SPECIAL ITEMS: 34/34
That endgame section was even more underwhelming than I was expecting... just an underwater shmup section, then a pitch black room that wasn't hard to navigate at all... then the boss.
Risky took the 3 seals from Shantae, and then used the lamp to take Shantae's genie powers away from her. Now I had to fight the genie form of Shantae, who has all of Shantae's transformation powers and a projectile spam attack. I still had my hair whip and all of the item special attacks I bought from the item shop. Even with the super overpowered flamethrower, this boss takes a LOT of hits... Her pattern doesn't change, she just gets faster and faster as the fight goes on. I used up about 5 potions before finally beating her.
So, the first game Shantae had the opportunity to become a full genie, but declined... Now in this, Shantae becomes full human and discovers her human powers are stronger than her genie powers.