1. Glad to hear. Forbidden make stuff 20% cooler. So said Rainbowzaki.
2. Well, element jutsus I think require 'tunning'. But, yeah, I get you. it's more 'hard' magic then the usual shunen.
(at leasr before shippuden)
3. Well,yeah. Tnx. I sort of imagined the summoned animals, to be sort of fairies, I didn't had much to go with, but I tried to make it feel naruto-ish.