Byleth is such a nothing character. I typically enjoy mute protags, but Byleth just hinders the story of others. I'm not sure if he's worse than Kris or Corrin. Corrin is an idiot and Kris just sucks off Marth, but Byleth does nothing and he's the center of the world. And were supposed to believe he's experiencing impressive growth, he's finally showing emotions and caring for his students, when this plank of wood does nothing.
For a mute protag, I'm annoyed they took away Avatar customization. I'll slightly be more attached to the character if I can at least customize his looks. Default Byleth looks a dork, and he's only remotely lovable dressed in his SS uniform. >>690860
To add another negative the story. The game clearly wants you to experience all the routes, like what IS has been doing lately with the games. But the Academy section just drags on and on, and you'll be experiencing the same maps with a few story differences. All the micromanaging when you're in the academy gets old quick. Maddening does spice up gameplay, even if it can be bull shit at times. But you will be repeating a lot of the same boring shit.