I am a fan of JRPGs as I love power leveling my way to victory but ever since I've grown old a bit, I find myself getting tired of all the world saving narrative all of them seem to have. Dragon Quest 8 is excellent but the characters are what drives the story rather than the plot itself which is, same goes for Persona 4 and 5. I love those games to death but all of them have this "teenagers aided by older people/magical creatures to become a hero of the world" type of deal. I'm not saying it's always a bad thing and writers could certainly play around it but it is all too often used as an easy way to give importance to the journey.
So are there any other great JRPGs not about saving the world? And what's the best story, regardless of whether or not it uses the same, tired narrative structure? Suikoden 5 comes to mind but let me what you guys think.