Fair enough. I love Final Fantasy II/IV but my primary issues is the overflow of babying in the game. The game spells out many things that the player easily could've inferred themselves and it takes away from the experience. Final Fantasy III/VI is another example of almost an almost perfect game. I have more problems with this game than I do with FFIV but that's probably because Final Fantasy III is a much bigger game. Final Fantasy III is a completionist's nightmare. The amount of different things to do in this game is gut wrenching. There are Strago's Lores, Mog's Dances, Gau's Rages, and many of these are missable. The Espers and the stat maxing is a mind boggling experience for new players and to be honest I stopped playing the game for years because of how overwhelmed I was. It's a solid game but it could've been handled better. I agree with you on Final Fantasy V. It's my personal favourite in the series. I love the amount of customization available to the player with the newly mastered job system and Galuf is pretty amazing. All of the protagonists in the game are very well thought out and I love them dearly but Galuf is a whole other story. He's funny and witty and kind and most importantly he's the father figure of the main protagonist, Bartz/Butz. My only issue is he started the amnesia trend and none of us appreciate that. What happens to Galuf was the first thing to make me cry in a game and I'll probably always remember it. I don't know if you noticed but I play these games too much and I'll continue to do so for years.
After playing 1-3 (GBA/NES) I was a bit torn on the change in the overall structure in 4, which I guess made it the first proper JRPG. I also don't think its take on ATB and other battle mechanics was as good as later games (nor do I prefer ATB compared to TB).
Yeah I didn't really bother with most of that in VI but I should say I played 4-6 right after one another and then CT (or maybe it was CT then VI) a few years back and I'm not that into 16-bit or older RPGs either so I was a bit sick of the games at that point. I'll revisit 5-6 and CT at some point though as I have with 4 on GBA (modded).
My top RPGs:
Langrisser II (MD)
Baldur's Gate w/ Expansion
Heroes of Might and Magic III (PC)
Lunar: Eternal Blue (MCD)
Shining Force II (MD)
Maybe Panzer Dragoon Saga (SAT) or Baldur's Gate II w/ Expansion (PC)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (GB)
Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole (MD)
Dragon's Curse Remake (fan remake of Wonder Boy 3)(PC)
Front Mission: Gun Hazard (SNES)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
Secret of Evermore (SNES)
System Shock 2 (PC)
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (GBA)
Secret of Mana w/ mods
There's a lot that I haven't played yet though!