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 Oshikake
Visual novel
Oshikake
Length (in words)970
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. rating3.8
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Negaeba Kitto...
Visual novel
Negaeba Kitto...
Length (in words)1255
Unique words427
Unique words (used once)270
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji259
Unique kanji (used once)130
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.5
Characters2735
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count208
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Cover of Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Visual novel
Asu Owaru Sekai, Sono Zen'ya
Length (in words)2203
Unique words568
Unique words (used once)308
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji279
Unique kanji (used once)121
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters5702
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count16
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Cover of Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Visual novel
Swampman ni Hanataba wo
Length (in words)2802
Unique words915
Unique words (used once)571
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)3814
Unique words964
Unique words (used once)533
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji493
Unique kanji (used once)203
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters8913
VNDB avg. rating10.0
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Visual novel
Chise Anoyama ni Iku
Length (in words)3919
Unique words982
Unique words (used once)539
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji448
Unique kanji (used once)185
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length12.3
Characters9690
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Cover of Koufuku no Lalka
Visual novel
Koufuku no Lalka
Length (in words)4417
Unique words1051
Unique words (used once)585
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji489
Unique kanji (used once)196
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters10533
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count4
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Cover of Shinobi Harisenbo
Visual novel
Shinobi Harisenbo
Length (in words)5305
Unique words1358
Unique words (used once)804
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 Tegami
Visual novel
Tegami
Length (in words)7182
Unique words1693
Unique words (used once)986
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji722
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length13.4
Characters16126
VNDB avg. rating6.4
VNDB rating count140
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Cover of Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Visual novel
Yandere Otoko no Ko no Toriatsukaikata
Length (in words)7803
Unique words1111
Unique words (used once)10
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji577
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 Kare to Kanojo to Kanojo no Chuugi
Visual novel
Kare to Kanojo to Kanojo no Chuugi
Length (in words)9704
Unique words2247
Unique words (used once)1270
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji943
Unique kanji (used once)328
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length11.6
Characters23359
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count5
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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)9794
Unique words2256
Unique words (used once)1337
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 Tsuki no Terasu
Visual novel
Tsuki no Terasu
Length (in words)10346
Unique words2444
Unique words (used once)1507
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 count319
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Cover of Kohonya
Visual novel
Kohonya
Length (in words)12825
Unique words2507
Unique words (used once)1343
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji952
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters28959
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)13366
Unique words2489
Unique words (used once)1323
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji960
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length18.3
Characters31539
VNDB avg. rating5.9
VNDB rating count34
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Cover of Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Visual novel
Suki Tokimeki to Kiss
Length (in words)14916
Unique words2437
Unique words (used once)1249
Unique words (used once %)51%
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 Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Visual novel
Mhakna Gramura to Fairy Bell
Length (in words)15271
Unique words2268
Unique words (used once)1111
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 count168
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Cover of Noja Loli no Yandere Mokushiroku
Visual novel
Noja Loli no Yandere Mokushiroku
Length (in words)15957
Unique words3650
Unique words (used once)2172
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 Girls Nite Out
Visual novel
Girls Nite Out
Length (in words)16544
Unique words2897
Unique words (used once)1481
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 Tsuki no Hikari
Visual novel
Tsuki no Hikari
Length (in words)16802
Unique words1036
Unique words (used once)2
Unique words (used once %)0%
Unique kanji521
Unique kanji (used once)2
Difficulty2/10
Average sentence length18.0
Characters38867
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)17760
Unique words3019
Unique words (used once)1657
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1020
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters42716
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count32
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Cover of Hanahira!
Visual novel
Hanahira!
Length (in words)18096
Unique words2679
Unique words (used once)1367
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji941
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty1/10
Average sentence length11.4
Characters45579
VNDB avg. rating5.4
VNDB rating count339
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Cover of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Visual novel
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
Length (in words)20677
Unique words3152
Unique words (used once)1670
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1068
Unique kanji (used once)309
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.1
Characters52814
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count1597
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Cover of Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Visual novel
Mugen Kairou 1.5 ~Rensa~
Length (in words)21215
Unique words2529
Unique words (used once)1141
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji922
Unique kanji (used once)249
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.1
Characters55035
VNDB avg. rating5.6
VNDB rating count23
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Cover of Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Visual novel
Yuurei Shoujo Shitsu
Length (in words)21623
Unique words4043
Unique words (used once)2186
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1229
Unique kanji (used once)322
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.8
Characters52185
VNDB avg. rating7.0
VNDB rating count1
VNDBOfficial websiteBuy at DLsiteBuy at BOOTH
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Cover of Shimaisou
Visual novel
Shimaisou
Length (in words)21681
Unique words3373
Unique words (used once)1791
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1272
Unique kanji (used once)338
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters48525
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count9
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Cover of Function:W();
Visual novel
Function:W();
Length (in words)22112
Unique words4261
Unique words (used once)2336
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji1294
Unique kanji (used once)340
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.2
Characters52926
VNDB avg. rating6.5
VNDB rating count2
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Cover of Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Visual novel
Kanojokei Seimei Shinkaron Perfect☆Girl
Length (in words)27039
Unique words1620
Unique words (used once)379
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 Planetarian
Visual novel
Planetarian
Length (in words)27526
Unique words5300
Unique words (used once)2898
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 count5230
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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)32282
Unique words3829
Unique words (used once)1854
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1112
Unique kanji (used once)295
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.1
Characters87360
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count2694
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Cover of LEAVEs
Visual novel
LEAVEs
Length (in words)33033
Unique words5299
Unique words (used once)2758
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 count261
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Cover of Marco to Ginga Ryuu
Visual novel
Marco to Ginga Ryuu
Length (in words)33165
Unique words4794
Unique words (used once)2467
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1377
Unique kanji (used once)320
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length10.0
Characters80000
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count347
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Cover of Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Visual novel
Nekopara Vol. 1: Soleil Kaiten Shimashita!
Length (in words)34493
Unique words4263
Unique words (used once)2083
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1191
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.2
Characters90784
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count4576
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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)35683
Unique words5636
Unique words (used once)2984
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1491
Unique kanji (used once)341
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters80559
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count26
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Cover of Soukou Akki Muramasa: Janen Hen
Visual novel
Soukou Akki Muramasa: Janen Hen
Length (in words)40825
Unique words6737
Unique words (used once)3590
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1824
Unique kanji (used once)397
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length12.4
Characters92436
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count125
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Cover of Yami no Koe
Visual novel
Yami no Koe
Length (in words)41484
Unique words3024
Unique words (used once)1307
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji903
Unique kanji (used once)230
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters106878
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count45
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Cover of Fault Milestone One
Visual novel
Fault Milestone One
Length (in words)43948
Unique words5878
Unique words (used once)2927
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 count1099
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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)48863
Unique words3436
Unique words (used once)1392
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1118
Unique kanji (used once)226
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters121359
VNDB avg. rating7.5
VNDB rating count48
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Cover of Fault Milestone Two (Side: Above)
Visual novel
Fault Milestone Two (Side: Above)
Length (in words)49137
Unique words5766
Unique words (used once)2772
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 count743
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Cover of Umineko no Naku Koro ni Tsubasa
Visual novel
Umineko no Naku Koro ni Tsubasa
Length (in words)49306
Unique words6841
Unique words (used once)3414
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1761
Unique kanji (used once)330
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length18.6
Characters117055
VNDB avg. rating7.1
VNDB rating count346
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Cover of Loopers
Visual novel
Loopers
Length (in words)52890
Unique words5997
Unique words (used once)2937
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1544
Unique kanji (used once)316
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length15.3
Characters132314
VNDB avg. rating6.6
VNDB rating count117
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Cover of Furifure
Visual novel
Furifure
Length (in words)53131
Unique words4446
Unique words (used once)1731
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1371
Unique kanji (used once)249
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.8
Characters127835
VNDB avg. rating5.9
VNDB rating count589
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Cover of Sadistic Blood
Visual novel
Sadistic Blood
Length (in words)53377
Unique words4871
Unique words (used once)1918
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji1403
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length17.0
Characters132821
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count194
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Cover of Imakoi ~Succubus to Soitogeru Ore!?~
Visual novel
Imakoi ~Succubus to Soitogeru Ore!?~
Length (in words)58234
Unique words5577
Unique words (used once)2542
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1441
Unique kanji (used once)290
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length16.6
Characters143131
VNDB avg. rating6.3
VNDB rating count3
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Cover of 9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Visual novel
9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro
Length (in words)58609
Unique words6355
Unique words (used once)2974
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1528
Unique kanji (used once)298
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length13.3
Characters142241
VNDB avg. rating7.3
VNDB rating count1433
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Cover of Kurai Heya
Visual novel
Kurai Heya
Length (in words)59747
Unique words6540
Unique words (used once)3304
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1676
Unique kanji (used once)332
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length30.1
Characters140116
VNDB avg. rating7.4
VNDB rating count50
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Cover of Ewige Schlacht -Erste Geschichte-
Visual novel
Ewige Schlacht -Erste Geschichte-
Length (in words)61072
Unique words5576
Unique words (used once)2441
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 Shukusei no Girlfriend -the destiny star of girlfriend-
Visual novel
Shukusei no Girlfriend -the destiny star of girlfriend-
Length (in words)63812
Unique words7735
Unique words (used once)3885
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1716
Unique kanji (used once)321
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length12.5
Characters154677
VNDB avg. rating7.8
VNDB rating count90
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Cover of Kanojo no Seiiki
Visual novel
Kanojo no Seiiki
Length (in words)63972
Unique words4964
Unique words (used once)2004
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1293
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length14.8
Characters158797
VNDB avg. rating6.8
VNDB rating count151
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Cover of Hanachirasu
Visual novel
Hanachirasu
Length (in words)66185
Unique words9927
Unique words (used once)5072
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji2094
Unique kanji (used once)402
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length18.8
Characters143686
VNDB avg. rating7.2
VNDB rating count1139
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