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)204624
Unique words13076
Unique words (used once)5048
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2099
Unique kanji (used once)263
Unique kanji readings3824
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length14.5
Characters485371
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count101
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Cover of 9-nine- Haruiro Harukoi Harunokaze
Visual novel
9-nine- Haruiro Harukoi Harunokaze
Length (in words)80538
Unique words7386
Unique words (used once)3226
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1619
Unique kanji (used once)261
Unique kanji readings2705
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.5
Characters197721
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count1229
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Cover of 9-nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Visual novel
9-nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Length (in words)59639
Unique words6307
Unique words (used once)2946
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1533
Unique kanji (used once)297
Unique kanji readings2446
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.3
Characters142217
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count1801
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Cover of 9-nine- Shinshou
Visual novel
9-nine- Shinshou
Length (in words)27468
Unique words3867
Unique words (used once)1882
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1222
Unique kanji (used once)293
Unique kanji readings1872
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.4
Characters66147
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count172
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Cover of 9-nine- Sorairo Sorauta Soranooto
Visual novel
9-nine- Sorairo Sorauta Soranooto
Length (in words)82035
Unique words7504
Unique words (used once)3197
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1623
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings2675
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.4
Characters197167
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count1525
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Cover of 9-nine- Yukiiro Yukihana Yukinoato
Visual novel
9-nine- Yukiiro Yukihana Yukinoato
Length (in words)93955
Unique words7605
Unique words (used once)3207
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1643
Unique kanji (used once)249
Unique kanji readings2750
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.1
Characters228451
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count1095
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Cover of AMBITIOUS MISSION
Visual novel
AMBITIOUS MISSION
Length (in words)333886
Unique words16488
Unique words (used once)6537
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2147
Unique kanji (used once)239
Unique kanji readings3976
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.7
Characters806509
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Cover of ATRI -My Dear Moments-
Visual novel
ATRI -My Dear Moments-
Length (in words)98433
Unique words8838
Unique words (used once)3909
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1767
Unique kanji (used once)281
Unique kanji readings3002
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters235206
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count827
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Cover of Abyss -Satsujin Club-
Visual novel
Abyss -Satsujin Club-
Length (in words)531153
Unique words18357
Unique words (used once)6465
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2345
Unique kanji (used once)242
Unique kanji readings4652
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)189167
Unique words8773
Unique words (used once)3230
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1375
Unique kanji (used once)167
Unique kanji readings2407
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters459551
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count1795
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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)207051
Unique words12580
Unique words (used once)5025
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1981
Unique kanji (used once)263
Unique kanji readings3561
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters487200
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count112
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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 Ai ♂ Mai ♀ Misuto
Visual novel
Ai ♂ Mai ♀ Misuto
Length (in words)306076
Unique words10968
Unique words (used once)3985
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1858
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings3258
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)253787
Unique words13925
Unique words (used once)5337
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2124
Unique kanji (used once)305
Unique kanji readings4009
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters596800
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count1488
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Cover of Aiyoku no Eustia
Visual novel
Aiyoku no Eustia
Length (in words)411225
Unique words16817
Unique words (used once)5846
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2432
Unique kanji (used once)229
Unique kanji readings4697
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters973924
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count1168
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Cover of Akatsuki no Goei
Visual novel
Akatsuki no Goei
Length (in words)266773
Unique words13766
Unique words (used once)4914
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2021
Unique kanji (used once)195
Unique kanji readings3722
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.7
Characters623987
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count518
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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)182577
Unique words12173
Unique words (used once)4957
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1971
Unique kanji (used once)233
Unique kanji readings3570
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.8
Characters429076
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count314
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Cover of Akatsuki no Goei ~Tsumibukaki Shuumatsuron~
Visual novel
Akatsuki no Goei ~Tsumibukaki Shuumatsuron~
Length (in words)374739
Unique words15756
Unique words (used once)5803
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2096
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings3995
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.0
Characters873476
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count358
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Cover of Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Visual novel
Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino
Length (in words)87083
Unique words5508
Unique words (used once)2398
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 count62
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Visual novel
Aku no Onna Kanbu Full Moon Night
Length (in words)504209
Unique words19974
Unique words (used once)6910
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2358
Unique kanji (used once)231
Unique kanji readings4654
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.4
Characters1276772
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count105
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Cover of Albatross Koukairoku
Visual novel
Albatross Koukairoku
Length (in words)356255
Unique words22925
Unique words (used once)8780
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji3089
Unique kanji (used once)370
Unique kanji readings6243
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)308307
Unique words12510
Unique words (used once)4793
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2025
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings3719
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters762276
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count48
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Cover of Amaemi -longing for you-
Visual novel
Amaemi -longing for you-
Length (in words)268679
Unique words15545
Unique words (used once)6425
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2252
Unique kanji (used once)300
Unique kanji readings4207
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.7
Characters657205
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Cover of Amairo * Islenauts
Visual novel
Amairo * Islenauts
Length (in words)459761
Unique words15389
Unique words (used once)5754
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2136
Unique kanji (used once)263
Unique kanji readings3966
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.2
Characters1154072
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count443
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Cover of Amairo Chocolata
Visual novel
Amairo Chocolata
Length (in words)89237
Unique words6428
Unique words (used once)2720
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1492
Unique kanji (used once)264
Unique kanji readings2419
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters227952
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count165
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Cover of Amairo Chocolata 2
Visual novel
Amairo Chocolata 2
Length (in words)138686
Unique words8968
Unique words (used once)3686
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1780
Unique kanji (used once)279
Unique kanji readings3065
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters351075
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count23
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Cover of Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Visual novel
Amatsukaze ~Kugutsu Jinpuu-chou~
Length (in words)817356
Unique words24075
Unique words (used once)6463
Unique words (used once %)26%
Unique kanji2774
Unique kanji (used once)176
Unique kanji readings5826
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters1863574
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count57
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Cover of Amatsutsumi
Visual novel
Amatsutsumi
Length (in words)338093
Unique words12997
Unique words (used once)4951
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2090
Unique kanji (used once)301
Unique kanji readings3799
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters807913
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count278
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Cover of Ame Koi
Visual novel
Ame Koi
Length (in words)112317
Unique words7733
Unique words (used once)3480
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1760
Unique kanji (used once)310
Unique kanji readings3002
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters266828
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count82
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Cover of Angel Beats! -1st Beat-
Visual novel
Angel Beats! -1st Beat-
Length (in words)255004
Unique words12652
Unique words (used once)4546
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2004
Unique kanji (used once)217
Unique kanji readings3627
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters610891
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count780
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Cover of Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Visual novel
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Length (in words)358785
Unique words14885
Unique words (used once)5794
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2119
Unique kanji (used once)285
Unique kanji readings3917
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters865005
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count2957
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Cover of Aoi Sora no Camus
Visual novel
Aoi Sora no Camus
Length (in words)109588
Unique words8604
Unique words (used once)3518
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1838
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings3142
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.3
Characters257243
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count108
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Cover of Aonatsu Line
Visual novel
Aonatsu Line
Length (in words)193400
Unique words11833
Unique words (used once)4862
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1932
Unique kanji (used once)255
Unique kanji readings3409
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters458536
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count133
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Cover of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4
Visual novel
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4
Length (in words)170585
Unique words8452
Unique words (used once)3185
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1292
Unique kanji (used once)148
Unique kanji readings2203
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.9
Characters424629
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count2672
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Cover of Astelight Shuushuubako
Visual novel
Astelight Shuushuubako
Length (in words)224803
Unique words19498
Unique words (used once)8094
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji2900
Unique kanji (used once)384
Unique kanji readings5663
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)462399
Unique words14640
Unique words (used once)4893
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji1998
Unique kanji (used once)191
Unique kanji readings3766
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.4
Characters1106002
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count229
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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)164834
Unique words8930
Unique words (used once)3467
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1735
Unique kanji (used once)261
Unique kanji readings3019
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.7
Characters390880
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count69
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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 Atlach-Nacha
Visual novel
Atlach-Nacha
Length (in words)114381
Unique words9083
Unique words (used once)3553
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1913
Unique kanji (used once)257
Unique kanji readings3406
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters257490
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count68
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Cover of Axanael
Visual novel
Axanael
Length (in words)153907
Unique words10019
Unique words (used once)4265
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1851
Unique kanji (used once)272
Unique kanji readings3263
Difficulty5/10
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)286886
Unique words12639
Unique words (used once)4759
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji2040
Unique kanji (used once)246
Unique kanji readings3776
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.1
Characters677719
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count42
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Cover of Ayakashi Gohan
Visual novel
Ayakashi Gohan
Length (in words)235997
Unique words10293
Unique words (used once)3969
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1840
Unique kanji (used once)233
Unique kanji readings3250
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length11.5
Characters546254
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count260
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Cover of Ayakashi Gohan ~Okawari!~
Visual novel
Ayakashi Gohan ~Okawari!~
Length (in words)232911
Unique words10243
Unique words (used once)4069
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1830
Unique kanji (used once)245
Unique kanji readings3228
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)510197
Unique words20393
Unique words (used once)7068
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2590
Unique kanji (used once)237
Unique kanji readings5219
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters1235280
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count886
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Cover of Baldr Force
Visual novel
Baldr Force
Length (in words)371868
Unique words13693
Unique words (used once)3882
Unique words (used once %)28%
Unique kanji2092
Unique kanji (used once)174
Unique kanji readings3800
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.4
Characters858649
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count329
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Cover of Baldr Sky Dive1: Lost Memory
Visual novel
Baldr Sky Dive1: Lost Memory
Length (in words)407639
Unique words17675
Unique words (used once)5972
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji2313
Unique kanji (used once)222
Unique kanji readings4415
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters961333
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count1739
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Cover of Bengarachou Hakubutsushi
Visual novel
Bengarachou Hakubutsushi
Length (in words)277320
Unique words18510
Unique words (used once)7299
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2861
Unique kanji (used once)329
Unique kanji readings5638
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)69817
Unique words6998
Unique words (used once)3217
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1744
Unique kanji (used once)353
Unique kanji readings2904
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters175083
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count1239
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Cover of Boku no Kanojo wa Gatenkei
Visual novel
Boku no Kanojo wa Gatenkei
Length (in words)173139
Unique words11033
Unique words (used once)4189
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1984
Unique kanji (used once)267
Unique kanji readings3592
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.2
Characters420735
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count160
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Cover of Bra-Ban!
Visual novel
Bra-Ban!
Length (in words)315356
Unique words9991
Unique words (used once)3690
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1797
Unique kanji (used once)230
Unique kanji readings3174
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.5
Characters745491
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count81
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