Jude is just another example of virtually every other male generic JRPG protagonist ever made- Heroic, idealistic, optimistic, yet slightly questioning of himself male youth, that wants to do the right thing and be heroic. I'm still early in the game, but I don't see any sign of there being really anything *interesting* about him. (such as Luke's unapologitic jerkiness and irredeemable actions, Yuri's willingness to commit murder, etc).
He's not trying to be heroic, nor is he very idealistic or optimistic. He's just a nice and helpful guy who gets dragged into things because he's a bit too nosy. Jude just kinda goes with the flow, really. Also, he's smart and that makes him different from atleast half of the Tales-heroes. Plenty of them were as dumb as bricks, especially the early ones.
I picked Jude for my first playthrough (started a second one a couple of days ago) and I think that worked out really well. Milla's story makes him look kind of useless at times (it's hard to compete with a deity with a one track mind), while he's in fact a hard worker. Plus, having viewing the story from Jude's perspective saves some of the mysteries surrounding Milla for the second playthrough, which I think makes her more interesting.
If anything, I yell at Jude for being a bit pussy whipped -- and there's nothing funnier than a teenager getting a semi while helping a girl that's closer to being naked than actually clothed.
But yeah, the assessment by deathsaber was waaay too simplified.
If anything, I'm surprised there isn't more shit talking about Alvin -- there's a guy who's motives are really
transparent. Tales games have been terrible for "hinting" spoilers as much as elbowing you in the gut that a spoiler is coming up.
Elize is terribly annoying in battle. I love her hair, but I hate her pseudo-goth-loki outfit.\\
Aura Chann: I liked your choice of "CAPITALIZED RAGE WORDS" versus "out of my way"