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Analysis: Americans Hate Tingle
A little more information on general trends that might cause Americans Hate Tingle. Please note that these are general trends, and are not absolute.

In Japan, dark and angsty young guys (especially pretty ones) tend to be well-liked by audiences, often per their perceived mysterious and deep characteristics. Elsewhere, such traits tend to be associated with the Emo trend, hence the backlash that characters like Sasuke cause in the States.

Male characters that look pretty instead of manly and have hair that makes them look even prettier tend to be extremely popular in Japan, but are usually loathed everywhere else due to the different cultural values over how a man should look. For example, Raiden from Metal Gear Solid 2 has long bleached hair and a somewhat feminine/boyish looking face while Kratos from the God of War series is hugely muscular and has a goatee.
This is more pronounced among the male part of the fandom, especially when it comes to view point characters or characters you are meant to relate to and especially when it comes to characters you are meant to play as. The Raiden example mentioned above was intensely disliked by American fans that enjoyed playing as the older and less “pretty” Snake and who did not want to take the role of what they saw as a significantly less macho player character.
These characters can still have an intense female fandom in the west, although there are subtle differences in how they are perceived. Compare Pretty Boy to Bishōnen for more information.

Cold, logical, by-the-book characters tend to fare much better in Japan then they do in America, Toshiro Hitsuguya of Bleach being a great example. This is probably due to Japan's culture (shared by most East Asian countries) of obedience to established authority versus America's tradition of being the exact opposite of that. This might be why Metroid: Other M is so controversial with Americans; Adam and Samus' relationship is nothing more than acknowledged obedience, authority, and order for Japanese players, but for American players, they see it as Samus being weak willed, submissive, and/or has some deep sexual issues with Adam. In contrast, a Cowboy Cop would be less liked in Japan.

Yamato Nadeshikos and other "traditional" moe character types are the Distaff Counterpart version of the above, being liked in Japan (though still not as much as tsunderes) but not so much in the West; Westerners tend to find them boring and, in some cases, sexist for promoting women being submissive and obedient. The Moe criticism from the West gets worse when the Token Mini-Moe trope is applied on females (due to pseudo-lolicon and pedophilia implications)

The Tsundere character type is highly criticized and not well liked in the West (American men prefer women to have a reason for snapping at a guy she secretly likes; otherwise, it looks as if the girl has a mental disorder, like bipolar or manic-depressive schizophrenia), although not as severe as the negative reaction to the Moe archetype.

In general, an import will fare poorly if it's too similar to anything done domestically.
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