Before I answer that, let me remind you that I am not learning to write the Kanji, only to read them. I can use a computer to type them, and that’s enough for me right now.
So, is learning the Kanji hard?
But it isn’t easy, either.
Actually learning the characters using the Heisig method and the Nihongoshark Kanji deck is not that hard. What is hard is doing it day after day after day after day after day after day after day – including on the days when you don’t feel like it, on the days when you have a lot going on, on the days when you’re kind of sick, on the days when you feel like doing something else instead…and that’s why it isn’t easy.
Pretty much anybody can do it. You set the deck to show you a number of new cards. Mine is set for 22 new cards a day, which would get me done in 100 days. If you can handle more, add more. If that’s too many, set it for less. You find a number that’s good for you and let Anki do its thing. Again, what makes it hard is having to do it every single day.
The thing is, it sounds a lot harder than it really is. Don’t let that stop you, though. Anki is free. Niko’s flashcard deck is free. Give it a shot and be amazed at how much easier it is than you think it’s going to be.