I think the Hibachi of B-Shootia(BL) is easier than using the Exy,going through!you will soon find some easier&more stable ways to clear the 2nd loop
May I ask your goal is scoring or surive to all?
or status entering the 2nd loop
Maybe I can provide some useful advices
Right now I'm just working on survival, This run was the first time I had ever been in 2nd loop. My 2nd loop was accessed by getting all bees in 3 stages. I hope to maybe get an all sometime in the next year! I've never watched any videos on the game and it was just me slowly learning the game over time.
Actually,there's some way to hit down the hibachi in 2lives
(1life for entering the "washing machine"and dead with 1hyper+62%hyper gauge and 25%hyper gauge for death,1life for(1hyper+6bombs+1hyper)hit down the hibachi),
so although entering the 2nd loop with no extra lives,if throw enough bomb in 2-1~2-3 and 2-5,you can also clear this game.
And,kidpanda,maybe you should realize that suicide in some area of BL is a good idea.
(because if no lives entering the 2-1,you can get an extra life when entered the 2-2,and use the bombs and suicide at the 2nd form of 2-2boss/or have 1 extra life entering the 2nd loop,and also suicide at the 2nd form of 2-2boss,if you entered a stage with no lives and maintain it until the end of the stage,you'll always get an extra life,so with 2lives entering the 2-5 is possible,but when you entered the 2-4 with no lives,after got the 1up,the extra live won't get because of not maintain the no lives status in 2-4,so if you want to get 2lives in 2-5 and no lives entered the 2nd loop,the best way is to enter 2-3 with 0lives and 6bombs)
Accessed by getting all bees in 3 stages is enough,don't worry about it.
The hardest area in 2-1~2-3 is the midboss area,maybe you should awared about the hyper gauge and using the bullet-clear(when using the hyper,you can get a bullet clear for fulfilling the gauge)to down the diffculty
The 2-4 rail gun has a very easy way to passed:using hyper at 4th rail gun,if you analized the stages,you'll find using hyper at there can get most damage of the rail gun
When entered the 2-5,especially at the second half area,don't save the hyper,there can use 2hyper to maintaining the success rate of nmnb.
If you have count your time for BL,you'll find if you can get your first all for devoting about 50-100hrs,going through!