In bitcoin we add unspent entries to the UTXO when created inside a block, and delete them when they are spent. Syncing “in reverse” would be a messy process that wouldn’t allow for the verification of authenticity of the blocks being imported until the sync was entirely complete, where going forwards we have complete confidence in blocks as they progress.
The software can reverse blocks to undo changes to the state during a block reorganization, but this is excruciating slow as it requires going back to the older blocks using a reference list and reinserting the UTXO entries that were previously removed.
"UTXO commitment" could eliminate the need for downloading old blocks.
UTXO commitments don’t remove the need for full validation, they introduce a new weaker level of node operation where they trust that miners have included valid commitments.
UTXO commitments also require an extremely large amount of hashing to achieve, which makes them implausible for use in the production network without other changes.
the user has to download the whole gigantic blockchain all over again if a rescan is required (typically after importing privkeys/addresses/wallet.dat).
BIP157 allows for wallet rescans without the block data being retained.