I laugh at your definition of villain.
Prepare to be brought to your mind-knees.
Well wrong choice of words, but I still maintain it was a bit Shymalanish. It's my only real complaint about the plot.
My only other honest criticism was the magic system. It seemed like there was a good variety of spells to use, but I really only ended up using three spells - Dark Lance, Dark Hand and Dark somethingorother (The one that fires quick "magic arrows" or whatever you want to call them). I didn't really find the other ones that useful.
Criticisms aside, I really enjoyed it. People who complain the JRPG is stale should play this.