DQVIII also sucks.
anyways.... suikoden V started to become interesting when the recruit ally nations phase died down and the story started to kick into gear a little but the random battles can get rather annoying. i also liked the part where you meet people from the island nations since it reminded me of suikoden 4. her name escapes me but i really liked that pirate girl in suikoden 4.
Can you please give us a reason why you think it sucks? I'm pretty sure you're talking about Kika.