I really don't get it. I have a friend that simply refuses to play this game because he "can't imagine a kid doing all that stuff" and "what's with the child protagonist???"
Your friend and I might get along... I'm not a fan of this game because I've played my share of child protagonist jrpgs. There's only so much you can do with the age limitation of the main character in term of plot and development. And having the Ghibli effect is a double edged sword, not all of their works are great or received well by everyone. Same can be said for this game, it's simply not for some people, no matter how great others may like it.
“Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” -C.S. Lewis
I am kind and courteous to everyone I meet but have a plan to kill them quickly if necessary.