It took me 1,399 Astarte kills to get my second Miser Ring. In the process, I finished maxing Shanoa, fully maxed Maria, and got a third of the way through Richter.
Character-wise, it was Fuma. 1,000 runs through Chapter 11 with no Fumas Greaves, and I was so bored out of my skull, aggravated, and disgusted with this game that I took a 4 month break. This was after only playing this game for 6 straight months. Luckily, hardcore HD guys like Sweetmunkeyl0ve have kept it fun all this time, so I was able to come back, get every item, and max every character. Now I just play for fun, like trying to goad new players into eating the funny musroom on Chapter 3.
"The most important thing is to never stop questioning." -Albert Einstein. Xbox Live: AlteraLateralus
500+ R Count kills and still no Valmanway +1. Still waiting for a Yatsusuna +1 as well for either Soma or Alucard. Haven't really grinded for the Retro pieces much aside from the Cloak which I have along with all the Fuma pieces.
I still have so much equipment grinding to do. No Sonic Boots, no Philosopher's Stones, not even a regular Valmanway. The only +1 item I have is a Kaiser Knuckle which really doesn't outperform my Longinus or Muramasa. Hell, I don't even have a Pneuma, let alone a Dextro Custos (I do however have a Sinestro Custos). The only character I have maxed out is Charlotte. I'd say Yoko, but I don't consider her maxed out until I get some Philosopher's Stones. I wouldn't mind a second Miser Ring to help with my attack to maybe get a few bigger and better things. I do have a Deathscythe, but it's too slow and it not being holy hurts it against the big guys. With Alucard, I don't even have the regular Alucard Sword (but Muramasa suits him not too badly) and I still have to get five more Hellfire spells.
Suffice it to say there is much grinding in my future. I dread Minerva Mail grinding jest because of Dracula's Charm attacks on the womenfolk.
If we never make love again... would you still want to call out my name...