I am currently on level 48 and will hit level 49 in about 10 hours after only 7 days at level 48. What I am noticing is that as you get up in levels Wanikani gets easier. I feel that it is due to the following:
Upper level have fewer radicals and kanji per level so less to learn and remember.
Most of the upper level kanji are based on radicals learned in the lower levels so it is easier to figure out the meaning by looking at the radicals in the upper levels.
By the time you get into the 40’s you are starting to notice that certain radicals in a kanji control the pronuciation and you get used to those and know how to say the kanji as soon as you see it.
For me the closer I get to level 60 the more motivate I get to finish so I seem to try harder.
I actually think the last 12 levels were the worst for me. To be fair, I was in a rush to get to 60 and did them at the fastest speed possible. This led to around 700 reviews a day at its worse. I remember the unique feeling of despair at clearing out 300 or so reviews before I went to bed, and waking up the next morning with 509 reviews. Yeesh.
Yep. That makes a significant difference, at the very least in terms of being able to look up unfamiliar words quickly. The limited number of pronunciation-vs-meaning configurations lets you guess either or both with increasing ease, I think.
Also its not accurate and just a trying to prove a point. It makes no sense for why you would need like 10 levels to get rid of your guru items after level 60 and why the workload would stop increasing after level 16.
Personally my workload increased little by little with every level, peaking at the highest levels ofcourse. This is mostly due to failing enlightened items that get then pushed to guru >_>
I guess it can be used as a good way to show the workload.
Number 3 is really important. Once you start to recognize the pronunciation from the radical it makes it much easier because you do not have to learn the reading.
I think the biggest difference is by this point you have a lot of experiencing learning kanji and it makes it easier to learn new ones and people have probably figured out what learning style works best for them.