Just got the game and liking it well enough but what the hell is up with just walking around? I mean I'll be in a running animation and all of the sudden my character just completely slows down with nothing even in front of me. It's very annoying and distracting from the experience.
Do you know the "Sulu Dance?"
It happens during certain key events. Once at the beginning and a second time in chapter 5, when Serah is alone. Can't remember any other places where this happens.
Your characters are babbling about something, right?
If not, your controller is broken. Get a new one.
Those are part of Live Trigger moments - quite easily to see, the words Live Trigger will appear at the top right of the screen. You can skip these parts by simply using Star - Select to skip.
On a first playthrough, just bear with it. It doesn't happen too often. And, frankly, they aren't too important either way. They generally just give you a glimpse of things that get explained later on.
Cloud and Sephiroth - battling each other since '97 for your amusement
Give it a rest already!