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Stitch!note  (yes, the exclamation mark is mandatory) is an anime series from Disney Channel Japan that serves as the second TV series in the Lilo & Stitch franchise. Three seasons and two post-series TV specials have been produced; the first two seasons—Stitch! and Stitch! ~The Mischievous Alien's Great Adventure~;note  yes, with those tildes—were produced by Madhouse for a total of 54 episodes and two specials.note  Shin-Ei Animation produced the 29 episodenote  third season—Stitch! ~Best Friends Forever~;note  tildes still included—as well as the post-series specials, which are known as the "Stitch! New Specials" series. It ran regularly from 2008 to 2011, while the TV specials—Stitch and the Planet of Sandnote  and Stitch! Perfect Memorynote —were broadcast in 2012 and 2015, respectively.

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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 Spiritual Stone in the Chitama 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. After they square off in a pseudo-karate match, they bond and become friends.

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While Yuna is taking Stitch back through the forest, he sees the Spiritual 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 43 good deeds to have his wish, to be the most powerful creature in the galaxy, granted. However, all of Stitch's old nemeses are on his heels...

Apart from being part of the same franchise with the same characters, it is not related to the pilot movie for Lilo & Stitch: The Series, which had the same name though followed by "The Movie". A heavily-edited "re-version" for the non-Japanese market, which includes the English dub, attempted to connect Stitch! to the film conclusion of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Leroy & Stitch, in the first episode. This wasn't attempted in the original Japanese version until a third season episode brought her back for a brief reunion with her old friend. Due to this, it's often believed that the series was originally intended to be an Alternate Universe until they finally cemented it as a Stealth Sequel, possibly due to fan demand.

Three years after its initial debut in Japan, two years after it was first broadcast in English, and a few months after the last season ended in Japan, it aired in the United States on Disney XD in October 2011. However, it was pulled off the air less than a week later after only five episodes aired. The three seasons and two post-series specials have already been dubbednote  but have only aired in full outside of the U.S.

Stitch! has been succeeded in the franchise in 2017 by the Chinese animated series Stitch & Ai, which shares a similar premise with the anime.note  But unlike the anime, Stitch & Ai had the assistance of American animators during production and was produced in English first before being dubbed into its local language.note 


This anime contains examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Dark End is quite polite. Of course, they have no problem with killing their enemies.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Or Japanese. Either way, this show maintains the franchise's tradition of this trope.
  • All Myths Are True: There are the yōkais, one of which is friends with Yuna and company, a boy vampire who likes candy instead of blood, a werecreature if not werewolf, what looks like the Frankenstein's Monster, and so on.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The international version, which includes the English dub, has two different opening themes; one for the Madhouse seasons and another for the Shin-Ei season.
  • Alternate Timeline: Thanks to Stitch & Ai years later, since the events and certain elements of that show contradicts what was established in this show, such as Stitch having abilities not previously revealed in the original continuity. Stitch & Ai was produced without any consideration towards this show, meaning that there are at least two different possible timelines for the franchise post-Leroy & Stitch.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Lampshaded in "Stitch and the Stitches"; Stitch's first scene in the episode shows him reading a book on physics, which he apparently finds to be funny.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Due to her extreme popularity in Japan, Angel (Experiment 624) made prominent appearances in the show, not having to prove herself to Yuna near as much as she did Lilo, nor did she have to be locked away until the end of the series. As a result, she's gotten much more screen time.
    • Sparky (Experiment 221) and Felix (Experiment 010) also got a few more appearances in this series, primarily during the Madhouse-produced seasons. In fact, they were the only experiments other than the Mid Six-Twos (Angel, Reuben, and Stitch) to appear during the first season, which focused more on yokai. However, Felix stopped showing up after the second season, while Sparky only appears once in the third season.
    • Several other experiments also appear due to the whole Japanese love Stitch phenomenon.
  • Badass Creed: The members of Yuna's dojo say it before every practice session:
    Defend the weak!
    Love everybody, even the stinkyheads!
    "Ichariba Chodei", meet one's cousins forever!
  • Baleful Polymorph: Yuna gets turned into a puppy in one episode.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Zuruko/Tigerlily. Much to the chagrin of both Stitch and Yuna, her cousin. Her behavior somewhat improved over the course of the seasons. More so in season 3.
    • Also, Bragg/Flute.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Sparky (Experiment 221), Felix (Experiment 010), and Angel (Experiment 624) had on these mind control devices placed there by Hämsterviel, though Sparky had it twice.
    • Hämsterviel used Swirly (Experiment 383) to hypnotize Stitch in the episode where Splodyhead (Experiment 619) and Plasmoid (Experiment 617) made their debut.
    • During the third season, each time a "cousin" of Stitch's appears that has a yellow or red "H" somewhere on them, they're under Hämsterviel's control. Among the experiments under Hämsterviel'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), Bragg (Experiment 145, a.k.a. Flute or Twang/Experiment 021), Fudgy (Experiment 054), and Morpholomew (Experiment 316). In many of these instances, their eyes also change to show their irises or sclera, which has never been done in The Series, and they're rather unnerving to see.
  • Broken Aesop: In the Madhouse seasons, 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 Bragg/Flute (Experiment 145), 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 Hämsterviel'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.
  • Christmas Episode: Each of the three seasons had one.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The recurring extra that is Ice Cream Man from the original series with the ice cream cone returns. And he still doesn't get his ice cream!
    • Also, Pleakley's first name is still Wendy.
    • Angel appears as Stitch's leg-wench in his fantasy during the first episode.
  • Cool Old Lady: Jumba seems to really respect Yuna's grandmother, and even calls her "Professor Grandma".
  • Couch Gag: During the episode titles of the third season, which has Stitch rolling around in a purple space with stars and bubbles as an off-screen Yuna says the episode's title, Stitch says a random word or two (usually part of the title itself) or make some vocal noise once he uncurls to give a thumbs up to the viewer. Interestingly, this is only for the English dub; the original Japanese version has Stitch making the same noise each time.
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation: The international version, which includes the English dub, heavily re-edited the episodes and shortened them to Western syndication lengths. Notably, eight season one episodes and a couple of season two episodes were heavily edited down to ten-to-eleven-minute segments and combined into Two Shorts episodes.
  • Cute Bruiser: Mess with Yuna, and you're liable to lose your nose.
  • Denser and Wackier: While not completely off the walls and having several intimate moments of its own, this series is more gag-filled than any other work in the franchise and often depicts the aliens, especially Stitch, at their silliest. The third season increases this trope even further compared to the first two.
  • Disney Theme Parks: An episode focuses on a trip to Tokyo Disneyland.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Ehrm... this picture.
  • 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 ʻohana? 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...
    • Also, Gantu and Reuben have gone back to Dr. Hämsterviel just because Gantu was dishonorably discharged for singing karaoke at the holiday party. What's funny about that is being dishonorably discharged is worse than being fired.
    • Another issue is that Hämsterviel inexplicably has a number of experiments that were reformed in the original series under his possession and are now subservient to him, though it's been explained that he kidnapped them, and in one episode he mentions that he used a recording of Angel's siren song to convert them back to evil.
      • Additionally, in the third season, the experiments are inexplicably podded again, even the ones under Jumba's possession. In the first two seasons, the experiments remained activated and the ones Hämsterviel had were held in prison cells.
    • Then there are the issues of some experiments getting different names and/or numbers between Japanese and English, such as the case of Bragg/Flute/Twang. (See Series Continuity Error below.)
    • Inverted with the episode featuring Lilo and Stitch's reunion—we're given no explanation in the Japanese version of just how Stitch didn't know Nani was pregnant and that Lilo was late to their reunion because Nani was going into labor. In the dub, it's explained that Stitch was on a mission for the Galactic Armada during Lilo's college years, making it possible that they simply weren't able to contact him easily during that time.
  • Dub Name Change: Certain characters, mainly Yuna's classmates, have received Western names in the dub (Piko is Penny, Sae is Sandra or "Sasha", Reika is Jessica, et cetera). It's business as usual for an English dub of a kids' anime, but 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?
  • Easter Egg: This show has a lot of Hidden Mickeys; the English dub even lampshades this.
  • Enslaved Tongue: Checkers, the Experiment that makes others cater to his wearer like royalty, is now modified to take control of the wearer's body so Hämsterviel speaks through them.
  • Excited Show Title!: Disney finally gets to do this for a Lilo & Stitch TV series five years after they aborted initial plans to do so.
  • Flanderization: Oddly enough, a case of reverse Flanderization. The end of the original movie (and Stitch Has a Glitch) see Stitch speaking in more or less complete sentences, while in The Series, he speaks his alien tongue Tantalog and only scattered fragments of English. Here, he's taken the next logical step and speaks increasingly fluent English/Japanese over time, even losing his famous illeism.
  • Genre Shift: The first two seasons (which themselves are a Genre Shift for the entire franchise) were set on the fictional island of Izayoi off the coast of Okinawa Island where most episodes focused on Yōkai and Urban Legends, although season two did involve more episodes with the experiments than season one. Season three shifted the location to Okinawa New Town and focused on Slice of Life with a focus on the episodic hijinks by Hämsterviel and his plans, often involving Gantu.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Yuna.
  • Hand Wave: The explanations given in the English dub for why Gantu is evil again and other RetCons; Jess Winfield's involvement in the international version likely played a role in these.
  • Helpless with Laughter: In "The Return of 627", Jumba notes that 627's main weakness is his immature sense of humor. The others exploit this by dancing until he laughs so much that he ends up unconscious.
  • 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 Mertle Expy Penny some sugar cane.
  • I Choose to Stay: When Stitch finally gets his wish at the end of the second season, getting his forty-third and final good deed after defeating Cyber (Experiment 000), instead of using it to gain ultimate power like he had been wanting, he instead wishes to stay with Yuna forever, teleporting back to her.
  • I Know Karate: Yuna; she even runs a dojo that she inherited from her grandfather.
  • Identical Grandson: Lilo's daughter looks just like Lilo when she was a little girl complete with red flowered dress and Scrump doll!
  • Halloween Episode: "Dracula, Jr." and "Witch".
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the original movie and, to a certain extent, Lilo & Stitch: The Series. However, the violence in this show is, while still fantasy violence, greater compared to The Series. The international version actually toned this down, but apparently the edits there were apparently not enough to prevent it from being taken off the air in the U.S. (assuming that it was taken down there because of the violence).note 
  • 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.
  • Market-Based Title: The German dub titles the show Yuna & Stitch, which also maintains the Name and Name tradition of past entries.
  • Missing Mom: Yuna's mom. At one point, Penny/Piko from the original version teases her that her mom left because she's such a screw-up. "A Recurring Nightmare" reveals that Yuna's mother died when she was a baby.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In one episode, Jumba and Pleakley are helping the postman Mr. Honda deliver a letter to Yuna. Mr. Honda mistakes Jumba and Pleakley for a married couple by asking them, "So, how long have you two been married?"
  • Name and Name: The German dub is the only version of this show to maintain the "Person & Stitch" naming convention (and the last one to use that specific order outside of the country where the work was produced).
  • Next Sunday A.D.: The show takes place approximately two decades after the events of Leroy & Stitch (i.e. sometime in The New '20s), but it looks completely identical to mid-to-late 2000s society, before the proliferation of smartphones.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Stitch and all the other alien characters are drawn using the same style from the films and The Series. 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 films and The Series.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain:
    • In the final non-special episode, there was Dark End, an experiment created by the third-season-only villain Delia to defeat Stitch. Not only were they an adorable (arguably more so than Stitch), long-eared, rabbit-like experiment with androgynous voice and features, but they were 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, Reuben, and Hämsterviel 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 triggering his power cell that he was able to stand a fighting chance against Dark End.
    • There was also Bragg/Flute, another flute-carrying cat/rabbit-looking experiment who grew stronger the more attention and sympathy he got from those around him. This included framing Stitch in a wounded gazelle gambit so Yuna and her family would take his side. Databases suggested that with enough attention it would have become a hulking not-so-cute monster.
  • Protagonist Title: Only Stitch's name is in the title this time around, except in the German dub.
  • Pinky Swear: Yuna and Stitch do this often.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Reuben. He really doesn't care whether Hämsterviel's plans succeed or fail. Or if it just fails, period.
  • Real After All: In the fifth episode, the Chitama Spiritual Stone zaps Sparky, removing the mind-controlling device, thus proving to Gantu (who dismissed it as an Earth legend) they exist.
  • Say My Name: Lilo screams out Stitch's name in the original Japanese dub of "Lilo" after she figures out that Stitch left his necklace on a tree.
  • Science Fantasy: Considering the presence of yōkai, a stone that can grant wishes, and whatnot in what has previously been a soft sci-fi franchise.
  • 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 ran away from Lilo after he thought she abandoned him, with them being finally reunited in that episode. However, after Stitch & Ai—which doesn't ever follow or lead up to the events to this show—years later, this is now considered a possible continuation of Stitch's story rather than the definitive follow-up.
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • In the third episode of the English dub, Pleakley says his species is genderless, despite his species having been shown to have genders in the initial series.
    • Stitch needs Yuna to teach him right from wrong, despite having already gone over that extensively with Lilo.
    • Gantu and Reuben being evil again, despite Gantu having been reinstated to his position in the Galactic Armada and Reuben finding his one true place in Leroy & Stitch.
    • The whole debacle over the name and number over the yellow, rabbit-like flute-playing experiment. Known as "Flute" and numbered 145 in the English dub, the experiment was known for many years by non-Japanese fans to be named "Twang" and numbered 021 in the Japanese original, thanks to this image and the fact that 021 is named "Twang" in the experiments list seen in the credits of Leroy & Stitch (whereas "Flute" doesn't appear anywhere in said list). However, the experiment is actually named "Bragg" in the Japanese original. Bragg does appear in the experiments list as 145, but the Japanese production team accidentally misnumbered him as 021, which led to the errors. Read this comment on Lilo & Stitch Wiki for more info.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Lilo.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In the first episode, several kids are shown playing a game that is very obviously Spectrobes 2—another Disney production.
    • Also in the opening, there is a Hidden Mickey in the sushi just after the opening theme. Makes sense, considering it's a Disney co-production.
    • The soap opera Pleakley and Gantu like to watch (at least in the English dub) is called The Young and The Stupid.
  • Smelly Skunk: Hämsterviel sends a skunk-like experiment 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.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears: Happens to Pleakley when he is reunited with Jumba.
  • Stealth Sequel: All signs point to this being an Alternate Universe series, then adult Lilo shows up.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Lilo's daughter Ani looks exactly like her mother in her youth.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • Yuna for Lilo.
    • Penny for Mertle.
  • Take Over the World: Apparently Stitch's plan in the two Madhouse seasons, though he says that he wants "ultimate power", indicating that he wants to be the strongest being in the universe. He loses this motivation by the end of the second season.
  • The Power of Friendship: What allowed Stitch to defeat Dark End at the end of the third season.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Subverted in that the first two seasons take place on the fictional island of Izayoi in Okinawa Prefecture, which 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!. Played a little straighter in the third season with Okinawa New Town, though, since it's a city.
  • Tomboy: Yuna.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In Sparky's debut episode, after the mind-controlled Sparky electrocutes Stitch, Yuna decides to attack him... only to be shocked herself. Considering this is a Gag Series, it doesn't stick.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Angel this go around. She's spoiled, demanding, and often cruel to Stitch, and has dumped him in favor of someone else no less than three times. This can be attributed to her having spent years in-universe as a popular singer, picking up several diva traits along the way.
  • Two Shorts: The Mischievous Alien's Great Adventure has "A Little Hamster Love / Pleakley Loves Hollywood". The international version also does this to ten Madhouse episodes, turning them all into five episodes of two segments each.
  • True Companions: The show's tagline is, "When we meet, we become family," an Okinawan phrase that describes their hospitality.
  • Truth in Television: Okinawa and the rest of the Ryukyus are pretty much the Hawaii of Japan: pineapples, hibiscus, floral-patterned clothing, their own language, a rich cultural history... A perfect analog for Lilo & Stitch IN JAPAN though replace Lilo with Yuna.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: What do the people of Yuna's town do when they realize a pair of aliens have just landed in their town? Throw a party to welcome them, of course.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Done by Bragg/Flute (Experiment 145), on Stitch so he could feed on the attention and sympathy from Yuna and her family.
  • Youkai: There are several varieties living in the Spiritual Forest.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Dark End's second and final appearance in the episode of the same name, he is permanently taken off the show, and a lot of fans wondered what happened to him. That being said, it was the last regular episode of the series.

 
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Stitch's Sudden Rampage

In the Stitch! episode "Angel's Flight", Stitch and Angel are enjoying their time together, with Angel singing her siren song, "Acoota Chi-Meeto". Normally, her song doesn't affect Stitch the same way that it affects experiments made before her, but her developing head cold makes her beautiful singing voice become hoarse. Her changed voice somehow DOES affect Stitch, unintentionally brainwashing him to follow his evil destructive programming and go on a rampage around town on Izayoi Island. He only stops when Angel headbutts him, which knocks him out cold. "Love hurts" indeed, Pleakley.

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