History WesternAnimation / SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat

19th Nov '17 1:52:38 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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** Jun fared slightly better. She's introduced late in the series and set up to be a new reoccurring character, but due to it ending after one season, she only gets two appearences.

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** Jun fared slightly better. She's introduced late in the series and set up to be a new reoccurring character, but due to it ending after one season, she only gets two appearences.appearances.
* TheAce: Sagwa is considered by far the best of her siblings when it comes to calligraphy, and frequently receives praise for her natural skill at it.
** In the episode where the Magistrate enters Sagwa into a calligraphers' contest, the reigning champion has won the prize for ''sixty-three consecutive years'' before finally retiring. One must wonder why anyone bothered with the contest given this lifetime winning streak.
13th Oct '17 4:18:51 PM legoking831
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* BilingualBonus: The theme song is mostly sung in Chinese. However, when translated, they basically have the same meaning as the only English phrase in the song. Also, most of the characters' name, although due to the various dialects out there, MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels may result if you're familiar in a dialect that is '''not''' Mandarin Chinese.

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* BilingualBonus: BilingualBonus:
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The theme song is mostly sung in Chinese. However, when translated, they basically have the same meaning as the only English phrase in the song. Also, most of the characters' name, although due to the various dialects out there, MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels may result if you're familiar in a dialect that is '''not''' Mandarin Chinese.
** In the show's funding credits from the original PBS airings, ThankingTheViewer is done both in English and Chinese -- after the initial "Thank You", a set of Chinese characters are then displayed followed by a voice over saying "Xie xie", which translates to "Thank you" in
Chinese.
11th Sep '17 8:14:19 PM ElSquibbonator
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A Creator/{{PBS}} series set in 19th century China about, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the title says]], a cat named Sagwa. It is based on a children's book called ''The Chinese Siamese Cat'' (later renamed for the series) by Creator/AmyTan. Sagwa and her family live in the palace of an [[NoNameGiven unnamed magistrate]] and serve as his scribes, being able to write with their tails. While not practicing their calligraphy (or in the case of Fu-Fu the bat, cleaning the cave), they enjoy exploring, playing games, and hanging out in the palace's attic (which the nickname "the clubhouse").

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A short-lived (but fondly-remembered) Creator/{{PBS}} series set in 19th century China about, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the title says]], a cat named Sagwa. It is based on a children's book called ''The Chinese Siamese Cat'' (later renamed for the series) by Creator/AmyTan. Sagwa and her family live in the palace of an [[NoNameGiven unnamed magistrate]] and serve as his scribes, being able to write with their tails. While not practicing their calligraphy (or in the case of Fu-Fu the bat, cleaning the cave), they enjoy exploring, playing games, and hanging out in the palace's attic (which the nickname "the clubhouse").
4th Sep '17 8:47:01 PM Peteman
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* CantGetAwayWithNothing: Brutally invoked in "Sagwa's Good Deed". Sagwa does something beautiful for Fam and his family and is punished for it just because she was late for dinner. (Admittedly, Mama Miao did forgive Sagwa once she found out ''why'' she was late, but she still overreacted to something relatively minor and continued to point out the importance of keeping a promise, as if Sagwa had done something much worse than miss a meal.) Also implied to have been Mama Miao's reaction to Sagwa's honest mistake in "How Sagwa Got Her Colors".

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* CantGetAwayWithNothing: Brutally invoked Invoked in "Sagwa's Good Deed". Sagwa does something beautiful for Fam and his family and is punished for it just because she was late for dinner. (Admittedly, Mama Miao did forgive Sagwa once she found out ''why'' she was late, but she still overreacted to something relatively minor and continued to point out the importance of keeping a promise, as if Sagwa had done something much worse than miss a meal.) Also implied to have been Mama Miao's reaction to Sagwa's honest mistake in "How Sagwa Got Her Colors".



** Brutally inverted in the episode where Tai-Tai decides to keep Fu-Fu as her "lucky bat". She has a seemingly has HeelRealization that animals should be allowed to live free ([[AesopAmnesia something she'd already learned earlier on]]) and the moment she sees Fu-Fu again she recaptures him. At the reminder of one of her daughters, she refrains from keeping him; however, now the viewer isn't really able to trust her.

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** Brutally inverted Inverted in the episode where Tai-Tai decides to keep Fu-Fu as her "lucky bat". She has a seemingly has HeelRealization that animals should be allowed to live free ([[AesopAmnesia something she'd already learned earlier on]]) and the moment she sees Fu-Fu again she recaptures him. At the reminder of one of her daughters, she refrains from keeping him; however, now the viewer isn't really able to trust her.
6th Jul '17 11:51:30 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* YouDidntAsk: In one episode Sagwa goes on a boat ride with a couple of friendly fish-catching birds, only to realize she hasn't written up the rules for a boat race being held in town, and that the boat won't be returning to port for hours. Sagwa gets this response when she asks why they didn't let her know this.
2nd May '17 9:47:21 PM NWolfman
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The show has a [[PeripheryDemographic pretty good sized demographic]], and teaches children quite a bit about Chinese culture, legends, and even [[GratuitousForeignLanguage language]]. Sadly for the fans, it lasted only from September 2001 to February 2003. Now has a recap page in the works.

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The show has a [[PeripheryDemographic pretty good sized demographic]], and teaches children quite a bit about Chinese culture, legends, and even [[GratuitousForeignLanguage language]]. The fact that it aired on PBS made it especially popular in households without cable. Sadly for the fans, it lasted only from September 2001 to February 2003. Now has a recap page in the works.
27th Mar '17 6:47:47 PM Tuckerscreator
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** The Magistrate doesn't seem bothered by the fact that he only has three daughters, when in real life, he would have probably kept trying for a son, since daughters could not inherit.

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** The Magistrate doesn't seem bothered by the fact that he only has three daughters, when in real life, he would have probably kept trying for a son, son since daughters could not inherit.
27th Mar '17 6:46:25 PM Tuckerscreator
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** Brutally inverted in the episode where Tai-Tai decides to keep Fu-Fu as her "lucky bat". She has a seemingly has HeelRealization that animals should be allowed to live free ([[AesopAmnesia something she'd already learned earlier on) and the moment she sees Fu-Fu again she recaptures him. At the reminder of one of her daughters, she refrains from keeping him; however, now the viewer isn't really able to trust her.

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** Brutally inverted in the episode where Tai-Tai decides to keep Fu-Fu as her "lucky bat". She has a seemingly has HeelRealization that animals should be allowed to live free ([[AesopAmnesia something she'd already learned earlier on) on]]) and the moment she sees Fu-Fu again she recaptures him. At the reminder of one of her daughters, she refrains from keeping him; however, now the viewer isn't really able to trust her.
27th Mar '17 6:42:36 PM Tuckerscreator
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* EsotoricHappyEnding: "Tea For Two" ends with Dongwa and the sleeve dogs having made a monkey trainer and his monkeys hated by the entire province. But the sight of a tree supposedly means they'll be wanted at the palace again.

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* EsotoricHappyEnding: EsotericHappyEnding: "Tea For Two" ends with Dongwa and the sleeve dogs having made a monkey trainer and his monkeys hated by the entire province. But the sight of a tree supposedly means they'll be wanted at the palace again.
27th Mar '17 6:39:08 PM Tuckerscreator
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* BrutalHonesty: [[WholePlotReference The episode retelling]] ''Literature/TheEmperorsNewClothes''. Sagwa is told to make a painting of the Magistrate's "new outfit" when she sees nothing. Despite worrying that she'll be kicked out for being deemed foolish, she chooses to draw what she sees: [[FanDisservice that is, him in his underwear.]] Her honesty pays off, though, since the Magistrate deduces that Sagwa can't be foolish as she's one of his smartest cats, and therefore that these clothes must be a sham.

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* BrutalHonesty: In [[WholePlotReference The episode retelling]] ''Literature/TheEmperorsNewClothes''. ''Literature/TheEmperorsNewClothes'', Sagwa is told to make a painting of the Magistrate's "new outfit" when she sees nothing. Despite worrying that she'll be kicked out for being deemed foolish, she chooses to draw what she sees: [[FanDisservice that is, him in his underwear.]] Her honesty pays off, though, since the Magistrate deduces that Sagwa can't be foolish as she's one of his smartest cats, and therefore that these clothes must be a sham.
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