This was the single biggest problem I've had with the game so far. I really enjoy that they're making Kazuma a lot more likeable by seeing a different side to him with all these children but man, the bits at the orphanage where you have to go find child x and talk to them about y problem just really kills the pacing for me.
Rest of the game is ace, though.
It's no surprise that you felt that way, you heartless cur. Taichi is the fucking man.
As for killing the pacing, you can't kill what doesn't exist. We are talking about a series where you frequently sit through a 15 minute cutscene and finally regain control of your character, only to walk a few feet down the street... right into another cutscene. Ludicrous!