Depends on what your definition of "better" involves. I really like Kare Kano as it goes on, as the series explores not just the side characters but the damage the two mains have that cause problems. And the play in the school festival (because there's always a festival episode -- I think it's a law) is awesome. Well, actually, there's an intensifying adjective in front of that last word, which I can't type here.
There's no tournament arc, though, nor fanservice. Just ... relationships between damaged people.
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