Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of Hanachirutani Sanjinkou
Visual novel
Hanachirutani Sanjinkou
Length (in words)251502
Unique words18061
Unique words (used once)7095
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2943
Unique kanji (used once)392
Unique kanji readings5836
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)363644
Unique words20027
Unique words (used once)7051
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2859
Unique kanji (used once)341
Unique kanji readings5691
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)224803
Unique words19498
Unique words (used once)8094
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2900
Unique kanji (used once)384
Unique kanji readings5663
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)277320
Unique words18510
Unique words (used once)7299
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2861
Unique kanji (used once)329
Unique kanji readings5638
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)356255
Unique words22925
Unique words (used once)8780
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji3089
Unique kanji (used once)370
Unique kanji readings6243
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)461786
Unique words21039
Unique words (used once)7055
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2820
Unique kanji (used once)280
Unique kanji readings5786
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)387812
Unique words20992
Unique words (used once)7415
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2760
Unique kanji (used once)215
Unique kanji readings5624
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)699976
Unique words29144
Unique words (used once)9889
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2749
Unique kanji (used once)262
Unique kanji readings5686
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters1657574
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count307
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Cover of Dies irae
Visual novel
Dies irae
Length (in words)718903
Unique words25324
Unique words (used once)7857
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2779
Unique kanji (used once)223
Unique kanji readings5776
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length18.4
Characters1677049
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count2107
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Cover of Soukou Akki Muramasa
Visual novel
Soukou Akki Muramasa
Length (in words)561157
Unique words27680
Unique words (used once)9889
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji3012
Unique kanji (used once)267
Unique kanji readings6351
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length14.4
Characters1224122
VNDB avg. rating8.9
VNDB rating count1584
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Cover of Silverio Vendetta
Visual novel
Silverio Vendetta
Length (in words)372976
Unique words20941
Unique words (used once)7319
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2745
Unique kanji (used once)268
Unique kanji readings5487
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.6
Characters854337
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count104
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Cover of Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Visual novel
Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Length (in words)67252
Unique words10387
Unique words (used once)5071
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji2311
Unique kanji (used once)380
Unique kanji readings4149
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters145399
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count1745
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Cover of Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen: Hachimyoujin
Visual novel
Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen: Hachimyoujin
Length (in words)502411
Unique words23070
Unique words (used once)8110
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2820
Unique kanji (used once)288
Unique kanji readings5757
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.5
Characters1151208
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count182
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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)270281
Unique words20019
Unique words (used once)8153
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2823
Unique kanji (used once)362
Unique kanji readings5679
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)66855
Unique words9880
Unique words (used once)5041
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji2096
Unique kanji (used once)402
Unique kanji readings3729
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters143686
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count1210
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Cover of Zanmataisei Demonbane
Visual novel
Zanmataisei Demonbane
Length (in words)499017
Unique words18610
Unique words (used once)5513
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji2572
Unique kanji (used once)193
Unique kanji readings5147
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters1185470
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count1419
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Cover of Maggot Baits
Visual novel
Maggot Baits
Length (in words)270458
Unique words17070
Unique words (used once)6556
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2590
Unique kanji (used once)265
Unique kanji readings4978
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length19.6
Characters659129
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count641
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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)178776
Unique words15246
Unique words (used once)6362
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2397
Unique kanji (used once)297
Unique kanji readings4554
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.1
Characters416871
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count84
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Cover of Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni.
Visual novel
Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni.
Length (in words)253113
Unique words14886
Unique words (used once)5828
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2452
Unique kanji (used once)277
Unique kanji readings4743
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.1
Characters576658
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count123
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Cover of Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Visual novel
Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Length (in words)817356
Unique words24075
Unique words (used once)6463
Unique words (used once %)26%
Unique kanji2774
Unique kanji (used once)176
Unique kanji readings5826
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters1863574
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count57
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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)109595
Unique words13487
Unique words (used once)6812
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji2145
Unique kanji (used once)365
Unique kanji readings3879
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters262599
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count107
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Cover of Rui wa Tomo wo Yobu
Visual novel
Rui wa Tomo wo Yobu
Length (in words)619807
Unique words20347
Unique words (used once)5658
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji2483
Unique kanji (used once)173
Unique kanji readings4861
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length12.8
Characters1477987
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count205
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Cover of Paradise Lost
Visual novel
Paradise Lost
Length (in words)285669
Unique words15835
Unique words (used once)5368
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2369
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings4602
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters673194
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count89
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Cover of Shimaisou
Visual novel
Shimaisou
Length (in words)21677
Unique words3350
Unique words (used once)1776
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1272
Unique kanji (used once)337
Unique kanji readings1914
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters48525
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count8
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Cover of Mahoutsukai no Yoru
Visual novel
Mahoutsukai no Yoru
Length (in words)238035
Unique words17431
Unique words (used once)7273
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2377
Unique kanji (used once)309
Unique kanji readings4557
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters544873
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count885
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Cover of Gunjou no Sora wo Koete
Visual novel
Gunjou no Sora wo Koete
Length (in words)376963
Unique words16587
Unique words (used once)6257
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2279
Unique kanji (used once)264
Unique kanji readings4280
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.6
Characters883400
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count57
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Cover of Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen Bansenjin
Visual novel
Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen Bansenjin
Length (in words)368353
Unique words19525
Unique words (used once)7321
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2616
Unique kanji (used once)260
Unique kanji readings5180
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.4
Characters854575
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count89
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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)166394
Unique words13985
Unique words (used once)6515
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2111
Unique kanji (used once)301
Unique kanji readings3939
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters403844
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count101
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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)327405
Unique words15948
Unique words (used once)5950
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2403
Unique kanji (used once)279
Unique kanji readings4565
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.3
Characters762291
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count37
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Cover of Saihate no Ima
Visual novel
Saihate no Ima
Length (in words)327495
Unique words21489
Unique words (used once)8499
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2532
Unique kanji (used once)263
Unique kanji readings4906
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters755598
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count101
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Cover of 12Riven
Visual novel
12Riven
Length (in words)204624
Unique words13076
Unique words (used once)5048
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2099
Unique kanji (used once)263
Unique kanji readings3824
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.5
Characters485371
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count101
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Cover of Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Visual novel
Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Length (in words)89886
Unique words9280
Unique words (used once)4315
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2066
Unique kanji (used once)340
Unique kanji readings3699
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.8
Characters210121
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count423
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Cover of Fate/Stay Night
Visual novel
Fate/Stay Night
Length (in words)744643
Unique words21187
Unique words (used once)6486
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2536
Unique kanji (used once)226
Unique kanji readings5088
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.1
Characters1703197
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count12400
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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)397517
Unique words18615
Unique words (used once)6642
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2441
Unique kanji (used once)259
Unique kanji readings4692
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters920170
VNDB avg. rating8.8
VNDB rating count254
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Cover of Tokyo Necro
Visual novel
Tokyo Necro
Length (in words)290731
Unique words16776
Unique words (used once)6340
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2300
Unique kanji (used once)232
Unique kanji readings4382
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters700522
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count188
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Cover of Jingai Makyou
Visual novel
Jingai Makyou
Length (in words)376228
Unique words17968
Unique words (used once)6274
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2479
Unique kanji (used once)255
Unique kanji readings4745
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.3
Characters827251
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count92
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Cover of Sora no Baroque
Visual novel
Sora no Baroque
Length (in words)294937
Unique words17307
Unique words (used once)6459
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2508
Unique kanji (used once)265
Unique kanji readings4844
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.1
Characters676434
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count41
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Cover of Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Visual novel
Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Length (in words)962725
Unique words24702
Unique words (used once)7560
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2618
Unique kanji (used once)177
Unique kanji readings5445
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters2241817
VNDB avg. rating8.9
VNDB rating count7335
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Cover of Yukuhito no Pleroma
Visual novel
Yukuhito no Pleroma
Length (in words)49237
Unique words6058
Unique words (used once)3098
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1731
Unique kanji (used once)310
Unique kanji readings2848
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length21.4
Characters105394
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo
Visual novel
Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo
Length (in words)268316
Unique words13420
Unique words (used once)5242
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2228
Unique kanji (used once)295
Unique kanji readings4217
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters634470
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count284
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Cover of Sakura no Kumo * Scarlet no Koi
Visual novel
Sakura no Kumo * Scarlet no Koi
Length (in words)330004
Unique words18971
Unique words (used once)7162
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2465
Unique kanji (used once)278
Unique kanji readings4832
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters781466
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count114
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Cover of Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
Visual novel
Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~
Length (in words)440051
Unique words16337
Unique words (used once)5180
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2206
Unique kanji (used once)201
Unique kanji readings4177
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length12.8
Characters1038800
VNDB avg. rating8.7
VNDB rating count4406
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Cover of Umi Kara Kuru Mono
Visual novel
Umi Kara Kuru Mono
Length (in words)326677
Unique words10264
Unique words (used once)739
Unique words (used once %)7%
Unique kanji1881
Unique kanji (used once)38
Unique kanji readings3376
Difficulty7/10
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)414048
Unique words14944
Unique words (used once)5124
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2266
Unique kanji (used once)228
Unique kanji readings4432
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters982045
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count132
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Cover of Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~
Visual novel
Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~
Length (in words)339407
Unique words20167
Unique words (used once)7636
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2463
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings4849
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length17.6
Characters804766
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count129
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Cover of Fairytale Requiem
Visual novel
Fairytale Requiem
Length (in words)279892
Unique words15614
Unique words (used once)5901
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2320
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings4402
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length14.4
Characters689910
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count55
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Cover of Nagareochiru Shirabe ni Nosete
Visual novel
Nagareochiru Shirabe ni Nosete
Length (in words)340762
Unique words17117
Unique words (used once)5878
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2455
Unique kanji (used once)233
Unique kanji readings4971
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length14.2
Characters763521
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of SeaBed
Visual novel
SeaBed
Length (in words)187326
Unique words11882
Unique words (used once)4889
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2134
Unique kanji (used once)284
Unique kanji readings3840
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters408978
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count403
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Cover of White Album 2
Visual novel
White Album 2
Length (in words)637550
Unique words20927
Unique words (used once)7221
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2355
Unique kanji (used once)190
Unique kanji readings4655
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length13.5
Characters1520213
VNDB avg. rating9.1
VNDB rating count1314
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Cover of Kyuuketsu Senki Vjedogonia
Visual novel
Kyuuketsu Senki Vjedogonia
Length (in words)202515
Unique words15102
Unique words (used once)5601
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2445
Unique kanji (used once)271
Unique kanji readings4644
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.2
Characters469767
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count61
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