In 2020, I raced through Wanikani as fast as possible, reaching level 60, and then stopped after a year. However, I later realized that I had forgotten pretty much everything, so I resubscribed and attempted to start whittling down the pile of thousands of reviews I had accumulated.
This is the sixth thread documenting my challenge. You can read about my journey up to now in the previous five threads - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.
The journey so far
I started this challenge on May 12th, 2021 with a mountain of 6218 reviews. I naively thought that I’d mostly remember everything and that I could get through all that in just a few weeks, but instead I could barely remember anything from the higher levels, and it was brutal and my review count actually kept going up. After a month in a half, with my reviews up to 6618, I gave in and ended up resetting from level 60 down to level 46.
Even after resetting, it still wasn’t easy, and my review mountain reached a post-reset high of 5319 before it finally started going down again.
Even after my review count peaked, it was slow going for a while, but then my review count started to decline faster and faster and fell like a rock in spring and summer of 2022.
Unfortunately, since then, progress has been stubbornly slow, particularly for the last two months. I think this is because with all the easy items burned, most of what is left is leeches, making things a lot harder, but I’m still making progress slowly but surely. My review count is now down all the way to 675, and I’m hoping it will soon dip below 500.
This can also be seen with my average accuracy over the last six months. After peaking at 83-85% last summer, my accuracy has been languishing in the low 70s. At least it seems to have stopped dropping again for now.
My average review speed doesn’t show a clear pattern over the last six months. For a while I thought it had gone down for good, but recently, it went back up again.
Lastly, here’s a graph of my counts of Apprentice, Guru, etc. over time.
After resetting to level 46, it took me over a year to level up and reach 47 again. Level 48 took the rest of the year (~6 months), and now I’m about to hit level 49 after only three months (obviously, the lower my review count, the faster I can level up, because the new kanji on each level come up for review more often when there are fewer reviews due to randomly choose from.)