I figured as much, would have made the game ridiculously easy otherwise. I'll probably stick to a "purist" run and keep loading then since XP only helps with max HP anyway.
On a side note, what's the deal with getting bonus BP (beyond the 10 per kill) anyway... it seems like finishing enemies with a special doubles it (maybe?), and finishing the last enemy with a special doubles all of that character's kills... from my observation so far anyway (in the mission where you destroy the gate/fight Kurou, Dorii finished him off with a special and got 140 BP for 7 kills). The only FAQ/discussion I read about it, someone was being a prick and hinting at it and refusing to give any details.>>9556256>>9556319
yeah it's so obvious now that I'm not stuck in the mindset of keeping them away from the gate... makes me feel pretty stupid now. Hopefully it will work ok if I only use one archer and rotate my melees, I decided to quit using Guraa as of the previous battle since he sucks compared to Dorii and using him would mean not using someone more powerful.