and even with the spell-boosting activities
What's this, now? Reading up on it the battle system sounds fairly strategic. With like, rows and abilities and overkill and the MP system.
Also I have to admit I like that the art doesn't look like Generic Anime Bullshit. I mean it's still pretty anime but it's more Fist than Bleach.
Also the battle art looks vaguely SaGa Frontier-ish.
And weapon crafting/fusing?
Man this is sounding pretty sweet please tell me it has some degree of sidequests or at least good dungeon designs.