First I wanted to say thanks for all the sim files! I am glad there are still active anime sim fans around. I will say though, for those of us who don't use bars to play, some of your Heavy level steps are incredibly difficult to meet and I consider myself pretty good and AA'ing most every 9 step song. I couldn't even last through the intro beats of Sugar Song Bitter Step without using a bar which made me a bit sad. Again though, thank you for the sim files!
Thanks for commenting! Yeah, I definitely see where you're coming from. If I may ask, since you're not using bars and thus I'm assuming you're using Battery mode, how many battery lives are you giving yourself? Just out of curiosity.
I usually play bar mode, but I can definitely say that some songs are far more difficult than others. Some of the 9's aren't even too bad by any stretch, but I do have a few songs that I struggle on, even though it was I who created the charts! For me, specifically, they're the middle part of Sweet Float Flats (Set 2), daze (Set 3), and Rising Hope (Set 6). Interestingly, I don't have too much problems with Sugar Song and Bitter Step; in fact, I've full combo'd it on a few occasions. My advice is to really get acquainted with the song, or even have it Autoplayed with clap on so that you can get a better idea of when everything is supposed to land. This is helpful as it also gives you a peek at the whole song, and I don't even believe that the intro to Sugar Song and Bitter Step is even the hardest part, a designation I think is well deserved by the bridge into the final part.
It's not out of the question for me to take some of the older songs to tweak their difficulties a bit. As it is right now I do like where everything is, but I might look back and think, hmm, maybe I should make X song easier, or Y song harder. Either way, thanks for the feedback and I'll be sure to take all that into consideration.
Production update: I have all the Hard difficulties for Sets 9 and 10 done, and I'm getting started on the Easy charts. Spoiler: after these two Sets, daze will not be the hardest song by numbers. dun dun DUUUUUN