Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of Oshikake
Visual novel
Oshikake
Length (in words)949
Unique words399
Unique words (used once)269
Unique words (used once %)67%
Unique kanji213
Unique kanji (used once)118
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters2556
VNDB avg. rating3.8
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Negaeba Kitto...
Visual novel
Negaeba Kitto...
Length (in words)1253
Unique words427
Unique words (used once)271
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji259
Unique kanji (used once)130
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters2735
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count208
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Cover of Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Visual novel
Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Length (in words)2182
Unique words564
Unique words (used once)308
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji279
Unique kanji (used once)121
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters5702
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count16
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Cover of Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Visual novel
Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)2800
Unique words914
Unique words (used once)570
Unique words (used once %)62%
Unique kanji525
Unique kanji (used once)247
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters6552
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Visual novel
Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Length (in words)3813
Unique words961
Unique words (used once)531
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji493
Unique kanji (used once)203
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters8913
VNDB avg. rating10.0
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Visual novel
Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Length (in words)3971
Unique words987
Unique words (used once)539
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji453
Unique kanji (used once)185
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters9690
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Cover of Koufuku no Lalka
Visual novel
Koufuku no Lalka
Length (in words)4368
Unique words1048
Unique words (used once)582
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji489
Unique kanji (used once)196
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters10533
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Shinobi Harisenbo
Visual novel
Shinobi Harisenbo
Length (in words)5304
Unique words1356
Unique words (used once)803
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji719
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters11453
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count17
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Cover of Tegami
Visual novel
Tegami
Length (in words)7170
Unique words1683
Unique words (used once)979
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji722
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters16126
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count140
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Length (in words)8037
Unique words1119
Unique words (used once)10
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji579
Unique kanji (used once)8
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters18989
VNDB avg. rating4.6
VNDB rating count7
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Cover of Tsuki no Terasu
Visual novel
Tsuki no Terasu
Length (in words)10031
Unique words2443
Unique words (used once)1508
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji981
Unique kanji (used once)319
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.6
Characters23324
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count319
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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)9690
Unique words2239
Unique words (used once)1263
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji943
Unique kanji (used once)328
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.6
Characters23359
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count5
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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)9769
Unique words2253
Unique words (used once)1334
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji948
Unique kanji (used once)338
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.4
Characters23755
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Cover of Kohonya
Visual novel
Kohonya
Length (in words)12814
Unique words2494
Unique words (used once)1329
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji952
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters28959
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count1
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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)13017
Unique words2469
Unique words (used once)1311
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji962
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters31539
VNDB avg. rating5.9
VNDB rating count34
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Cover of Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Visual novel
Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Length (in words)14884
Unique words2430
Unique words (used once)1239
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji992
Unique kanji (used once)287
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters34642
VNDB avg. rating6.1
VNDB rating count8
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Cover of Girls Nite Out
Visual novel
Girls Nite Out
Length (in words)16514
Unique words2891
Unique words (used once)1477
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1050
Unique kanji (used once)277
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)15959
Unique words3651
Unique words (used once)2170
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji1294
Unique kanji (used once)362
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)14922
Unique words2246
Unique words (used once)1095
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji748
Unique kanji (used once)221
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters38744
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count168
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Cover of Tsuki no Hikari
Visual novel
Tsuki no Hikari
Length (in words)16802
Unique words1030
Unique words (used once)2
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji521
Unique kanji (used once)2
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters38867
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Visual novel
Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Length (in words)17750
Unique words3009
Unique words (used once)1649
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1020
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters42716
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count32
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Cover of Hanahira!
Visual novel
Hanahira!
Length (in words)18451
Unique words2667
Unique words (used once)1351
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji947
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length11.4
Characters45579
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count339
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Cover of Shimaisou
Visual novel
Shimaisou
Length (in words)21680
Unique words3357
Unique words (used once)1778
Unique words (used once %)52%
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 Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Visual novel
Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Length (in words)21163
Unique words4033
Unique words (used once)2179
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1230
Unique kanji (used once)322
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.8
Characters52185
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
VNDBOfficial websiteBuy at DLsiteBuy at BOOTH
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Length (in words)21028
Unique words3140
Unique words (used once)1660
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1069
Unique kanji (used once)306
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters52814
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count1597
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Cover of Function:W();
Visual novel
Function:W();
Length (in words)22056
Unique words4248
Unique words (used once)2327
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1294
Unique kanji (used once)340
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters52926
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count2
VNDBOfficial websiteBuy at DLsiteBuy at BOOTH
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Cover of Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Visual novel
Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Length (in words)21653
Unique words2524
Unique words (used once)1131
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji924
Unique kanji (used once)249
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters55035
VNDB avg. rating5.6
VNDB rating count23
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Cover of Planetarian
Visual novel
Planetarian
Length (in words)27492
Unique words5281
Unique words (used once)2887
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1540
Unique kanji (used once)380
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length20.1
Characters64604
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count5230
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Cover of Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Visual novel
Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Length (in words)27024
Unique words1612
Unique words (used once)377
Unique words (used once %)23%
Unique kanji724
Unique kanji (used once)88
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters64890
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of LEAVEs
Visual novel
LEAVEs
Length (in words)32965
Unique words5284
Unique words (used once)2750
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1435
Unique kanji (used once)317
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters76427
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count261
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Cover of Marco to Ginga Ryuu
Visual novel
Marco to Ginga Ryuu
Length (in words)33033
Unique words4759
Unique words (used once)2435
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1377
Unique kanji (used once)320
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length10.0
Characters80000
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count347
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Cover of Deep Love Diary -Koibito Nikki- All Ages Free Edition
Visual novel
Deep Love Diary -Koibito Nikki- All Ages Free Edition
Length (in words)36175
Unique words5617
Unique words (used once)2967
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1492
Unique kanji (used once)340
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters80559
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count26
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 2: Shimai Neko no Sucre
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 2: Shimai Neko no Sucre
Length (in words)32228
Unique words3798
Unique words (used once)1838
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1112
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters87360
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count2694
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Length (in words)34597
Unique words4246
Unique words (used once)2084
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1191
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters90784
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count4576
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Cover of Soukou Akki Muramasa: Janen Hen
Visual novel
Soukou Akki Muramasa: Janen Hen
Length (in words)40927
Unique words6723
Unique words (used once)3586
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1825
Unique kanji (used once)396
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length12.4
Characters92436
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count125
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Cover of Fault Milestone One
Visual novel
Fault Milestone One
Length (in words)43431
Unique words5858
Unique words (used once)2918
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1580
Unique kanji (used once)333
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters106506
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count1099
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Cover of Yami no Koe
Visual novel
Yami no Koe
Length (in words)42210
Unique words3012
Unique words (used once)1297
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji910
Unique kanji (used once)228
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters106878
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count45
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Cover of Umineko no Naku Koro ni Tsubasa
Visual novel
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Tsubasa
Length (in words)49166
Unique words6815
Unique words (used once)3398
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1760
Unique kanji (used once)330
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.6
Characters117055
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count346
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Cover of Fault Milestone Two (Side: Above)
Visual novel
Fault Milestone Two (Side: Above)
Length (in words)48535
Unique words5732
Unique words (used once)2771
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1567
Unique kanji (used once)319
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters119831
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count743
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Cover of Tsuyuchiru Letter ~Umi to Shiori ni Amaoto o~
Visual novel
Tsuyuchiru Letter ~Umi to Shiori ni Amaoto o~
Length (in words)50967
Unique words3425
Unique words (used once)1382
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1125
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters121359
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count48
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Cover of Furifure
Visual novel
Furifure
Length (in words)54495
Unique words4436
Unique words (used once)1724
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1371
Unique kanji (used once)248
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters127835
VNDB avg. rating5.9
VNDB rating count589
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Cover of Loopers
Visual novel
Loopers
Length (in words)52953
Unique words5972
Unique words (used once)2912
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1544
Unique kanji (used once)318
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters132314
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count117
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Cover of Sadistic Blood
Visual novel
Sadistic Blood
Length (in words)54568
Unique words4849
Unique words (used once)1907
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1406
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters132821
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count194
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Cover of Kurai Heya
Visual novel
Kurai Heya
Length (in words)59697
Unique words6509
Unique words (used once)3284
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1676
Unique kanji (used once)332
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length30.1
Characters140116
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count50
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Cover of Ewige Schlacht -Erste Geschichte-
Visual novel
Ewige Schlacht -Erste Geschichte-
Length (in words)60981
Unique words5549
Unique words (used once)2429
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1463
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters141670
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Cover of 9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Visual novel
9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Length (in words)59646
Unique words6349
Unique words (used once)2974
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1533
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters142241
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count1433
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Cover of Imakoi ~Succubus to Soitogeru Ore!?~
Visual novel
Imakoi ~Succubus to Soitogeru Ore!?~
Length (in words)57348
Unique words5549
Unique words (used once)2515
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1443
Unique kanji (used once)289
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters143131
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Hanachirasu
Visual novel
Hanachirasu
Length (in words)66852
Unique words9896
Unique words (used once)5056
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 count1139
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Cover of Saya no Uta
Visual novel
Saya no Uta
Length (in words)63296
Unique words8757
Unique words (used once)4241
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji2021
Unique kanji (used once)331
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length22.6
Characters144251
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count11482
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Cover of Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Visual novel
Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Length (in words)67246
Unique words10385
Unique words (used once)5061
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 count1667
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