Thanks for your questions! That is correct, it is a commercial project. My personal goal is to make this my day job and assemble a team to help me with development and (long term goal) perhaps content creation.
The main goals and features of Kitsun are:Modern interface
One of the most common complaints with Anki is that it looks outdated and feels un-intuitive to the average user. Kitsun is web-based and has a modern UI/UX. This also means that your cards can make use of HTML5 and CSS3 features.Ease of starting
Anki is relatively difficult for users to get used to and it takes quite some effort to start creating cards that have the visual flair that we nowadays expect. In Kitsun there are default templates and layouts which allow the user to instantly start creating their flashcards.
Any deck created also has default settings which make sense (based on WaniKani's system).Community Centre
Next to this, the user can just go to the Community Centre page and instantly grab the shared decks that they want, without having to download, import or tweak anything. Start learning right away.Instant updates
Another benefit from this is that whenever the creator wants to update their shared decks, they can just do so by clicking the update button. This action will instantly update the deck for all current and future users with the changes that the creator made in the original deck which was used for publishing. No need to re-download anything.Cloud Storage
Everything is stored in online databases and servers right under your own account. Meaning you won't need to sync or download anything.Same Experience Everywhere
Kitsun is a progressive web app, meaning that it should provide the same experience on every type of device that supports websites (excluding some small browser limitations).Gamification
Gamification definitely helps users with studying if done right. It boosts their studying behavior and helps build a habit. Taking a note from Wanikani, Kitsun incorporates a similar system.Community Forums
To help build a community, Kitsun also has forums available. We have threads for every Community Deck so that users can discuss the deck or provide feedback to the creators. Once again taking notes from Wanikani on how to succesfully cultivate a beneficial learning environment for our users.
Another use for the forums is voting on new features and requesting features.Collaboration (coming soon)
Ever wanted to create a deck with multiple people (e.g. a layout designer, a content creator, a quality checker etc)? This will soon be possible on Kitsun.
On the WaniKani forums users often form bookclubs. The users can make a shared deck on which they can all collaborate to insert unknown vocab. That way other bookclub members can use the deck to pre-learn or retain the vocab they encounter while reading a certain book.
Of course, Kitsun is still a very young project, but development is proceeding swiftly and there are a lot more features planned for the future. Most of Anki's features are already implemented while keeping it relatively easy for new users to begin by providing good default settings.
As Evita has stated that they are not interested, I will refrain from further posting here unless they give me the okay to do so.
If you would like to know more you can always contact me at in...@kitsun.io
or just check out the current state of the project by going to https://kitsun.io