I guess this wasn't delayed for the US, since I got my copy yesterday. I've put in about 4 hours and I have to say it seems like it's going to live up to the hype. Extremely strong visuals, great soundtrack, and an engaging (and challenging) battle system. I've heard some differing opinions on the amount of grind the game demands, but so far it's been pretty straightforward: do every side-quest available and don't run from any fights and you'll be OK. There's also an Easy difficulty available from the menu, so I'm sure that even someone who loathes JRPG grinding could probably blast through it. However, if you don't like JRPGs, I don't think this is the game for you.
Having said that, the game features an entire spellbook absolutely brimming with flavor text (and genuinely useful information). If that excites you, then this might be exactly the game for you.
Anyone else playing this?