There's two features of the game that are getting to me. Firstly, if one of your characters dies, that's it, they're dead, no Phoenix Down for you m'laddo! Secondly, if you don't take certain characters into certain battles, then you'll miss out on some of the bonus missions/characters.
This combination means that I've been stuck playing and restarting each battle so many times as a result of one of my characters getting jumped by an attack I couldn't plan against, or finding out halfway through that I should have brought the *other* blue haired character..
I suppose I could just play each level through quickly and advance, but for someone with my kleptomaniac tendancies in video games and a knowledge that you really are going to need all your weapons when you get onto the later levels in most RPG's, this is just not an option..
So I've gone out and bought Dawn of Souls instead... such a masochist...