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I have been using this site for over 2 years now and my experience is very similar to that of Jennyk. I also came to it originally to learn kanji, (and after 18 months or so of doing about 15 mins most days got to the point of knowing about 1800 or so yo-yo kanji with all the common readings). When I started this had seemed like a totally unachievable goal, but the structured way the kanji are presented plus “mnemonics” really helped. Over that time the site also really developed, and I now often use its search facilities, because having looked up a word (in kanji, romaji, English, etc..), you get immediate links to example sentences, relevant games, and you can draw the kanji or make flashcards. So there is a good chance you will remember it. There are also sound samples and various types of grammar help, as well as lessons.
But for me the very best feature is probably the “challenges” which are sets of linked games focussing on a particular kanji and words that it commonly appears in. There are lots of different types of games so you stay engaged, and the level seems to be carefully set so that the challenges make you think, but stay fun!. It takes a few minutes to do a challenge so you can do 2 or 3 over a coffee - I find this a great way of improving my Japanese!