Okami is a beautiful game but the alternative skins were bogus. They should have added a Ninetails skin instead of one of the canine warriors (not gonna say who)
That's a pretty common opinion, one I share with you. The only JRPG I've played is Persona 5 mostly for the story and it doesn't feel AS grindy as other JRPGS.Most JRPGS are boring and bad. Why?:
1. Lack of personalization. You're stuck with whatever plastic action figure the developer hands you at the start.
2. High "crunch", low "flavor". Extremely mechanical and predictable gameplay with low emphasis on experiencing the world of the story.
3. Turn-based combat. Related to 2. Boring, grindy, and repetitive mathematical clashes on your screen.