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I got through it on hard a while back, but I don't think I 1cced it. I've been messing around with random bullet hell games lately though, and I wanted something a little more difficult. The myriad deaths only make the victory more satisfying.
Ah, I see. Just making sure you weren't getting in over your head.
You should try other games like SA or UFO, practicing the same things over and over again might help get through those same things, but practicing a variety of things helps you boost your innate skill.