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YMMV / Stitch & Ai

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

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Just like with the Stitch! anime, many Westerners (especially Americans) were unhappy with getting another Lilo & Stitch series without Lilo, although there was enough American interest for most of the the show to receive a free legal digital streaming release in the U.S. for about seven months.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: After one show separated Stitch from Lilo, do you think that most fans are willing to take on another one that does the same thing?
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The very first episode quickly went out of its way to point out that Lilo and Stitch's separation was forced upon them, not because of a misunderstanding. Whether or not it's OK to separate them again, on the other hand...
    • After seeing comments from Lilo & Stitch fans who saw the Chinese Mythology-based creatures and assumed that they were making mythological creatures Real After All in-universe like in the Stitch! anime, Tony Craig clarified that those are all experiments that Jumba made based on what he read on ancient Chinese scrolls.
    • Likewise, when word about Stitch's new giant destructive form got out among the fanbase, Craig tried to justify it by claiming that this is what Stitch was supposed to become all this time, but Lilo's and later Ai's love suppressed it to the point where it seemed almost impossible for it to come out. Not every fan has bought it, however, considering that we already know that Stitch is dangerous and destructive enough as his normal pint-sized self and that a deleted version of the original film's opening shows that Chris Sanders (Stitch's real life creator) never intended or at least considered to give Stitch this kind of ability.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: The new titular human lead Wang Ai Ling. Several fans believe that she makes for a much better friend for Stitch than Yuna Kamihara does, is more believable in the role, and is a worthy successor to Lilo Pelekai,note  while others see her as way too similar to Lilo and lacking in depth, calling Ai a "knockoff" of her.
  • Broken Base:
    • This show has further deepened the divide within the Lilo & Stitch fandom that the Stitch! anime started. Some fans are grateful that we get to see more of Stitch again in what seems to be a much better show than the anime. Others are rejecting this show since Lilo is still Out of Focus and some elements of the anime are rehashed here, such as the Science Fantasy aspects involving a culture's local mythology, and Stitch being paired up with a new human girl again. Other people say that the show itself is fine, but it would have been better if it was a completely original series with its own complete cast of characters, instead of just shoehorning in the characters of an existing franchise and trying to establish this series as an "official" continuation of it.
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    • The involvement of American animators, especially those who previously worked on Lilo & Stitch: The Series. Supporters are happy that their involvement helps gives a sense of continuity that was sorely missing from the Stitch! anime and helps keeps the franchise alive, while detractors see their involvement as a betrayal to the ʻohana that only helps to keep the Lilo parts of the franchise dead (Tony Craig's Facebook comments not helping matters). As a result, fans are now completely split over the franchise's direction.
    • Stitch's destructive form and metamorphosis abilities. Either they fit for him due to way he was programmed to be the ultimate monster, adding an interesting twist to his character and the show, or an awful clichéd gimmick that adds nothing meaningful to his character and ruins the series, disrespecting his legacy and how Chris Sanders originally envisioned him.
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  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Like with the Stitch! anime, a number of fans have rejected this series for separating Lilo and Stitch again and possibly for a number of other reasons. A few fans were even angry at Tony Craig and Jess Winfield for deciding that the franchise should continue putting Stitch into new families in every new animated work because they decided that "Lilo's story is done".
    • A few fans say that they would have begrudgingly accepted Stitch & Ai into the canon... had it not been for the introduction of Stitch's destructive form.
  • Fridge Logic: The reason why Lilo and Stitch are separated this time was because he was kidnapped. OK, understandable. However, why does he now suddenly likes this new girl Ai more and decides to stay with her instead of return to his original home of Hawaii?
    • Craig seems to have answered this one in yet another Author's Saving Throw during his interview with a Lilo & Stitch fan after the English version debuted; Stitch does remember Lilo, but his memory of her is foggy, hence why he doesn't try to return to her. However, not only does it not fully justify his decision to stay with Ai to some fans (or even the show's existence to some of said fans), it also opens up the question of why Stitch—a hypercognitive creature with a mind that can think "faster than a supercomputer" who took ʻohana to heart—can't fully remember his very first and closest friend.
  • Funny Moments: This dialogue from the English version of the first episode occurs when Ai and Jiejie are arguing:
    Jiejie (after Ai tosses a pair of underwear at her): You're putting words in my mouth!
    Ai: Talk to the hand.
    Jiejie: I'm already talking to the underpants.
  • Gateway Series:
    • This show could be this for Chinese animation, since it's a Disney-produced show using characters that the West are familiar with. Its legal American release in December 2018 further supports this trope.
    • In an inversion to this trope, Disney produced this series to enter the Chinese animation market.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Like how the anime was made because the Japanese love Stitch, Stitch & Ai was made for Chinese audiences because they too love him a lot.
  • Glurge: Ai's breakdown (as seen in the first English promo for Disney Channel Asia) when Jumba and Pleakley were about to take away Stitch to bring him back to the UGF comes across as this. When Jiejie angrily and passionately argues in an appeal to emotion for Jumba and Pleakley to let Stitch stay with Ai because her little sister "never forgets those she loves ever", it comes across more as her and Ai being selfish than heartbroken. Stitch may be understandably the best thing to happen in the Wang sisters' lives in a long while, but they do not suddenly own him just because of that. Never mind the fact that Jumba and Pleakley were trying to take Stitch to the UGF to save him from the space criminals.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Some fans criticize this series for rehashing past elements of the original films and TV series, especially with regards to Ai and Jiejie being very similar to Lilo and Nani.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Some fans are interested in this show just to see Stitch again in another new series. Humorously, Stitch's new ability makes him like the King of the Monsters himself.
    • Somewhat like with the Stitch! anime, others are watching this show in hopes of seeing new experiments and, what do ya know, there are new experiments! (Although to somewhat damper the excitement, they are new in the truest sense of the word—they're all made within this series, after Stitch, without any of the first 625 experiments, seen or unseen, making an appearance, although Craig previously stated that he would like to bring back some of the classic experiments in this series should Disney approve the production of a second season, which never happened.)
  • Misblamed: While Tony Craig was the show's director, Stitch & Ai was actually written by Marc Handler (who also did voice direction); Craig actually joined in late into the pre-production process. Craig took over the directing role from Victor Cook, who found himself busy with other obligations. Still, Craig was the more familiar name among the crew members due to his prior involvement in the franchise, so he got more of the attention.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: Presumably why the involvement of American animators, including those from Lilo & Stitch: The Series, were brought on board was to make sure the show would have visual consistency with the original continuity, something that a number of fans agree the Stitch! anime lacked (even among some of those who like that series).
  • Pandering to the Base: Thanks to the involvement of American animators, including those from Lilo & Stitch: The Series, the show uses a lot of Call Backs, Mythology Gags, flashbacks of past works, and even a notable instance of The Bus Came Back (i.e. the return of Cobra Bubbles) to try to win over the franchise's long-time fans.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Again, Craig. He got the blame for the issues that certain portions of the fans had with the show due to his aforementioned prior involvement with the franchise (making him the most familiar name among the show's crew members), being a vocal proponent for the series early on (especially with regards to some of the comments he made that ticked off said portions of fans), and because he was designated the show's director. But much of the creative decisions were made by writer and voice director Marc Handler and other crew members before Craig joined the production.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Some Western fans who have at least watched one or some episodes of Stitch & Ai are saying that this show is much better in comparison to the Stitch! anime, with better animation, an art style and character designs that heed closer to that of the original franchise, better action, a more likable and relatable deuteragonist in Ai, Stitch being closer to his old lovable, Crazy Awesome self, and a better plot. A few fans are even saying that this is possibly the best Lilo & Stitch TV show yet, saying that it's even better than Lilo & Stitch: The Series (which actually was and remains a highly-divisive Sequel Series to this day). That said, as this series's IMDb user rating clearly shows, there are still those out there who remain unconvinced.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Lilo and Stitch have separated again, only this time he was taken from her. Granted, he managed to escape captivity, but he's still not returning to Hawaii anytime soon.
    • The idea of another Lilo & Stitch TV series without our little Hawaiian girl again has caused some fans to go on another emotional roller coaster ride.

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