Doesnt matter which version u get NA/JP/EU i think the only thing that will change is what sites you use to pay/check your account since you can pick what ever server you want. I think its up finding the best deal for you
I liked bard in 1.0 but hated forgetting to have arrows lol. I love it in 2.0 i had monk and drg to 50 already so i started to play my lvl 28 archer at launch. Im 50 already just got my ifrits bow last night!!!. Depending on how ppl play their classes u will be singing mages ballad when needed or requiem if u have a blm or 2 in the PT. Havent had the opportunity use armies paeon for TP on the melee class.