Etrian odyssey games, the izuna games, and shiren the wanderer for your nethacky dungeon crawls;
orcs and elves was a pretty good first person rpg
Lock's Quest is rpgish with its own twist.
Contact was interesting.
The World Ends With You is very different, it might be worth a look.
Infinite Space is sort of a space travel game, pretty linear, but really cool in it's own way (and definitely not a final fantasy clone, which I think you are wanting to get away from)
The mario rpgs are fun, I guess still pretty japanese :)