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.