Overall I'm finding the characters less facepalm-inducing than Graces, but pretty weak otherwise. Even Vesperia, which some people claim has shallow characters, has a far more endearing and memorable cast overall. I can't see many of them making a lasting impact on me. Besides the obvious.
Also, if I had to use one word to describe this game, it would be "dissonant." Everything in this game clashes. The character, world, and town designs, the music (you go from traditional Japanese town themes to a world map theme that sounds like it came right out of Star Ocean 2, to I swear that town melody was in Graces), and even the character personalities at times.
I admit, though, I really liked
The whole Milla leg paralysis section. I really liked the entire theme of overcoming a debilitating physical disability, even
though it was pretty obvious she would recover. The last game I remember that had something similar was Ozma in the TO
remake and how she is beaten into a permanent comatose state and sent back to her country if you don't recruit her.