It has been the nature of anime fans to compare romantic pairings in anime shows. I suppose that one trademark of a great romance anime is that people would always be comparing that their favorite pairings in such anime – lead guy x girl A would be better than lead guy x girl B; if that was the case then, School Rumble in my opinion is arguably one of the best romance anime ever created.
School Rumble’s romance plot is quite simple if you look at it. It is a romantic comedy that created a 3 way possible romance with Kenji Harima, the main protagonist. On one corner, there’s Tenma Tsukamoto, the anime’s resident unremarkable oddball girl and in another is Eri Sawachika, your usual blonde rich oujou character who has tsundere elements in her personality and finally is Yakumo Tuskamoto, Tenma’s younger sister who is the resident gentle and beautiful girl who doesn’t know how to act around boys because of a peculiar situation. In my experience, if someone pops in the topic of School Rumble, it starts out as comedy talk then quickly morphs into the “my pairing is better then yours!” talk.
The series ended without resolving Harima’s true love interest, I was practically angry about it because I so desperately wanted a resolution to my Harima x Yakumo pairing but after giving it a lot of thought, I personally think it was a brilliant move. While I personally think that denying the fans Harima’s romantic issues a resolution is a bad move and left me a tad sad, I think that worked more to the anime’s advantage. I think that the way School Rumble ended gave it a some sort of immortality among anime fans. A conversation about School Rumble will almost always have the “my pairing is better then yours!” talk and that is why School Rumble in my opinion is the best shipping wars ever created.