(I tried attaching this to the Fire Emblem forum, but the search wasn't working)
I'm a ways into Fire Emblem: the Sacred Stones on the GBA, getting it after seeing it was regarding well among the entries in the series... and I don't have a 3DS or a Wii.
I love the gameplay. I hate everything else. Is there an equivalent experience, where characters can permanently die mid-battle, that isn't ultra-colorful generic anime fantasy? A loaded description, sure, but you get what I mean even if you don't agree. I've had enough cliche JRPG stories for ten lifetimes.
I might pick up Banner Saga, but I'm moreso looking for a game that has the permanent death mechanic; not just unconsciousness.
So, basically: a turn-based, character-driven story with permanent combat death... that isn't a JRPG. Does that exist yet?