If you want to give another JRPG a try, I'd recommend Dreamscape ($9.99 on Desura.)
I tried this out. Suffers a few problems other RPG Maker games I've played do (taking a lot of damage and giving barely any recovery items worth a damn, starting new party members at level 1 with no weapon, etc...) but it's funny, has some charm to it, the side-scrolling segments seem interesting and there is a ridiculous amount of exploration. I screwed up at one point and went to Erin's mind pretty early on, barely surviving an encounter with a mummy in the first building but I think I recovered alright.
Plus, it's only $4 on Desura right now so I think I might go for it!