I finished Iji. It bore out my early impressions. The gameplay is serviceable, but never really fun. The characters and dialog made it impossible for me to care about the story. And this stinks because it's easy to see that a huge amount of thought and effort went into it.
I'm honestly not sure if I'm sad because of the lost potential of the game, or at how jaded I am that I can't simply overlook the flaws.