Okay, needed something else to play, so I started the DS remake of Final Fantasy III. I figure, as far as turn-based JRPGs go, FF should be a good enough departure from SMT whenever I need a break from Strange Journey.
It's great so far (and now I would love even more to see FFV remade in this style), except the enemy encounters. In the first dungeon and the overworld, the goblins and such are super, super easy to beat, but then I go into the Mythril Mine or that first castle and bam, any given party member is dead within two hits. That horrible balance, holy shit.
FFIV isn't anywhere near my favorite FF, but after this, I have newfound respect for it as the next game in the series.