That kinda sucks, but I guess it fits with Yoshi-P's "baby's first MMO" casual vision.
I sort of liked the Tarutaru racial stats in FFXI. I even liked playing melee on it (which I usually did), even if I was a bit crippled.
When I wasn't healin' , I was Stealin'.
When i was free of Raise requests, I tended to run around on THF/Nin Taru. although , modesty aside, people still only loved me for the treasure hunter AF2 + knife... I was outclassed by a few min/max mithra, not much else.
It was a LOT of work, and a good bit of time to collect all the bits, Monk took a bit more work, but was quite doable.
I knew one hell of a Taru Paladin back in the day when it was considered sheer madness on the Dynamis Lord, Jorm or Tiamat.
Taru Power... Lala still sounds like a Teletubby.