So, I was screaming like a child through the opening cinematic because I love Lightning and Caius that much, apparently. I like the design of Lightning's armor, since it reminded me heavily of Odin Sphere. Very interested to hear more from her, assuming that I can. As for Caius, there are... Many points for me to tackle on him, all of them favorable. I'm intrigued by Yeul, who I'm assuming is his lover. I don't dislike her, though, despite my fangirlism. She hasn't done anything yet, so why should I dislike her? (Or pretend she doesn't exist? Haha, what?) I expected more of a Grimoire Weiss/Ieyasu type voice from him, so I was pleasantly surprised when I heard something much more... Mellow? But the entire fight was screaming. Just, nothing but my squeaks and screaming. Along with quick choruses of "OhmuhgawdOhmuhgawdOhmuhgawdOhmuhgawdOhm
And then... Serah... Ugh... I don't... Let me do Noel first.
I didn't go into the game expecting to like him as much as I do now. He seems like the only sane man in the whole damn thing. Like, he's ridiculously well adjusted, which I liked. I also liked the fact that he's extroverted and charismatic enough to get Serah to do things, but not overly controlling about it. Maybe it helps that he was voiced by the guy who did Thackery Binx on Hocus Pocus (I'm not kidding. Look it up.) I like him. I'm excited for him.
... Okay, now I'll get to Serah.
The reason I liked Serah more than Snow in XIII
In short, I'm in love with Lightning and Caius, think Noel is the best protagonist a girl could ask for, and sincerely hope that this is a growing-up story for Serah, because I will be all kinds of pissed if she doesn't grow a pair by the end of this story.