It's mostly a JRPG problem in general. Their writers seem to be pretty terrible. If Lost Odyssey's in-game writing had been of the same quality as exhibited by that novelist whose work was featured in the Thousand Years of Powerpoint, I wouldn't have given up on the game. Instead, it turned into your typical pretentious JRPG suck-fest, which is the same reason why I never finished Eternal Sonata.
Now that I think about it, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is the last Japanese RPG title I've finished in some time now. I really enjoyed Grandia II, but Grandia III got really stupid early on, and I sold it back to Gamestop in no time flat.