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)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 9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Visual novel
9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Length (in words)58609
Unique words6355
Unique words (used once)2974
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1528
Unique kanji (used once)298
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters142241
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count1433
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Cover of Abyss -Homicide Club-
Visual novel
Abyss -Homicide Club-
Length (in words)531736
Unique words18414
Unique words (used once)6478
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2345
Unique kanji (used once)243
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters1218654
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count22
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Cover of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
Visual novel
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
Length (in words)189183
Unique words8855
Unique words (used once)3241
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1376
Unique kanji (used once)170
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters459551
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count1707
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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)204226
Unique words12642
Unique words (used once)5044
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1980
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters487200
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count107
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Cover of Ai ♂ Mai ♀ Misuto
Visual novel
Ai ♂ Mai ♀ Misuto
Length (in words)299389
Unique words11032
Unique words (used once)4031
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1854
Unique kanji (used once)252
Difficulty5/10
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)250489
Unique words13957
Unique words (used once)5324
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2122
Unique kanji (used once)307
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters596800
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count1399
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Cover of Aiyoku no Eustia
Visual novel
Aiyoku no Eustia
Length (in words)415778
Unique words16871
Unique words (used once)5850
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 count1087
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Cover of Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Visual novel
Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Length (in words)87280
Unique words5543
Unique words (used once)2400
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1390
Unique kanji (used once)309
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters204018
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count56
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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 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)310052
Unique words12580
Unique words (used once)4821
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2024
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters762276
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count45
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Cover of Amairo * Islenauts
Visual novel
Amairo * Islenauts
Length (in words)456399
Unique words15441
Unique words (used once)5766
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2131
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.2
Characters1154072
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count409
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Cover of Amairo Chocolata
Visual novel
Amairo Chocolata
Length (in words)89953
Unique words6471
Unique words (used once)2722
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1489
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters227952
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count134
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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 Amatsutsumi
Visual novel
Amatsutsumi
Length (in words)333581
Unique words13086
Unique words (used once)4987
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2088
Unique kanji (used once)301
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters807913
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count254
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Cover of Ame Koi
Visual novel
Ame Koi
Length (in words)107109
Unique words7766
Unique words (used once)3485
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1759
Unique kanji (used once)313
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters266828
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count79
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Cover of Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Visual novel
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Length (in words)353627
Unique words14905
Unique words (used once)5795
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2112
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters865005
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count2521
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Cover of Aoi Sora no Camus
Visual novel
Aoi Sora no Camus
Length (in words)105366
Unique words8658
Unique words (used once)3538
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1835
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters257243
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count97
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Cover of Aonatsu Line
Visual novel
Aonatsu Line
Length (in words)189790
Unique words11863
Unique words (used once)4853
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1932
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters458536
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count113
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Cover of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4
Visual novel
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4
Length (in words)172299
Unique words8517
Unique words (used once)3197
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1291
Unique kanji (used once)151
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.9
Characters424629
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count2518
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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 AstralAir no Shiroki Towa
Visual novel
AstralAir no Shiroki Towa
Length (in words)464424
Unique words14696
Unique words (used once)4893
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji1994
Unique kanji (used once)191
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.4
Characters1106002
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count209
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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)165342
Unique words8977
Unique words (used once)3497
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1734
Unique kanji (used once)262
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters390880
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count60
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Cover of Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Visual novel
Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Length (in words)2203
Unique words568
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 Atlach-Nacha
Visual novel
Atlach-Nacha
Length (in words)115975
Unique words9116
Unique words (used once)3573
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1914
Unique kanji (used once)260
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters257490
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count66
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Cover of Axanael
Visual novel
Axanael
Length (in words)153379
Unique words10106
Unique words (used once)4287
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1848
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length10.1
Characters389572
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count179
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Cover of Ayakashi
Visual novel
Ayakashi
Length (in words)283452
Unique words12660
Unique words (used once)4754
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2026
Unique kanji (used once)247
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters677719
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count41
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Cover of Ayakashibito
Visual novel
Ayakashibito
Length (in words)510130
Unique words20439
Unique words (used once)7062
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2590
Unique kanji (used once)240
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters1235280
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count861
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Cover of Baldr Force
Visual novel
Baldr Force
Length (in words)366590
Unique words13747
Unique words (used once)3913
Unique words (used once %)28%
Unique kanji2086
Unique kanji (used once)176
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.4
Characters858649
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count315
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Cover of Baldr Sky Dive1: Lost Memory
Visual novel
Baldr Sky Dive1: Lost Memory
Length (in words)411338
Unique words17745
Unique words (used once)5968
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2311
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters961333
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count1564
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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 Bishoujo Mangekyou -Norowareshi Densetsu no Shoujo-
Visual novel
Bishoujo Mangekyou -Norowareshi Densetsu no Shoujo-
Length (in words)70001
Unique words7032
Unique words (used once)3233
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1743
Unique kanji (used once)353
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters175083
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count1148
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Cover of Bra-Ban!
Visual novel
Bra-Ban!
Length (in words)312735
Unique words10028
Unique words (used once)3703
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1789
Unique kanji (used once)233
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.5
Characters745491
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count71
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Cover of Cafe Sourire
Visual novel
Cafe Sourire
Length (in words)248887
Unique words11988
Unique words (used once)4769
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1887
Unique kanji (used once)257
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters613969
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count42
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Cover of Chaos;Child
Visual novel
Chaos;Child
Length (in words)367544
Unique words17014
Unique words (used once)6503
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2295
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters919112
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count2240
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Cover of Chaos;Head
Visual novel
Chaos;Head
Length (in words)233375
Unique words13226
Unique words (used once)4861
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2049
Unique kanji (used once)217
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.2
Characters561675
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count4420
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Cover of Chaos;Head Noah
Visual novel
Chaos;Head Noah
Length (in words)314116
Unique words14618
Unique words (used once)5096
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2107
Unique kanji (used once)215
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters757839
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count264
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Cover of CharaBration! ~Otome wa Koi shite Charabureru~
Visual novel
CharaBration! ~Otome wa Koi shite Charabureru~
Length (in words)188542
Unique words9682
Unique words (used once)3903
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1808
Unique kanji (used once)248
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters485430
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count83
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Cover of Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Visual novel
Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Length (in words)3919
Unique words982
Unique words (used once)539
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji448
Unique kanji (used once)185
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters9690
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Cover of Chooita ~Subarashiki Chounouryoku Jinsei~
Visual novel
Chooita ~Subarashiki Chounouryoku Jinsei~
Length (in words)105348
Unique words8985
Unique words (used once)3326
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)415400
Unique words17852
Unique words (used once)6324
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 count81
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Cover of ChronoBox
Visual novel
ChronoBox
Length (in words)186822
Unique words11388
Unique words (used once)4532
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1968
Unique kanji (used once)252
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.8
Characters476949
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count229
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Cover of Ciconia no Naku Koro ni
Visual novel
Ciconia no Naku Koro ni
Length (in words)154829
Unique words13370
Unique words (used once)5734
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 count545
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Cover of Clannad
Visual novel
Clannad
Length (in words)557961
Unique words18641
Unique words (used once)6469
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2200
Unique kanji (used once)213
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.8
Characters1364891
VNDB avg. rating8.7
VNDB rating count7006
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Cover of Classy ☆ Cranberry's
Visual novel
Classy ☆ Cranberry's
Length (in words)308777
Unique words15272
Unique words (used once)5904
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2207
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters785398
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count133
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Cover of Clover Day's
Visual novel
Clover Day's
Length (in words)408436
Unique words16433
Unique words (used once)6186
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2149
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters1022797
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count360
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Cover of Clover Point
Visual novel
Clover Point
Length (in words)338470
Unique words18739
Unique words (used once)7350
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2215
Unique kanji (used once)233
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.6
Characters824756
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count32
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Cover of Cross†Channel -Final Complete-
Visual novel
Cross†Channel -Final Complete-
Length (in words)280756
Unique words18489
Unique words (used once)6765
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2343
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length11.4
Characters681181
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count3366
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Cover of Daibanchou -Big Bang Age-
Visual novel
Daibanchou -Big Bang Age-
Length (in words)678851
Unique words22187
Unique words (used once)7072
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2481
Unique kanji (used once)182
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length10.0
Characters1632719
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count1093
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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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