YMMV / Stitch!

  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Good luck finding fans of this anime in the West, especially in North America where it was kicked out of the United States after only less than a week on Disney XD. You have to tilt your head and squint a bit, but they're there.
    • This is presumably the reason why the anime exists in the first place instead of just dubbing the Western series in Japan. Despite the Japanese loving Stitch, they can't stand Lilo.
  • Art-Style Dissonance:
    • Some found seeing Lilo's daughter and Yuna on the same screen together to be a problem. They're near the same age yet the latter is much taller than the former.
    • Delia looks radically different from the designs of the alien species and characters that are from the original parts of franchise. This is especially since that while the franchise's earlier aliens are actually based off of various Earth species—marine life, in particular—she's more like a magical humanoid gypsy who would fit much better in a Magical Girl series instead of a series that's based on a Western-made sci-fi work.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: A Lilo & Stitch anime isn't a hard sell in of itself for Western fans. However, leaving out Lilo with no explanation as to why she, Stitch's 'ohana, would ever get separated from her in the first place until the third season is enough for them to not want any part of it. The dub arguably makes it worse by explaining it away in the first episode as Lilo getting bored with Stitch after getting a new boyfriend. Mind you, it was Jumba saying it, so that doesn't mean it was correct... not to mention the dub of the episode where Lilo comes back gives the same explanation as the original version did.
  • Author's Saving Throw: The last Valentine's Day special episode had Angel stay dedicated to Stitch, not leaving him or treating him badly in any way.
  • Broken Base:
    • Many fans of the franchise refuse to see this as canon due to it conflicting with the "nobody gets left behind" theme of the earlier entries. What re-enforces this for those people is the fact that Chris Sanders does not even voice Stitch in the English dub, making this anime the only official media thus far where he does not provide his own creation's voice. (Same thing goes for that neither anyone else from the original cast reprise their characters, with only one crew member—Lilo & Stitch: The Series executive producer Jess Winfield taking over for Jumba—being the only real life connection to the original Western parts of the franchise.)
    • Ben Diskin's voice for Stitch in the English dub. Some find him to be pretty good at replicating the experiment's nasally voice, while others find him to sound just a bit off and not quite like Stitch, especially in his pitch (either it's too high and overdone or too deep and adult-sounding).
  • Fanon Discontinuity: It's a lot easier for some to watch when they pretend that it's an Alternate Continuity.
  • Ho Yay: The Ho Yay between Jumba and Pleakley is possibly even more ridiculous than it was in the original—when they're "reunited" in the first episode, they reunite with a tearful embrace and much sobbing from both parties about how much they missed one another. They even started to live together again after meeting up with Yuna and Stitch.
    • In one episode, while Jumba and Pleakley are helping the postman deliver a letter to Yuna:
    Postman: "So, how long have you two been married?"
    • The English dub goes out of its way to exacerbate it.
    Pleakley: Hold me!
  • It Was His Sled: The series is a Stealth Sequel, and Lilo shows up with her identical daughter Ani.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many Western fans are only interested in the episode where Lilo and Stitch reunite, if only briefly.
  • Macekre: The English dub, due to sloppy editing and the replacement of the entire original voice cast from the films and Lilo & Stitch: The Series.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Yuna, for a fair amount of Western fans. Compared to quirky and eccentric Hawaiian orphan Lilo, Yuna is just a nice, but normal Japanese girl. Her father (even if he's not around often) and grandmother are still alive, she has dealt with her problems in her pre-Stitch life much better than Lilo did (thus negating the need for Character Development), and she enjoyed the typical things of her country's culture and not much else before Stitch entered her life (while Lilo loves her own state's culture, especially hula and surfing, she has several unusual interests that are much less related to Hawaii). As a result, Yuna is just not as interesting of a character as Lilo is, and did not really need Stitch in her life like Lilo did.
  • Seasonal Rot: Even among people who liked this series, the third season gets a lot more heat due to switching the setting from Izayoi Island to the urban setting of Okinawa New Town and switching from the focus on yokai and urban legends to Slice of Life.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Some view it as mediocre, mainly in comparison to the original movie as the anime was more of a Gag Series. There were also complaints about how Stitch's cuteness isn't so subtle anymore, although that's par for the course in nearly every Stitch-related endeavor in Japan.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The third season's opening theme, not helped by the very sparkly intro sequence.
  • Tear Jerker: Just try and watch the third season episode where Lilo comes back without feeling sad or having a lump in your throat, just try.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: This series actually took on this issue that The Series had, with a lot of previously-seen experiments being featured. It helps that the Japanese love the experiments. However, it can be argued that this anime also worsened the characterization of some of the experiments, such as the popular Angel, with her behaving more like a vain, spoiled celebrity. She also became such a sucker for romantic clichés that she keeps leaving Stitch for whomever won her over until he wins her back by the end of the episodes she appears in.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Some were expecting an anime based on Lilo & Stitch to be more action-packed and full of adventure. Some were expecting something closer to the actual movie in tone. What they got was a Gag Series.
    • The anime itself had a pretty interesting setting, being in the Okinawan islands of the Ryukyus (in the first two seasons). We could've learned something in here along the way like how The Series, at times, highlighted their own culture (dances, beliefs, language, etc.), then sneak in some genius bonuses along the way. It might have made the show feel too similar to the former but it'd have still worked as an interesting counterpart. Well, there was the yokai and karate, but it should've done more.
    • That being said, similar to what was mentioned in They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character above, this show did have a better variety of plots than The Series, which was meddled badly by executives.

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