@bishop113: The game really wants you to do side stuff to level up, I did the quest you are on just yesterday and I was level 25 or so after finishing it. You can also sort of cheese the game by having pawns that are 5-10 levels higher than you depending on the amount of RC you have. Head to the Rift and pick up a few higher level pawns, don't be afraid to spend your RC to get through stuff.
Played through the original and just started a new character in Dark Arisen since I got it free on PS+, so glad they included the japanese VO in this version, helps with the repeating pawn dialog since it becomes more just atmospheric background noise.
Also glad that it recognized my old save files and gave me a free 100k RC and an unlimited use teleport stone thingy.
And the japanese VO for Mercedes is Sawashiro Miyuki!