I really didn't like Akiko in the beginning. I found her comedy to mostly just be an annoying distraction from why I was watching, saved only by the fact that there was this dramatic element hanging over them (revealing the whereabouts of her father, which took way too long to happen). It wasn't until more than halfway through when I finally felt like I could tolerate her, especially once she established a greater relationship with Ryu. Unfortunately, Shunpei is not the character I wanted him to be, and he is far, far worse than Akiko could have even tried to be. He's okay once in a while, but I feel like he should be a recurring character rather than main cast. He's irrelevant, and not even funny. As for Gavan, I liked it more than anybody on the show, but I agree with a lot of the complaints. The biggest problem, for me, is the direction and the editing. It is just the slowest film ever, with tons of long shots of characters staring off into space for no reason. Scenes that should take a minute and half are somehow elongated to five minutes, and even the simplest moments have to be shown from 34534 different camera angles. I don't understand why the director has the impulse to do this, but I honestly think people would like this movie a lot more if it had been edited differently. It's over an hour, but they could probably drop about 15 minutes and not lose a single scene. In fact, they could have taken that 15 minutes and added a side-plot with Sharivan and Shaider so they don't feel so tacked-on.