It seems like the new style and animation is pretty well received by the few who's seen it. Victoria was pretty taken aback by the drastic change in style, but she was quick to adapt, giving the arena a fresh coat of paint (there has been a couple of complaints about my choice of colors) while giving me a lengthy lecture about picking colors. I'll put up the modified background and character (with a groovy half outline) onto this blog soon-ish, so stay tuned.
Suffice to say, this minimalist art style is here to say =). This ought to speed up development.