Region: 1 - North America
Volume: 1 of 7
Length: 100 minutes
English 2.0 Stereo
Japanese 2.0 Stereo
Ten-year-old Hare lives in the jungle with his mother, everything seems peaceful until Guu moves in. At first she seems super sweet but in fact she's some sort of pan-dimensional, mind reading centre of sarcasm.
Every so often an anime comes along and grabs you, you can always explain it but from the very first scene youíre hooked. Hare and Guu opens with Hare playing an RPG on his computer, his mother walks in drunk, resets his system and sends him out to get bananas. Hare dutifully goes out and picks them; unfortunately for him a giant monstrous shadow appears and devours him; the next thing we know his mother is introducing him to Guu a super cute little girl whoís going to live with them. At first she appears to be the perfect foster sister, sadly for Hare things donít last. This is where Hare and Guu really starts, the next day the super sweet Guu is gone replaced with a monotone sarcastic Snoopy faced girl. She seems strangely ignorant of everyday life so Hare whilst terrified of her tries his best to educate her. Unhappily for Hare Guu still thinks she knows best and before he knows it sheís devouring everything, and using a myriad of strange powers to teach him various lesions.
Thatís the set up of Hare and Guu and itís perfect set up for the series. If you hadnít guessed itís absolutely crazy, Guu seems to be able to do anything she wants too. She has a curious mix of wisdom, her various stunts often teach Hare valuable lesions but she often seems very ignorant when it comes to her relationships with others. She explains her switch from cute to deadpan by telling Hare his mother told her first impressions count.
The animation is clean and bold, whilst there are no major special effects whatís most striking is the unique character designs and the way Guu is animated the way she moves is really odd, and is a joy to watch. The music is also top stuff highlighting the action perfectly.
The voices in the Japanese version are absolutely amazing particularly Naoko Watanabe who plays Guu, who plays cute Guu and deadpan Guu with equal skill. The dub is also of a good quality; whilst it struggles sometimes to keep up with the original itís a tough act to follow. Itís worth watching the dub just so you can enjoy the visuals.
Hare and Guu is silly and fun and in an odd way like Snoopy speeded up. Itís one of those shows thatís very difficult to dislike, and I urge anyone with a taste for unusual comedy anime to grab a copy now.
Volume one is available with an art box with a Ďchest-hair afro wigí it sounds crazy and it is, though when you watch the show it makes sense Ėonly one person I know has actually been brave enough to wear it.