I started with B2, got about halfway and set it down to play B1. Absolutely loved B1 but have never picked B2 back up. Looks like I better finish it before I grab 3. Looking fwd to more of her antics.
Bayonetta 2 really is the peak of the series, I'm a bit surprised you dropped off halfway through lol
But I WILL say neither 1 or 2 really prepare you for the "just do it" way that 3 throws completely one-off events at you... I can also see why that might be a struggle for some, but I definitely welcomed the way 3 somewhat tosses its gameplay mechanics aside to have you do things you just never see coming!