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)18450
Unique words2669
Unique words (used once)1354
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 count349
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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 count19
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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. rating3.7
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. rating5.7
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Koufuku no Lalka
Visual novel
Koufuku no Lalka
Length (in words)4366
Unique words1045
Unique words (used once)579
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)3972
Unique words990
Unique words (used once)541
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)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. rating4.4
VNDB rating count8
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Cover of Tegami
Visual novel
Tegami
Length (in words)7174
Unique words1684
Unique words (used once)980
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 count142
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Cover of Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Visual novel
Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Length (in words)3812
Unique words959
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. rating9.7
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)139663
Unique words5888
Unique words (used once)1191
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 count66
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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 count210
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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)50947
Unique words3431
Unique words (used once)1387
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 count62
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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)9687
Unique words2240
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. rating7.2
VNDB rating count5
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Cover of Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Visual novel
Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Length (in words)21663
Unique words2525
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. rating5.5
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)32272
Unique words3802
Unique words (used once)1843
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 count2761
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Cover of Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Visual novel
Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Length (in words)14918
Unique words2241
Unique words (used once)1091
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 count171
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Cover of Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Visual novel
Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Length (in words)87122
Unique words5536
Unique words (used once)2406
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 count58
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Cover of Kanojo no Seiiki
Visual novel
Kanojo no Seiiki
Length (in words)66257
Unique words4942
Unique words (used once)2002
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 count155
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Cover of Yami no Koe
Visual novel
Yami no Koe
Length (in words)42186
Unique words3016
Unique words (used once)1301
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 count48
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Length (in words)34612
Unique words4249
Unique words (used once)2085
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 count4685
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Length (in words)21020
Unique words3141
Unique words (used once)1659
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 count1610
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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)9770
Unique words2257
Unique words (used once)1338
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 Yami no Koe 2
Visual novel
Yami no Koe 2
Length (in words)81001
Unique words5287
Unique words (used once)2272
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 Tsuki no Terasu
Visual novel
Tsuki no Terasu
Length (in words)10030
Unique words2442
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 count325
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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 words2472
Unique words (used once)1316
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 count35
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Cover of Suiren to Shion
Visual novel
Suiren to Shion
Length (in words)120489
Unique words7922
Unique words (used once)3228
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 count91
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Cover of Nanatsuiro★Drops
Visual novel
Nanatsuiro★Drops
Length (in words)186515
Unique words7809
Unique words (used once)3005
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 count98
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Cover of Midori no Umi
Visual novel
Midori no Umi
Length (in words)213992
Unique words7612
Unique words (used once)2815
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 count162
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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 Shinobi Harisenbo
Visual novel
Shinobi Harisenbo
Length (in words)5301
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 Kohonya
Visual novel
Kohonya
Length (in words)12814
Unique words2493
Unique words (used once)1327
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 Mamapuri!? ~Wagaya no Dousei Tsuushinbo~
Visual novel
Mamapuri!? ~Wagaya no Dousei Tsuushinbo~
Length (in words)242113
Unique words10702
Unique words (used once)3979
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 Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru
Visual novel
Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru
Length (in words)153015
Unique words8755
Unique words (used once)3528
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 count138
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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)316361
Unique words10983
Unique words (used once)3057
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 count530
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Cover of Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Visual novel
Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Length (in words)21165
Unique words4039
Unique words (used once)2186
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 Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Visual novel
Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Length (in words)14885
Unique words2431
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 Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Visual novel
Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Length (in words)27015
Unique words1611
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 Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen-
Visual novel
Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen-
Length (in words)135536
Unique words7580
Unique words (used once)3024
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 count909
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Cover of Aonatsu Line
Visual novel
Aonatsu Line
Length (in words)193350
Unique words11860
Unique words (used once)4866
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 count124
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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)65936
Unique words7727
Unique words (used once)3879
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 count98
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Cover of Haruka no Sora
Visual novel
Haruka no Sora
Length (in words)134811
Unique words9705
Unique words (used once)4218
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 count227
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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)76234
Unique words7194
Unique words (used once)3297
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 count580
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Cover of Ame Koi
Visual novel
Ame Koi
Length (in words)112526
Unique words7757
Unique words (used once)3488
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1760
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters266828
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count84
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Cover of Mamiya-kunchi no Itsutsugo Jijou
Visual novel
Mamiya-kunchi no Itsutsugo Jijou
Length (in words)375698
Unique words13096
Unique words (used once)4756
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1943
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters932684
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count78
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Cover of Hen Koi ≒ Kuro Rekishi
Visual novel
Hen Koi ≒ Kuro Rekishi
Length (in words)206888
Unique words10670
Unique words (used once)4504
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 count18
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Cover of CharaBration! ~Otome wa Koi shite Charabureru~
Visual novel
CharaBration! ~Otome wa Koi shite Charabureru~
Length (in words)189662
Unique words9676
Unique words (used once)3915
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 count89
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Cover of Function:W();
Visual novel
Function:W();
Length (in words)22055
Unique words4244
Unique words (used once)2324
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 Hatsukoi Yohou.
Visual novel
Hatsukoi Yohou.
Length (in words)250579
Unique words11216
Unique words (used once)4403
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1824
Unique kanji (used once)246
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters595552
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count20
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Cover of Otome Domain
Visual novel
Otome Domain
Length (in words)241263
Unique words11789
Unique words (used once)4698
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 count251
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Cover of Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~
Visual novel
Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~
Length (in words)402709
Unique words15801
Unique words (used once)5810
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2075
Unique kanji (used once)230
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.6
Characters964429
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count1835
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