Trails in the Sky is a fantastic JRPG, and better than most of the Final Fantasies IMO. I would advise you to play on hard or the combat won't pose much of a challenge at all, and there's kind of a lot of combat. If you're not interested in a lot of random encounters then the game might not be for you. But the LoH series does a better job of balancing a good, coherent story with likable characters and interesting combat and stat building than any JRPG I've ever played.
@artisanbreads: Yep, I only use them because I have literally no other options where I live. The only cab company in my city consistently takes 90-120 minutes (seriously) to show up after you call them. I know uber drivers get paid/treated like shit, so I always make sure to tip like 50-75% of my fare. I always get a ride in about 5 minutes.
edit: oh I didn't notice that you were excluding handhelds in the question. That makes it a lot more difficult for me. Every JRPG I love in the last 10 years started life on either the DS, 3DS, PSP or Vita. I guess I'll have to give it to the Final Fantasy X remaster lol