Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of Hanachirutani Sanjinkou
Visual novel
Hanachirutani Sanjinkou
Length (in words)251780
Unique words18095
Unique words (used once)7117
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2946
Unique kanji (used once)391
Unique kanji readings5847
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length31.4
Characters542146
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count22
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Cover of Kagerou Touryuuki
Visual novel
Kagerou Touryuuki
Length (in words)364303
Unique words20099
Unique words (used once)7083
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2866
Unique kanji (used once)342
Unique kanji readings5715
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length32.4
Characters815977
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count41
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Cover of Astelight Shuushuubako
Visual novel
Astelight Shuushuubako
Length (in words)225370
Unique words19552
Unique words (used once)8117
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2903
Unique kanji (used once)386
Unique kanji readings5677
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length36.6
Characters496553
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count23
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Cover of Bengarachou Hakubutsushi
Visual novel
Bengarachou Hakubutsushi
Length (in words)277529
Unique words18563
Unique words (used once)7339
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2873
Unique kanji (used once)333
Unique kanji readings5669
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length32.5
Characters604882
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count42
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Cover of Albatross Koukairoku
Visual novel
Albatross Koukairoku
Length (in words)356405
Unique words22966
Unique words (used once)8805
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji3093
Unique kanji (used once)372
Unique kanji readings6258
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length29.5
Characters809469
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count61
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Cover of Kajiri Kamui Kagura
Visual novel
Kajiri Kamui Kagura
Length (in words)462858
Unique words21076
Unique words (used once)7073
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2821
Unique kanji (used once)279
Unique kanji readings5793
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.5
Characters1029684
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count190
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Cover of Vermilion -Bind of Blood-
Visual novel
Vermilion -Bind of Blood-
Length (in words)388167
Unique words21024
Unique words (used once)7433
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2761
Unique kanji (used once)214
Unique kanji readings5625
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters856178
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count62
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Cover of Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai - Under the Innocent Sky.
Visual novel
Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai - Under the Innocent Sky.
Length (in words)701218
Unique words29210
Unique words (used once)9934
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2755
Unique kanji (used once)263
Unique kanji readings5712
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters1657574
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count335
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Cover of Dies irae
Visual novel
Dies irae
Length (in words)719696
Unique words25363
Unique words (used once)7876
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2782
Unique kanji (used once)224
Unique kanji readings5792
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length18.4
Characters1677049
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count2330
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Cover of Soukou Akki Muramasa
Visual novel
Soukou Akki Muramasa
Length (in words)563440
Unique words27855
Unique words (used once)9993
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji3020
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings6417
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length14.4
Characters1224122
VNDB avg. rating9.0
VNDB rating count2272
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Cover of Silverio Vendetta
Visual novel
Silverio Vendetta
Length (in words)373241
Unique words20969
Unique words (used once)7335
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2747
Unique kanji (used once)269
Unique kanji readings5494
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.6
Characters854337
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count113
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Cover of Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Visual novel
Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Length (in words)67732
Unique words10414
Unique words (used once)5083
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji2320
Unique kanji (used once)382
Unique kanji readings4167
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters145399
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count1877
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Cover of Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen: Hachimyoujin
Visual novel
Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen: Hachimyoujin
Length (in words)503063
Unique words23124
Unique words (used once)8131
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2826
Unique kanji (used once)291
Unique kanji readings5794
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.5
Characters1151208
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count190
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Cover of Daimeikyuu & Daimeiwaku -Great Edges in the Abyss-
Visual novel
Daimeikyuu & Daimeiwaku -Great Edges in the Abyss-
Length (in words)270627
Unique words20055
Unique words (used once)8168
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2828
Unique kanji (used once)363
Unique kanji readings5687
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters630117
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count34
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Cover of Hanachirasu
Visual novel
Hanachirasu
Length (in words)67001
Unique words9928
Unique words (used once)5074
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji2107
Unique kanji (used once)403
Unique kanji readings3754
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters143686
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count1316
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Cover of Zanmataisei Demonbane
Visual novel
Zanmataisei Demonbane
Length (in words)499404
Unique words18638
Unique words (used once)5515
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji2574
Unique kanji (used once)195
Unique kanji readings5151
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters1185470
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count1494
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Cover of Maggot Baits
Visual novel
Maggot Baits
Length (in words)271106
Unique words17093
Unique words (used once)6570
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2594
Unique kanji (used once)268
Unique kanji readings4986
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length19.6
Characters659129
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count776
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Cover of Nemurenu Hitsuji to Kodoku na Ookami -A Tale of Love, and Cutthroat-
Visual novel
Nemurenu Hitsuji to Kodoku na Ookami -A Tale of Love, and Cutthroat-
Length (in words)178704
Unique words15260
Unique words (used once)6372
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2402
Unique kanji (used once)297
Unique kanji readings4568
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.1
Characters416871
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count99
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Cover of Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni.
Visual novel
Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni.
Length (in words)253357
Unique words14930
Unique words (used once)5848
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2454
Unique kanji (used once)275
Unique kanji readings4760
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.1
Characters576658
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count135
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Cover of Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Visual novel
Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Length (in words)817972
Unique words24116
Unique words (used once)6479
Unique words (used once %)26%
Unique kanji2778
Unique kanji (used once)178
Unique kanji readings5836
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters1863574
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count58
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Cover of Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai ~Prelude~
Visual novel
Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai ~Prelude~
Length (in words)109962
Unique words13517
Unique words (used once)6830
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji2157
Unique kanji (used once)367
Unique kanji readings3903
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters262599
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count119
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Cover of Rui wa Tomo wo Yobu
Visual novel
Rui wa Tomo wo Yobu
Length (in words)620158
Unique words20367
Unique words (used once)5663
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji2485
Unique kanji (used once)170
Unique kanji readings4870
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length12.8
Characters1477987
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count210
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Cover of Paradise Lost
Visual novel
Paradise Lost
Length (in words)285617
Unique words15853
Unique words (used once)5381
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2371
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings4606
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters673194
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count99
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Cover of Shimaisou
Visual novel
Shimaisou
Length (in words)21794
Unique words3346
Unique words (used once)1772
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1272
Unique kanji (used once)337
Unique kanji readings1912
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters48525
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count9
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Cover of Mahoutsukai no Yoru
Visual novel
Mahoutsukai no Yoru
Length (in words)238124
Unique words17458
Unique words (used once)7292
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2378
Unique kanji (used once)308
Unique kanji readings4561
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters544873
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count1296
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Cover of Gunjou no Sora wo Koete
Visual novel
Gunjou no Sora wo Koete
Length (in words)377203
Unique words16619
Unique words (used once)6278
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2283
Unique kanji (used once)266
Unique kanji readings4293
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.6
Characters883400
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count60
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Cover of Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen Bansenjin
Visual novel
Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen Bansenjin
Length (in words)369744
Unique words19568
Unique words (used once)7345
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2630
Unique kanji (used once)263
Unique kanji readings5201
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.4
Characters854575
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count96
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Cover of Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai AfterStory
Visual novel
Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai AfterStory
Length (in words)166646
Unique words14017
Unique words (used once)6543
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2114
Unique kanji (used once)302
Unique kanji readings3954
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters403844
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count113
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Cover of Mono no Aware wa Sai no Koro
Visual novel
Mono no Aware wa Sai no Koro
Length (in words)327515
Unique words15981
Unique words (used once)5970
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2408
Unique kanji (used once)277
Unique kanji readings4582
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.3
Characters762291
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count50
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Cover of Saihate no Ima
Visual novel
Saihate no Ima
Length (in words)327654
Unique words21538
Unique words (used once)8529
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2541
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings4928
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters755598
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count110
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Cover of Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Visual novel
Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Length (in words)89977
Unique words9296
Unique words (used once)4325
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2067
Unique kanji (used once)341
Unique kanji readings3700
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.8
Characters210121
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count491
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Cover of 12Riven
Visual novel
12Riven
Length (in words)204734
Unique words13084
Unique words (used once)5047
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2101
Unique kanji (used once)265
Unique kanji readings3833
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.5
Characters485371
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count108
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Cover of Koshotengai no Hashihime
Visual novel
Koshotengai no Hashihime
Length (in words)236025
Unique words13408
Unique words (used once)5034
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2221
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings4135
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters525651
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count390
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Cover of Fate/Stay Night
Visual novel
Fate/Stay Night
Length (in words)745590
Unique words21204
Unique words (used once)6489
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2539
Unique kanji (used once)227
Unique kanji readings5094
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.1
Characters1703197
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count13401
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Cover of Tsukihime -A Piece of Blue Glass Moon-
Visual novel
Tsukihime -A Piece of Blue Glass Moon-
Length (in words)397760
Unique words18635
Unique words (used once)6654
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2443
Unique kanji (used once)261
Unique kanji readings4695
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters920170
VNDB avg. rating8.7
VNDB rating count517
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Cover of Tokyo Necro
Visual novel
Tokyo Necro
Length (in words)290859
Unique words16790
Unique words (used once)6358
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2303
Unique kanji (used once)234
Unique kanji readings4389
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters700522
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count222
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Cover of Sora no Baroque
Visual novel
Sora no Baroque
Length (in words)295095
Unique words17325
Unique words (used once)6468
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2511
Unique kanji (used once)267
Unique kanji readings4851
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.1
Characters676434
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count46
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Cover of Jingai Makyou
Visual novel
Jingai Makyou
Length (in words)376395
Unique words17995
Unique words (used once)6288
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2486
Unique kanji (used once)259
Unique kanji readings4759
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.3
Characters827251
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count102
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Cover of Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo
Visual novel
Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo
Length (in words)268604
Unique words13433
Unique words (used once)5251
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2232
Unique kanji (used once)296
Unique kanji readings4227
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters634470
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count307
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Cover of Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Visual novel
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Length (in words)963379
Unique words24757
Unique words (used once)7599
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2622
Unique kanji (used once)178
Unique kanji readings5466
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters2241817
VNDB avg. rating8.9
VNDB rating count8306
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Cover of BLACK SHEEP TOWN
Visual novel
BLACK SHEEP TOWN
Length (in words)534199
Unique words20403
Unique words (used once)7291
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2394
Unique kanji (used once)247
Unique kanji readings4539
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length25.0
Characters1244712
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count24
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Cover of Yukuhito no Pleroma
Visual novel
Yukuhito no Pleroma
Length (in words)49291
Unique words6083
Unique words (used once)3116
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1734
Unique kanji (used once)311
Unique kanji readings2854
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters105394
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Sakura no Kumo * Scarlet no Koi
Visual novel
Sakura no Kumo * Scarlet no Koi
Length (in words)330513
Unique words19027
Unique words (used once)7184
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2469
Unique kanji (used once)276
Unique kanji readings4849
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters781466
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count144
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Cover of Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
Visual novel
Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
Length (in words)440821
Unique words16383
Unique words (used once)5192
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2218
Unique kanji (used once)206
Unique kanji readings4201
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length12.8
Characters1038800
VNDB avg. rating8.7
VNDB rating count5404
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Cover of Ken ga Kimi
Visual novel
Ken ga Kimi
Length (in words)414494
Unique words14979
Unique words (used once)5145
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2272
Unique kanji (used once)228
Unique kanji readings4454
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters982045
VNDB avg. rating8.7
VNDB rating count150
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Cover of Umi Kara Kuru Mono
Visual novel
Umi Kara Kuru Mono
Length (in words)327632
Unique words10287
Unique words (used once)739
Unique words (used once %)7%
Unique kanji1888
Unique kanji (used once)38
Unique kanji readings3389
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters748189
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count23
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Cover of Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~
Visual novel
Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~
Length (in words)339752
Unique words20195
Unique words (used once)7656
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2464
Unique kanji (used once)249
Unique kanji readings4859
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.6
Characters804766
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count136
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Cover of Fairytale Requiem
Visual novel
Fairytale Requiem
Length (in words)279884
Unique words15619
Unique words (used once)5903
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2321
Unique kanji (used once)274
Unique kanji readings4402
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length14.4
Characters689910
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count60
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Cover of SeaBed
Visual novel
SeaBed
Length (in words)187394
Unique words11888
Unique words (used once)4893
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2134
Unique kanji (used once)283
Unique kanji readings3842
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters408978
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count492
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Cover of Nagareochiru Shirabe ni Nosete
Visual novel
Nagareochiru Shirabe ni Nosete
Length (in words)341419
Unique words17141
Unique words (used once)5894
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2459
Unique kanji (used once)231
Unique kanji readings4992
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length14.2
Characters763521
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count2
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