Nerds on the Rocks helps you to pick up your very first jRPG with this list of some beginner friendly games in the genre.
Or try Ni No Kuni. It's newer, gorgeous, funny, and not too difficult to learn. One of my favorite games last gen...along with Valkyria Chronicles.
Yea Ni No Kuni amazing jrpg game, it's like beautiful dream you don't like to wake up from it.
I don't think that the bad AI of your party members or the overly silly plot are the best way to get people to like JRPGs.
Mystic Quest would be a good starting point.
My list for JRPG new comers: Paper Mario 64 Pokemon Mario and Luigi Super Star Saga Golden Sun Final Fantasy 9
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