i'd vote for Chrono Trigger.. i don't like the idea of Chrono Cross having more than a hundred characters.. and their gameplay is UNUSUAL for a typical RPG with HP/MP
Well the only rpg I liked with more than a hundread characters are the Suikoden Series
Crono Cross. My first jrpg ever. Everything was so great, I loved chars, music, battles(especially with the dragons) and... Harle. Just awesome.
Cross. Better music, better silent protagonist, better overall plot (even if explaining if felt a bit rushed) and more good characters. Sure, some guys were a waste of space, but the guys that actually are developed truly make up for that. Cross' antagonist was also far more magnificent.
I suppose I should warn you.
You cannot comprehend the wooshie.
i would say Chrono Trigger. i played it and beated a few times. it was the best RPG ever. Cross was good but not nearly as good as Trigger but it has good music.