I took the leap and did a reset after about 6 months with no Japanese exposure of any kind.
First I reset to level 3, because I wanted to keep all my burns. But I still had a giant pile to review, so I bumped down to 2. Well, I was forgetting tons of them, and instead of being in a “learning” mindset and rebuilding the connections, I just found myself guessing, getting it wrong, seeing the right answer, and then losing it again immediately. At no point was I re-learning the mnemonics. And when I peeked at my “burned” items, I was staring at a lot of symbols that carried no meaning or pronunciation I could dig up in my mind.
I took another break to reconsider it all, then took the plunge and reset to level 1. Deleted the reorder tool and the override tool, because as much as I promised myself I wasn’t abusing them, I totally was.
Re-starting isn’t the right choice for everyone, but it was definitely the right choice for me. I’m going through my Lessons slower so I don’t have a ton of things sitting in Apprentice (currently trying to keep it around 30, which I know is pretty low).
I’ve walked away from this language and come back to it about 4 times in my life, and each time I feel like I’ve lost 100%, but each time I also re-learn and pass my previous skill levels, faster and faster every time.