Stitch! (yes, the exclamation point is mandatory) is an anime series from Madhouse and the Disney Channel. Three seasons and a TV special have been produced - the first two by Madhouse and the third season & TV special by Shin-Ei Doga.Yuna Kamihara is a young girl who lives on Izayoi, a tiny (fictional) island off the coast of Okinawa, with her father and grandmother. Much like Kaua'i in the original film and series, Izayoi is a tropical island full of pineapples, sugar cane, and hibiscus, all of which are native to both the Hawaiian and Ryukyu Islands. Yuna practices karate every day with her friends down at a run-down old dojo, and considers herself to be a "protector" of sorts for the local kids. Her mother took off for parts unknown, and she worries for her father's safety. One day, while visiting the "Spirit Stone" in the Spiritual Forest, she sees an explosion in the distance, and reports start coming in of "blue monster" running amok in town.Meanwhile, Stitch, who left Earth shortly after Lilo went to college and has since fallen off the wagon, is on the run from several Galactic Federation officials when he and Jumba are sucked into a Space Storm that deposits them outside Earth. Stitch, confused, hungry, and thirsty, then runs amok looking for food. He attracts the eye of the locals, who are rather fearful of him. But Yuna goes to confront him and after they square off in a pseudo-karate match, they bond and become friends.While Yuna is taking Stitch back through the forest, he sees the Spirit Stone. Yuna explains that the stone holds immense power and can grant any wish. Stitch wants to be the strongest thing in the galaxy, and so tries to wish on the stone only to get zapped. Yuna then explains that only those who do good deeds will have their wishes granted. Stitch then makes it his mission to do enough good deeds to have his wish, to be the most powerful creature in the galaxy, granted. But all of Stitch's old nemeses are on his heels...Not related to the pilotmovie for Lilo & Stitch: The Series, which had the same name though with The Movie followed by it. The dub attempts to connect Stitch! to the movie conclusion of Lilo and Stitch: The Series, Leroy & Stitch, in the first episode, which wasn't attempted in the original Japanese version.Three years after its initial debut in Japan, it aired on Disney XD, but was pulled off after five episodes. The first three seasons have already been dubbed but have only aired in full outside of the US.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Sparky (Experiment 221), Felix (Experiment 010) and Angel (Experiment 624) had on these mind control devices placed there by Hamsterviel, though Sparky had it twice.
Hamsterviel used Swirly (Experiment 383) to hypnotized Stitch in the episode where Splodyhead (Experiment 619) and Plasmoid (Experiment 617) made their debut.
In fact, each time a “cousin” of Stitch appears that has a yellow “H” somewhere on them, they’re under Hamsterviel’s control. Among the experiments under Hamsterviel’s control with the “H” are Hammerface (Experiment 033), Slushy (Experiment 523), Splodyhead (Experiment 619), Spike (Experiment 319), Babyfier (Experiment 151), Plasmoid (Experiment 617), Sinker (Experiment 602), Kixx (Experiment 601) and Morpholomew (Experiment 316)
Broken Aesop: Stitch is racking up points for good deeds purely for his own benefit, rather than because they're the right thing to do.
Canon Foreigner: In addition to the main cast, new experiments, such as Experiment 027, were added with along with the ones from the original series.
Characterization Marches On: Experiment 627, while still Stitch's Always Someone Better rival, makes a complete 180 in personality, going from the wild, slobbering hyena-like whose only dialogue was "Evil!" in the original series, to a Wicked Cultured eloquent speaking gentleman with some noble demon traits after saving Stitch and his love interest, Angel, from being crushed by Hamsterviel's ship despite Jumba proclaiming him completely incapable of turning good in the original series. Could count as fridge brilliance considering the series took place after Stitch left his original Hawaii home where Lilo grew up into an older girl, so 627 must have had time to mature.
Dub-Induced Plot Hole: The English dub makes an attempt to connect it to the old continuity by having Jumba claim Stitch ran away from Lilo as she got a boyfriend. What about Ohana? Even more glaring in the dub for season 3, where the explanation given for Lilo and Stitch's separation is not only about the same as the original Japanese version, but directly contradicts Jumba's explanation. Well, Jumba could have just been speculating...
Dub Name Change: Certain characters, mainly Yuna's classmates, have received Western names in the dub (Piko is Penny, Sae is Sasha, Reika is Jessica, etc). It's business as usual for an English dub of a kids anime, what makes it more glaring is that there's no attempt to hide that the series is set in Japan otherwise. Surely they could have kept the names as is?
Genre Shift: The first two seasons were set on the fictional island of Izayoi off the coast of Okinawa Island where most episodes focused on yokai and Urban Legends. Season 3 shifted location to Okinawa New Town and focused Slice of Life with focus on episodic hijinks by Hämsterviel and his plans, often involving Gantu.
Hand Wave: The explanations given in the English dub for why Gantu is evil again and other RetCons.
Ideal Hero: Yuna. Even after she accosts the bullies who hurt her friend—and forcefully makes them return his game—she still offers to help them, and gives the Myrtle Expy some sugar cane.
Everything's Better with Princesses} One of Stitch's cousins, Checkers, could sit like a crown on people's heads and give the wearer the ability to hypnotize those around them into thinking they were royalty to be obeyed. When it landed on Yuna (and later her snobby rival, Pico), everyone was hypnotized into seeing her as a princess.
Logo Joke: In the first season opening for the original Japanese version, the Disney logo zooms into view, and then gets zapped by Stitch in his stolen police cruiser.
Missing Mom: Yuna's mom. At one point, Penny/Piko from the original franchise teases her that her mom left because she's such a screw-up.
Nonstandard Character Design: Stitch and all the other alien characters are drawn using the same style from the movie. All the new human characters, however, are done in a more traditionally Animesque fashion. Also, Lilo and her daughter are drawn in the same style as the movie.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: In the second to last episode, there was Dark End, an experiment created by the anime-only villain Deila to defeat Stitch. Not only was it an adorable (more so than Stitch) long-eared rabbit-like experiment with androgynous voice and features, but it was powerful enough to cause a giant fissure in a soccer ball field just by stamping its foot and breaking open a giant containment pod containing Gantu, 625, and Hamsterveil by lightly tapping its claw on the glass. And finally, completely stomped Stitch till he lost consciousness twice, though not without making him undergo a humiliation conga first and wiped the floor with Stitch's nine other cousins. It wasn't until, through some contrived power gained from the love and support of Yuna and her friends that he was able to stand a fighting chance against Dark End.
There was also Twang, another flute carrying cat/rabbit-looking experiment who grew stronger the more attention and sympathy it got from those around it. This included framing Stitch in a wounded gazelle gambit so Yuna and her family would take its side. Databases suggested that with enough attention it would have become a hulking not-so-cute monster
Sequel Series: A sequel series to a sequel series, no less. This status is fully cemented in an episode in the third season, where it is revealed that Stitch had ran away from Lilo after he thought she'd abandoned him, with them being finally reunited in that episode.
Smelly Skunk: Hamsterviel sends a skunk-like alien (possibly an experment of his) to retrieve Mr. Stenchy for him. It has the ability to shoot powerful stink bombs. It's also apparently female as in the end it falls in love with Mr. Stenchy and their respective stenches cancel each other out.
Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Subverted in that the series takes place on the fictional island of Izayoi in Okinawa Prefecture that oddly resembles the island of Kauai (the ecology of the Hawaiian Islands and the Ryukyu Islands is fairly similar). Much like how the original focused on the Hawaiian culture, the culture of Okinawa and the Ryukyus is featured in Stitch!.