I choose my starter in the spur of the moment. The only generation where it was clearly cut was when I fired up Gold and chose Chikorita. Every time thereafter, I've had to stare at the selection screen and think about it. Often times, I bench my starter ASAP, anyway. I'd love to find one I like enough such that that isn't necessary, though.
Go to Gamestop, buy a Steam card, and use it to purchase Ys Origin. You won't be disappointed. Ocean should not derail the train.