I can't say I minded the presence of Vaan or Panelo, but they definitely weren't needed. That said, I think the idea of telling a story in an RPG where the main protagonist is actually someone like Vaan should have been could be quite interesting. That is, someone who is on for the ride, immature, out of their league, and generally in the way. It could be a really great coming of age story. Though, it would probably kill the power fantasy most gamers seem to require out of the main protagonist.
It was a good idea, probably one way to make having the player involved could work amongst the more interesting people (similar almost to the avatar in Fire Emblem I guess).
...A shame Vaan is such a wiener while Panelo pulls her dick out to keep him in check.
I never played Dragon passed that Earth[?] element big boss. He kicked my ass and enemies kept giving dick-amounts of experience (i.e.' little) and lost patience and said WHUTEVA. Given reactions here, I don't know if it's worth a take-two.