Hiragana and katakana are not that bad. It's similar to learning a new alphabet and can be done in a relatively short time. The kanji is the hard part! Once you're ready to move on to studying kanji, one of the best resources I've found is James Heisig's "Remembering the Kanji." Be sure to read the forward. For beginners, first looking at a kanji and be such a daunting task. Heisig relates it to staring at a kaleidoscope: no matter how hard you study the lines, as soon as you look away for a few minutes it's gone. RTK does a great job of helping to build each kanji up from their base "radicals," and in doing so makes reading and writing kanji similar to spelling a word in Western writing systems.
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RE: Japanese Syllabary and Kanji Resources