Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of Astelight Shuushuubako
Visual novel
Astelight Shuushuubako
Length (in words)224008
Unique words19527
Unique words (used once)8085
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 Hanachirutani Sanjinkou
Visual novel
Hanachirutani Sanjinkou
Length (in words)246914
Unique words18090
Unique words (used once)7085
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2942
Unique kanji (used once)393
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length31.4
Characters542146
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count19
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Cover of Kagerou Touryuuki
Visual novel
Kagerou Touryuuki
Length (in words)363828
Unique words20043
Unique words (used once)7038
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2859
Unique kanji (used once)341
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length32.4
Characters815977
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count36
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Cover of Bengarachou Hakubutsushi
Visual novel
Bengarachou Hakubutsushi
Length (in words)273911
Unique words18531
Unique words (used once)7289
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 count40
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Cover of Albatross Koukairoku
Visual novel
Albatross Koukairoku
Length (in words)355501
Unique words22952
Unique words (used once)8757
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji3087
Unique kanji (used once)369
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length29.5
Characters809469
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count59
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Cover of Kajiri Kamui Kagura
Visual novel
Kajiri Kamui Kagura
Length (in words)460155
Unique words21063
Unique words (used once)7062
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2820
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.5
Characters1029684
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count166
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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)691972
Unique words29115
Unique words (used once)9834
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2746
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters1657574
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count293
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Cover of Vermilion -Bind of Blood-
Visual novel
Vermilion -Bind of Blood-
Length (in words)393592
Unique words21052
Unique words (used once)7439
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2760
Unique kanji (used once)215
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters856178
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count58
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Cover of Silverio Vendetta
Visual novel
Silverio Vendetta
Length (in words)385051
Unique words21351
Unique words (used once)7367
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2704
Unique kanji (used once)267
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters883459
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count102
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Cover of Dies irae
Visual novel
Dies irae
Length (in words)719342
Unique words25337
Unique words (used once)7851
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2780
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length18.4
Characters1677049
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count1951
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Cover of Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Visual novel
Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Length (in words)67475
Unique words10410
Unique words (used once)5084
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji2312
Unique kanji (used once)380
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters145399
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count1667
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Cover of Soukou Akki Muramasa
Visual novel
Soukou Akki Muramasa
Length (in words)559899
Unique words27748
Unique words (used once)9876
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji3011
Unique kanji (used once)268
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length14.4
Characters1224122
VNDB avg. rating8.8
VNDB rating count775
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Cover of Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen: Hachimyoujin
Visual novel
Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen: Hachimyoujin
Length (in words)498505
Unique words23115
Unique words (used once)8116
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2816
Unique kanji (used once)289
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.5
Characters1151208
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count172
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Cover of Hanachirasu
Visual novel
Hanachirasu
Length (in words)66185
Unique words9927
Unique words (used once)5072
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji2094
Unique kanji (used once)402
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters143686
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count1139
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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)177243
Unique words15269
Unique words (used once)6355
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2395
Unique kanji (used once)300
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.1
Characters416871
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count75
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Cover of Maggot Baits
Visual novel
Maggot Baits
Length (in words)270273
Unique words17102
Unique words (used once)6536
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2589
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length19.6
Characters659129
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count572
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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)270444
Unique words20069
Unique words (used once)8145
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2823
Unique kanji (used once)363
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length19.0
Characters630117
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count31
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Cover of Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Visual novel
Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Length (in words)805933
Unique words24085
Unique words (used once)6445
Unique words (used once %)26%
Unique kanji2773
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 Zanmataisei Demonbane
Visual novel
Zanmataisei Demonbane
Length (in words)503716
Unique words18666
Unique words (used once)5499
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 count1377
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Cover of Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni.
Visual novel
Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni.
Length (in words)255050
Unique words14948
Unique words (used once)5838
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 count113
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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)108903
Unique words13487
Unique words (used once)6802
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji2142
Unique kanji (used once)364
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters262599
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count103
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Cover of Mahoutsukai no Yoru
Visual novel
Mahoutsukai no Yoru
Length (in words)235210
Unique words17466
Unique words (used once)7262
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2376
Unique kanji (used once)309
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters544873
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count758
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Cover of Shimaisou
Visual novel
Shimaisou
Length (in words)21681
Unique words3373
Unique words (used once)1791
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1272
Unique kanji (used once)338
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters48525
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count9
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Cover of Paradise Lost
Visual novel
Paradise Lost
Length (in words)288143
Unique words15873
Unique words (used once)5370
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 count87
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Cover of Gunjou no Sora wo Koete
Visual novel
Gunjou no Sora wo Koete
Length (in words)373113
Unique words16584
Unique words (used once)6232
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2272
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.6
Characters883400
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count57
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Cover of Sora no Baroque
Visual novel
Sora no Baroque
Length (in words)297870
Unique words17376
Unique words (used once)6489
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2504
Unique kanji (used once)267
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.1
Characters676434
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count41
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Cover of Rui wa Tomo wo Yobu
Visual novel
Rui wa Tomo wo Yobu
Length (in words)619869
Unique words20357
Unique words (used once)5633
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji2480
Unique kanji (used once)176
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length12.8
Characters1477987
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count203
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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)163269
Unique words13991
Unique words (used once)6498
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2103
Unique kanji (used once)300
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters403844
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count99
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Cover of Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Visual novel
Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Length (in words)90555
Unique words9317
Unique words (used once)4331
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 count394
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Cover of Saihate no Ima Portable
Visual novel
Saihate no Ima Portable
Length (in words)319887
Unique words21508
Unique words (used once)8501
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2529
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters755598
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count99
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Cover of 12Riven
Visual novel
12Riven
Length (in words)203762
Unique words13123
Unique words (used once)5079
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2096
Unique kanji (used once)262
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.5
Characters485371
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count95
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Cover of Fate/Stay Night
Visual novel
Fate/Stay Night
Length (in words)746600
Unique words21228
Unique words (used once)6482
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2534
Unique kanji (used once)226
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.1
Characters1703197
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count11763
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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)396896
Unique words18643
Unique words (used once)6612
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2440
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters920170
VNDB avg. rating8.8
VNDB rating count69
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Cover of Tokyo Necro
Visual novel
Tokyo Necro
Length (in words)288118
Unique words16795
Unique words (used once)6335
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2295
Unique kanji (used once)233
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters700522
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count177
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Cover of Musicus!
Visual novel
Musicus!
Length (in words)414806
Unique words17011
Unique words (used once)6611
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2208
Unique kanji (used once)276
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length26.5
Characters979947
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count341
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Cover of Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo
Visual novel
Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo
Length (in words)266384
Unique words13480
Unique words (used once)5245
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2228
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters634470
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count265
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Cover of Memory's Dogma Code:01
Visual novel
Memory's Dogma Code:01
Length (in words)91105
Unique words8160
Unique words (used once)3442
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1769
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters222459
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count231
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Cover of SeaBed
Visual novel
SeaBed
Length (in words)185002
Unique words11900
Unique words (used once)4895
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2129
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters408978
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count366
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Cover of Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
Visual novel
Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
Length (in words)432973
Unique words16325
Unique words (used once)5165
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2204
Unique kanji (used once)201
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length12.8
Characters1038800
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count3913
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Cover of Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Visual novel
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Length (in words)963649
Unique words24761
Unique words (used once)7555
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2617
Unique kanji (used once)177
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters2241817
VNDB avg. rating8.9
VNDB rating count6739
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Cover of Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~
Visual novel
Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~
Length (in words)340031
Unique words20207
Unique words (used once)7629
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2462
Unique kanji (used once)251
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.6
Characters804766
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count128
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Cover of Kurai Nichiyoubi
Visual novel
Kurai Nichiyoubi
Length (in words)70412
Unique words5640
Unique words (used once)1572
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji1683
Unique kanji (used once)180
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters156919
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count33
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Cover of Tsukihime
Visual novel
Tsukihime
Length (in words)568058
Unique words14756
Unique words (used once)4013
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji2206
Unique kanji (used once)215
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length18.1
Characters1357299
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count6178
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Cover of Umi Kara Kuru Mono
Visual novel
Umi Kara Kuru Mono
Length (in words)320808
Unique words10325
Unique words (used once)750
Unique words (used once %)7%
Unique kanji1877
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 Jingai Makyou
Visual novel
Jingai Makyou
Length (in words)374025
Unique words17969
Unique words (used once)6252
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2477
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length14.3
Characters827251
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count88
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Cover of Tsui no Sora Remake
Visual novel
Tsui no Sora Remake
Length (in words)130537
Unique words8536
Unique words (used once)3294
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1825
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.9
Characters306957
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count146
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Cover of Sakura no Kumo * Scarlet no Koi
Visual novel
Sakura no Kumo * Scarlet no Koi
Length (in words)326889
Unique words19027
Unique words (used once)7163
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2464
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters781466
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count88
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Cover of White Album 2
Visual novel
White Album 2
Length (in words)622361
Unique words20904
Unique words (used once)7204
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2347
Unique kanji (used once)190
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length13.5
Characters1520213
VNDB avg. rating9.0
VNDB rating count970
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Cover of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Visual novel
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Length (in words)1029221
Unique words28794
Unique words (used once)8728
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2618
Unique kanji (used once)202
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters2359812
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count4879
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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)216016
Unique words11250
Unique words (used once)4231
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2123
Unique kanji (used once)237
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length13.5
Characters477415
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count850
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