But the funny thing is that he also annoys everyone else in the game. And when the first big plot twist hits, they take it out on him - too much. We were swept into the story by then. It only continues to build for the rest of the game's run time... thanks to plenty of cutscenes and text-based skits, you'll get one of the best-developed groups of characters in the history of RPGs.
This is the finest story of the Tales series. Though it sometimes plays fast and loose with logic - like when the characters realize someone's cursed but don't do anything about it until hours later, when he tries to kill Luke - you're going to want to know what's going down.
Above: Luke's easily surprised, like many RPG heroes