Don’t know if this helps/adds to different perspectives, but for me…vocab is key. I learn vocab first through listening/podcasts/reading/music and do as much as I can. I often have something in Japanese playing while I do wanikani reviews.
So…I try and force it to work WaniKani backwards to suit me…I push through new kanji, getting it to Guru asap until it unlocks the corresponding vocab. Then, I study only the vocab and don’t do any kanji/radical lessons until I have a good grasp of all the vocab I can get my hands on.
…And then I start over, forcing myself to Guru kanji and then chilling with vocab.
Vocab gives me a much better understanding of kanji, especially when there are a lot of words I already know, so learning the kanji first bewilders me to this day. The three days of staring at a kanji without context makes me feel crazy until suddenly, the vocab unlocks and gives everything context.
Recently I’ve started just looking at each kanji page and studying the vocab first…I’ll repeat the vocab and even type it up as the kanji appears (settling on the right reading in the end of course).
Learning them hand in hand has a much more natural feel. It also speeds up my levels and has eliminated some leeches… Knowing the vocab instead of guessing readings improves my (still poor) pass rate with words that include 人 for example.
It’s a lot less frustrating for me to kind of…force WK to work backwards for me. (I also ignore mnemonics and instead spend my time writing kanji down, learning stroke order etc.)