Most movement based RPG are like this (whereas Fire Emblem has an ENTIRELY different set-up) while NIS seems to have games that are very close in comparison especially when they have the same type of gameplay (Disgaea x Makai Kingdoms is an example). While I do eagerly await the next Disgaea game (Disgaea D2) - I do think this is a respectable pick-up.
Same people who made HOurs of Afternoon or whatever that first one was. Yeah, I have disgaea, FFT, and Tactics Ogre for grid strategy. I don't want to take another one on right now esp. since I just got disgaea 4 (with d2 out or coming out, I forget)