If Xenoblade is the high-profile, must-play Wii JRPG everyone tells you to try, Arc Rise Fantasia is the underrated gem that time forgot.
It’s also hard as fuck. Jesus Christ.
Chances are you may not have heard about Arc Rise Fantasia, a 2009 JRPG from now-bankrupt developer Imageepoch (Luminous Arc, Fate/Extra, etc.), but if you have, it was probably in connection with its truly atrocious English dub. Like, I’m not even kidding. I generally tend to be a Japanese voices >>> English voices kind of person, but ARF was “blessed” with a voice work so below average that I imagine even hardcore advocates of western dubs cringed hard at some of the lines you’ll hear in the English version. It doesn’t quite reach “bear my arctic blast” levels of bad, but by God, it tries. Which is even funnier when you find out that the JP voice cast is actually full of huge names like Ishida Akira, Konishi Katsuyuki, Koyasu Takehito, and so on. (Bonus