I should mention that the article also states that the game is "based on an original concept by Niinou". So it looks like he's not only directing some games and producing others, but also coming up with original ideas to be developed by other teams within the company? Sounds like he basically runs the entire development studio now. :lol
Honestly, I love the look of the ice area... reminds me of Saturn/PS1 RPGs. I also think the concept is hilarious, and would definitely buy this if it ever came to our shore. But there's a fat chance in hell of that ever happening (and if I could choose only one Niinou game to come out here it would most definitely be 7th Dragon).