Literacy is one of the basic tenants of AJATT - you can't truly immerse if you can't read the language. You will also be missing a lot of the meaning behind words without an understanding of the kanji that compose them. You also can't read a monolingual dictionary. There's many benefits to learning the kanji that all make complete sense to me.
However, learning the kanji as a first step was a little frustrating to accept at first because I just want to start learning Japanese. But it has actually become a really fun process, especially when I look back at how many I've already learned *finger quotes*. It's going to take a little while for them to actually mature in my memory, but I've gone through 1000 kanji already! That's a fun thought!
I printed all the kanji from RTK 1 and 3 as a poster to pin to my wall. As I learn them in Anki I highlight them to show my progress.
Got through the first 1k... so far!