Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of Oshikake
Visual novel
Oshikake
Length (in words)949
Unique words399
Unique words (used once)270
Unique words (used once %)67%
Unique kanji213
Unique kanji (used once)118
Unique kanji readings252
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters2556
VNDB avg. rating2.7
VNDB rating count7
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Cover of Negaeba Kitto...
Visual novel
Negaeba Kitto...
Length (in words)1254
Unique words428
Unique words (used once)272
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji259
Unique kanji (used once)130
Unique kanji readings310
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters2735
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count215
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Cover of Onegai Shimasu. Pantsu wo Misete Kudasai
Visual novel
Onegai Shimasu. Pantsu wo Misete Kudasai
Length (in words)2102
Unique words687
Unique words (used once)386
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji352
Unique kanji (used once)163
Unique kanji readings426
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length10.9
Characters5024
VNDB avg. rating5.3
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Christmas * Flower
Visual novel
Christmas * Flower
Length (in words)2084
Unique words786
Unique words (used once)514
Unique words (used once %)65%
Unique kanji382
Unique kanji (used once)204
Unique kanji readings459
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters5139
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count12
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Cover of Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Visual novel
Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Length (in words)2180
Unique words564
Unique words (used once)307
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji279
Unique kanji (used once)121
Unique kanji readings336
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters5702
VNDB avg. rating5.1
VNDB rating count24
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Cover of Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Visual novel
Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)2801
Unique words912
Unique words (used once)567
Unique words (used once %)62%
Unique kanji525
Unique kanji (used once)247
Unique kanji readings654
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters6552
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Tsumugi Uta to Maouji no Folklore
Visual novel
Tsumugi Uta to Maouji no Folklore
Length (in words)3470
Unique words1056
Unique words (used once)682
Unique words (used once %)64%
Unique kanji491
Unique kanji (used once)237
Unique kanji readings632
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.0
Characters8330
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Cover of Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Visual novel
Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Length (in words)3808
Unique words956
Unique words (used once)531
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji493
Unique kanji (used once)203
Unique kanji readings622
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters8913
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Visual novel
Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Length (in words)3975
Unique words986
Unique words (used once)537
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji453
Unique kanji (used once)185
Unique kanji readings563
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters9690
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Cover of Tsuki no Hikari
Visual novel
Tsuki no Hikari
Length (in words)4217
Unique words1031
Unique words (used once)579
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji521
Unique kanji (used once)223
Unique kanji readings678
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length17.8
Characters9765
VNDB avg. rating5.7
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Koufuku no Lalka
Visual novel
Koufuku no Lalka
Length (in words)4369
Unique words1044
Unique words (used once)580
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji489
Unique kanji (used once)196
Unique kanji readings631
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters10533
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count6
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Cover of Shinobi Harisenbo
Visual novel
Shinobi Harisenbo
Length (in words)5270
Unique words1355
Unique words (used once)803
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji719
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings998
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters11453
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count17
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 0: Minazuki Neko-tachi no Nichijou!
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 0: Minazuki Neko-tachi no Nichijou!
Length (in words)4721
Unique words1279
Unique words (used once)753
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji580
Unique kanji (used once)243
Unique kanji readings744
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters12145
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count2679
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Cover of Warugoto Sanka
Visual novel
Warugoto Sanka
Length (in words)5706
Unique words1623
Unique words (used once)1049
Unique words (used once %)64%
Unique kanji721
Unique kanji (used once)298
Unique kanji readings971
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.5
Characters13678
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Cover of Tegami
Visual novel
Tegami
Length (in words)7059
Unique words1688
Unique words (used once)978
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji723
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings992
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters16126
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count142
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata Another Route ~Happy Ending~
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata Another Route ~Happy Ending~
Length (in words)7353
Unique words1981
Unique words (used once)1232
Unique words (used once %)62%
Unique kanji900
Unique kanji (used once)337
Unique kanji readings1232
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.2
Characters18073
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Cover of Nekopara Extra: Koneko no Hi no Yakusoku
Visual novel
Nekopara Extra: Koneko no Hi no Yakusoku
Length (in words)7174
Unique words1433
Unique words (used once)766
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji571
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings737
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters18881
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count617
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Cover of Hontou wa Kowai Yandere Musume ~Love One Another~
Visual novel
Hontou wa Kowai Yandere Musume ~Love One Another~
Length (in words)7775
Unique words1897
Unique words (used once)1140
Unique words (used once %)60%
Unique kanji820
Unique kanji (used once)303
Unique kanji readings1124
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters18924
VNDB avg. rating3.8
VNDB rating count5
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Length (in words)8053
Unique words1123
Unique words (used once)10
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji579
Unique kanji (used once)8
Unique kanji readings736
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters18989
VNDB avg. rating4.6
VNDB rating count7
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Cover of UNLUCKY POTION
Visual novel
UNLUCKY POTION
Length (in words)8624
Unique words2156
Unique words (used once)1318
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji905
Unique kanji (used once)316
Unique kanji readings1254
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters20218
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Cover of Ryuu Tsukai to Sora
Visual novel
Ryuu Tsukai to Sora
Length (in words)9969
Unique words1852
Unique words (used once)968
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji763
Unique kanji (used once)242
Unique kanji readings1040
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters23301
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Cover of Tsuki no Terasu
Visual novel
Tsuki no Terasu
Length (in words)10031
Unique words2439
Unique words (used once)1502
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji981
Unique kanji (used once)319
Unique kanji readings1392
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.6
Characters23324
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count332
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Cover of Kare to Kanojo to Kanojo no Chuugi
Visual novel
Kare to Kanojo to Kanojo no Chuugi
Length (in words)9674
Unique words2236
Unique words (used once)1261
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji943
Unique kanji (used once)328
Unique kanji readings1343
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.6
Characters23359
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count6
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Cover of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui - Hajisarashi-hen
Visual novel
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Sui - Hajisarashi-hen
Length (in words)9756
Unique words2247
Unique words (used once)1332
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji948
Unique kanji (used once)338
Unique kanji readings1335
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.4
Characters23755
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Cover of Kohonya
Visual novel
Kohonya
Length (in words)12812
Unique words2490
Unique words (used once)1323
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji952
Unique kanji (used once)272
Unique kanji readings1366
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters28959
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of Stargazer -Shoujo wa Hoshi no Yume o Miru-
Visual novel
Stargazer -Shoujo wa Hoshi no Yume o Miru-
Length (in words)13010
Unique words2471
Unique words (used once)1312
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji962
Unique kanji (used once)295
Unique kanji readings1352
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters31539
VNDB avg. rating5.8
VNDB rating count35
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Cover of Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Visual novel
Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Length (in words)14884
Unique words2428
Unique words (used once)1235
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji992
Unique kanji (used once)287
Unique kanji readings1401
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters34642
VNDB avg. rating6.1
VNDB rating count8
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata 3 ~The Last Date~
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata 3 ~The Last Date~
Length (in words)14884
Unique words3130
Unique words (used once)1778
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji1138
Unique kanji (used once)339
Unique kanji readings1713
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.5
Characters34664
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Cover of Ai no Uchuu kara ~Mikakunin Onii-chan to Iseijin~
Visual novel
Ai no Uchuu kara ~Mikakunin Onii-chan to Iseijin~
Length (in words)15363
Unique words3032
Unique words (used once)1803
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji1087
Unique kanji (used once)325
Unique kanji readings1589
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters37944
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Cover of Girls Nite Out
Visual novel
Girls Nite Out
Length (in words)16506
Unique words2889
Unique words (used once)1476
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1050
Unique kanji (used once)277
Unique kanji readings1495
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters38013
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of Noja Loli no Yandere Mokushiroku
Visual novel
Noja Loli no Yandere Mokushiroku
Length (in words)15995
Unique words3645
Unique words (used once)2164
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji1294
Unique kanji (used once)362
Unique kanji readings1981
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.3
Characters38017
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Cover of Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Visual novel
Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Length (in words)14919
Unique words2238
Unique words (used once)1085
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji748
Unique kanji (used once)221
Unique kanji readings1048
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters38744
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count185
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Cover of Hito de Naku, Hitodenashi
Visual novel
Hito de Naku, Hitodenashi
Length (in words)16505
Unique words2515
Unique words (used once)1282
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji880
Unique kanji (used once)239
Unique kanji readings1269
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters39040
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata 2 ~Detarame Booking Date~
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata 2 ~Detarame Booking Date~
Length (in words)16919
Unique words2051
Unique words (used once)31
Unique words (used once %)1%
Unique kanji947
Unique kanji (used once)8
Unique kanji readings1302
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters39937
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Cover of Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Visual novel
Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Length (in words)17766
Unique words3003
Unique words (used once)1642
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1020
Unique kanji (used once)310
Unique kanji readings1491
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters42716
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count36
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Cover of Rakka Ren Ren
Visual novel
Rakka Ren Ren
Length (in words)18221
Unique words2222
Unique words (used once)1069
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji830
Unique kanji (used once)219
Unique kanji readings1228
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length10.7
Characters45051
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Cover of Mahou Shoujo Shoumou Sensen DeadΩAegis: Gaiden
Visual novel
Mahou Shoujo Shoumou Sensen DeadΩAegis: Gaiden
Length (in words)18615
Unique words3464
Unique words (used once)1787
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1194
Unique kanji (used once)281
Unique kanji readings1766
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.9
Characters45138
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count58
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Cover of Hanahira!
Visual novel
Hanahira!
Length (in words)18461
Unique words2658
Unique words (used once)1350
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji947
Unique kanji (used once)293
Unique kanji readings1337
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length11.4
Characters45579
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count365
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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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Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Anata o Suki na Shiawase
Length (in words)18779
Unique words2786
Unique words (used once)1481
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1011
Unique kanji (used once)280
Unique kanji readings1437
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.5
Characters49127
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count638
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Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Anata to Koibito Tsunagi
Length (in words)20851
Unique words3184
Unique words (used once)1670
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1146
Unique kanji (used once)324
Unique kanji readings1635
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.4
Characters51673
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count949
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NO COVER
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Anata ni Chikau Ai
Length (in words)19390
Unique words2638
Unique words (used once)1379
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji897
Unique kanji (used once)247
Unique kanji readings1290
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters51827
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count59
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Michael no Otome-tachi
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Michael no Otome-tachi
Length (in words)19403
Unique words2642
Unique words (used once)1382
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji901
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings1296
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters51827
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count286
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Cover of Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Visual novel
Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Length (in words)21164
Unique words4029
Unique words (used once)2177
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1230
Unique kanji (used once)322
Unique kanji readings1881
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.8
Characters52185
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NO COVER
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Kuchibiru to Kiss de Tsubuyaite
Length (in words)21157
Unique words2856
Unique words (used once)1492
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1049
Unique kanji (used once)291
Unique kanji readings1503
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters52260
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count531
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Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Itoshisa no Photograph
Length (in words)21572
Unique words2922
Unique words (used once)1413
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1080
Unique kanji (used once)285
Unique kanji readings1568
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters52638
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count572
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Length (in words)21014
Unique words3131
Unique words (used once)1653
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1069
Unique kanji (used once)306
Unique kanji readings1548
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters52814
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count1628
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Cover of Function:W();
Visual novel
Function:W();
Length (in words)22057
Unique words4235
Unique words (used once)2312
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1294
Unique kanji (used once)340
Unique kanji readings1943
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters52926
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Visual novel
Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Length (in words)21644
Unique words2515
Unique words (used once)1123
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji924
Unique kanji (used once)249
Unique kanji readings1309
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters55035
VNDB avg. rating5.5
VNDB rating count24
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Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Hajimete Deatta Ano Hi Kara
Length (in words)21898
Unique words2838
Unique words (used once)1403
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji941
Unique kanji (used once)239
Unique kanji readings1369
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters55082
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