YMMV / Sazae-san

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Sazae-san is virtually unknown outside its home country. In fact, those who do know about it are usually Occidental Otaku, who view the show quite negatively for its perceived "blandness" and for its association with the elderly mainstream Japanese population (which, as a whole, is known to look down on Otaku and the anime fandom in general).
  • Archive Panic: More than 7,600 seven-to-eight minute episode segments, and the number's still growing. Moreover, there's something of an actual archive panic concerning the show, as it's never been released to video and thus very few copies of its many episodes even exist. It's unclear how many might well be lost.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: While very obscure outside of Japan, some hardcore Otaku who know of Sazae-san and its mainstream popularity in Japan resent the series for various reasons related to this. For example, Sazae-san being labeled as a stereotype of what the elderly conservative majority in Japan wants all anime to be like (combined with their general marginalization of Otaku), which was especially prevalent when Tokyo mayor Shintaro Ishihara introduced the Youth Ordinance Bill.
  • The Scrappy: Wakame. Translated from a Youtube comment: "I think I'll have grilled onigiri for lunch. How futile. If everyone hates Wakame so much." By the way, there's a pun in that comment, if you couldn't tell. It has to do with Wakame's name.
  • Values Dissonance/Fair for Its Day: Much of Sazae's home life seems quaint by modern standards, and even in Japan, the series is enjoyed primarily as nostalgia for the Showa-era boom times. This is in contrast to the comic's postwar origins and Sazae's (for the time and place) extremely liberated, feminist views.