Well, I wasn’t going to play it, but I found myself drawn into Julius Mode for a few hours. I’ve now got all three characters in my party, and have explored a substantial area of the map. I’ve also defeated a fair few bosses too, including Dmitrii and Dario. I made it to the giant fish boss, but I’d almost gone through the “wrong” entrance to it, so there wasn’t a save point nearby. Decided not to risk it (I was low on health) and backtracked a bit.
I’m up to the cloud-of-bats boss now, which is harder than it really should be. None of any of the character’s special attacks are of much use on it, really, and it is a bit difficult to jump over without it changing direction underneath you – causing you to land on it.