Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of 12Riven
Visual novel
12Riven
Length (in words)204734
Unique words13084
Unique words (used once)5047
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2101
Unique kanji (used once)265
Unique kanji readings3833
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.5
Characters485371
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count108
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Cover of 2045, Tsuki Yori.
Visual novel
2045, Tsuki Yori.
Length (in words)214045
Unique words13226
Unique words (used once)5513
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2064
Unique kanji (used once)267
Unique kanji readings3775
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters527883
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count15
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Cover of 9-nine- Haruiro Harukoi Harunokaze
Visual novel
9-nine- Haruiro Harukoi Harunokaze
Length (in words)80619
Unique words7391
Unique words (used once)3230
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1621
Unique kanji (used once)262
Unique kanji readings2712
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.5
Characters197721
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count1752
VNDB
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Cover of 9-nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Visual novel
9-nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Length (in words)59709
Unique words6310
Unique words (used once)2947
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1533
Unique kanji (used once)297
Unique kanji readings2448
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.3
Characters142217
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count2425
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Cover of 9-nine- Shinshou
Visual novel
9-nine- Shinshou
Length (in words)27496
Unique words3875
Unique words (used once)1890
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1224
Unique kanji (used once)295
Unique kanji readings1877
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.4
Characters66147
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count717
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Cover of 9-nine- Sorairo Sorauta Soranooto
Visual novel
9-nine- Sorairo Sorauta Soranooto
Length (in words)82158
Unique words7517
Unique words (used once)3210
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1624
Unique kanji (used once)271
Unique kanji readings2675
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.4
Characters197167
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count2112
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Cover of 9-nine- Yukiiro Yukihana Yukinoato
Visual novel
9-nine- Yukiiro Yukihana Yukinoato
Length (in words)94016
Unique words7607
Unique words (used once)3204
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1644
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings2752
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.1
Characters228451
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count1639
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Cover of AMBITIOUS MISSION
Visual novel
AMBITIOUS MISSION
Length (in words)334146
Unique words16529
Unique words (used once)6561
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2151
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings3994
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.7
Characters806509
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count147
VNDB
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Cover of ATRI -My Dear Moments-
Visual novel
ATRI -My Dear Moments-
Length (in words)98480
Unique words8842
Unique words (used once)3909
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1767
Unique kanji (used once)278
Unique kanji readings3009
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters235206
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count1188
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Cover of Abyss -Satsujin Club-
Visual novel
Abyss -Satsujin Club-
Length (in words)531882
Unique words18422
Unique words (used once)6501
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2350
Unique kanji (used once)242
Unique kanji readings4674
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)189386
Unique words8773
Unique words (used once)3225
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1378
Unique kanji (used once)167
Unique kanji readings2409
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters459551
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count1958
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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)207284
Unique words12588
Unique words (used once)5029
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1983
Unique kanji (used once)264
Unique kanji readings3572
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters487200
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count126
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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)15370
Unique words3033
Unique words (used once)1800
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji1090
Unique kanji (used once)327
Unique kanji readings1592
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters37944
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Cover of Ai ♂ Mai ♀ Misuto
Visual novel
Ai ♂ Mai ♀ Misuto
Length (in words)306268
Unique words10963
Unique words (used once)3986
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1858
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings3258
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.5
Characters718736
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count30
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Cover of Air
Visual novel
Air
Length (in words)253933
Unique words13944
Unique words (used once)5337
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2126
Unique kanji (used once)299
Unique kanji readings4018
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters596800
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count1663
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Cover of Aiyoku no Eustia
Visual novel
Aiyoku no Eustia
Length (in words)411280
Unique words16822
Unique words (used once)5848
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2433
Unique kanji (used once)230
Unique kanji readings4703
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters973924
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count1314
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Cover of Akatsuki no Goei
Visual novel
Akatsuki no Goei
Length (in words)267012
Unique words13792
Unique words (used once)4932
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2022
Unique kanji (used once)194
Unique kanji readings3726
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.7
Characters623987
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count741
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Cover of Akatsuki no Goei ~Principal-tachi no Kyuujitsu~
Visual novel
Akatsuki no Goei ~Principal-tachi no Kyuujitsu~
Length (in words)182741
Unique words12189
Unique words (used once)4961
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1974
Unique kanji (used once)234
Unique kanji readings3574
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.8
Characters429076
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count337
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Cover of Akatsuki no Goei ~Tsumibukaki Shuumatsuron~
Visual novel
Akatsuki no Goei ~Tsumibukaki Shuumatsuron~
Length (in words)375145
Unique words15785
Unique words (used once)5817
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2101
Unique kanji (used once)224
Unique kanji readings4006
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.0
Characters873476
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count382
VNDB
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Cover of Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Visual novel
Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Length (in words)86862
Unique words5506
Unique words (used once)2401
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1392
Unique kanji (used once)310
Unique kanji readings2279
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters204018
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count73
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Visual novel
Aku no Onna Kanbu Full Moon Night
Length (in words)505029
Unique words20017
Unique words (used once)6950
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2359
Unique kanji (used once)231
Unique kanji readings4655
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.4
Characters1276772
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count115
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Cover of Albatross Koukairoku
Visual novel
Albatross Koukairoku
Length (in words)356405
Unique words22966
Unique words (used once)8805
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji3093
Unique kanji (used once)372
Unique kanji readings6258
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length29.5
Characters809469
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count61
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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)308527
Unique words12523
Unique words (used once)4811
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2025
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings3718
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters762276
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count52
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Cover of Amaemi -longing for you-
Visual novel
Amaemi -longing for you-
Length (in words)268796
Unique words15555
Unique words (used once)6430
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2258
Unique kanji (used once)303
Unique kanji readings4217
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.7
Characters657205
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count60
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Cover of Amairo * Islenauts
Visual novel
Amairo * Islenauts
Length (in words)460175
Unique words15422
Unique words (used once)5786
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2145
Unique kanji (used once)265
Unique kanji readings3999
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.2
Characters1154072
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count479
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Cover of Amairo Chocolata
Visual novel
Amairo Chocolata
Length (in words)89204
Unique words6431
Unique words (used once)2717
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1492
Unique kanji (used once)264
Unique kanji readings2421
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters227952
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count230
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Cover of Amairo Chocolata 2
Visual novel
Amairo Chocolata 2
Length (in words)138770
Unique words8970
Unique words (used once)3691
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1782
Unique kanji (used once)280
Unique kanji readings3066
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters351075
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count35
VNDB
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Cover of Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Visual novel
Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Length (in words)817972
Unique words24116
Unique words (used once)6479
Unique words (used once %)26%
Unique kanji2778
Unique kanji (used once)178
Unique kanji readings5836
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters1863574
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count58
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Cover of Amatsutsumi
Visual novel
Amatsutsumi
Length (in words)338221
Unique words13000
Unique words (used once)4958
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2092
Unique kanji (used once)303
Unique kanji readings3802
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters807913
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count652
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Cover of Ame Koi
Visual novel
Ame Koi
Length (in words)112273
Unique words7743
Unique words (used once)3487
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1770
Unique kanji (used once)316
Unique kanji readings3019
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters266828
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count91
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Cover of Angel Beats! -1st Beat-
Visual novel
Angel Beats! -1st Beat-
Length (in words)255315
Unique words12676
Unique words (used once)4556
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2007
Unique kanji (used once)217
Unique kanji readings3633
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters610891
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count911
VNDB
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Cover of Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Visual novel
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Length (in words)358883
Unique words14902
Unique words (used once)5808
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2122
Unique kanji (used once)287
Unique kanji readings3925
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters865005
VNDB avg. rating8.3
VNDB rating count3679
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Cover of Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm EXTRA1
Visual novel
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm EXTRA1
Length (in words)46218
Unique words5191
Unique words (used once)2519
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1340
Unique kanji (used once)259
Unique kanji readings2097
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length15.4
Characters114394
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count922
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Cover of Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm EXTRA2
Visual novel
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm EXTRA2
Length (in words)91349
Unique words6317
Unique words (used once)2621
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1547
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings2484
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.1
Characters223389
VNDB avg. rating8.8
VNDB rating count359
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Cover of Aoi Sora no Camus
Visual novel
Aoi Sora no Camus
Length (in words)109618
Unique words8602
Unique words (used once)3524
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1842
Unique kanji (used once)272
Unique kanji readings3151
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters257243
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count138
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Cover of Aonatsu Line
Visual novel
Aonatsu Line
Length (in words)193672
Unique words11839
Unique words (used once)4864
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1935
Unique kanji (used once)256
Unique kanji readings3414
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters458536
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count175
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Cover of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4
Visual novel
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4
Length (in words)170741
Unique words8455
Unique words (used once)3191
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1294
Unique kanji (used once)147
Unique kanji readings2208
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.9
Characters424629
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count2908
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Cover of Astelight Shuushuubako
Visual novel
Astelight Shuushuubako
Length (in words)225370
Unique words19552
Unique words (used once)8117
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2903
Unique kanji (used once)386
Unique kanji readings5677
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length36.6
Characters496553
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count23
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Cover of AstralAir no Shiroki Towa
Visual novel
AstralAir no Shiroki Towa
Length (in words)462574
Unique words14652
Unique words (used once)4900
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji1999
Unique kanji (used once)191
Unique kanji readings3766
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.4
Characters1106002
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count265
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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)164911
Unique words8939
Unique words (used once)3474
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1736
Unique kanji (used once)260
Unique kanji readings3020
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters390880
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count88
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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 words563
Unique words (used once)306
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 count32
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Cover of Atlach-Nacha
Visual novel
Atlach-Nacha
Length (in words)114489
Unique words9097
Unique words (used once)3553
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1916
Unique kanji (used once)259
Unique kanji readings3410
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters257490
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count72
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Cover of Axanael
Visual novel
Axanael
Length (in words)154215
Unique words10050
Unique words (used once)4287
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1856
Unique kanji (used once)271
Unique kanji readings3272
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length10.1
Characters389572
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count197
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Cover of Ayakashi
Visual novel
Ayakashi
Length (in words)287112
Unique words12653
Unique words (used once)4765
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2042
Unique kanji (used once)248
Unique kanji readings3778
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters677719
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count42
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Cover of Ayakashi Gohan
Visual novel
Ayakashi Gohan
Length (in words)236227
Unique words10303
Unique words (used once)3976
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1842
Unique kanji (used once)232
Unique kanji readings3255
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.5
Characters546254
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count298
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Cover of Ayakashi Gohan ~Okawari!~
Visual novel
Ayakashi Gohan ~Okawari!~
Length (in words)233343
Unique words10251
Unique words (used once)4073
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1834
Unique kanji (used once)245
Unique kanji readings3235
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters539914
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count42
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Cover of Ayakashibito
Visual novel
Ayakashibito
Length (in words)510780
Unique words20433
Unique words (used once)7088
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2592
Unique kanji (used once)234
Unique kanji readings5242
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters1235280
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count916
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Cover of BLACK SHEEP TOWN
Visual novel
BLACK SHEEP TOWN
Length (in words)534199
Unique words20403
Unique words (used once)7291
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2394
Unique kanji (used once)247
Unique kanji readings4539
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length25.0
Characters1244712
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count24
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Cover of Baldr Force
Visual novel
Baldr Force
Length (in words)372004
Unique words13704
Unique words (used once)3888
Unique words (used once %)28%
Unique kanji2093
Unique kanji (used once)174
Unique kanji readings3801
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.4
Characters858649
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count353
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Cover of Baldr Sky Dive1: Lost Memory
Visual novel
Baldr Sky Dive1: Lost Memory
Length (in words)407864
Unique words17680
Unique words (used once)5976
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2315
Unique kanji (used once)222
Unique kanji readings4420
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters961333
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count1986
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