Minstrel song has a very charming "world" - Mardias. Its characters and gods all fit together smashingly, and you will probably learn to enjoy it more during the second playthrough.
The game has an odd progress meter which progresses based on how many fights you do, not the # or type of quests. As a result it is better to squeeze in more quests and less fighting if you are an experienced player.
If you need help the gamefaqs guide is good and the board still somewhat active.