golyplot wrote:It occurred to me that this log might be misleading and/or boring to read, given that I intended to learn primarily by watching TV, but have spent most of my time to date on Wanikani. Of course, I always knew this was likely to happen - you have to build up a base before you can start watching media. So far I haven't found a good way to practice listening skills. I tried watching Peppa Pig in Japanese, but I couldn't even understand any of that. Of course, it's only been two weeks and Japanese is a notoriously difficult language, so it's not all that surprising either.
As you don't seem to be too familiar with kanji yet, and if you have Netflix, maybe you could start by watching some shows/animes with japanese audio-description and english subs. Even if you are more focused on the english subs most of the time, you'll still listen to plenty of japanese with the audio-descriptions (which are played when there's no dialogue going on).
Later, when you are more familiar with kanji, you could re-watch the same shows/animes, but this time replacing the english subs with japanese CC subs (which usually match the audio better than normal subs). Even though japanese is not my focus language at this moment, I'm currently doing this with two shows: a j-drama called "Erased" (僕だけがいない街) and an anime called "Forest of Piano" (ピアノの森); but I'm sure there should be more shows with both the japanese audio-description and the japanese CC subs available.
Also, a great app for learning/practicing the japanese writing system (both kanas and kanji) is this one: Japanese Kanji Study - 漢字学習