@gunstarred: I'm with you on the combat and story, which were the things I was curious to hear about. It took me a few fights to get a grasp on how the combat worked, but once I did I basically executed the same simple routine for the rest of the game, which got kind of old and grindy. And the story was... idk, a little dull. I think you're right that it was probably aimed a a younger audience, as it moved pretty slow and didn't have many interesting twists or turns.
I also agree that it's charming and it looks and sounds great (I might even like the music more than the look), and overall I can kind of get why some people love it so much. But I also found parts of it a little underwhelming, and I find it a little strange that I rarely see less favorable opinions on Ni no Kuni. So thanks for sharing!
Who knows, maybe we're just outgrowing these kinds of games :P