So much to play
I got the Z man version recently due to the larger variety of cards. YMMV in opinions about which is better, but I think if you plan to play the game a lot you should get the Zman. If you care about resource and farmer meeples and won't play it that much get the Mayfair.
I have both, and I echo this sentiment - the cool meeples MIGHT get some people into it that might otherwise eschew a moderately heavy (both in gameplay AND mass) game because the rewards seem not worth the time investment. Ultimately, I might just merge the animeeples into the zman and dump the smaller cardset and boring cubes for someone else.