Nice Eri will come back, don't be so pessimistic. You’re exaggerating the malice in Eri’s actions; she’s just giving a cold shoulder to Tenma, nothing particularly vindictive . Keep in mind that one chapter ago Eri overheard Tenma having a “nice” conversation with Harima, and Tenma made the situation worse with her comments about how great the relationship Eri has with Harima is.
Originally Posted by -Ajax-
Now, in this chapter, Kobayashi seems to have put Eri in a situation where she can either go on a date with Harima or reconcile with Tenma (read side note at the end of the chapter, “Sawachika Eri, her ultimate decision...?!” Personally, I think Kobayashi places emphasis on Tenma in Chapter 208 and exaggerates her distress so that readers know that reconciling with Tenma is the correct choice for Eri. As for whether or not Eri will actually make the choice she’s supposed to, I’m not so certain although I’m leaning towards Eri reconciling with Tenma, or at least making some effort.
Neither decision she makes will spell the immediate doom of Flag, though: fixing the situation with Tenma is being presented as the right choice and nothing bad will happen to Eri so long as she walks the right path; putting off making up with Tenma is more dangerous, but actively pursuing Harima and getting to know him isn’t detrimental to Flag in the long run (although Eri won’t have any immediate “success” with Harima on any dates so long as the issue with Tenma is hanging around).
You’re right about Harima’s enthusiasm not being very strong, and, personally, I’ve found Harima’s recent ambivalence to Eri to be suspicious. I’d expect Harima to be more emotional about this decision since he comes to the conclusion in Chapter 154 that “the more he has to do with Eri, the more trouble he’ll have with Tenma.” If that’s what he thinks, he should be trying to avoid her and not be treating going somewhere with her so nonchalantly.
Originally Posted by reinard-fox
In response to everyone in general who replied to my theory that Harima has an Oedipal Complex and Freudian psychology guarantees Flag will happen, that was just a joke influenced by my English professor talking about Sigmund Freud all week. I actually disagree with several of Sigmund Freud’s ideas, so I wouldn’t use Freudian psychoanalysis to prove anything in School Rumble.
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. - Friedrich Nietzsche