hey! i started in 2012. there have been multiple times where i’ve gone on years-long breaks. i think one of my breaks was like 3 or 4 years! i reset for the first time recently, i was around lvl 26 i think? i was studying pretty consistently and trying to get through all the reviews + new lessons, and did make pretty good progress.
the reviews will be tough to get through for a long time. i would say that it really depends on how much of a slog it seems to you, AND how much time you have. if you choose to power through it, here are some things i did to make it easier to get through all those reviews:
i PERSONALLY don’t study the radicals here, i put a synonym of “a” for all of them, so i can quickly get through them with 100% accuracy. obv this tip will only work if you also don’t care to study the radicals!
i downloaded the “wanikani reorder ultimate 2” script here: https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/19088-wanikani-reorder-ultimate-2
i really like this for being able to study like, just vocabulary, or just kanji. i like to put it on 1x1 mode, and then you can quickly get the reviews you do remember separated from the ones you don’t remember. slowly that pile will go down.
anyway, i did end up resetting after i did all that, because i was getting frustrated with how many low level items kept coming back to bother me -_-
i reset all the way to level 1! i’m really enjoying the feeling of having a really high accuracy rate right now, and it makes it easier and fun for me to come back regularly! i consistently have been coming back at least twice a day because i find it fun again.
my recommendation would be to give it a go for a few days, see how you feel about powering through those reviews. don’t think about the number of them left, just focus on doing the best you can. if you find after maybe a week or so that the reviews are really making it unenjoyable, i would say reset! like yeah, it does suck to lose the progress, buuuuuuuuuuut it will be fine! it might even take less time for you to get back to where you were than for you to keep trying to go up just one level from where you are now.
the most important thing i want to share is that … like, for me, because i went those years, now i think about where i could have been had i kept studying the whole time, and i never want to make the same mistake again! so i have a lot of willpower to keep studying : )