*Cue the angry crowd*
WHAT THE HELL TOOK YOU SO LONG TO DO THIS, MAGBUS?
I-I can explain, all right?
Look, let's face the facts: my Judith stuff back in 2012 was shit. And even the combo video I made back in 2014 (somewhere around there) was "okay", but not exactly great, either. I'm even embarrassed to look at the fact I made a tutorial video back for the X360 version. If I were to do a Judith solo back when I said I would, it would have looked like horse shit, and I know it. I have plans of a side project to completely redo that tutorial video with all my acquired knowledge of the character over the past five years, but... uh, we'll save that for another time. I've got enough stuff to do as is, such as tending to this wonderful project itself.
It's not a secret to anyone that this is my absolute favorite character in the entire Tales franchise. I realized at an early time that doing a solo for her early on was a bad idea, especially since her learning curve is quite interesting. She's by no means an easy character to master, and it took Five. God. Damn. Years of on and off practice for me to feel satisfied enough with my current skill in order to start something serious. The two "big" combo videos I did for her were nothing but a front; to hide the fact that behind the scenes, I was still learning and practicing like a mofo until the time was right. This run here is the end result of that, and even now, I can still keep improving from here.
The first arc (or should I say "page" at Nam Cobanda Isle) bosses are already completed, and I'm currently working on Zagi III. Progress is going smoothly so far, and unlike other characters in the series, I never get tired or burned out from playing this girl. I won't promise anything (learned my lesson from that...), but safe to say, this run won't have as many hold ups or month (or year...) long pauses in-between. At this point, I've mastered this character to the point where bosses aren't really "hard" anymore. The actual hard part comes from performance: combo crafting and execution, incorporating my chains into my strategies, etc. Aside from maybe Duke (and some post game stuff, which I'm doing), I won't have much of a stressful time. I still have to do this in between my writing and work, so after Zagi III (which from the look of the progress, I'll have a satisfying take sometime this week), there will be some delays here and there due to time constraints.
Some notes about this run:
- As you can tell, I'm using a staff. That's usually my preferred weapon of choice due to it's perks. You'll see me using those for the majority of the run; probably all the way through the main story, considering there's many ways of increase damage enough to not allow these battles drag for too long.
- No real special conditions. Like I said back when I first started Rokurou, restrictions only hold my potential back, and kills any sort of room for innovation (for me). No damage just follows the same patterns and limits my strategies, for an example. Aaaaaand since I'll be using the Risky Ring for the first half of the run, that kind of forces me to No Damage bosses (or only accept one hit) in the beginning. Still, since I'm better with this character than I was five years ago, I shouldn't be taking a lot of hits anyway - my own personal standard I set for myself.
- I WILL be using free run. Ya see, Judith's suffers the most from the axis getting jacked up when the enemy and you aren't aligned with each other properly. Since she's very mobility-focused and the way I play with her capitalizes on that, I find myself stuck in corners a lot and the enemy facing in odd positions with my maneuvers. I won't go through the unnecessary stress of straightening her out for my attacks via artes all the time, so I will use free run when needed, but won't abuse it.
I won't bother with a boss input for Zagi I. If you're already familiar with other Vesperia runs on Youtube, you already know the recovery arte baiting requirements, and considering Zagi's the introductory to boss fights, there's nothing really special here to note. But anything you need to know, ask away.
"But Mangis! WEN JUD--"
Judith's Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/pla......
Zagi ~ Mega Man X4 - Vs Double
Outro ~ Sinitus Tempo - Sounds of Isis
Since there's many Vesperia runs out there, I can't possibly link all of them here in this description alone. Instead, click on my channel link and check out my homeboys on the right-hand side. Some of them don't have Vesperia runs, but I promise you a good show from them regardless. If you specifically want Vesperia solos, check out Pássaro/Ephemeral Crow, Fang Soul, miraclechao and Viktor Forslund.