I remember buying Izuna near when it came out for $30. One of the few times I bought a non-PC game new and near it's release date.
It's far more forgiving than Shiren, that's for sure, and quicker to boot.
And also give me the heads up if Izuna 2 is worth a purchase.
Wish I knew that before I tossed that staff aside three rounds ago...
MUCH more forgiving. You can save EXP between deaths? Pssh... But the items do break which is interesting. I haven't gotten far into it, I'll report more later.
And the staff of stability? You won't trip on those stumble traps and break jars full of good stuff as long as you carry it (not in a jar.) VERY handy later on when they have those stupid stumble traps everywhere.