Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of Oshikake
Visual novel
Oshikake
Length (in words)981
Unique words401
Unique words (used once)267
Unique words (used once %)66%
Unique kanji213
Unique kanji (used once)118
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.6
VNDB avg. rating3.7
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Negaeba Kitto...
Visual novel
Negaeba Kitto...
Length (in words)1256
Unique words426
Unique words (used once)270
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji259
Unique kanji (used once)130
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.5
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count204
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Cover of Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Visual novel
Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Length (in words)3939
Unique words986
Unique words (used once)543
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji448
Unique kanji (used once)185
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.3
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Cover of Koufuku no Lalka
Visual novel
Koufuku no Lalka
Length (in words)4439
Unique words1060
Unique words (used once)592
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji489
Unique kanji (used once)196
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length15.3
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of Tsuki no Hikari
Visual novel
Tsuki no Hikari
Length (in words)16846
Unique words1034
Unique words (used once)2
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji521
Unique kanji (used once)2
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.0
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Visual novel
Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)2805
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
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Length (in words)7813
Unique words1119
Unique words (used once)10
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji577
Unique kanji (used once)8
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.2
VNDB avg. rating4.7
VNDB rating count6
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Cover of Tegami
Visual novel
Tegami
Length (in words)7111
Unique words1700
Unique words (used once)997
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji722
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.4
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count136
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Cover of Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Visual novel
Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Length (in words)27082
Unique words1625
Unique words (used once)380
Unique words (used once %)23%
Unique kanji724
Unique kanji (used once)88
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count2
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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)9621
Unique words2221
Unique words (used once)1322
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji931
Unique kanji (used once)338
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.4
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Cover of Hanahira!
Visual novel
Hanahira!
Length (in words)18536
Unique words2718
Unique words (used once)1374
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji941
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length11.4
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count317
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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)9760
Unique words2265
Unique words (used once)1283
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji943
Unique kanji (used once)328
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.6
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Kohonya
Visual novel
Kohonya
Length (in words)12875
Unique words2505
Unique words (used once)1342
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji952
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.1
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)13464
Unique words2491
Unique words (used once)1326
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji960
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.3
VNDB avg. rating6.1
VNDB rating count32
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Cover of Tsuki no Terasu
Visual novel
Tsuki no Terasu
Length (in words)10360
Unique words2448
Unique words (used once)1509
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji981
Unique kanji (used once)319
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length18.6
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count313
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Cover of Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Visual novel
Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Length (in words)17727
Unique words3029
Unique words (used once)1656
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1019
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count28
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Cover of Girls Nite Out
Visual novel
Girls Nite Out
Length (in words)16551
Unique words2900
Unique words (used once)1484
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1049
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.9
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Length (in words)20832
Unique words3158
Unique words (used once)1664
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1068
Unique kanji (used once)309
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.1
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count1575
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Cover of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2
Visual novel
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2
Length (in words)151357
Unique words7636
Unique words (used once)2682
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji1099
Unique kanji (used once)132
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.3
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count3668
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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)32706
Unique words3874
Unique words (used once)1881
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1112
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.1
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count2561
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Length (in words)34914
Unique words4305
Unique words (used once)2100
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1191
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.2
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count4383
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Cover of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Visual novel
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Length (in words)176219
Unique words8183
Unique words (used once)2985
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1209
Unique kanji (used once)126
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.7
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count4741
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Cover of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 3
Visual novel
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 3
Length (in words)196781
Unique words8823
Unique words (used once)2983
Unique words (used once %)33%
Unique kanji1226
Unique kanji (used once)131
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.1
VNDB avg. rating8.6
VNDB rating count3382
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Cover of Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Visual novel
Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Length (in words)21768
Unique words4073
Unique words (used once)2192
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1229
Unique kanji (used once)322
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.8
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
VNDBOfficial websiteBuy at DLsiteBuy at BOOTH
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Cover of Shimaisou
Visual novel
Shimaisou
Length (in words)21730
Unique words3375
Unique words (used once)1794
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1272
Unique kanji (used once)338
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length15.3
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count9
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Cover of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4
Visual novel
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 4
Length (in words)173235
Unique words8553
Unique words (used once)3227
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1291
Unique kanji (used once)151
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.9
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count2407
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Cover of Kanojo no Seiiki
Visual novel
Kanojo no Seiiki
Length (in words)64426
Unique words4982
Unique words (used once)2000
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1293
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.8
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count138
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Cover of Noja Loli no Yandere Mokushiroku
Visual novel
Noja Loli no Yandere Mokushiroku
Length (in words)16032
Unique words3696
Unique words (used once)2205
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji1295
Unique kanji (used once)362
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.3
Official websiteDownload
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Cover of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
Visual novel
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
Length (in words)189866
Unique words8882
Unique words (used once)3259
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji1376
Unique kanji (used once)170
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.1
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count1632
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Cover of Marco to Ginga Ryuu
Visual novel
Marco to Ginga Ryuu
Length (in words)33454
Unique words4810
Unique words (used once)2437
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1377
Unique kanji (used once)320
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length10.0
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count294
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Cover of LEAVEs
Visual novel
LEAVEs
Length (in words)33147
Unique words5314
Unique words (used once)2762
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1435
Unique kanji (used once)317
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.9
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count256
VNDBOfficial websiteDownload
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Cover of Imakoi ~Succubus to Soitogeru Ore!?~
Visual novel
Imakoi ~Succubus to Soitogeru Ore!?~
Length (in words)58840
Unique words5620
Unique words (used once)2561
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1441
Unique kanji (used once)290
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.6
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of Onii-chan, Kiss no Junbi wa Mada Desu ka? Ecchi no Junbi mo Mada Desu ka?
Visual novel
Onii-chan, Kiss no Junbi wa Mada Desu ka? Ecchi no Junbi mo Mada Desu ka?
Length (in words)145601
Unique words5972
Unique words (used once)1203
Unique words (used once %)20%
Unique kanji1447
Unique kanji (used once)128
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.3
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count57
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Cover of Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney
Visual novel
Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney
Length (in words)172802
Unique words8614
Unique words (used once)3247
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1525
Unique kanji (used once)216
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.3
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count561
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Cover of 9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Visual novel
9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Length (in words)58867
Unique words6396
Unique words (used once)2984
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1528
Unique kanji (used once)298
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.3
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count1230
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Cover of Nanatsuiro★Drops
Visual novel
Nanatsuiro★Drops
Length (in words)186412
Unique words7882
Unique words (used once)3011
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1534
Unique kanji (used once)234
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.9
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count91
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Cover of Loopers
Visual novel
Loopers
Length (in words)53108
Unique words6018
Unique words (used once)2954
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1544
Unique kanji (used once)316
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.3
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count67
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Cover of Narisokonai Snow White
Visual novel
Narisokonai Snow White
Length (in words)76479
Unique words6345
Unique words (used once)2826
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1546
Unique kanji (used once)301
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length22.4
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count6
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Cover of Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen-
Visual novel
Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen-
Length (in words)136124
Unique words7670
Unique words (used once)3062
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1590
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length14.8
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count852
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Cover of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 5
Visual novel
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 5
Length (in words)250347
Unique words10849
Unique words (used once)4189
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1603
Unique kanji (used once)187
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.4
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count1488
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Cover of Shizuku
Visual novel
Shizuku
Length (in words)146980
Unique words7778
Unique words (used once)2267
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji1608
Unique kanji (used once)162
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length19.2
VNDB avg. rating6.1
VNDB rating count88
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Cover of Sono Hana ga Saitara, Mata Boku wa Kimi ni Deau
Visual novel
Sono Hana ga Saitara, Mata Boku wa Kimi ni Deau
Length (in words)78515
Unique words6648
Unique words (used once)2799
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1610
Unique kanji (used once)255
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.1
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count20
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Cover of Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi
Visual novel
Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi
Length (in words)91648
Unique words7375
Unique words (used once)3253
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1622
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.6
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count1793
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Cover of Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Asagiri ni Chiru Hana-
Visual novel
Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Asagiri ni Chiru Hana-
Length (in words)158705
Unique words8593
Unique words (used once)3277
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1651
Unique kanji (used once)221
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.8
VNDB avg. rating8.1
VNDB rating count237
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Cover of Midori no Umi
Visual novel
Midori no Umi
Length (in words)216835
Unique words7665
Unique words (used once)2837
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1686
Unique kanji (used once)246
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.7
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count150
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Cover of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6
Visual novel
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6
Length (in words)298673
Unique words12741
Unique words (used once)4882
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1692
Unique kanji (used once)181
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.3
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count886
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Cover of Shukusei no Girlfriend -the destiny star of girlfriend-
Visual novel
Shukusei no Girlfriend -the destiny star of girlfriend-
Length (in words)64283
Unique words7810
Unique words (used once)3912
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1716
Unique kanji (used once)321
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.5
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count84
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Cover of Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru
Visual novel
Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru
Length (in words)149885
Unique words8796
Unique words (used once)3534
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1722
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.9
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count124
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Cover of Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Zan'ei no Yoru ga Akeru Toki-
Visual novel
Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Zan'ei no Yoru ga Akeru Toki-
Length (in words)177103
Unique words9129
Unique words (used once)3451
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1740
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.4
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count282
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Cover of Bishoujo Mangekyou -Norowareshi Densetsu no Shoujo-
Visual novel
Bishoujo Mangekyou -Norowareshi Densetsu no Shoujo-
Length (in words)70777
Unique words7073
Unique words (used once)3250
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1743
Unique kanji (used once)353
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.8
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count1097
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