That's probably true. Keitaro would have only held Motoko back from her epic swordplay. It's just the comparisons are really stark sometimes.In harem shows, only the poor sucker who ends up with the main character loses!
Me, too. And honestly, I don't think she was until further down the line for... oh, I dunno, whatever harem protagonist reasons apply. She was inspired by his... honesty? Work ethic? Something.One of the specific reasons I liked Motoko is that she didn't seem to be all that into Keitarou. (My shipping goggles were not nearly as finely calibrated back then as they are now.)
I was mildly upset when I learned that this was not reflective of the source material.