I think I made a bad decision. At first I was getting roflstomped on Normal mode, but after leveling up a few of my units and upgrading their classes, I'm killing everything in one shot and it's getting kinda dull but I don't want to make a new game just yet :/
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Thing with Normal is that it's a crapton easier to grind. Hard mode and Lunatic purposely drives up the prices of Reeking boxes, to discourage you from just grinding to beat everything. (I think on Hard, Reeking boxes are like 4k while Lunatic is something way higher if I recall).
Chapter 10 isn't that far in, you can restart if you want.
Game just gets easier as it goes on. and No you don't need to grind at all in normal mode. I didn't grind my first play through on normal mode and i pretty much just used 2 units by end game since that's all i really needed. Could've used more if i wanted to. But yeah if you don't wana deal with an easy game restart in hard to make it a lil bit harder. Still pretty easy. But if you want it to be actually hard i'd try lunatic and if you beat lunatic mode, lunatic + mode unlocks