Dork Age: The final quarter is considered to lack the brilliance that the majority of the first 30 episodes had. Justified, however, as the writers likely hadn't had a break to refresh and come up with better ideas.
Moral Event Horizon: Tai-Tai crossed this when she kidnapped Tung, the Magistrate's cricket, and convinced the magistrate that Tung had died. And while by the end of the episode, the magistrate is still convinced that his cricket is dead, unaware that the new replacement cricket Tai-Tai supposedly found is actually Tung. And Tai-Tai gets away with it completely!
In one episode, Tai-Tai talks about her father, and while not directly stated, it's pretty heavily implied that he passed away at some point. An online summary for the episode ever referred to him as her "dear, departed father".
The episode, ”Tung The Singing Cricket", does say that Tai-Tai found a dead cricket in the garden, however.
In "Sick Day", the story scene where Sagwa gets captured and has a scared reaction because of Sheegwa telling her that she didn't play with her. Throughout the episode, Sagwa is heard screaming in fear.
Tung the cricket's banshee-screaming is pretty nerve-wracking.
Periphery Demographic: While Nostalgia Filter has given it older audiences, it's also a show with a unique setting, good animation, score and writing, and well-written characters with good choices of voice actors.
Since Sheegwa is the youngest character in the show note aside from the baby panda that appeared once, who is the youngest character to ever appear in the show , it's logical that she is this the most. The most notable examples are in "Princess Sheegwa", "Precious Gift", and "Sick Day".
Haiyo (the bird that Dongwa befriends in one episode) would end up like this when the alley cats make fun of him.
Baba Miao can be viewed as this, such as the episode where he comes to terms with aging.
He crosses into Jerkass Woobie territory too. In one episode, he punishes Dongwa by writing tons and tons of scrolls. Dongwa decides to ask Saga for help, which she accepts by tells him that she will not be doing that again only for the two to get scolded by their father (who goes as far as accusing Sagwa of helping Dongwa decieve him). Later in the episode, he starts having a nightmare/flashback showing a young Baba Miao with his grandfather scolding him about the same mistake that his son would later do. After the dream ends, he apologizes to Dongwa and tells him that he was a little too hard on him.
Ba-do after getting stung in episode 20.
Fam, as well. You definitely want to give him a hug when he tells Sagwa about how he and his family sometimes go hungry.
Sagwa herself in the first episode. She accidentally changes the Magistrate's rules and spends the entire day scared that he'll find out she did it and throw her family out on the street. And even though everything works out well, Mama Miao later says after telling the story how Sagwa "did something she shouldn't have." She is also this for similar reasons in "Sagwa's Good Deed".