DEFINITELY worth it. I’ve been studying Japanese for years (I kinda stopped using Wanikani when I reached level 60 about a year ago - but I came back this year just for the sake of getting everything burned ^^) and I’m currently in my final uni year to become a professional translater.
I could not imagine my Japanese learning journey without Wanikani. Everyone is always impressed at my knowledge of Kanji (I even corrected my Japanese boyfriend one or two times!). Wanikani enabled me to keep up with the rhythm when I was in a Japanese school surrounded by Chinese people, and today (in France) I can tell I know my kanji readings a lot better than my translation teacher…
Anyway, it looks like I’m bragging a bit… But maybe I’m allowed to after all the work I’ve done to reach this point ? ^^ (because yes - keeping at Wanikani until level 60 requires a huge amount of dedication, probably for years)
So yes, Wanikani is definitely a must for me! If one is serious about learning Japanese, one can not get away from Kanjis… And I believe Wanikani just gives a great framework to tackle them.
Actually, I always recommend it to beginner friends, and I feel so frustrated when they get blocked by the pricing or whatever other reason - because I know they just don’t realize how awesome it is yet… I really think it’s the one tool one should really invest in for their Japanese!
But then of course, as I said it requires some crazy level of dedication to follow through, and it’s not for everyone… But it’s been amazing for me for sure
(sorry for the long post - got passionate there )