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YMMV / Stitch!

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See also the YMMV page for the whole franchise and the original film.

  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Good luck finding fans of this anime in the West, especially in the United States where it was kicked out 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.
      • In fact, people may have issues with the very round Western-styled aliens and experiments appearing with traditional anime humans, who have more straight lines in their designs compared to the earlier humans in the franchise who had very few straight lines. The "Lilo" episode only exasperated the issues of clashing art styles, thanks to both Lilo and her daughter's presence.
    • 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.
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    • Hell, even the anime's logo (both Japanese and English versions) clashes with the franchise's logo. The anime's logo is rendered with jagged kana/letters without a curved line in sight (ignoring Disney's logo in there), while the franchise's long-standing logo emphasizes its roundness (falling in line with Chris Sanders's art style), and is heavily lacking in straight lines. It's telling how much the anime's doesn't work when the franchise's latest spin-off series uses the original typeface for its English logo instead of making a completely new logo.
  • 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.
    • The Lilo episode finally gives a proper explanation as to why Stitch and Lilo were no longer together, and that Jumba's line about Lilo getting bored with Stitch was a lie. As for what actually happened to tear them apart is any more satisfying an explanation is a whole other debate in itself.
  • 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,note  making this anime (and the later Stitch & Ai) the only official animated 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.
      • In more recent years, some Western Lilo & Stitch fans who either like or at least tolerate the anime have been trying to rally support for it, accusing other Western Lilo & Stitch fans of being hypocritical to the franchise's message of inclusiveness by deliberately rejecting the show and having an elitist attitude towards it (as well as Stitch & Ai). However, that show's own controversial status along with this one's has caused a number of fans to swear off any further Lilo-free animated spin-offs.
    • Ben Diskin's voice for Stitch in the English dub. Some find him to be pretty good at replicating the experiment's distinct nasal voice, while others find him to sound just a bit off, with his pitch being too low and lacking in "cute" qualities. This also extends to Stitch & Ai since he reprises the role there.
  • Critical Backlash: As noted on the franchise's YMMV page, as a result of the negative reception the show received in the West, some Western fans of the franchise who actually enjoy the show have been pushing back against the fans who don't. There's even a few fan artists on DeviantArt who are more focused on the anime than the original Lilo & Stitch continuity.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: It's a lot easier for some to watch when they pretend that it's an Alternate Continuity. It's certainly easier for Americans considering the very brief run of this series over there.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The reason why the anime exists. As the franchise's YMMV page states, the Japanese love Stitch.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: While Lilo & Stitch already had an established TV series before this one, the fact that this is an anime adaptation that still focuses on the main characters discovering new experiments, it's hard not to be reminded of Pokémon.
    • Although, coincidentally enough, in the Japanese version Zuroko/Tigerlily is voiced by Rica Matsumoto, who is also the Japanese voice actor for Ash/Satoshi. But what makes this even funnier is that Ash has gone to Alola, which is a region based on Hawaii.
  • 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.
    • Another group of fans are also interested in "The Return of 627" episode, considering the very few times that particular experiment appears.
    • Even Lilo & Stitch fans who hate the anime (and there are plenty of them) do like seeing the brand-new experiments that this show introduced. In some regards, it's gotten to the point where these experiments are the only elements of the anime that are exempted from Fanon Discontinuity.
    • To an even lesser extent, there is an episode where the cast spend the day at Tokyo Disneyland. Yes, really. The episode was even sponsored by Tokyo Disney Resort.note  There were quite a few meta moments in the episode, including one where Stitch crashes his ship in front of The Enchanted Tiki Room.
  • Macekre: The English dub, due to sloppy editingnote  and the replacement of the entire original voice cast from the films and Lilo & Stitch: The Series.
  • Popular with Furries: Even in America, it has a niche due to the fact it features Stitch and other animal-looking aliens.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Disney Stitch Jam; see the franchise's YMMV page linked at the top for more.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Yuna, for a fair amount of Western fans. Compared to Lilo—a quirky and eccentric orphan who is not understood by most people, hated by her peers, and had a pretty miserable life before she adopted Stitch—fans don't find Yuna—whose grandmother and father are still alive, has actual friends before Stitch came along, and is so good at karate despite her young age that she runs a dojo—to be a relatable character. The fans also say that her friendship with Stitch feels forced.
  • 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. There's also that one episode in this season that officially made this show a Sequel Series. (On the flip side, one of the redeeming qualities it does have is that it introduces more experiments made before Stitch, including Twang/Flute, who is arguably the most popular experiment that was introduced in this series.)
  • 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.
    • BooGoo; the mysterious little pink alien who serves a pet to the characters in this series.
  • Tear Jerker: Has its own page.
  • 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 many fans seeing her newfound vain, romance-obsessed, spoiled diva behavior to be hugely stereotypical.note 
    • Some people took issue with Stitch's huge loss of prior Character Development and sudden tendencies to lose a lot of fights on his own (without heavy assistance from others or the "Neo-PowerChip" inside him that was introduced in this series), with some fans, especially American fans, labeling him a "weakling" in this series.
  • 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. Whether or not they're any good, on the other hand, depends on one's personal perception of the series itself.
  • Uncanny Valley: The experiments' irises when they're Brainwashed and Crazy. Considering that their eyes are normally black or single-colored with only a light reflection on them, it's a bit unsettling to see the looks of their eyes change.


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