As probably mentioned already in this thread, the style has been copied wholesale from Amelie - including the annoying dry narrative, the stories from half a dozen european/japanese comic books, and the formulaic characters from actors r'us. From the obligatory black sidekick to the string quartet background music, it's a festival of cliches woven into dumbness for its intended audience.
It's another US show - a celebration of plagiarism and stupidity. That said, it's quite watchable, as long as there aren't any fat, loud, greasy Americans around to spoil it. :)