I think the new features make AP far exceed. IMO, they fixed just about everything that was wrong in TOT. Finishing the storyline is easier in TOT, and there are no longer rainbow recipes. Instead, you gave to help ring bells, which is a lot less time consuming (I completed 3 of the 6 bells in the first season)
There are a looooot more clothing choices than in TOT. Family is of bigger scale than in many HM games, as you can have two children that look like your spouse, have personality, and grow up.
Environments are much larger and more colorful than in TOT.
As for the characters themselves, they're largely the same. It also appears to take longer than normal to get LP up higher for candidates.
So wager that and decide.