Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of Hanahira!
Visual novel
Hanahira!
Length (in words)18536
Unique words2718
Unique words (used once)1374
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji941
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length11.4
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count317
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Cover of Negaeba Kitto...
Visual novel
Negaeba Kitto...
Length (in words)1256
Unique words426
Unique words (used once)270
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji259
Unique kanji (used once)130
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.5
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count204
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Cover of Tegami
Visual novel
Tegami
Length (in words)7111
Unique words1700
Unique words (used once)997
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji722
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.4
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count136
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Cover of Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Visual novel
Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Length (in words)3939
Unique words986
Unique words (used once)543
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji448
Unique kanji (used once)185
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.3
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Cover of Tsuki no Terasu
Visual novel
Tsuki no Terasu
Length (in words)10360
Unique words2448
Unique words (used once)1509
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji981
Unique kanji (used once)319
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length18.6
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count313
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Cover of Oshikake
Visual novel
Oshikake
Length (in words)981
Unique words401
Unique words (used once)267
Unique words (used once %)66%
Unique kanji213
Unique kanji (used once)118
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.6
VNDB avg. rating3.7
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Length (in words)7813
Unique words1119
Unique words (used once)10
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji577
Unique kanji (used once)8
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.2
VNDB avg. rating4.7
VNDB rating count6
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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)145601
Unique words5972
Unique words (used once)1203
Unique words (used once %)20%
Unique kanji1447
Unique kanji (used once)128
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.3
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count57
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Cover of Nanatsuiro★Drops
Visual novel
Nanatsuiro★Drops
Length (in words)186412
Unique words7882
Unique words (used once)3011
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1534
Unique kanji (used once)234
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.9
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count91
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Cover of Mamapuri!? ~Wagaya no Dousei Tsuushinbo~
Visual novel
Mamapuri!? ~Wagaya no Dousei Tsuushinbo~
Length (in words)246500
Unique words10789
Unique words (used once)4014
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1860
Unique kanji (used once)248
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.9
VNDB avg. rating6.2
VNDB rating count21
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Cover of Midori no Umi
Visual novel
Midori no Umi
Length (in words)216835
Unique words7665
Unique words (used once)2837
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1686
Unique kanji (used once)246
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.7
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count150
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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)32706
Unique words3874
Unique words (used once)1881
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1112
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.1
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count2561
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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)136124
Unique words7670
Unique words (used once)3062
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1590
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length14.8
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count852
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Length (in words)34914
Unique words4305
Unique words (used once)2100
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1191
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.2
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count4383
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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)9760
Unique words2265
Unique words (used once)1283
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji943
Unique kanji (used once)328
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.6
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Kohonya
Visual novel
Kohonya
Length (in words)12875
Unique words2505
Unique words (used once)1342
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji952
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.1
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Koufuku no Lalka
Visual novel
Koufuku no Lalka
Length (in words)4439
Unique words1060
Unique words (used once)592
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji489
Unique kanji (used once)196
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length15.3
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Length (in words)20832
Unique words3158
Unique words (used once)1664
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1068
Unique kanji (used once)309
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.1
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count1575
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Cover of Mamiya-kunchi no Itsutsugo Jijou
Visual novel
Mamiya-kunchi no Itsutsugo Jijou
Length (in words)373420
Unique words13181
Unique words (used once)4774
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1938
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.0
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count75
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Cover of Kanojo no Seiiki
Visual novel
Kanojo no Seiiki
Length (in words)64426
Unique words4982
Unique words (used once)2000
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1293
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.8
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count138
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Cover of Magical Charming!
Visual novel
Magical Charming!
Length (in words)260644
Unique words14373
Unique words (used once)5946
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2114
Unique kanji (used once)314
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.5
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count98
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Cover of Shugaten! -Sugarfull Tempering-
Visual novel
Shugaten! -Sugarfull Tempering-
Length (in words)154774
Unique words10415
Unique words (used once)4381
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1756
Unique kanji (used once)243
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count80
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Cover of Primary ~Magical★Trouble★Scramble~
Visual novel
Primary ~Magical★Trouble★Scramble~
Length (in words)389077
Unique words13302
Unique words (used once)4497
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2020
Unique kanji (used once)210
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.9
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count37
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Cover of Himawari no Kyoukai to Nagai Natsuyasumi
Visual novel
Himawari no Kyoukai to Nagai Natsuyasumi
Length (in words)374745
Unique words16651
Unique words (used once)6181
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2238
Unique kanji (used once)258
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.0
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count180
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Cover of Yoake Mae yori Ruri Iro na
Visual novel
Yoake Mae yori Ruri Iro na
Length (in words)337217
Unique words14930
Unique words (used once)5563
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2129
Unique kanji (used once)234
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.7
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count375
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Cover of Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai
Visual novel
Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai
Length (in words)687324
Unique words20381
Unique words (used once)6950
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2252
Unique kanji (used once)188
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.7
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count1287
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Cover of Dekinai Watashi ga, Kurikaesu
Visual novel
Dekinai Watashi ga, Kurikaesu
Length (in words)393800
Unique words14094
Unique words (used once)4884
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2034
Unique kanji (used once)195
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.5
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count176
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Cover of Katahane
Visual novel
Katahane
Length (in words)249094
Unique words12822
Unique words (used once)4932
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1862
Unique kanji (used once)204
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.3
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count612
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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)9621
Unique words2221
Unique words (used once)1322
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji931
Unique kanji (used once)338
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.4
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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)328938
Unique words11096
Unique words (used once)3062
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji1947
Unique kanji (used once)197
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count459
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Cover of Cafe Sourire
Visual novel
Cafe Sourire
Length (in words)250225
Unique words12051
Unique words (used once)4775
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1887
Unique kanji (used once)257
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count41
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Cover of Hatsukoi Yohou.
Visual novel
Hatsukoi Yohou.
Length (in words)244199
Unique words11287
Unique words (used once)4411
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1817
Unique kanji (used once)251
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.1
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count20
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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)64283
Unique words7810
Unique words (used once)3912
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1716
Unique kanji (used once)321
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.5
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count84
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Cover of Ama Koi Syrups ~Hajirau Koigokoro de Shitaku Naru Amagami-sama no Koi Matsuri~
Visual novel
Ama Koi Syrups ~Hajirau Koigokoro de Shitaku Naru Amagami-sama no Koi Matsuri~
Length (in words)313248
Unique words12695
Unique words (used once)4831
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2024
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.3
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count45
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Cover of Tsuki no Hikari
Visual novel
Tsuki no Hikari
Length (in words)16846
Unique words1034
Unique words (used once)2
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji521
Unique kanji (used once)2
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.0
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru
Visual novel
Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru
Length (in words)149885
Unique words8796
Unique words (used once)3534
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1722
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count124
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Cover of Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Zan'ei no Yoru ga Akeru Toki-
Visual novel
Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Zan'ei no Yoru ga Akeru Toki-
Length (in words)177103
Unique words9129
Unique words (used once)3451
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1740
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.4
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count282
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Cover of Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Visual novel
Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)2805
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
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Clover Day's
Visual novel
Clover Day's
Length (in words)412072
Unique words16547
Unique words (used once)6193
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2149
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.4
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count351
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Cover of Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi
Visual novel
Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi
Length (in words)91648
Unique words7375
Unique words (used once)3253
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1622
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.6
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count1793
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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)13464
Unique words2491
Unique words (used once)1326
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji960
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.3
VNDB avg. rating6.1
VNDB rating count32
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Cover of Sono Hana ga Saitara, Mata Boku wa Kimi ni Deau
Visual novel
Sono Hana ga Saitara, Mata Boku wa Kimi ni Deau
Length (in words)78515
Unique words6648
Unique words (used once)2799
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1610
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.1
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count20
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Cover of Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai -Dreaming Sheep-
Visual novel
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai -Dreaming Sheep-
Length (in words)187752
Unique words12806
Unique words (used once)5494
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji2018
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.2
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count177
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Cover of Nursery Rhyme
Visual novel
Nursery Rhyme
Length (in words)263614
Unique words14429
Unique words (used once)5794
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2037
Unique kanji (used once)267
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.5
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count85
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Cover of Tarareba
Visual novel
Tarareba
Length (in words)188253
Unique words9796
Unique words (used once)3868
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1788
Unique kanji (used once)241
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.8
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count24
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Cover of Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~
Visual novel
Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~
Length (in words)401549
Unique words15862
Unique words (used once)5824
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2065
Unique kanji (used once)231
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.6
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count1650
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Cover of Otome Domain
Visual novel
Otome Domain
Length (in words)240130
Unique words11854
Unique words (used once)4719
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1967
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count223
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Cover of Aete Mushi Suru Kimi to no Mirai ~Relay Broadcast~
Visual novel
Aete Mushi Suru Kimi to no Mirai ~Relay Broadcast~
Length (in words)205679
Unique words12760
Unique words (used once)5073
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1980
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.1
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count106
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Cover of Ame Koi
Visual novel
Ame Koi
Length (in words)108544
Unique words7822
Unique words (used once)3509
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1759
Unique kanji (used once)313
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count73
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Cover of Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Visual novel
Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Length (in words)21768
Unique words4073
Unique words (used once)2192
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1229
Unique kanji (used once)322
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.8
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
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