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 Hanachirutani Sanjinkou
Visual novel
Hanachirutani Sanjinkou
Length (in words)251565
Unique words18071
Unique words (used once)7098
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2943
Unique kanji (used once)392
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length31.4
Characters542146
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count19
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Cover of Kagerou Touryuuki
Visual novel
Kagerou Touryuuki
Length (in words)363767
Unique words20053
Unique words (used once)7055
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2859
Unique kanji (used once)341
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length32.4
Characters815977
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count38
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Cover of Astelight Shuushuubako
Visual novel
Astelight Shuushuubako
Length (in words)224890
Unique words19511
Unique words (used once)8098
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2900
Unique kanji (used once)384
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length36.6
Characters496553
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count21
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Cover of Bengarachou Hakubutsushi
Visual novel
Bengarachou Hakubutsushi
Length (in words)277332
Unique words18518
Unique words (used once)7296
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2861
Unique kanji (used once)329
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length32.5
Characters604882
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count39
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Cover of Albatross Koukairoku
Visual novel
Albatross Koukairoku
Length (in words)356317
Unique words22949
Unique words (used once)8787
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji3089
Unique kanji (used once)370
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length29.5
Characters809469
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count57
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Cover of Kajiri Kamui Kagura
Visual novel
Kajiri Kamui Kagura
Length (in words)461904
Unique words21060
Unique words (used once)7054
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2820
Unique kanji (used once)280
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.5
Characters1029684
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count173
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Cover of Vermilion -Bind of Blood-
Visual novel
Vermilion -Bind of Blood-
Length (in words)387823
Unique words21006
Unique words (used once)7418
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2760
Unique kanji (used once)215
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters856178
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count58
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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)700035
Unique words29193
Unique words (used once)9889
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2749
Unique kanji (used once)262
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters1657574
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count303
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Cover of Dies irae
Visual novel
Dies irae
Length (in words)718906
Unique words25350
Unique words (used once)7865
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2779
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length18.4
Characters1677049
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count2064
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Cover of Silverio Vendetta
Visual novel
Silverio Vendetta
Length (in words)373004
Unique words20958
Unique words (used once)7320
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2745
Unique kanji (used once)268
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.6
Characters854337
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count102
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Cover of Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Visual novel
Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Length (in words)67260
Unique words10395
Unique words (used once)5076
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji2311
Unique kanji (used once)380
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters145399
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count1714
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Cover of Soukou Akki Muramasa
Visual novel
Soukou Akki Muramasa
Length (in words)561286
Unique words27714
Unique words (used once)9896
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji3012
Unique kanji (used once)267
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length14.4
Characters1224122
VNDB avg. rating8.9
VNDB rating count1432
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Cover of Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen: Hachimyoujin
Visual novel
Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen: Hachimyoujin
Length (in words)502448
Unique words23100
Unique words (used once)8110
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2820
Unique kanji (used once)288
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.5
Characters1151208
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count180
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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)270320
Unique words20053
Unique words (used once)8163
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2823
Unique kanji (used once)362
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters630117
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count31
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Cover of Hanachirasu
Visual novel
Hanachirasu
Length (in words)66868
Unique words9894
Unique words (used once)5055
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji2096
Unique kanji (used once)402
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters143686
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count1191
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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)178824
Unique words15265
Unique words (used once)6365
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2397
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.1
Characters416871
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count80
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Cover of Maggot Baits
Visual novel
Maggot Baits
Length (in words)270559
Unique words17094
Unique words (used once)6562
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2590
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length19.6
Characters659129
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count613
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Cover of Zanmataisei Demonbane
Visual novel
Zanmataisei Demonbane
Length (in words)499285
Unique words18625
Unique words (used once)5509
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji2572
Unique kanji (used once)193
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters1185470
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count1408
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Cover of Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Visual novel
Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Length (in words)817464
Unique words24099
Unique words (used once)6462
Unique words (used once %)26%
Unique kanji2774
Unique kanji (used once)176
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters1863574
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count56
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Cover of Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni.
Visual novel
Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni.
Length (in words)253106
Unique words14902
Unique words (used once)5832
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2452
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.1
Characters576658
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count119
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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)109585
Unique words13525
Unique words (used once)6820
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji2145
Unique kanji (used once)365
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters262599
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count105
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Cover of Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen: Bansenjin
Visual novel
Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen: Bansenjin
Length (in words)368353
Unique words19556
Unique words (used once)7327
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2616
Unique kanji (used once)260
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.4
Characters854575
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count89
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Cover of Paradise Lost
Visual novel
Paradise Lost
Length (in words)285630
Unique words15855
Unique words (used once)5371
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2369
Unique kanji (used once)220
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters673194
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count85
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Cover of Shimaisou
Visual novel
Shimaisou
Length (in words)21671
Unique words3355
Unique words (used once)1780
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1272
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters48525
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count9
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Cover of Mahoutsukai no Yoru
Visual novel
Mahoutsukai no Yoru
Length (in words)237978
Unique words17456
Unique words (used once)7284
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2377
Unique kanji (used once)309
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters544873
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count832
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Cover of Rui wa Tomo wo Yobu
Visual novel
Rui wa Tomo wo Yobu
Length (in words)619690
Unique words20374
Unique words (used once)5661
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji2483
Unique kanji (used once)173
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length12.8
Characters1477987
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count205
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Cover of Gunjou no Sora wo Koete
Visual novel
Gunjou no Sora wo Koete
Length (in words)376842
Unique words16610
Unique words (used once)6266
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2279
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.6
Characters883400
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count57
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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)166427
Unique words14020
Unique words (used once)6505
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2111
Unique kanji (used once)301
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters403844
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count100
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Cover of Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Visual novel
Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Length (in words)89901
Unique words9283
Unique words (used once)4312
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2066
Unique kanji (used once)340
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.8
Characters210121
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count415
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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)327432
Unique words15971
Unique words (used once)5956
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2403
Unique kanji (used once)279
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.3
Characters762291
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count37
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Cover of Sora no Baroque
Visual novel
Sora no Baroque
Length (in words)294923
Unique words17329
Unique words (used once)6465
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2508
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.1
Characters676434
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count40
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Cover of 12Riven
Visual novel
12Riven
Length (in words)204574
Unique words13101
Unique words (used once)5061
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2099
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.5
Characters485371
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count101
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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)397456
Unique words18643
Unique words (used once)6644
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2441
Unique kanji (used once)259
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters920170
VNDB avg. rating8.7
VNDB rating count217
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Cover of Saihate no Ima Portable
Visual novel
Saihate no Ima Portable
Length (in words)327467
Unique words21526
Unique words (used once)8513
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2532
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters755598
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count98
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Cover of Fate/Stay Night
Visual novel
Fate/Stay Night
Length (in words)744559
Unique words21219
Unique words (used once)6503
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2536
Unique kanji (used once)226
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.1
Characters1703197
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count12197
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Cover of Tokyo Necro
Visual novel
Tokyo Necro
Length (in words)290776
Unique words16807
Unique words (used once)6352
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2300
Unique kanji (used once)232
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters700522
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count185
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Cover of Yukuhito no Pleroma
Visual novel
Yukuhito no Pleroma
Length (in words)49229
Unique words6063
Unique words (used once)3097
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1731
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters105394
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Sakura no Kumo * Scarlet no Koi
Visual novel
Sakura no Kumo * Scarlet no Koi
Length (in words)329963
Unique words18998
Unique words (used once)7164
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2465
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters781466
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count102
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Cover of Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo
Visual novel
Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo
Length (in words)268244
Unique words13444
Unique words (used once)5249
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2228
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters634470
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count277
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Cover of Jingai Makyou
Visual novel
Jingai Makyou
Length (in words)376203
Unique words17995
Unique words (used once)6281
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2479
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.3
Characters827251
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count92
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Cover of Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Visual novel
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Length (in words)962803
Unique words24744
Unique words (used once)7573
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2618
Unique kanji (used once)177
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters2241817
VNDB avg. rating8.9
VNDB rating count7167
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Cover of Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
Visual novel
Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
Length (in words)440163
Unique words16364
Unique words (used once)5182
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2206
Unique kanji (used once)201
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length12.8
Characters1038800
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count4240
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Cover of Kurai Nichiyoubi
Visual novel
Kurai Nichiyoubi
Length (in words)70615
Unique words5643
Unique words (used once)1572
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji1685
Unique kanji (used once)180
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters156919
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count36
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Cover of Umi Kara Kuru Mono
Visual novel
Umi Kara Kuru Mono
Length (in words)326624
Unique words10278
Unique words (used once)739
Unique words (used once %)7%
Unique kanji1881
Unique kanji (used once)38
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters748189
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count21
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Cover of Ken ga Kimi
Visual novel
Ken ga Kimi
Length (in words)414007
Unique words14983
Unique words (used once)5135
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2266
Unique kanji (used once)228
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters982045
VNDB avg. rating8.7
VNDB rating count126
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Cover of Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~
Visual novel
Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~
Length (in words)339395
Unique words20198
Unique words (used once)7653
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2463
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.6
Characters804766
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count129
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Cover of Musicus!
Visual novel
Musicus!
Length (in words)416309
Unique words17012
Unique words (used once)6625
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2212
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length26.5
Characters979947
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count393
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Cover of SeaBed
Visual novel
SeaBed
Length (in words)187247
Unique words11902
Unique words (used once)4898
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2134
Unique kanji (used once)284
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters408978
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count384
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Cover of Tsukihime
Visual novel
Tsukihime
Length (in words)577780
Unique words14733
Unique words (used once)4017
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji2208
Unique kanji (used once)215
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length18.1
Characters1357299
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count6542
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Cover of Fairytale Requiem
Visual novel
Fairytale Requiem
Length (in words)279853
Unique words15645
Unique words (used once)5913
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2320
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length14.4
Characters689910
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count55
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