It was getting to the point where I was really sick of working on this, so I'm going to take a step back before I mess it up any further...
My fail gameplay:
I actually didn't know that you could charge your sword too, so my final boss fight wasn't as flashy and cool as it could have been.
I also ignored all of the finishing blow opportunities after my first attempt was dodged and I got hit instead, so this fight became a never-ending poke-fest... at least until I ran out of recovery items and I finally decided to go for the finishing blow, and of course it worked... yeah, I'm not a really bright gamer. orz
Progress shots available on my:Tumblr