The Truth of WaniKani Levels

I’ve been having some issues with these names for awhile now so I’ve have decided to correct these names and add a bit of how it actually feels to go through this onslaught of brain damage daily for over 400+ days in a row:

1-10 … Yes, it’s true it is peaceful, because you’ve yet to be tormented and had your ego and physical brain smashed into a wall yet. Oh yes… noob WaniKani user, it’s too slow now. But you shall suffer in great despair once you know the truth of what you got yourself into.

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11-20 … Painful… no, you don’t know pain yet. This level is… hurray me. Look at me go ma level.


21-30 Death? …no, see this is where I think the whole level naming thing just got turned on its head… like some kind of conspiracy. You know, where everything is backwards from it’s meaning. We are still in a place of some what sanity… where, 2-3 hour sessions of WaniKani are not even a glimpse in most peoples eyes… as long as they do their reviews every day… But, there is a bit of what the hell am I doing attached to it. But there is hope, there is… a sense of positivity, like… you can do this. This can still be okay… So this is the “I think it will be okay” level.

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31-40 - Hell - Still we are getting closer to the edge of insanity but yet… there is a voice calling deep within telling you to turn back away from the monster and regain what is left of your humanity. This is the “It’s Not Too Late to Turn Back” level. There are fond memories here I think… but there is also rage building, confusion is setting in… and little pieces of your soul are beginning to shatter and break off as you continue your march forward.


41-50 - Paradise… now, here it is. The smoking gun. This IS a conspiracy! Paradise is where I first met the 400-500 range beasts that would show up in my reviews. Started slow and gained extreme momentum. The long… drawn out punching of the keyboard to answer endless turtles… to bring them up, to sometimes fry them on a barbeque… but many times to watch them suffer and explode back into an egg only to be brought back out… with their memories erased… perhaps only with some muscle memory attached to them.

It’s an onslaught for those poor little bastards… and for me, it’s just one more turtle that I have to coddle and care for… and to coax out of it’s shell once again. But with that, my soul has been tormented so much so that an odd type calm is starting to form… watching these turtles explode back into eggs has lost a lot of the feelings I had to it before… it’s like losing too many good men on the battlefield, at a certain point, your brain stops functioning like it should and instead accepts the death of turtle with a blank stare…

This level is “Apathy”.


51-60 Reality? … well… maybe if you consider that what you knew as reality before hand is now something completely different, perhaps that’s what is meant here? A new form of reality?.. I can see this forming into a new sort of psychosis… some people call it Japanese fluency or an increased level of comprehension? Yeah… maybe that’s it… or maybe it’s something more diabolical, evil maybe?


How can one ever know for sure what lies beyond this point… can we trust the glowing reviews of those who made it to the elusive level 60 mark… are they even… human?

I guess we’ll never know… and me… what about me? Will I remember my former self… will I one day just “lose” it and never be seen from again?


Perhaps this is what people think about before they meet their maker… in this case, it’s a Alligator and Crab… popping off turtles at me as some kind of Asexual beast master demanding that I grow it’s offspring into charred pieces of turtle.

…I’m afraid it’ll be WaniKani… Forever! And so… that is the last level name… “WaniKani Forever”. Because see, you don’t get out… I can see it now… so what you get to level 60? You’ll be feeding this monstrosity forever… you know that right? … with that said, those who are starting, you’ve been warned!

wanikani forever

For those already stuck in the spinning vortex of WaniKani… let’s just hope in the end when we have become worthless to this monster… it’s a quick and painless death for being such devoted followers.

posted here.


This hits way too close to home - well done

Though, for me it’s more like I lost all sense of surprise as I learn yet another exception or weird rendaku and get it wrong in the very next review. I just live with it and move on, knowing that I’ll probably get it wrong again once I’m about to burn it. It’s been 547 days of reviewing nonstop, but I might finally see light at the end of the tunnel.

Although, there are still a ton more Kanji to learn afterwards and I have no idea how to cram them into my brain too.


In my experience, every WK level you are currently finding yourself in, is the worst one.

The loss of your sanity is kind of a straight line until level 50, very linear. But then level 51 arrived, all of the remaining level were fast levels and you think to yourself “I’m so close, I’m not going to slow down now.” From this point on forward the insanity grows exponentially as you need to just do 250 reviews every day before sleeping if you have been doing the other ones earlier in the day.

The after-level 60 phase is not talked about enough. I’ve been level 60 for around four months now and only now I’m seeing light at the end of the tunnel in the far distance; masses of reviews have plastered this road.

Persevere and 頑張って and all!


Well, I wasn’t expecting to be punched right in the face as soon as I logged in today. Thought this would be a funny post. Instead I got Divine Comedy 2: The Crabigatoring. I’m off to contemplate this newly elevated existential dread.



Lol this is too true :cold_sweat:


Or 700 when you don’t do all your vocab lessons on one level: This is what NOT to do


This 500-700 drills a day shit has got to end,… wtf?

…whaaaaa? …it is right?