I'm humbled by your skills, azinth. You definitely deserve the top spot.
How are you doing with the 2-5, 2-6 and 2-7 bosses? I think the 2-7 boss is pretty manageable, but 2-5 and the 2-7 mid-boss give me a hard time.
Thank you for the kind words. They actually mean a lot, since your 2-All was one of the things that inspired me to pick this game up again.
I have a lot of practicing to do on the later bosses, but I think with enough time they'll become manageable. The 2-5 boss's first form is relatively simple enough when you know what's coming, but it's pretty easy to clip his patterns, especially the ones with the red floating turrets. It's second form requires at least two bombs for those two crazy-ass yellow deathsprays. The first one I'm pretty sure I won't want to try and dodge in a real run for a long long time. The second one seems like it might have some trick to make it easy, but I'm not sure. I dodged it in my previous run, but that was pretty much just me randomly flailing around and getting lucky.
The 2-6 boss has two trouble spots: the openers of each form. I sort of know how to dodge them, but they require a lot of precision and I'm afraid of clipping them so if I'm lucky enough to get there with some bombs, I'll definitely use them on those. Unfortunately the boss uses its second form opener twice before dying, so I'd have to hope that I have three bombs going into the fight.
The 2-7 midboss... well, if I get there with at least two bars worth of charge shot, I should be able to cheese through him with Tavia's bullet canceling. Even with that though, his patterns and movement can be really random, so I'll sort of have to hope for the best. I really hate that thing, even on the first loop he's so hard to predict and easy to screw up. God knows how many no-miss first loops I've lost from clipping one of his patterns.
The final boss actually seems pretty simple. The only part I'm really having trouble figuring out is the last pattern in the pirate battle. It obviously alternates between bullets aimed at and away from you, but I haven't gotten the timing to dodge it down yet. On the other hand the elephant is pretty easy as long as you pacifist through the six-pill wave. I'm almost tempted to learn how to milk him (almost). Kinda anticlimactic really. Dragon Blaze final boss this thing certainly aint.
And of course the stages in this game are usually just as brutal as the bosses, sometimes even more so. Those damn suicide bullets in 2-4 and 2-5 ;_;