Interesting thing to note is that attacking by pressing triangle twice instead of selecting the attack option speeds up the animation. I rarely ever use the attack option from the menu, just turn Auto on and then off before the next character attacks.
Hey man, you can save a lot of seconds by doing this, and it's new to me Nothing to when I found out that in FFX you guard with triangle. before that I was not able to guard at all. --- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIjVvnO5lgM http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4qp0wv7cDUA#t=22s