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This could very well be Pucca. Similarities: Started airing in 2006. Main character is a girl who has a hopeless crush on a boy Said boy (Garu) is a ninja in training There's an older character called Uncle Dumpling Colorful, Asian-style animation The characters have large, round heads and look very much like the Powerpuff Girls. Here's the intro: ...
Tenchi Muyo! involves several women who are interested in a guy. There involves an older man who is usually knowledgeable in martial arts, but often provides comic relief, likely through food. It appeared on Toonami around 2000. for some reason, I feel this would be the closest to what you described,however I would hardly consider the writing to be clever. ...
I think you might be talking about Macross also known as Robotech.
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