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 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 9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Visual novel
9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Length (in words)59640
Unique words6338
Unique words (used once)2969
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1533
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters142241
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count1688
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Cover of ATRI -My Dear Moments-
Visual novel
ATRI -My Dear Moments-
Length (in words)98398
Unique words8862
Unique words (used once)3921
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1767
Unique kanji (used once)281
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters235206
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count758
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Cover of Abyss -Homicide Club-
Visual novel
Abyss -Homicide Club-
Length (in words)531520
Unique words18386
Unique words (used once)6473
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2345
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters1218654
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count21
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Cover of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
Visual novel
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
Length (in words)189135
Unique words8810
Unique words (used once)3241
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1375
Unique kanji (used once)167
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters459551
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count1765
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Cover of Aete Mushi Suru Kimi to no Mirai ~Relay Broadcast~
Visual novel
Aete Mushi Suru Kimi to no Mirai ~Relay Broadcast~
Length (in words)207150
Unique words12623
Unique words (used once)5036
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1981
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters487200
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count112
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Cover of Ai ♂ Mai ♀ Misuto
Visual novel
Ai ♂ Mai ♀ Misuto
Length (in words)306166
Unique words11003
Unique words (used once)3993
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1858
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.5
Characters718736
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count28
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Cover of Air
Visual novel
Air
Length (in words)253827
Unique words13949
Unique words (used once)5347
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2124
Unique kanji (used once)305
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters596800
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count1465
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Cover of Aiyoku no Eustia
Visual novel
Aiyoku no Eustia
Length (in words)411356
Unique words16844
Unique words (used once)5851
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2432
Unique kanji (used once)229
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters973924
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count1145
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Cover of Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Visual novel
Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Length (in words)87118
Unique words5529
Unique words (used once)2405
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1392
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters204018
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count59
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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 Ama Koi Syrups ~Hajirau Koigokoro de Shitaku Naru Amagami-sama no Koi Matsuri~
Visual novel
Ama Koi Syrups ~Hajirau Koigokoro de Shitaku Naru Amagami-sama no Koi Matsuri~
Length (in words)308448
Unique words12534
Unique words (used once)4794
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2025
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters762276
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count47
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Cover of Amairo * Islenauts
Visual novel
Amairo * Islenauts
Length (in words)460032
Unique words15420
Unique words (used once)5764
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2136
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.2
Characters1154072
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count430
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Cover of Amairo Chocolata
Visual novel
Amairo Chocolata
Length (in words)89288
Unique words6450
Unique words (used once)2728
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1492
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters227952
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count155
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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 Amatsutsumi
Visual novel
Amatsutsumi
Length (in words)338025
Unique words13025
Unique words (used once)4963
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2090
Unique kanji (used once)301
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters807913
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count272
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Cover of Ame Koi
Visual novel
Ame Koi
Length (in words)112523
Unique words7750
Unique words (used once)3484
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1760
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters266828
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count84
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Cover of Angel Beats! -1st Beat-
Visual novel
Angel Beats! -1st Beat-
Length (in words)254873
Unique words12684
Unique words (used once)4554
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2004
Unique kanji (used once)217
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters610891
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count759
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Cover of Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Visual novel
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Length (in words)358686
Unique words14914
Unique words (used once)5793
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2119
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters865005
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count2821
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Cover of Aoi Sora no Camus
Visual novel
Aoi Sora no Camus
Length (in words)109648
Unique words8629
Unique words (used once)3522
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1838
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters257243
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count105
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Cover of Aonatsu Line
Visual novel
Aonatsu Line
Length (in words)193343
Unique words11851
Unique words (used once)4861
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1932
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters458536
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count125
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Cover of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4
Visual novel
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4
Length (in words)170551
Unique words8494
Unique words (used once)3203
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1292
Unique kanji (used once)148
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.9
Characters424629
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count2607
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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 AstralAir no Shiroki Towa
Visual novel
AstralAir no Shiroki Towa
Length (in words)462277
Unique words14673
Unique words (used once)4899
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji1998
Unique kanji (used once)191
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.4
Characters1106002
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count223
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Cover of AstralAir no Shiroki Towa Finale -Shiroki Hoshi no Yume-
Visual novel
AstralAir no Shiroki Towa Finale -Shiroki Hoshi no Yume-
Length (in words)164799
Unique words8948
Unique words (used once)3476
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1735
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters390880
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count65
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Cover of Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Visual novel
Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Length (in words)2181
Unique words562
Unique words (used once)306
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji279
Unique kanji (used once)121
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters5702
VNDB avg. rating5.3
VNDB rating count23
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Cover of Atlach-Nacha
Visual novel
Atlach-Nacha
Length (in words)114406
Unique words9093
Unique words (used once)3553
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1913
Unique kanji (used once)257
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters257490
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count67
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Cover of Axanael
Visual novel
Axanael
Length (in words)154054
Unique words10061
Unique words (used once)4280
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1851
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length10.1
Characters389572
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count184
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Cover of Ayakashi
Visual novel
Ayakashi
Length (in words)286895
Unique words12664
Unique words (used once)4760
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2040
Unique kanji (used once)246
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters677719
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count43
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Cover of Ayakashi Gohan
Visual novel
Ayakashi Gohan
Length (in words)235893
Unique words10333
Unique words (used once)3981
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1840
Unique kanji (used once)233
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.5
Characters546254
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count250
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Cover of Ayakashi Gohan ~Okawari!~
Visual novel
Ayakashi Gohan ~Okawari!~
Length (in words)232808
Unique words10277
Unique words (used once)4081
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1830
Unique kanji (used once)245
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters539914
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count36
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Cover of Ayakashibito
Visual novel
Ayakashibito
Length (in words)510323
Unique words20431
Unique words (used once)7082
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2590
Unique kanji (used once)237
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters1235280
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count878
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Cover of Baldr Force
Visual novel
Baldr Force
Length (in words)371850
Unique words13717
Unique words (used once)3890
Unique words (used once %)28%
Unique kanji2092
Unique kanji (used once)174
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.4
Characters858649
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count326
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Cover of Baldr Sky Dive1: Lost Memory
Visual novel
Baldr Sky Dive1: Lost Memory
Length (in words)407526
Unique words17701
Unique words (used once)5976
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2313
Unique kanji (used once)222
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters961333
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count1693
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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 Bishoujo Mangekyou -Norowareshi Densetsu no Shoujo-
Visual novel
Bishoujo Mangekyou -Norowareshi Densetsu no Shoujo-
Length (in words)69968
Unique words7010
Unique words (used once)3224
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1744
Unique kanji (used once)353
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters175083
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count1200
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Cover of Boku no Kanojo wa Gatenkei
Visual novel
Boku no Kanojo wa Gatenkei
Length (in words)173151
Unique words11050
Unique words (used once)4193
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1984
Unique kanji (used once)267
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.2
Characters420735
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count156
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Cover of Bra-Ban!
Visual novel
Bra-Ban!
Length (in words)315184
Unique words10004
Unique words (used once)3689
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1797
Unique kanji (used once)230
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.5
Characters745491
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count77
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Cover of Cafe Sourire
Visual novel
Cafe Sourire
Length (in words)255849
Unique words11974
Unique words (used once)4769
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1889
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters613969
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count42
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Cover of Carnival
Visual novel
Carnival
Length (in words)129994
Unique words9395
Unique words (used once)4291
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1826
Unique kanji (used once)312
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters307820
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count142
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Cover of Chaos;Child
Visual novel
Chaos;Child
Length (in words)392982
Unique words17012
Unique words (used once)6506
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2299
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters919112
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count2403
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Cover of Chaos;Head
Visual novel
Chaos;Head
Length (in words)236112
Unique words13231
Unique words (used once)4864
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2054
Unique kanji (used once)216
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters561675
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count4586
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Cover of Chaos;Head Noah
Visual novel
Chaos;Head Noah
Length (in words)317636
Unique words14620
Unique words (used once)5092
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2112
Unique kanji (used once)214
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters757839
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count306
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Cover of CharaBration! ~Otome wa Koi shite Charabureru~
Visual novel
CharaBration! ~Otome wa Koi shite Charabureru~
Length (in words)189638
Unique words9662
Unique words (used once)3912
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1809
Unique kanji (used once)246
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters485430
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count89
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Cover of Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Visual novel
Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Length (in words)3972
Unique words990
Unique words (used once)541
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji453
Unique kanji (used once)185
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters9690
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Cover of Chooita ~Subarashiki Chounouryoku Jinsei~
Visual novel
Chooita ~Subarashiki Chounouryoku Jinsei~
Length (in words)105129
Unique words8948
Unique words (used once)3315
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1761
Unique kanji (used once)230
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.7
Characters249229
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Choukou Shinki Ixseal
Visual novel
Choukou Shinki Ixseal
Length (in words)409577
Unique words17821
Unique words (used once)6342
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2385
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length11.7
Characters1031961
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count82
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Cover of Christmas * Flower
Visual novel
Christmas * Flower
Length (in words)2082
Unique words789
Unique words (used once)519
Unique words (used once %)65%
Unique kanji382
Unique kanji (used once)204
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters5139
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count11
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Cover of ChronoBox
Visual novel
ChronoBox
Length (in words)187058
Unique words11360
Unique words (used once)4532
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1968
Unique kanji (used once)253
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.8
Characters476949
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count244
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Cover of Ciconia no Naku Koro ni
Visual novel
Ciconia no Naku Koro ni
Length (in words)154599
Unique words13346
Unique words (used once)5731
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji2140
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length19.3
Characters366704
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count609
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