It's much easier to make out the characters in this version. I really like the shading on the figures; it's much more distinct and crisp than on the background. It makes it feel somewhat like the characters are standing in a watercolor painting, with the softer, more blurry colors of the background.
Not sure why I didn't fave it to begin with. Maybe because it's fan art for something I never heard of. Situation rectified. (And the "download if you wanna actually see it" note was rather sizable itself.)