KANJI SAVES LIVES. Because there are so many words that sound the exact same and when it's written out, it's impossible to know what you mean if you just write it out in hiragana (well, okay, it might be possible, but no one wants to go through that effort. no one does.) In regards to importing things, if you're going to import something, go one step further and get a game that you really like completely in Japanese. I know that sounds stupid, but hear me out! I did it and, after a while of seeing the same thing over and over after having looked it up, I started learning what things meant. Eventually, I was able to play the game with little to no problems. It's really rewarded to see something that was once nothing but gibberish and go "AWW YEAH I KNOW WHAT THAT MEANSSSSS". and then you do a tiny fistpump to yourself because you. are awesome. C: Immersing yourself in the language you're learning is important too, so you can learn how things sound when they naturally flow. Watch Japanese TV shows (INTERNET no excusessss <3), listen to Japanese music, read Japanese articles, things like that. It goes a long, long way.