Ah, I read the pagoda as being far in the distance! (And I guess this is technically an old thread too; only a few months newer than yours :P)
Honestly I didn't intend any deeper meaning behind my cover; it's just some frens being pals and chilling on the grass But I guess it'll be fun to go all The Curtains Were Blue-style English class analysis on bitwam's cover XD
Title: I'm going for kind of a rugged, hand-written aesthetic. The shadow cast over Eury, Myrrh and Saku is also purely for the purpose of letting the white text in the title stand out more
Saku: The protagonist, thus he's in the center. Idk what else to say XD
Eury and Myrrh: The two on the bottom left - they're a couple. In most situations Eury (peach hair) is more awkward and nervous while Myrrh (purple hair) is blunt and unperturbed, so I thought it would be cute to kind of reverse that dynamic and frame Myrrh as the more vulnerable one here with Eury as a caretaker of sorts :3
Alana: Top left. She and Saku are the only ones with eyes (visibly) open on the cover, denoting that the first arc is going to be about them.
Dolly: Top center. She's framed as a foil of sorts to Saku, hence opposite positions and her hands are held to her chest while Saku's are spread at his sides.
Emma and Seth: ... okay, idc if I'm getting an F on this essay, I got nothing :'D