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!
Never Say "Die": 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".
Another episode does say that Tai-Tai found a dead cricket in the garden, however.
Nightmare Fuel: 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.
Seasonal Rot: Subverted, since the show only had one season, but the final quarter of the season 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.
Tear Jerker: In one episode The Alley Cats take something away from Sheegwa. Sagwa later heard Sheegwa crying over the Alley Cats stealing it. (The thing in question belonged to Tai-Tai)
In "Tung the Singing Cricket", the scene where the Foolish Magistrate thinks his singing cricket died can come across as this to anyone who ever lost a pet.
It's also worth mentioning that it's Tai-Tai at her lowest moment in the series, since she convinced the Magistrate that his cricket died.
In the episode where Dongwa befriends Haiyo, there's a scene where The Alley Cats start making fun of the bird and Dongwa decides to join on. Dongwa unaware that Haiyo is standing right next to him hears his insult and walks away with a heartbroken expression. Dongwa then notices her walking off and tells her he wasn't referring to her. When Dongwa starts searching for her, he asks his little sister Sheegwa if she's seen her. She said she did but she looked really sad making Dongwa feel more guilty for what he said.
One episode had The Alleycats visit the mouse village which a mouse a close friend to Sagwa told her to keep secret. There's something about the Alleycat leader's reaction to scaring off the mice and destroying there village. By trying to apologize and trying to act friendly with them but all of them are gone. The next day, Sagwa visits the now ruined village with Sagwa's mouse friend scolding her for breaking there promise. One young mouse asks him where they are going to live and eat.
The flashback to Ba Ba Miao's childhood where his father tells him to do scrolls as punishment.
While minor, the episode where Sagwa befriends an old turtle. There's a scene where Sagwa has a throne stuck in her paw and meows in pain in a sad and hurt tone. The turtle tells her to calm down and takes out the thorn with his mouth. Sagwa tries walking but hurts with every step then says "Oh poor me". To make matters worse, this is the first time that Sagwa is really hurt in the series (it takes place during the twelfth episode) since, being a Slice of Life, the characters rarely get seriously hurt.
In "Sagwa's Good Deed", the Crowning Moment of Heartwarming that is the good deed in question soon turns to this when Sagwa returns to the palace and Mama Miao is angry with her for missing dinner, making her eat plain rice instead of the special fish dinner the rest of the family had, as Sagwa had given away her portion to Fam and his family. Later she laments to Fu-Fu that she feels she can't do anything right, as Dongwa arrives with Sheegwa and tells Sagwa how angry Mama and Baba Miao are.
Let's not forget the fact that Fam and his family, before the episode, would often go hungry. The part where he tells Sagwa about this is pretty sad to watch.
Toy Ship: Fans often ship Sagwa with Fu-fu and Dongwa with Hun-Hun.
The Woobie: 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 , so it's logical that she is this the most. Such the the episode where she became a princess, but later starts disliking being a princess since she can't hang around with her family or have fun at all. Another example would be the episode where she got sick and Dongwa (And later Sagwa) would have to take care of her. One episode had The Alley Cats steal something from her and she would later be heard crying when Dongwa starts looking for her.
One of Sheegwa's official character pictures had her crying. The same picture is also one if the few printable pictures that you would color with that was on the official PBS Kids's Sagwa webpage
Haiyo (the bird that Dongwa befriends in one episode) would end up like this. After Dongwa befriends the bird, he is later seen talking with The Alley and decides to make fun of Haiyo. During the conversation the same bird that made fun of can be seen walking behind him quietly until Dongwa tells the cats about how pathetic he is. Once Haiyo heard what he said about her, she silently walks away from him and Dongwa turns his head and responds by saying he didn't mean about her. Dongwa starts looking for her and asks his sister Sheegwa where she seen the bird. Sheegwa tells his Dongwa that did see the bird. But looked very sad and hurt and didn't want to talk to Dongwa.
Baba Miao can be viewed as this. 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. 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.