Don't all toys end up in some kind of niche market? You can argue that the Japanese one's don't because for the most part, they were made because the person just wanted to make the toys for themselves. But in the end, there are people that will collect toys from only 1 company, toys with a certain style or look, toys with a specific color. Some Japanese companies make toys because they want to, not to fill a gap in a market. It just so happens that the toy they make falls into the niches that we make. Maybe this one can fall into the market of yokai toys. As for the slickness, I think that can be attributed to the sculptor. If you look at the drawing, it is a bit more crude. Which brings up Scary Girls. Scary Girl, which are Nathan Jurevicius' characters, were made by KR. It seems to fit in with KR because of how clean his illustrations, that were done on the computer, look (very different from when he doesn't use the computer). Also, if you want to go into niches, it also falls into the style that the KR kids like. Very different style from Takekuma Kentaro...which probably won't work with KR's style. It's not even in the same style as Kozik. If anything, it's closer to Mizuki Shigeru (who?).