This is my biggest fault with the game as well. It’s just a bit ludicrous how disconnected the fights can feel. I often have a hard time figuring out whether or not my attacks are actually doing any damage, or if my blades are just clipping through the enemies as some canned animation takes total priority.
The cerberus mini-boss fight broke me entirely from the experience, none of my different combinations landed a stun effect, grab moves weren’t viable, and outside of spamming magic or Rage of the Titans, the whole affair was a nickel and dime tickfest with constant block parries. Given the mostly rousing quality up to that point, I really questioned how this got into the final. I spent about a dozen attempts trying multiple strategies before ultimately resigning myself to simple  lunges with endless blocks in between, anything further was punishment. Not fun or exciting.
Hell, even before the golden fleece came around, fighting medusa’s was a total question mark.