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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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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 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 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
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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 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 Umineko no Naku Koro ni Tsubasa
Visual novel
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Tsubasa
Length (in words)49499
Unique words6853
Unique words (used once)3431
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1761
Unique kanji (used once)330
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.6
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count328
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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 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 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 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 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 Hanachirasu
Visual novel
Hanachirasu
Length (in words)66354
Unique words9982
Unique words (used once)5097
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji2094
Unique kanji (used once)402
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.8
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count1056
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Cover of Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Visual novel
Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Length (in words)67512
Unique words10426
Unique words (used once)5089
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji2312
Unique kanji (used once)380
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.4
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count1616
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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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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 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 Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Visual novel
Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~
Length (in words)90852
Unique words9358
Unique words (used once)4347
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji2066
Unique kanji (used once)340
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.8
VNDB avg. rating8.0
VNDB rating count366
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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 Zoku Satsuriku no Django
Visual novel
Zoku Satsuriku no Django
Length (in words)104307
Unique words12283
Unique words (used once)5509
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji2316
Unique kanji (used once)358
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length18.3
VNDB avg. rating7.6
VNDB rating count107
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Cover of Ame Koi
Visual novel
Ame Koi
Length (in words)108544
Unique words7822
Unique words (used once)3509
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1759
Unique kanji (used once)313
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length15.0
VNDB avg. rating6.7
VNDB rating count73
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Cover of Utawarerumono
Visual novel
Utawarerumono
Length (in words)108706
Unique words9381
Unique words (used once)4119
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1958
Unique kanji (used once)326
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.2
VNDB avg. rating7.9
VNDB rating count3316
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Cover of Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai ~Prelude~
Visual novel
Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai ~Prelude~
Length (in words)109856
Unique words13612
Unique words (used once)6845
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji2142
Unique kanji (used once)364
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.3
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count99
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Cover of Flowers -Le Volume sur Été-
Visual novel
Flowers -Le Volume sur Été-
Length (in words)113059
Unique words9679
Unique words (used once)4163
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji2021
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.1
VNDB avg. rating8.4
VNDB rating count385
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Cover of Satsukoi ~Yuukyuu Naru Koi no Uta~
Visual novel
Satsukoi ~Yuukyuu Naru Koi no Uta~
Length (in words)123444
Unique words9672
Unique words (used once)4222
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1874
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length12.2
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count126
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Cover of Flowers -Le Volume sur Automne-
Visual novel
Flowers -Le Volume sur Automne-
Length (in words)124451
Unique words10067
Unique words (used once)4312
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji2065
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.8
VNDB avg. rating8.5
VNDB rating count218
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Cover of Tsukikage no Simulacre
Visual novel
Tsukikage no Simulacre
Length (in words)126867
Unique words8620
Unique words (used once)3717
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1767
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.9
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count168
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Cover of Tsui no Sora Remake
Visual novel
Tsui no Sora Remake
Length (in words)131419
Unique words8613
Unique words (used once)3340
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1825
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length16.9
VNDB avg. rating8.2
VNDB rating count123
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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 Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps-
Visual novel
Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps-
Length (in words)138154
Unique words9701
Unique words (used once)4046
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji1967
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.7
VNDB avg. rating7.7
VNDB rating count734
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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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