Hello children. Pull up a cushion next to the fire, we have something very important to tell you.
Over the last two years we’ve been working on a big update for WaniKani, and it’s finally time to pull back the curtain.
There are three main changes taking place.
1. Radical Names
All of the radical names have been reviewed and many have been renamed. Some will be closer to the “traditional” radical meanings, some will be a little different, but all of them should be easier to use and remember when it comes to kanji learning. There’s even a bunch of new ones in there!
2. Mnemonic Rewrites
Most of the pop-culture references and/or questionable-taste mnemonics have been removed and rewritten. Don’t worry, we didn’t kill Hard Gay, he’s here forever.
3. On’yomi first.
While most kanji were already taught with their on’yomi readings, we’ve moved some items around, and added some vocabulary, so more of the kanji follow this pattern.
Not all of them, though. You’re still going to have kanji that teach the kun’yomi/nanori reading for some reason or another.
All of these changes will go live on the site on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
Because this is a large series of changes, the hope is that we can make the transition as easy for you as possible, so we built a tool that will be live along with it.
All of the old mnemonics using the old radicals will still be available as long as your account exists before Rebirth Day. Though we hope you choose to join us and step out of the past.
Edit: If you reset your account back to level 1 you will no longer be able to access the old mnemonics in your settings!!
We’ll share more about it on Wednesday, as long as all goes as planned. Feel free to speculate, ask questions, make a poll (or two, but no more!), etc., here.