I personally had mixed feelings about it. It felt like it only raised more questions than it answered, and I didn't understand why they didn't actually try to do something to resolve the problems that had been sewn in the group. Instead, most of them were too focused on finding out who the traitor was and blaming each other.
For Ava, she seemed to only be focused on the Master's orders and protecting Gula. While this is good, she also never really tried to do anything to resolve the issues that were going on, and just wished for the problem to go away. I was kind of disappointed to find out that she only created the Dandelion union under the Master's orders, rather than being more of her own volition. In the end, she just turned out to be faithful to the Master's orders, even though she had encouraged Ephemer to question things. But who knows? Maybe she'll end up doing something that does go against her orders.
In Ira's case, all he did was sit and read, rather than trying to be a good leader and keep everyone together. Then in the 2nd half, he just gives into fate? So much for his resolve to protect the world that currently exists.
I wasn't really impressed with Invi. All she did was cause more problems with the way she communicated with Aced, and initially pinned him for being "tainted by darkness" rather than being the mediator that she was supposed to be. No wonder Aced had problems with her.
Aced was spirited and held his values high, but he was rash, stubborn and pushy. He would have been good if he didn't let his anger against Invi and Ira get the best of him.
I personally did not like Gula. He just seemed like that kind of guy who thought he was smart, when he really wasn't. I especially hated that stupid grin he made during the Aced-Invi fight, like he was so confident that he "knew" Aced was the traitor.
In the Master's case, well, I kind of get the feeling that he was mostly just playing everyone for the sake of his own curiosity. He may have been testing to see if the circumstances of the future could change, but he seemed pretty indifferent about it, not really even caring about the fate of his pupils and those who would get involved.
And for Luxu, not a whole lot to be said. We were just left with another big mystery for him.
All in all, I feel like some of the characters could have been given more character. Really, the only two union leaders I actually did like were Aced and Ava. Although Aced had his flaws, he at least wanted to take action and prepare against the coming darkness. Ava kept true to her role, and just wanted everything to end. I feel like she could have at least tried to ease tensions in the group, especially during the fight against Aced, but at least she wasn't being nosy and looking to point blame at anyone. The storytelling certainly could have been better as well. It just didn't feel very rich, especially compared to Days and, even Coded. Granted, those two were games before they were movies, but Backcover should have been much more polished, even if it did mean extra delays. I did enjoy what I could from it, but I'm certainly not motivated to watch it again, whereas I could watch Days pretty much anytime.
Edited by Svard, 28 April 2017 - 06:35 PM.