Definitely my favorite, but fortunately, I played the DC version.
Ryudo's a great protagonist, but I didn't like his shift of character near the end, though I guess it always goes that way for JDGAF protagonists.
What I like about Justin in Grandia 1 is that it does actually feel like a shift from Justin starting out as a little kid to more of an adult by the end of the game.
It's one of few games that immediately comes to mind for me where the character progression works really well.
I fully agree with this. Grandia 1 is the story of a child becoming a man.
(and then having TONS of sex with his older girlfriend... have you SEEN how many kids are shown in the ending? deeeyam)