I like the design improvements.
Agreed. Seems to be too much nitpicking over this title. Blocky and/or more exaggerated character models would look like trash. I definitely wouldn't buy it then.
The only complaint I find understandable is people wanting a turn based battle system. Personally, I wish they could incorporate both styles, but that's probably asking too much. The new battle system seems like a good balance between turn based and straight action.