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YMMV / Sylvanian Families

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  • Awesome Art: The art for the DVD covers of all 3 OVAs were cute. Also, the series in general had some nice lighting.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The Opening theme of the anime OVA. The gentle and easy nature of the song really segues into the general mood of the OVAs and provides an accurate representation of what to expect. Naturally, it sticks to you after you listen to it for a bit. The beautiful CG quiltwork/patchwork also helps make it memorable.
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    • The DiC series' opening and closing theme counts too. Unsurprising, since they were scored by Shuki Levy.
    • EveryHappiness, Which was created to be the image song of the franchise sometime in The New '10s. Yes, it's boilerplate J-Pop and the lyrics are straight-on Tastes Like Diabetes. But it's still catchy and will glue itself to your mind for the rest of your week. And oh, there’s an Engrish version too. The fact that the animation quality far surpasses that of the CGI OVAs and shorts proper doesn't help make it less catchy.
  • Friendly Fandoms: To Cu-Poche and Nendoroid. The furnitures of the toy line are surprisingly compatible with the chibi scale figures. Many Cu-Poche and Nendoroid owners have bought Sylvanian Families furnitures and houses just to build dollhouses for them.
    • Against all expectations, there is also a friendly Fandom going on with fans of Maple Town, despite a huge overlap in the toy lines. It makes more sense when you realize that Haim Saban and Shuki Levy contributed to both franchises (although their involvement in Sylvanian Families was minimal at best). Fans of the respective series consider the other to be a sister franchise.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The franchise got more popular the UK than in America in the '90s. It's still going on in the 21st century with many toy stores having small sections dedicated to the series. To put things in perspective: In America your best bet in getting the figures is to buy online from retailers like Amazon and hope they have the figures you want, and often your only option for older figures is to import from the UK or Japan. In the UK, there is actually a high-street store operated by Epoch themselves that sells nothing but Sylvanian Families toys, including old stock and rare figures.
    • The series is also pretty popular in Russia.
  • Les Yay: In the Netflix short "Dream Date of the Big Sisters", Laura's imagination has Lulu as her partner and Lulu's imagination has Stella. For the more contemplative among us, this creates some really interesting Alternative Character Interpretations.
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  • Moe: While the majority of the characters in the franchise are already adorable and huggable, Bell/Freya the rabbit takes the cake since she's very optimistic and caring with her friends.
  • Narm Charm: The first OVA, which is a kinda bit cheesy regarding the plot.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Especially the OVA series.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Is it ever? Averted with the DiC series, however, which veers into Vile Villain, Saccharine Show territory every so often.


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