OK .. this series is a BUY (or a BUY-) with only a few qualifications. If one can accept a silly, fluffy and innocent anime series that is oriented to appeal to all ages, then you might find a lot of laughter in this one.
The twelve-year-old Futaba is a precocious and hotheaded little Amazon, willing to drop kick any ‘stupid’ boy or statue with only the slightest provocation. And the statue Gar-kun is a perfect ‘straight-man’ to her emotional and irrational behavior.
Gar-kun’s deadpan tone and word-for-word practical approach at first drive Futaba crazy, but then she slowly realizes that he is really pretty cool (not that she will admit it) and his behavior begins to change under her ever-changing guidance. Being a stone statue, he does not seem to mind being abused by Futaba - be it kicked, insulted, hung over the porchstep or having the KANJI characters for “STUPID STATUE” painted on his back as punishment. He just never loses his ‘cool’! And his abilities are pretty strange – laser eyes, teleport, flying skills, talk to animals and an ability to sense if there is any trouble within the village.
And the bad guys are all pretty simple and good hearted - just as willing to help out as to try to start a fight.
In short, this is a very charming series – filled with lots of smiles and silly giggles – as it tells the tale of the adventures of Futaba and her pet ‘rock’ (errr – Gargoyle), her big brother, parents and young friends.
Last updated Wednesday, October 14 2009. Created Monday, November 13 2006.
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