Yeesh, walk away from the computer for a few hours and several different conversations pop up.
Well, let's take 'em one at a time:
1) I'm not quite sure why the word "pursue" offends here. I mean, people of both sexes routinely pursue objects of attraction without a thought or intention of the end result, whether romantic, sexual, or both, being anything but consensual. I mean, if nothing else, someone has to go ahead and ask the other person out on that first date. Though in terms of EB, I'd suggest that "pursue" is particuarly apropos to Hiro. Lucia literally--physically--ran away (to another world, for Althena's sake), and he went after her.
2) Alun, why is it you particularly dislike Hiro? Is it because he falls "in love" with a girl at (literally) first sight, based entirely on physical attraction ('cause, not only does he not know anything about her at that point, but because she doesn't actually have a human-interactive personality at all at that stage?).
(Though as a side note, I'd argue that love at first sight is impossible because of precisely that. You can't feel "love" when you have no idea what a person is like; you can only feel an infatuation based upon appearance and upon your idea of what a person with the presented cues would be like. That's not to say that such infatuation can't later develop into love--hence the number of people who genuinely believe that they did fall in love at first sight--just that at that "Lucia just appeared in the room" stage, it's impossible for True Love to exist. Not that this has stopped any number of fairy tales, poems, and novels from maintaining that that kind of instant connection exists. Indeed, I'd argue that the entire concept of "soul mates"--as especially popularized by the romance novel as well as, less so, in the fantasy genre--is a literary shortcut to justify that kind of instantaneous emotional connection as well as being a fantasy that a relationship can magically happen without all the hard emotional work that goes into having one.)
3) The entire debate of whether Hiro should pursue anyone else is kind of irrelevant from the point of view of his character, as Kizyr pointed out. He wouldn't at that point. But, if it proved impossible to get back to the Blue Star (or, for that matter, if he got there and Lucia's response wasn't "Hiro!" *happy smile* *hug* but "Hey, I said no and I meant it; go home, tattoo-face!") you'd expect that at some point in his life he'd move on and seek romance instead of pining for his lost love forever.
4) Obviously, the concept of whether character A is attracted to character B without them actually coming out and saying "I like Character B" is a highly subjective one. Lynne and I both thought Jean had a crush on Hiro, and neither one of us saw any sign that Leo had any romantic thoughts towards anyone else at all. Others clearly have different opinions. I would note, however, that the fact that one such suggestion of Jean's feelings was a WD localization change doesn't alter the fact that it's there. I mean, seriously, I just learned that when I read it a few hours ago in Kizyr's thread.
5) As for the assumption that the lead character in a fantasy RPG would end up paired up with someone, it's pretty darned common generally, but let's also not forget that we're talking about Lunar here, where love isn't just a subplot but a major thematic force (Alex-Luna, Jessica-Kyle, Mia-Nash, Tempest-Fresca, Hiro-Lucia, Ronfar-Mauri, Borgan-Miria, possibly Ruby-Nall, hopefully not Lemina-Ramus*. Heck, my personal--only!--take on why the Jean-Leo pairing seems attractive is because they're the only PCs left over in both games that haven't had a romantic leaning if not a genuine romance towards someone.
*(My whole reaction to Lemina/Ramus is a giant case of yuck. I mean--betting that she'll marry him? And when she didn't even actually agree to the terms in advance? To say nothing of the comment by one of the Meribians that every man in the Ramus family basically buys their wife? I really want to see Lemina shove a Hellfire Staff into one of Ramus' convenient bodily orifices and activate it.**)
**(You know, given that I have that same exact reaction to every character in every novel, anime, manga, movie, or TV show who basically nags, claims, and stalks an object of affection until they, usually she, gives in, I'm really beginning to understand why Alun objects to the word "pursue." Man, some of those romance novel "heroes" ought to be shoved into a wood chipper by the heroine.)
6) If I had a 6, I've gotten way too sidetracked to remember it. Oh, yeah, the "demeaning to Jean" bit...when I first read that line I thought it was a reference to one of Alun's posts, but it was actually Hiro she was talking about. Though if Hiro's mental processes actually were, "Well, let's see...I really like Lucia, but she's immortal and I don't want to saddle her with having to watch me age and die...and Ruby liked me and we've been together forever, but she's a different species so that's not cool...I guess I'll have to ask Jean out; gotta hook up with somebody, right?" then it would be pretty damn demeaning...