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YMMV / Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat

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  • Adaptation Displacement: That's right, there was a book. There was a book called Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat. It was actually written by none other than Amy Tan.
  • Angst? What Angst?: A number of times, especially from Mama and Baba, who are not at all alarmed at how sad Sheegwa is to be away from her siblings when she is mistaken for a princess, nor do we see their reaction when we learn she is to be taken from home to fulfill her royal duties. In a much later episode, they don't even put their work down when Sagwa runs off to get Dongwa off her back, merely chastising his carelessness while Sagwa is very nearly taken away by a family who mistook her for a stray. Especially remarkable as they are horrified when the Magistrate once nearly gave away one of their kittens to an Italian dignitary.
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  • Anvilicious: Aside from a few episodes like "The Birds, The Bees, and The Silkworms" and "Sagwa Rules", the show pleasantly averted this, teaching strong lessons but rarely ever shoving them in the viewers' faces.
  • Ass Pull: The ending to "On The Run".
  • Continuity Lockout: This applies to the Sequel Episode, as fans who watch that episode before would get confused about Sagwa's connection with the Rat.
  • Cult Classic: The series has a small but dedicated fanbase.
  • 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.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Jet-Jet (and possibly the other alley cats besides Hun-Hun) gets this a lot.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The alley cats, as well as the one shot characters. Ping Wing the pigeon and Feng the cat are pretty good examples.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: "Tea For Two" ends with Dongwa and the sleeve dogs having made a monkey trainer and his monkeys hated by the entire province. But the sight of a tree supposedly means they'll be wanted at the palace again.
    • In one episode, Sagwa befriends a group of cats whom she's envious of for their lavish lifestyle, only to find out they are constantly menaced by their cruel owner who treats them strictly as ornaments rather than true cats. Sagwa gives them the freedom to act like normal cats for an entire afternoon and helps renew their spirits; however, the episode still ends with the four of them returning to their owner where they are almost certain to resume the strict lifestyle forced upon them.
  • Even Better Sequel: "How Sagwa Got Her Colors" is followed by "Sagwa's Lucky Bat", note  an even more touching and well-written episode that truly shows The Power of Friendship between Sagwa and Fu-fu.
  • Fan Disservice: Any time the Foolish Magistrate appears in his underwear. As it is an undergown, it's a downplayed example, however.
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  • Gonk: Let's just say that for some, Tai-Tai may be rather hard on the eyes.
  • Idiot Plot: Sheegwa is mistaken for a legendary princess due to a star-shaped birthmark on her coat, and is immediately showered with lavish praise and treated like a dignitary before it's discovered it was actually simply a patch of dirt on her fur. Nobody took the time to verify that it is real, or that the legend itself had any credence to it. Furthermore, Mama and Baba forbid her to play as she'll be expected to fulfill her new role as a figure of wisdom, even though she's just a kitten and would have been taken from home if the misunderstanding had not been uncovered.
    • "The Magistrate's New Clothes", though a somewhat justified case as it is taken directly from the original fable where everybody in the palace fails to understand that the invisible clothes are an obvious ruse.
    • Sagwa and Fu Fu get themselves into a world of trouble when they play around with a valuable medallion gifted from the Emperor himself. Nobody who comes into possession of the medallion thinks twice about using it to suit their own needs, instead of reporting to the palace of their chance find.
    • Baba entrusts Sagwa to send a song he wrote for Mama's birthday to a far more accomplished singing cat, but neglects to tell her where she must go to find him. Even though he is clearly in earshot of Sagwa, he does not hear her shouting for directions, and so she must rely on Fu-Fu instead to get there.
    • Tai-Tai impulsively banishes the swiftlets, the honey bees, and the silkworms over minor inconveniences around the palace without even considering the consequences of any of it, until after the damage is done. That said, how exactly did she successfully banish such creatures from the palace?
  • Love to Hate: Tai-Tai's character is built upon this.
  • Memetic Mutation: Depending on whose YouTube Poops you watch, you may have heard Sagwa saying "Don't forget your umbrella!",multiple times before...
  • 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!
  • Narm: In one episode Sagwa neglects to write the rules needed for a boat race being held in the village due to problems with Baba, and the Magistrate refuses to carry on without them in hand. When urged to carry on he declares "No rules, no race!" Somehow, this one line prompts him to start a musical chant that prompts the boat riders to join in, with the entire village soon getting in on the fun.
  • 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.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Tung's singing. It's probably the worst singing you'll ever hear, yet it's such a hilarious sound, and he clearly enjoys doing it a ton, to the point that you can't help but like it in a way.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Tung, Fam, Haiyo, Ping-Wing, the other two daughters, Tai-Tai's bird...there are quite a few. Somewhat justified as the show only ran for 40 episodes and the writers still had time to do more with the characters if they had made more episodes.
  • Toy Ship: Fans often ship Sagwa with Fu-fu and Dongwa with Hun-Hun.
  • Uncanny Valley: Sagwa without her collar in "Sagwa The Stray"
    • Also, in any flashback where we see the Miao family without their trademark markings, with the obvious exception of Sheegwa.
  • Values Dissonance: In one episode, the Magistrate is expecting the delivery of a prized pigeon gifted to him by the Emperor, whom Fu Fu befriends when she escapes her cage. The Reader chastises the wagon driver for taking so long with the delivery, not stopping to acknowledge that the man is clearly mute and trying to use explain his troubles with his body language.
  • The Woobie:
    • Since Sheegwa is the youngest character in the show note , it's logical that she is this quite a bit. 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 Sagwa 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 deceive 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".


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