@zombiepie: I'm a HUGE fan of Ys. Oath in Felghana and Origin were my faves. That being said, It's more for the action than the story. The stories are fairly typical JRPG trope-fests. Just about every single Ys game has a damsel in distress that falls for the protagonist after he saves her in some capacity or another. If you're looking for story, I'd lean more toward Grandia II. If you're after some good action then Ys is your game.
Also, since the first moment I saw you making a blog for this game I've been waiting for the moment you get to the final boss. I'm going to savor it.
@veggiesbro: Well I'm currently on vacation from work so I'm pretty wide open for hunting from now until the weekend. My computer just decided to die on me last night though, so no discord server for me for now, I'm afraid.
I love me some monster hunter goodness. I was all the way down the rabbit hole for both 3U and 4U and plan on doing so again with this. (Let me know if you need help with your G2 stuff!) I'm also in Mountain Time.
@zombiepie: Temple of the Ancients is probably the hardest part of the entire game. It was for me, anyways. The bosses are really rough and I usually end up putting my party in the back row for them. In case you're not aware, putting your dudes in the back row causes them to deal/take about half damage. The exception being ranged weapons like Barret's gun and magic. Then you just pelt the bosses with magic and keeping your health up becomes much more manageable.
Fume Knight gave me SO much trouble. Even after I finally beat him I still felt defeated because of how long it took me. According to this article he had a 93% win rate which was the highest of any boss (at the time.)