This looks pretty impressive! I'm glad some more people are committing to making some bigger stuff like this with C2. It's a fantastic tool!
I don't know that I would go all the way back to early FF styles, but I do agree that the battle view is a bit tough to follow/too much. Maybe it's moving too much, maybe you can't see enough of the playfield at once. I would keep some camera movement and zooming intact, but maybe scaling it back a little to make it simpler to follow. Then, I think, you could really spend more time on flashier effects instead of crazy camera swoops. Or make the camera swoops less often so they feel more special.
Regardless, I really like how this game is progressing and I look forward to seeing it all as the art is slowly replaced with the final stuff.
PS: I sent you a PM, too.