The topic of conversation below is: what attracts Eri in Harima? This is what we have posted so far. But i wanted to make the topic wider so now it is: What does attract girls in Harima? Not only Eri, but Yakumo and Tae as well. Join us!
Kolox: I was thinking about the reason why Tenma is less popular than Harima.. and it;s propably only one thing :She is too obsessed with Karasuma, so she doesn't notice anything, and only guys who are interested in her are Harima, Nara and Tennonji (but Nara would propably be fine with ANY girl and Tennonji is like... no personality at all).Harima have Eri, Yakumo, Tae - most charismatic girls in manga. And he was several times involved with Mikoto, Ichijou amd Itoko.
Because if we compare both of them (Harima and Tenma) :
-both are super stupid, in Tenma way of being stupid is quite cute.
-both are in love over their heels
-both are dopes who doesn't understand other people feelings
-both are characteristic abilieties (Harima : sporty,drawning manga, good at eating spicy food, Tenma : Skiing, moving her hairs when she is happy or depressed, bending spoons with power of will, making things out of clay and she is good at drawning too <remember the picture of Karasuma she made>)
-both like "The three who were slashed" and are devoted to it-both her sister/cousin who takes care of them
...basically, they are so compatible, that is impossible to make them a couple (If it was me, I wouldn't been able to spend my life with a person who is a copy of me and agrees with everything I do")
If we would try to compare Harima to two other girls we would find out, that they are quite different: in Yakumo's case it's obvious, while speaking of Eri it can be said that their characters have a very important similarity: they both got wild temper that complicates their interactions with people. But they got complitely different way to solve this problem: while Eri pretends to be all cute and shining Harima made a deliquent of himself. And in both case their behaviour is quite uncomfortable for them: Harima himself several times said phrases like: "Oh yeah, i'm a deliquent' i can't go with them" while being exited about even a possibility of such trip, thus it is obvious that he ffeels uncomfortsable at least somethimes; as for Eri, we just need to remember her sad expression from the chapter where she was invited at Mikoto's house for the first time. This example illustrates the main differemce between them: Eri is weak, Harima is strong. The way Eri solves her problem is the easiest, Harima's - the most stupid but also the hardest. He tryes to deal with everything with his own fists (like he said in that temple) while Eri - with smile. This is to my mind the main difference.
Kolox: You made a good point Reinard-kun, we can also see one of the reasons Eri is so attracted to Harima. Trying to guess Eri thoughts, maybe something like this :
"I want to be as strong as him"
"I don't want to pretend anymore...when I am with him, I don't feel I need to pretend.. why ??"
"His attitude towards me, it's different than other guys, he doesn't see me as only a girl with a cute body... "
"Why isn't he never tried anything to do with me, am I unattractive??.. I think I will try harder so he will notice me"
"His feelings toward me, are different from other guys, when he confessed to me that time.. It was like he was saying the truth.."
"Why is he avoiding me ?? What should I do to get him know better ??"...
or maybe it's a lot simpler thought :"Hige you IDIOT !!"
Reinard-fox: So we both think that attracts Eri in Harima is his "power" and will.
Is there anything else? Probably if we would try to observe those moments which most likely influensed Eri and made her fall in love with Harima, we would see, that those Harima actions all came from his principle not to lose to anything and keep on going no matter what - his "power". This "nude fighter" incident, his behaviour at sports festival, pull game, his confession, "forest saint" incident and others - all. I can't find any other thing that makes Harima that attrractive to Eri. Do you know them?