Which brings me to counter your last statement, I thought FFXIII-2 was a whole class of storytelling better than FFXIII. Sure, maybe the main protagonist wasn't quite as strong, but she's a different kind of protagonist. She's more the "every girl" thrown into a superhuman situation. Though I actually think Noel is the strongest male lead the series has had since Zydane, and even then, he can stand up to the best of the PS-era leads.
I cannot say how much I agree with you on this one. :)
I had too much fun (and still do) playing through this game, though, big part of why I liked so much was because I ignored the reviews and the comments from people since I had a lot trouble enjoying FFXIII because that.
That said, I wouldn't mind seeing a FFXIII-3. If anything I'll be pretty damn excited to play if they announce it.