I have a review of Battle Princess of Arcadias forthcoming.
That is awesome! I actually thought of you when I started playing it because it reminded me of my time with Sorcerer Hunters last summer (which you you turned my attention to).... Don't ask why it reminds me of SH. There is really no resemblance barring the anime aesthetic.
I bought it, but I haven't played too much of it because I find it incredibly difficult.
Defend... Defend a lot. In fact just get used to defending THEN attacking. That approach has changed this from "tear my hair out" to "oh, I get it now!"- LoL
That is what I meant by totally not how I would typically approach gameplay in a title like this. I expected to just mash out flashy sword combos that tore stuff up at warp nine with the fluidity of chinese monk doing water sports. NOT the case here. Defensive methodical play is a must. I actually have to tip my hat to NIS for making a title like this play and feel like this.
Then again, I too am not far. I may change my tune. Time will tell.