This series was fanatic! This is such an interesting topic to me, I've become aware that there is a difference between western and JPRGs but I never thought too deeply about it. Perhaps I should have since our game is sort of in the middle. Really, this series was scaring me until the crew made a point to say that Breath of Death VII: The Beginning (or was it Cthulhu Saves the World?) was a western JRPG that did it right.
Very informative, but I disagree with two things:
1. Persona 4 actually takes inspiration from Jrpgs and Visual novels (Dating-sims actually) which is Very much a Japanese thing. I wouldn't call monster hunter a Wrpg either (I would argue that it isn't even an rpg) rather it seemed to have started it's own genre the monster hunting game. Think monster hunter, god eater, ragnarok odyssey, lord of apocalypse and the like and you know what type I'm talking about.
I think the reason J-RPG declined is because developers and publishers are very slow to adapt and market the games into world wide. They prefer them only in Japanese. Compare to their American counterparts who move at high speed to market the games worldwide.
Well, there still are a lot of JRPGs being released... but they tend to be on handhelds instead of the main consoles. Personally I figured this was due to them being cheaper as RPGs, and as RPGs usually do not rely on having high specs, they can get away with this.