It's weird. Maybe it's because the first half of the game is so easy that I kind of underestimated the game and stopped taking it too seriously. But I actually feel like this game gets pretty hard in the five star quests of the Village (and obviously beyond for the hub, though I haven't gotten there yet). That's Magnamalo's tier. Though I will say, once you get used to Magnamalo's telltale signs, he's pretty easy. But I find the other monsters kind of challenging. Maybe it's because if I've used a potion or two already, I try not to use potions when I'm on half health. But I find the game a lot harder than World (though in fairness, I never played vanilla World's elder dragons besides Nergigante, so maybe that would make that game harder).
It's still a bit too easy, but I don't really agree that it's easier than World .