It's true that stroke order reveals itself after going through the first hundred or so kanji, the difficulty lies not in figuring out how to write it but just from shear memorization. I also can't agree with "never having to write kanji." From my perspective at least it is much easier to not only memorize but internalize a character after learning how to read it AND write it.
Japanese is a pretty YMMV language when learning.
Also to point out the above issue with the amount of characters you need to know, you cannot equate the words formed from an alphabet to a language that has words and ideas represented through characters, they're just not comparable in the first place.