Visual novel difficulty list

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Cover of Oshikake
Visual novel
Oshikake
Length (in words)957
Unique words401
Unique words (used once)271
Unique words (used once %)67%
Unique kanji213
Unique kanji (used once)118
Unique kanji readings252
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters2556
VNDB avg. rating3.1
VNDB rating count16
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Cover of Negaeba Kitto...
Visual novel
Negaeba Kitto...
Length (in words)1257
Unique words429
Unique words (used once)272
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji260
Unique kanji (used once)130
Unique kanji readings311
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters2735
VNDB avg. rating5.3
VNDB rating count222
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Cover of Christmas * Flower
Visual novel
Christmas * Flower
Length (in words)2086
Unique words787
Unique words (used once)516
Unique words (used once %)65%
Unique kanji384
Unique kanji (used once)206
Unique kanji readings461
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters5139
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count14
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Cover of Onegai Shimasu. Pantsu wo Misete Kudasai
Visual novel
Onegai Shimasu. Pantsu wo Misete Kudasai
Length (in words)2102
Unique words688
Unique words (used once)387
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji352
Unique kanji (used once)163
Unique kanji readings425
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length10.9
Characters5024
VNDB avg. rating5.3
VNDB rating count3
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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 Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Visual novel
Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)2803
Unique words914
Unique words (used once)569
Unique words (used once %)62%
Unique kanji526
Unique kanji (used once)248
Unique kanji readings656
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length20.0
Characters6552
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Tsumugi Uta to Maouji no Folklore
Visual novel
Tsumugi Uta to Maouji no Folklore
Length (in words)3470
Unique words1056
Unique words (used once)681
Unique words (used once %)64%
Unique kanji492
Unique kanji (used once)237
Unique kanji readings633
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.0
Characters8330
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Cover of Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Visual novel
Rikoshugi no Ryouiki to Yougashi
Length (in words)3836
Unique words958
Unique words (used once)532
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji495
Unique kanji (used once)202
Unique kanji readings624
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters8913
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Visual novel
Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Length (in words)3973
Unique words985
Unique words (used once)536
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji453
Unique kanji (used once)185
Unique kanji readings563
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters9690
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Cover of Tsuki no Hikari
Visual novel
Tsuki no Hikari
Length (in words)4251
Unique words1032
Unique words (used once)580
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji522
Unique kanji (used once)223
Unique kanji readings679
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length17.8
Characters9765
VNDB avg. rating5.7
VNDB rating count11
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Cover of Koufuku no Lalka
Visual novel
Koufuku no Lalka
Length (in words)4373
Unique words1047
Unique words (used once)582
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji489
Unique kanji (used once)196
Unique kanji readings631
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters10533
VNDB avg. rating6.2
VNDB rating count13
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 0: Minazuki Neko-tachi no Nichijou!
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 0: Minazuki Neko-tachi no Nichijou!
Length (in words)4707
Unique words1275
Unique words (used once)751
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji580
Unique kanji (used once)243
Unique kanji readings745
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters12145
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count2971
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Cover of Shinobi Harisenbo
Visual novel
Shinobi Harisenbo
Length (in words)5279
Unique words1357
Unique words (used once)805
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji719
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings998
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters11453
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count19
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Cover of Warugoto Sanka
Visual novel
Warugoto Sanka
Length (in words)5709
Unique words1621
Unique words (used once)1049
Unique words (used once %)64%
Unique kanji721
Unique kanji (used once)298
Unique kanji readings971
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.5
Characters13678
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Cover of Tegami
Visual novel
Tegami
Length (in words)7064
Unique words1687
Unique words (used once)979
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji723
Unique kanji (used once)270
Unique kanji readings992
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters16126
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count148
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Cover of Nekopara Extra: Koneko no Hi no Yakusoku
Visual novel
Nekopara Extra: Koneko no Hi no Yakusoku
Length (in words)7205
Unique words1434
Unique words (used once)769
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji571
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings738
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters18881
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count743
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata Another Route ~Happy Ending~
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata Another Route ~Happy Ending~
Length (in words)7359
Unique words1982
Unique words (used once)1234
Unique words (used once %)62%
Unique kanji900
Unique kanji (used once)337
Unique kanji readings1231
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.2
Characters18073
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Cover of Hontou wa Kowai Yandere Musume ~Love One Another~
Visual novel
Hontou wa Kowai Yandere Musume ~Love One Another~
Length (in words)7784
Unique words1898
Unique words (used once)1140
Unique words (used once %)60%
Unique kanji820
Unique kanji (used once)303
Unique kanji readings1125
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters18924
VNDB avg. rating3.8
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)8067
Unique words1126
Unique words (used once)10
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji580
Unique kanji (used once)8
Unique kanji readings736
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.2
Characters18989
VNDB avg. rating4.9
VNDB rating count8
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Cover of UNLUCKY POTION
Visual novel
UNLUCKY POTION
Length (in words)8635
Unique words2157
Unique words (used once)1319
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji906
Unique kanji (used once)317
Unique kanji readings1254
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.0
Characters20218
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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)9682
Unique words2238
Unique words (used once)1262
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji943
Unique kanji (used once)328
Unique kanji readings1343
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.6
Characters23359
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count7
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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)9775
Unique words2251
Unique words (used once)1335
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji949
Unique kanji (used once)339
Unique kanji readings1339
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length17.4
Characters23755
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Cover of Ryuu Tsukai to Sora
Visual novel
Ryuu Tsukai to Sora
Length (in words)9976
Unique words1852
Unique words (used once)969
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji763
Unique kanji (used once)242
Unique kanji readings1040
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.2
Characters23301
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Cover of Tsuki no Terasu
Visual novel
Tsuki no Terasu
Length (in words)10034
Unique words2439
Unique words (used once)1499
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji988
Unique kanji (used once)324
Unique kanji readings1401
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.6
Characters23324
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count361
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Cover of Kohonya
Visual novel
Kohonya
Length (in words)12800
Unique words2493
Unique words (used once)1326
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji953
Unique kanji (used once)273
Unique kanji readings1367
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters28959
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count3
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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)13017
Unique words2470
Unique words (used once)1308
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji962
Unique kanji (used once)295
Unique kanji readings1352
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters31539
VNDB avg. rating5.7
VNDB rating count39
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Cover of Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Visual novel
Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Length (in words)14892
Unique words2429
Unique words (used once)1235
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji992
Unique kanji (used once)287
Unique kanji readings1400
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters34642
VNDB avg. rating6.1
VNDB rating count8
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata 3 ~The Last Date~
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata 3 ~The Last Date~
Length (in words)14908
Unique words3130
Unique words (used once)1776
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji1139
Unique kanji (used once)338
Unique kanji readings1716
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.5
Characters34664
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Cover of Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Visual novel
Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Length (in words)14933
Unique words2236
Unique words (used once)1079
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji748
Unique kanji (used once)221
Unique kanji readings1047
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters38744
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count212
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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 Noja Loli no Yandere Mokushiroku
Visual novel
Noja Loli no Yandere Mokushiroku
Length (in words)16015
Unique words3649
Unique words (used once)2164
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji1294
Unique kanji (used once)362
Unique kanji readings1982
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.3
Characters38017
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Cover of Hito de Naku, Hitodenashi
Visual novel
Hito de Naku, Hitodenashi
Length (in words)16522
Unique words2521
Unique words (used once)1283
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji881
Unique kanji (used once)239
Unique kanji readings1268
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters39040
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Cover of Girls Nite Out
Visual novel
Girls Nite Out
Length (in words)16663
Unique words2901
Unique words (used once)1484
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1055
Unique kanji (used once)276
Unique kanji readings1505
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters38013
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata 2 ~Detarame Booking Date~
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata 2 ~Detarame Booking Date~
Length (in words)16955
Unique words2057
Unique words (used once)32
Unique words (used once %)1%
Unique kanji948
Unique kanji (used once)8
Unique kanji readings1305
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters39937
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Cover of Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Visual novel
Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu.
Length (in words)17783
Unique words3001
Unique words (used once)1637
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1020
Unique kanji (used once)310
Unique kanji readings1491
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters42716
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count40
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Cover of Rakka Ren Ren
Visual novel
Rakka Ren Ren
Length (in words)18245
Unique words2222
Unique words (used once)1066
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji831
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings1228
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length10.7
Characters45051
VNDB avg. rating5.0
VNDB rating count1
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Cover of Hanahira!
Visual novel
Hanahira!
Length (in words)18461
Unique words2658
Unique words (used once)1350
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji947
Unique kanji (used once)293
Unique kanji readings1336
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length11.4
Characters45579
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count403
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Cover of Mahou Shoujo Shoumou Sensen DeadΩAegis: Gaiden
Visual novel
Mahou Shoujo Shoumou Sensen DeadΩAegis: Gaiden
Length (in words)18609
Unique words3466
Unique words (used once)1788
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1194
Unique kanji (used once)281
Unique kanji readings1766
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.9
Characters45138
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count134
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Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Anata o Suki na Shiawase
Length (in words)18797
Unique words2785
Unique words (used once)1482
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1011
Unique kanji (used once)280
Unique kanji readings1439
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length11.5
Characters49127
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count671
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Cover of narcissu
Visual novel
narcissu
Length (in words)18900
Unique words2873
Unique words (used once)1365
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1019
Unique kanji (used once)230
Unique kanji readings1493
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.5
Characters42926
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count4674
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NO COVER
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Anata ni Chikau Ai
Length (in words)19409
Unique words2647
Unique words (used once)1390
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji899
Unique kanji (used once)249
Unique kanji readings1292
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters51827
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count69
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Michael no Otome-tachi
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Michael no Otome-tachi
Length (in words)19420
Unique words2649
Unique words (used once)1391
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji901
Unique kanji (used once)250
Unique kanji readings1295
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length17.9
Characters51827
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count315
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Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Anata to Koibito Tsunagi
Length (in words)20872
Unique words3183
Unique words (used once)1672
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1147
Unique kanji (used once)323
Unique kanji readings1637
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.4
Characters51673
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count1005
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Length (in words)21026
Unique words3129
Unique words (used once)1652
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1069
Unique kanji (used once)306
Unique kanji readings1548
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters52814
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count1697
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NO COVER
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Kuchibiru to Kiss de Tsubuyaite
Length (in words)21158
Unique words2851
Unique words (used once)1487
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1050
Unique kanji (used once)290
Unique kanji readings1505
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.7
Characters52260
VNDB avg. rating6.9
VNDB rating count555
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Cover of Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Visual novel
Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Length (in words)21175
Unique words4025
Unique words (used once)2174
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1230
Unique kanji (used once)322
Unique kanji readings1881
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.8
Characters52185
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NO COVER
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Itoshisa no Photograph
Length (in words)21577
Unique words2922
Unique words (used once)1414
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1082
Unique kanji (used once)287
Unique kanji readings1569
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters52638
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count601
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Cover of Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Visual novel
Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Length (in words)21698
Unique words2518
Unique words (used once)1127
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji924
Unique kanji (used once)249
Unique kanji readings1310
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters55035
VNDB avg. rating5.5
VNDB rating count24
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Cover of Shimaisou
Visual novel
Shimaisou
Length (in words)21794
Unique words3346
Unique words (used once)1772
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1272
Unique kanji (used once)337
Unique kanji readings1912
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters48525
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count9
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Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Hajimete Deatta Ano Hi Kara
Length (in words)21910
Unique words2838
Unique words (used once)1404
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji944
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings1371
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters55082
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