Took the dive today and tried to get back into Tales of Xillia without starting all the way over. Doing pretty good so far, it certainly helps that the combat isn't too difficult and the plot is pretty easy to follow at this point (Tail end of Chapter 2, I believe). Also, almost everything in the area is weak to fire, so Milla and Leia's Flare Tornado destroys every battle.
It's kind of tragic that I like some of the generic NPC outfits more than the main cast's. That's not to say they're terrible, but the fact that everyone looks like they belong in a different game from each other doesn't really help matters. But the game is picking up, so I'm trying to stay positive. On that note, it certainly has my favorite OP of the series. And though the combat is pretty daunting with how many elements are jumbled together, the results allow for some pretty nifty tricks.
It's still my least favorite Tales game thus far, but at least the game seems to be getting less boring now.