I have to say I've been doing a dance with this game as to whether to dive into it or not. I generally like Strat RPGs for mechanics. It's why I prefer them over regular JRPGs. I can ignore an awful story (FFTA2) or an ok story (FFTA) in order to play my beloved genre. I prefer a great story (Tactics Ogre or Fire Emblem), but I can suffer a bad story for good mechanics. And I prefer the DS, so I'm sticking there. I know there are amazing Strat RPGs on the PSP side of things, but for now I have enough to play on the DS and not enough time. That said, here is the crux of the matter.
I've begun to wander from Dragon Quest IX, which actually has good stories in the cities, interesting vignettes, and turned my attention to SMT: Devil Survivor. It seems like it has that interesting hybrid of Anime with an interesting story, cool mechanics and great music and style. So I want to know from people who played it if it's as fun as it looks. More importantly, is the story worth it? I've heard the game is very hard. This is one of those situations where I can suffer a punishing mechanic if the story is good and interesting. So I want to know how much there is to that. If the story is overhyped, as I mentioned earlier I'm happy to play other SRPGs where the mechanics are solid and less punishing. However, this is one of those rare instances where the story has me intrigued and I'm curious if that interest is warranted.