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'''a.k.a.''' ''Hare Nochi Guu'', ''Hare+Guu'', ''Haré+Guu'', ''Jungle Hare Nochi Guu'', ''Haré and Guu''

Haré is a boy who lives in a jungle village with his young, slightly-alcoholic mother Weda. Life is good in the jungle, and Haré is a happy boy, until the day a monster eats him. He wakes up the next morning, uneaten and in his own bed. While he is wondering if it was all a dream, Weda announces that she has adopted a little girl named Guu. With her pink hair, shining eyes, and sweet smile, Guu charms Haré's mother -- but when Weda's back is turned, Guu becomes a scowling dark presence that frightens Haré. Not only that, she is capable of swallowing ''anything'' she takes a fancy to -- whole bananas, live birds, even people and landscapes -- and Haré discovers that anything Guu swallows is ''still alive inside her, in a completely different world...''

Haré's life turns into an endless parade of torments by Guu as he tries to keep her out of trouble, and find out what kind of creature she really is. This is all made rather difficult by the wide array of paranormal abilities she possesses, the bizarre supernatural events that happen around her, and her enjoyment in toying with Hare's neurosis.

Despite the apparent horror overtones, this is actually a rather wild and surreal comedy, kind of like the Cthulhu Mythos as written by Mel Brooks or perhaps [[{{Airplane}} Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker]]. It's filled with sight gags and absurdities (the "primitive" jungle village, for instance, is filled with all manner of conveniences such as a public address system and video games). Still, there are serious elements hidden behind the comedy -- for instance, Haré is almost 10, and his mother is only 24, and he worries about ''why'' she moved to the jungle village. A severe MoodWhiplash results [[spoiler:when it turns out Weda got pregnant ten years ago by a character who ''COMES BACK'', making Haré realize he's been a bastard child all this time.]]

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[[folder: The title of the series is a rather elaborate pun that can be read several different ways, due to different readings of some of the words: ]]


* In the Jungle was Always Hare but then came Guu
* The Jungle was Always Nice, Then Came Guu
* The Jungle Is Always Sunny or Hungry

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[[folder: and the most obscure, a pun on a common phrase in Japanese weather forecasts: ]]


* The Jungle Is Always Clear, With A Chance of Showers
* The Jungle is Always Clear, With Scattered Guu

(where "Hare" means "clear" and "Guu" means "showers").

Any way you read it, it means Guu is turning Hare's life upside down.

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!!''Jungle Wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu'' provides examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Dama takes this to nightmare levels if she sees any male with white hair - or even a white wig, due to their 'resemblance' to her late husband.
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother
** Though it turns out that it's actually [[spoiler:played for drama; the implications of her age and how young she was when she became pregnant are, yes, taken seriously. The second time is shown not to be a big problem due to the whole village, Haré and Dr. Clive supporting her and her mother and even Bell, who has an lesbian crush on her, give the blessing to her wedding with Clive.]]
* AlienLunch: The characters love to eat pokute, animals with ''human-like faces'', and manda, fruit with human-like faces, arms, ''and blood-red filling''.
* AlienSky: [[http://imgur.com/222Bfdi Either this isn't Earth, or humanity has somehow managed to colonize the moon to such an extent, that it's visible from the Earth]].
* AnnoyingLaugh: Guu's is not as much annoying as it is ''blood-curdingly creepy''!.
* AnotherDimension: Guu's stomach. [[spoiler:ONE of them, at least.]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: There are hints sprinkled throughout the series that Guu cares more about Haré than she lets on.
** Of course, those mostly get offset by the moments when she [[JerkAss lets him suffer]].
* BalloonBelly: Guu in episode 14 and Ova Haré+Guu FINAL 2.
** Also Haré in episode 19.
* BeachEpisode
* BearsAreBadNews: [[spoiler: In episode #9, a bear beat up Weda pretty badly and Guu had to transform into her older form to defeat him by wrestling.]]
* BigEater: Guu, loosely speaking.
* BilingualBonus: In episode 7, they show a book from Dr. Clive's library in German with an transcript from a lecture about the comparison of student stipends in Japan and in Germany.
* ButtMonkey: Haré, mostly through Guu's doing.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Haré
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Marie acts like that from time to time.
* CombatTentacles: A mild example: Guu often extends her fingerless arms dozens of feet to corral Hare whenever he tries to run away from her shenanigans. She's punched him a few times the same way, too.
* CoolDownHug: Weda gives one to Yumi.
* CoolOldGuy: Elder, although the "cool" part is debatable.
* CouchGag: In Guu Deluxe, Hare says something different each time during his super-fast part of the theme song.
* CreepyChild: Guu, again.
* CreepyCrossdresser: Bel, though it's only shown in the manga.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Dama, the insane old barber lady, has some kinda hidden martial art skills and superpowers, which she used to fight the bank robber and [[spoiler:save Weda, after she threw herself off a cliff, [[HeroicSacrifice the bank robber wouldn't murder Haré]]]].
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: A few minor characters in the village.
* DeadpanSnarker: Guu is perhaps the living embodiment of this trope, as she almost ''never'' stops snarking. Even when she does, she talks in the ''exact same tone of voice''.
* DerangedAnimation: Oh yes. Often accompanied by ArtShift.
* DirtyOldMan: Elder was suspected to be one; [[spoiler:it was actually a cat with his face]].
* DistractedByTheSexy: When Weda came back from the city back to jungle with it's tropical climate, she stripped down to her underwear and her being very sexy caused a few guys too busy staring at her to run into each other.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: None of the townspeople seem to.
* DoubleMeaningTitle
* EldritchAbomination: Guu. An (occasionally) adorable EA, but an EA nonetheless.
** HumanoidAbomination...usually.
* EpunymousTitle
* EverythingsFunkierWithDisco
* ExtremeOmnivore (duh)
* {{Eyecatch}}, in the anime.
* FestivalEpisode
* ForeignFanservice: Weda could be one, since in the school class Haré goes to (in "The City", where she was born) hangs a American flag (although it's also possible, that it's the room of the English class) and everyone has names common in Anglophone countries. The village also seems to be outside of Japan, since they called some Japanese dude Guu swallowed into one of her "[[PocketDimension stomachs]]" foreign.
* FountainOfYouth: One episode features Weda and Dr. Clive being made into children by Guu, and Hare has to take care of them for a day as they rapidly grow back up.
* FreakyFriday: With Haré and Dr. Clive.
* FunnyAfro: On the Elder's ''chest''.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Usually done by one or several groups of pokete, manda, birds, and always during scenes in Guu's stomach. It takes at least a second viewing of an episode to catch everything.
* GagSeries: Don't even get STARTED on the details!
* GainaxBounce: Done (disturbingly) with the Elder's ''chest hair'', in the third episode.
** Weda also has this.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Gupta threw a liana in Guu's face, after which Guu retaliated by throwing Hare in his face. A coupla minutes later, Gupta did use [[ButtMonkey Haré]] the same way as Guu did.
* HappilyMarried: Dama and the bank robber she defeated before.
** [[spoiler: Weda and Dr. Clive, after he makes her pregnant a second time.]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Weda
* HeavySleeper: The aptly-named Lazy. Problem is, he's the ''teacher.''
* HeyItsThatVoice: Rikako Aikawa voiced Hare, and Naoko Watanabe as Guu. For dubbers, those watching this nowadays would know that Hare was voiced by Creator/PhileceSampler, who was starting her ADR anime career, and Guu by Creator/StephanieSheh (both credited under different names). The other characters are sprinkled with viewer déjà vu as well.
* {{Homage}}: To ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', of all things, complete with ominous motion tracker beeping and Hare taking the role of Hicks nervously checking the ceiling passages.
* HopelessSuitor: [[spoiler:Uighur]] with regard to Weda.
* HotspringsEpisode
* TheHyena: Wagi. YuriLowenthal was reported to have gotten a stomachache after every recording session!
* IdiotHair: Haré and Weda. Perhaps it's hereditary.
* InformedAbility: Weda is supposedly a very skilled hunter, but we never get to see any of that.
* InvisibleParents: Weda's father doesn't get any screentime (at least none except a few flashbacks with his face not shown), [[AbusiveParents cause he was an asshole towards Weda by]] [[spoiler: driving her away, after she became pregnant with Haré]].
* {{Kaiju}}: Haré fantasizes about Guu becoming one. And he may not be [[EldritchAbomination too far off the mark]].
* KafkaKomedy
* LoveAtFirstSight: When Haré sees Rita.
* LoveFreak: Marie.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Haré asks his mother one day who his father is. She pretty much tells him point blank that it's [[spoiler:Dr. Clive. The Bad Doctor himself was also unaware.]] ''Neither'' of them reacts well to this revelation.
* ManEatingPlant: Gupta and Guu started throwing stuff at each other ([[GrievousHarmWithABody including people (Hare) and animals]]), until Guu tried to thow a giant man-eating flower and [[RunOrDie Gupta ran]].
* MarshmallowHell: See GainaxBounce. Your eyes will never feel clean again.
* MetaGuy: Haré.
* MotorMouth: Haré.
* MultiColoredHair: Most of the characters have at least the multi-shaded variety, including Haré.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Guess who.
* NoFourthWall
* NonNudeBathing: One episode had Guu convince Haré this was a new fad ([[BlatantLies of course it was a lie that Guu told to troll him]]).
* NoodlePeople: Guu's limbs don't work like anyone else's, adding another point to her general weirdness.
* {{Nosebleed}}: This is Bell's most frequent gag toward an apparent LesYay over Weda... and she drains BUCKETS of them!
* OcularGushers: Poor, poor Haré.
* OlderAlterEgo: [[spoiler:Guu has one.]]
* [[TwoTeacherSchool One Teacher School]]: Then again, this ''is'' the middle of the jungle...
** It becomes an actual two teacher school in the {{OVA}}s.
* OnlySaneMan: Haré feels like this often, especially when the rest of the village takes the oddities that pop up in stride.
* PaperFanOfDoom: Guu uses it on the perennially annoying Wagi.
* ParanoiaGambit: While Guu starts out messing with Haré directly, as he grows wise to her ways she moves more towards simply doing ''nothing'' and letting Haré drive himself into escalating paranoia over what he imagines she ''might'' do.
* {{Parody}}: Combat video games, ''PowerRangers'' (WendeeLee has voiced tons of characters in the actual show), and even high school anime and soap operas.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Chet
* PlayboyBunny: Weda dons the costume during the game show bit.
* PromotionToParent: Lazy with regard to his little sister Marie.
* RaisedByAnimals: Rebecca was raised by Pokute, according to Elder. Also Haré, according to Guu.
* RealityWarper: This is basically Guu's shtick. Anything she wants will happen, no exceptions, no matter how crazy it is.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: "Normal" Guu has these, and they're just the tip of the iceberg as far as her weirdness goes...
* [[RichBitch Rich Bastard]]: According to Weda, her father loved to show off his wealth, which she absolutely hates ([[AbusiveParents since he was an asshole towards her]], [[UnreliableNarrator her account may be biased, but not by far]]).
* RockPaperScissors: Guu, Hare, and Wigur settle a dispute this way. Guu wins... [[InvisibleAnatomy somehow]].
* RubberHoseLimbs: Happens quite frequently to Guu, starting in the opening credits.
* RuleOfFunny: Guu can basically do anything, all of which is used for the purpose of being funny. And freaking out Hare.
* RunningGag: Rain pours every time Guu's chaotic plans are complete and starts their mental breakdown on Haré. Usually at the end of an episode. Lampshaded, as Guu almost always opens an umbrella right before it does.
* SchizoTech
* ScrewySquirrel Guu.
* SeashellBra: Worn by Guu at the beach.
* {{Sexophone}}
* ShareTheMalePain: After [[spoiler:Dama, the crazy barber lady,]] hit the bank robber in his cojones, any male present winced in pain, including [[spoiler: Weda's newborn son Ame]].
* SheCleansUpNicely: Weda.
* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: Due to Robert's paranoia, he is so trigger happy every second this happens.
* {{Shotacon}}: Yumi loves Haré.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Chet & Addy
* ShoutOut:
** In episode eighteen, the device Guu produces to track the location of Dama is quite obviously a SEGA Game Gear.
** In episode #9, Hare plays Psycho Fighter III (StreetFighter with it's SerialNumbersFiledOff).
%% * SparklingStreamOfTears
* TheSpeechless: Two of the students. They're always seen in the background, and whenever one of them would speak, [[TheUnreveal something seems to prevent us from hearing it.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Weda/Ueda, Leiji/Lazy, Hale/Hare, Goo/Guu, Uighur/Wiggly. In the manga, her name is spelled "Goo" in English.
* SpoofAesop: Frequently. And of course... it's usually Guu's doing.
-->'''Guu:''' And today's lesson is... no underwear.
* StableTimeLoop: [[spoiler:Guu travels with Haré to the past, when his mother was young and frail, meets her outside the hospital, has a nice conversation with her, [[OedipusComplex finds her dazzling]], and uses "Amé" (Japanese for "rain") as a nickname. After he's back, he sees, that she named his newborn-sibling "Amé"!]].
* SuperDeformed
* SuperMode: If pushed, Guu can [[spoiler:transform into a much older, much more serious-looking, goddess-like version of herself]]. This happens very rarely and always heralds a serious asskicking.
* TheSweatDrop
* {{Tsundere}}: Rita.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Dr. Clive, Haré's father, did marry Weda, after he made her pregnant again]].
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Guu can do this, apparently.
* VomitDiscretionShot: When Guuu boxed Haré in the belly to shut him up, he puked, but the puke was pixelized and his retching was replaced by some nice music.
* XMeetsY: None of them come close to being a perfect description of the show, but many have come up with great ones.
** If Mel Brooks wrote the Cthulhu Mythos (as stated)
** A perverted ''TinyToonAdventures''
** An anime Creator/DrSeuss with even more crack
** A children's book story gone wrong
** ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'' meets ''FairlyOddparents''... In Cancun!
** {{Anime}} meets WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes.
* {{Yandere}}: Yamada. She's introduced trying to kill herself in order to come back as a ghost to haunt the man who wronged her.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Weda and Haré, her son ([[spoiler:Ame, her second son, too]]).
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