Even if a lot of my favorites from a genre is not the popular pick, most of them are at least well received games in their own right.
If you like rhythm games with simple controls, I recommend you to try the Rhythm Heaven series and the Taiko no Tatsujin games (although the later gets pretty crazy on higher difficulties).
If you like Kingdom Hearts, Melody of Memory is very fun, not too hard and with a great musical selection.
As for the topic... I don't think it's "The apex" of JRPGs, but Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is one of my favourite JRPGs ever. I enjoyed it even more than Persona 4 or 5. Sure, the story is simple and cliched, but it was serviceable enough and made up for it with a battle system that's the best I've experienced in a turn based JRPG, the soundtrack is godly and side content is much more manageable and fun to do. Also, unlike most people, I enjoyed the whole idol thematic. It's integrated perfectly into the story, the battles and the soundtrack to create a very unique JRPG.Last edited by Vodacixi - on 17 January 2023