Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of Astelight Shuushuubako
Visual novel
Astelight Shuushuubako
Length (in words)225205
Unique words19595
Unique words (used once)8065
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2901
Unique kanji (used once)385
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length36.6
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count19
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Cover of Hanachirutani Sanjinkou
Visual novel
Hanachirutani Sanjinkou
Length (in words)250708
Unique words18181
Unique words (used once)7103
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2944
Unique kanji (used once)391
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length31.4
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count18
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Cover of Kagerou Touryuuki
Visual novel
Kagerou Touryuuki
Length (in words)365410
Unique words20167
Unique words (used once)7065
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2860
Unique kanji (used once)341
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length32.4
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count35
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Cover of Bengarachou Hakubutsushi
Visual novel
Bengarachou Hakubutsushi
Length (in words)277221
Unique words18633
Unique words (used once)7321
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2861
Unique kanji (used once)329
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length32.5
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count36
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Cover of Albatross Koukairoku
Visual novel
Albatross Koukairoku
Length (in words)371292
Unique words23161
Unique words (used once)8829
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji3089
Unique kanji (used once)369
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length24.7
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count56
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Cover of Kajiri Kamui Kagura
Visual novel
Kajiri Kamui Kagura
Length (in words)461803
Unique words21170
Unique words (used once)7084
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2820
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.5
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count159
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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)698251
Unique words29302
Unique words (used once)9835
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2746
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.8
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count279
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Cover of Dies irae
Visual novel
Dies irae
Length (in words)721611
Unique words25481
Unique words (used once)7895
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2780
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length18.4
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count1819
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Cover of Silverio Vendetta
Visual novel
Silverio Vendetta
Length (in words)387088
Unique words21448
Unique words (used once)7389
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2704
Unique kanji (used once)267
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length22.5
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count99
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Cover of Soukou Akki Muramasa
Visual novel
Soukou Akki Muramasa
Length (in words)561648
Unique words27866
Unique words (used once)9893
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji3011
Unique kanji (used once)268
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length14.4
VNDB avg. rating8.9
VNDB rating count545
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Cover of Hanachirasu
Visual novel
Hanachirasu
Length (in words)66354
Unique words9982
Unique words (used once)5097
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji2094
Unique kanji (used once)402
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.8
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count1056
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Cover of Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Visual novel
Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Length (in words)67512
Unique words10426
Unique words (used once)5089
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji2312
Unique kanji (used once)380
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.4
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count1616
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Cover of Shimaisou
Visual novel
Shimaisou
Length (in words)21730
Unique words3375
Unique words (used once)1794
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1272
Unique kanji (used once)338
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length15.3
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count9
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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)109856
Unique words13612
Unique words (used once)6845
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji2142
Unique kanji (used once)364
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.3
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count99
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Cover of Tokyo Necro
Visual novel
Tokyo Necro
Length (in words)289049
Unique words16849
Unique words (used once)6356
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2295
Unique kanji (used once)233
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.2
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count170
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Cover of Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni.
Visual novel
Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni.
Length (in words)256473
Unique words15024
Unique words (used once)5857
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2452
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.1
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count107
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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)165037
Unique words14149
Unique words (used once)6549
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2103
Unique kanji (used once)301
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.0
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count96
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Cover of Rui wa Tomo wo Yobu
Visual novel
Rui wa Tomo wo Yobu
Length (in words)625606
Unique words20450
Unique words (used once)5651
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji2480
Unique kanji (used once)176
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length12.8
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count199
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Cover of 12Riven
Visual novel
12Riven
Length (in words)203764
Unique words13092
Unique words (used once)5063
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2096
Unique kanji (used once)262
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.5
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count92
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Cover of Mahoutsukai no Yoru
Visual novel
Mahoutsukai no Yoru
Length (in words)235648
Unique words17542
Unique words (used once)7289
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2376
Unique kanji (used once)309
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length19.7
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count703
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Cover of Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Visual novel
Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Length (in words)809662
Unique words24178
Unique words (used once)6446
Unique words (used once %)26%
Unique kanji2774
Unique kanji (used once)176
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.9
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count54
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Cover of Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Visual novel
Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Length (in words)90852
Unique words9358
Unique words (used once)4347
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2066
Unique kanji (used once)340
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.8
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count366
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Cover of Sekien no Inganock -What a Beautiful People-
Visual novel
Sekien no Inganock -What a Beautiful People-
Length (in words)182657
Unique words10256
Unique words (used once)3987
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2062
Unique kanji (used once)244
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length12.2
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count1380
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Cover of Fate/Stay Night
Visual novel
Fate/Stay Night
Length (in words)749848
Unique words21356
Unique words (used once)6509
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2534
Unique kanji (used once)226
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.1
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count11328
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Cover of Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo
Visual novel
Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo
Length (in words)267456
Unique words13567
Unique words (used once)5283
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2228
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length16.1
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count258
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Cover of Shikkoku no Sharnoth -What a Beautiful Tomorrow-
Visual novel
Shikkoku no Sharnoth -What a Beautiful Tomorrow-
Length (in words)216179
Unique words11228
Unique words (used once)4216
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2123
Unique kanji (used once)237
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length13.5
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count842
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Cover of Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
Visual novel
Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
Length (in words)436669
Unique words16423
Unique words (used once)5188
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2204
Unique kanji (used once)201
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length12.8
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count3551
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Cover of Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Visual novel
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Length (in words)967137
Unique words24808
Unique words (used once)7562
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2617
Unique kanji (used once)177
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.2
VNDB avg. rating8.9
VNDB rating count6310
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Cover of Musicus!
Visual novel
Musicus!
Length (in words)415515
Unique words17083
Unique words (used once)6644
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2208
Unique kanji (used once)276
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length26.5
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count268
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Cover of Rewrite+
Visual novel
Rewrite+
Length (in words)673664
Unique words29366
Unique words (used once)10230
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2625
Unique kanji (used once)229
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length14.0
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count5294
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Cover of Tsui no Sora Remake
Visual novel
Tsui no Sora Remake
Length (in words)131419
Unique words8613
Unique words (used once)3340
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1825
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.9
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count123
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Cover of Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~
Visual novel
Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~
Length (in words)342175
Unique words20313
Unique words (used once)7661
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2463
Unique kanji (used once)251
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.6
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count126
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Cover of Tsukihime
Visual novel
Tsukihime
Length (in words)570821
Unique words14890
Unique words (used once)4056
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji2206
Unique kanji (used once)215
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length18.1
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count5914
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Cover of SeaBed
Visual novel
SeaBed
Length (in words)185165
Unique words11927
Unique words (used once)4905
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2129
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length20.6
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count336
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Cover of Jingai Makyou
Visual novel
Jingai Makyou
Length (in words)374784
Unique words18032
Unique words (used once)6271
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2478
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length14.3
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count85
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Cover of Umi Kara Kuru Mono
Visual novel
Umi Kara Kuru Mono
Length (in words)324228
Unique words10382
Unique words (used once)747
Unique words (used once %)7%
Unique kanji1877
Unique kanji (used once)38
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.3
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count20
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Cover of Hello Lady!
Visual novel
Hello Lady!
Length (in words)461217
Unique words22630
Unique words (used once)8031
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2669
Unique kanji (used once)253
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length15.8
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count277
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Cover of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Visual novel
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Length (in words)1004359
Unique words28790
Unique words (used once)8721
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2616
Unique kanji (used once)202
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.9
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count4521
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Cover of Sapphism no Gensou
Visual novel
Sapphism no Gensou
Length (in words)389285
Unique words21924
Unique words (used once)8726
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2409
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length14.0
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count24
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Cover of Kami no Ue no Mahoutsukai
Visual novel
Kami no Ue no Mahoutsukai
Length (in words)367396
Unique words14038
Unique words (used once)4822
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2147
Unique kanji (used once)213
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.7
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count177
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Cover of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri
Visual novel
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri
Length (in words)377352
Unique words20476
Unique words (used once)7816
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2394
Unique kanji (used once)235
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length18.7
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Cover of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna
Visual novel
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna
Length (in words)391827
Unique words20689
Unique words (used once)7707
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2477
Unique kanji (used once)267
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length18.7
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Cover of Ciconia no Naku Koro ni
Visual novel
Ciconia no Naku Koro ni
Length (in words)155554
Unique words13406
Unique words (used once)5749
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji2140
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length19.3
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count477
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Cover of White Album 2
Visual novel
White Album 2
Length (in words)623894
Unique words20960
Unique words (used once)7213
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2348
Unique kanji (used once)190
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length13.5
VNDB avg. rating9.0
VNDB rating count928
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Cover of Kara no Shoujo
Visual novel
Kara no Shoujo
Length (in words)186952
Unique words11457
Unique words (used once)4640
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2313
Unique kanji (used once)312
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length14.6
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count4150
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Cover of Fata Morgana no Yakata
Visual novel
Fata Morgana no Yakata
Length (in words)291749
Unique words11964
Unique words (used once)4245
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2130
Unique kanji (used once)228
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length13.1
VNDB avg. rating8.9
VNDB rating count2410
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Cover of Sekai Seifuku Kanojo
Visual novel
Sekai Seifuku Kanojo
Length (in words)494532
Unique words18704
Unique words (used once)7025
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2411
Unique kanji (used once)312
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.5
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count43
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Cover of Remember11
Visual novel
Remember11
Length (in words)241322
Unique words12735
Unique words (used once)4431
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2093
Unique kanji (used once)243
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.0
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count1830
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Cover of Chaos;Child
Visual novel
Chaos;Child
Length (in words)369132
Unique words17049
Unique words (used once)6512
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2295
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length16.7
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count2069
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Cover of Dead Days
Visual novel
Dead Days
Length (in words)222376
Unique words14109
Unique words (used once)5543
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2046
Unique kanji (used once)237
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.1
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count84
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