After all the years I've been reading and enjoying your articles, I made an account to say just one thing: I started reading this one about 5 hours ago. I just now read the last few paragraphs. The links and references you include tend to be so very interesting, that they consistently make me fall down very deep internet holes, out of which I consistently emerge smarter. Thank you for taking the time to do that.
And btw, all the other analysis aside, the reason for your success is the fact that DQ delivers supremely enjoyable gameplay before everything else, as pretty much everyone who's ever played it agrees.. I know that doesn't help write useful articles, but really, it explains a lot.