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There was an anime I saw one time before I actually got into anime, and I'd like to figure out what it was. There are only a few things I remember... There was a big mysterious statue of a hand (on a mountain?) that you could see in the distance. I think I remember one character saying he didn't know what the statue was for. The only other thing I remember is a lonely girl walking by the water in a dark dreary town (smoking a cigarette even though she seemed young) and a weird little machine jumped out of the water. I don't think the machine talked, but the girl interacted with it. That's all I remember. Does anyone know what it was?

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At least the second part of your description definitely matches FLCL (Furi Kuri):

FLCL Cover
Image courtesy from the Wikipedia article linked above

Plot Synopsis (from wikipedia):

FLCL revolves around Naota Nandaba, a 12-year-old, working class boy living with his widower father and grandfather. His life in the city of Mabase is interrupted by the arrival of Haruko Haruhara, who runs over Naota with her yellow Vespa 180 SS scooter, gives him CPR, then hits him on the head with a blue vintage Rickenbacker 4001 left-handed electric bass guitar. Naota discovers that the blow to his head created an "N.O." portal, from which giant robots produced by a company known as Medical Mechanica emerge periodically.

Naota later finds Haruko working in his house as a live-in maid. It is later discovered that Haruko is an investigator for the Galactic Space Police Brotherhood. Haruko uses Naota for her search for the Pirate King, Atomsk. She is at odds with Medical Mechanica, a monolithic industrial corporation. Naota is being watched by Commander Amarao, a special agent of the Bureau of Interstellar Immigration, who believes that Medical Mechanica is out to conquer the galaxy. Naota is ultimately drawn into a three-way battle between Haruko, Amarao and Medical Mechanica.

The lonely girl you were talking about, is the (maybe ex-) girlfriend of naota's big brother (Mamimi Samejima). She meets a small metal-eating robot when she smokes a cigarette under a bridge. The robot gets larger and larger the more she feeds him.

On the "mountain" in the town there's a humungous smoothing iron, which is supposedly lifted by a giant hand, to smoothe earth in preparation of an invasion (if memory serves right, that is).... Well at the end of the story, the hand gets petrified, which gives us this wonderful final image:

Final image of Hand on mountain
image courtesy of the wonders-in-the-dark article: Growing Pains: Kazuya Tsurumaki's "FLCL"

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Yes! That is it! Thanks a million. The only bad thing... It seems there were only 6 episodes. – timzamp Aug 25 '14 at 21:16

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