique words14032
Unique words (used once)5407
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2103
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.3
Characters720182
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count1529
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Cover of Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~
Visual novel
Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~
Length (in words)399611
Unique words15781
Unique words (used once)5791
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2065
Unique kanji (used once)231
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.6
Characters964429
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count1763
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Cover of Hatsukoi Yohou.
Visual novel
Hatsukoi Yohou.
Length (in words)242535
Unique words11175
Unique words (used once)4392
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1815
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters595552
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count20
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Cover of Mamiya-kunchi no Itsutsugo Jijou
Visual novel
Mamiya-kunchi no Itsutsugo Jijou
Length (in words)370404
Unique words13075
Unique words (used once)4732
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1938
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters932684
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count77
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Cover of Hen Koi ≒ Kuro Rekishi
Visual novel
Hen Koi ≒ Kuro Rekishi
Length (in words)203532
Unique words10642
Unique words (used once)4473
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1882
Unique kanji (used once)296
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters521738
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count17
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