Still pretty new here myself, but yeah I’d say give it a fair try and trust people when they say it speeds up. The first three free levels will all feel a bit on the slow side.
There are a lot of kanji learning systems out there, and some may work better for you than others. Look and see what’s out there.
Wanikani is one of the more pricey choices, but it does a lot of the upfront work of deciding what to study and in what order for you. It also tells you how often to ‘review’ in order to keep the information fresh. You will see yourself progress, and I’ve found it so far to be motivating. It’s also got a community as you’ve found of other users with a common goal to yours. Other kanji learning systems have some aspects of this for less, but WK seems to combine most of it into something that works (so far) for me. It doesn’t teach everything (e.g. stroke order, some missing Joyo and JLPT kanji), but it seems like a good start.
In any case I’d explore multiple resources and use the one(s) that work best for you.