Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of Oshikake
Visual novel
Oshikake
Length (in words)950
Unique words400
Unique words (used once)270
Unique words (used once %)67%
Unique kanji213
Unique kanji (used once)118
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters2556
VNDB avg. rating3.5
VNDB rating count6
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Cover of Negaeba Kitto...
Visual novel
Negaeba Kitto...
Length (in words)1253
Unique words427
Unique words (used once)271
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji259
Unique kanji (used once)130
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters2735
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count215
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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 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 Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Visual novel
Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)2801
Unique words913
Unique words (used once)570
Unique words (used once %)62%
Unique kanji525
Unique kanji (used once)247
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters6552
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Visual novel
Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Length (in words)3809
Unique words957
Unique words (used once)532
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji493
Unique kanji (used once)203
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters8913
VNDB avg. rating8.7
VNDB rating count3
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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 Tsuki no Hikari
Visual novel
Tsuki no Hikari
Length (in words)16802
Unique words1030
Unique words (used once)2
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji521
Unique kanji (used once)2
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters38867
VNDB avg. rating6.2
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Koufuku no Lalka
Visual novel
Koufuku no Lalka
Length (in words)4367
Unique words1044
Unique words (used once)578
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji489
Unique kanji (used once)196
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters10533
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count5
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Length (in words)8061
Unique words1121
Unique words (used once)10
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji579
Unique kanji (used once)8
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters18989
VNDB avg. rating4.6
VNDB rating count7
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Cover of Shinobi Harisenbo
Visual novel
Shinobi Harisenbo
Length (in words)5269
Unique words1354
Unique words (used once)802
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji719
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters11453
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count17
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Cover of Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Visual novel
Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Length (in words)27015
Unique words1612
Unique words (used once)376
Unique words (used once %)23%
Unique kanji724
Unique kanji (used once)88
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters64890
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Tegami
Visual novel
Tegami
Length (in words)7052
Unique words1686
Unique words (used once)978
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji723
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters16126
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count142
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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)9766
Unique words2250
Unique words (used once)1334
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji948
Unique kanji (used once)338
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.4
Characters23755
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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)9672
Unique words2239
Unique words (used once)1265
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji943
Unique kanji (used once)328
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.6
Characters23359
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count6
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Cover of Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Visual novel
Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Length (in words)14918
Unique words2240
Unique words (used once)1089
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji748
Unique kanji (used once)221
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters38744
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count177
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Cover of Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Visual novel
Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Length (in words)14885
Unique words2432
Unique words (used once)1240
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji992
Unique kanji (used once)287
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters34642
VNDB avg. rating6.1
VNDB rating count8
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Cover of Tsuki no Terasu
Visual novel
Tsuki no Terasu
Length (in words)10030
Unique words2441
Unique words (used once)1508
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji981
Unique kanji (used once)319
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.6
Characters23324
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count332
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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)13011
Unique words2471
Unique words (used once)1315
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji962
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters31539
VNDB avg. rating5.8
VNDB rating count34
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Cover of Kohonya
Visual novel
Kohonya
Length (in words)12812
Unique words2489
Unique words (used once)1323
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji952
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters28959
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Visual novel
Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Length (in words)21659
Unique words2524
Unique words (used once)1132
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji924
Unique kanji (used once)249
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters55035
VNDB avg. rating5.5
VNDB rating count24
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Cover of Hanahira!
Visual novel
Hanahira!
Length (in words)18450
Unique words2666
Unique words (used once)1349
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji947
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length11.4
Characters45579
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count353
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Cover of Girls Nite Out
Visual novel
Girls Nite Out
Length (in words)16511
Unique words2894
Unique words (used once)1480
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1050
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters38013
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Visual novel
Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Length (in words)17756
Unique words3009
Unique words (used once)1650
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1020
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters42716
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count35
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Length (in words)21020
Unique words3139
Unique words (used once)1658
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1069
Unique kanji (used once)306
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters52814
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count1618
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Cover of Yami no Koe
Visual novel
Yami no Koe
Length (in words)42182
Unique words3007
Unique words (used once)1300
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji910
Unique kanji (used once)228
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters106878
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count52
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Cover of Shimaisou
Visual novel
Shimaisou
Length (in words)21671
Unique words3355
Unique words (used once)1780
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1272
Unique kanji (used once)337
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters48525
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count9
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Cover of Tsuyuchiru Letter ~Umi to Shiori ni Amaoto o~
Visual novel
Tsuyuchiru Letter ~Umi to Shiori ni Amaoto o~
Length (in words)50944
Unique words3431
Unique words (used once)1388
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1125
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters121359
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count68
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Cover of Noja Loli no Yandere Mokushiroku
Visual novel
Noja Loli no Yandere Mokushiroku
Length (in words)15990
Unique words3650
Unique words (used once)2167
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji1294
Unique kanji (used once)362
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.3
Characters38017
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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)32271
Unique words3794
Unique words (used once)1836
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1112
Unique kanji (used once)294
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters87360
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count2810
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Cover of Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Visual novel
Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Length (in words)21165
Unique words4036
Unique words (used once)2185
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1230
Unique kanji (used once)322
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.8
Characters52185
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
VNDBOfficial websiteBuy at DLsiteBuy at BOOTH
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Cover of Function:W();
Visual novel
Function:W();
Length (in words)22055
Unique words4243
Unique words (used once)2324
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1294
Unique kanji (used once)340
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters52926
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Length (in words)34611
Unique words4243
Unique words (used once)2083
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1191
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters90784
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count4770
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Cover of Furifure
Visual novel
Furifure
Length (in words)54457
Unique words4423
Unique words (used once)1710
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1371
Unique kanji (used once)248
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters127835
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count601
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Cover of Yami no Koe Zero
Visual novel
Yami no Koe Zero
Length (in words)81535
Unique words4254
Unique words (used once)1757
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1172
Unique kanji (used once)262
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters198150
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count30
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Cover of Sadistic Blood
Visual novel
Sadistic Blood
Length (in words)54556
Unique words4851
Unique words (used once)1912
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1406
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters132821
VNDB avg. rating6.2
VNDB rating count220
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Cover of Kanojo no Seiiki
Visual novel
Kanojo no Seiiki
Length (in words)66234
Unique words4939
Unique words (used once)2001
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1293
Unique kanji (used once)238
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters158797
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count159
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Cover of Marco to Ginga Ryuu
Visual novel
Marco to Ginga Ryuu
Length (in words)33048
Unique words4761
Unique words (used once)2440
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1377
Unique kanji (used once)320
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length10.0
Characters80000
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count401
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Cover of Tsundere Makai Princess Arisa to Haramase Shinkon Seikatsu!
Visual novel
Tsundere Makai Princess Arisa to Haramase Shinkon Seikatsu!
Length (in words)78224
Unique words5201
Unique words (used once)2082
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1445
Unique kanji (used once)246
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
Characters196417
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count25
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Cover of Planetarian
Visual novel
Planetarian
Length (in words)27485
Unique words5277
Unique words (used once)2887
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1540
Unique kanji (used once)380
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length20.1
Characters64604
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count5418
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Cover of LEAVEs
Visual novel
LEAVEs
Length (in words)32968
Unique words5282
Unique words (used once)2753
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1435
Unique kanji (used once)317
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters76427
VNDB avg. rating6.0
VNDB rating count262
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Cover of Ewige Schlacht -Erste Geschichte-
Visual novel
Ewige Schlacht -Erste Geschichte-
Length (in words)61180
Unique words5550
Unique words (used once)2429
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1463
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters141670
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Cover of Kurai Nichiyoubi
Visual novel
Kurai Nichiyoubi
Length (in words)70615
Unique words5643
Unique words (used once)1572
Unique words (used once %)27%
Unique kanji1685
Unique kanji (used once)180
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters156919
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count36
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Cover of Deep Love Diary -Koibito Nikki- All Ages Free Edition
Visual novel
Deep Love Diary -Koibito Nikki- All Ages Free Edition
Length (in words)36168
Unique words5610
Unique words (used once)2966
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1492
Unique kanji (used once)340
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters80559
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count26
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Cover of Yami no Koe 2
Visual novel
Yami no Koe 2
Length (in words)80997
Unique words5281
Unique words (used once)2274
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1317
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.3
Characters202203
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count32
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Cover of Imakoi ~Succubus to Soitogeru Ore!?~
Visual novel
Imakoi ~Succubus to Soitogeru Ore!?~
Length (in words)57414
Unique words5554
Unique words (used once)2525
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1443
Unique kanji (used once)289
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters143131
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Fault Milestone Two (Side: Above)
Visual novel
Fault Milestone Two (Side: Above)
Length (in words)48524
Unique words5728
Unique words (used once)2769
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1567
Unique kanji (used once)319
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters119831
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count759
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Cover of Ewige Schlacht -Letzte Geschichte-
Visual novel
Ewige Schlacht -Letzte Geschichte-
Length (in words)69725
Unique words5871
Unique words (used once)2503
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1463
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length14.9
Characters160371
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Cover of Fault Milestone One
Visual novel
Fault Milestone One
Length (in words)43428
Unique words5858
Unique words (used once)2922
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1580
Unique kanji (used once)333
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters106506
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count1126
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Cover of Furifure 2
Visual novel
Furifure 2
Length (in words)84674
Unique words5816
Unique words (used once)2187
Unique words (used once %)37%
Unique kanji1490
Unique kanji (used once)212
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.9
Characters194187
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count434
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