(NOTE: Ignore if you do not like boring rants)
So, today marks the exact 2 year anniversary of when I started learning Japanese (April 27th 2014), or to be specific the end of a several year period of fucking around in the first chapters of Genki 1 and the beginning of Core2k in anki. Pic related. (ignore the 23 days, I dropped core after the first day and restarted). To commemorate this event, I'll detail what level I'm at now, what I did over those years, and what I regret.
To get it out of the way - I'm not perfect. I can't answer every question posted here, I make dumb mistakes sometimes, and I can't fluently speak. Some people could by now, but I can't. What I can do however is pick up a novel or anime or manga and read/watch it beginning to end and have a good time. If you challenge me with snippets, I'll probably fuck some up - however, when watching and reading native material, I can picking up the majority, even the vast majority, but not all and not without mistakes. So in that sense, my precedent can be both one of relief and fear - you can study daily for 2 years and be pretty good, but you still also will have a lot left to learn. The easiest way to understand my level is that Japanese is not a barrier to reading 99% of content, and doesn't cross my mind when I pick something to read, but my level still impacts how I interact with the text (LoGH - with great fear). Also, that I can go to scanlation threads and notice a fuckton of errors.
As for what I did, the answer is 493 hours in anki with 8000~ mature cards and 2000~ young and the equivalent 30 complete visual novels of average length, plus a significant smattering of reading 2ch posts, some manga, interviews, watching lets plays, and other minute tasks. I didn't do RTK (more on that later), I just picked up kanji from Core2k, my mining deck, and reading. I did literally nothing else - no writing, no speaking practice, no significant listening practice outside of VN voice acting.