Stitch! (スティッチ! Sutitchi!) is the anime spin-off of the animated feature film Lilo & Stitch and the subsequent successor for the Lilo & Stitch series by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It takes place many years after the events of Leroy & Stitch (only in the English dub) and debuted in Japan on October 2008. The show features a Japanese girl named Yuna in place of Lilo (who is now a young woman), and is set on a fictional island in the Ryukyu Islands off the shore of Okinawa instead of Hawaii. The island is called Izayoi. A second anime season, called Stitch! ~The Mischievous Alien's Great Adventure! (スティッチ! ～いたずらエイリアンの大冒険～ Sutitchi! ~Itazura Eirian no Daibōken~?) began airing in Japan on October 13, 2009. A third yet different series from the first two season anime, entitled Stitch! ~Best Friends Forever~ (スティッチ! ～ずっと最高のトモダチ～ Sutitchi! ~Zutto Saikō no Tomodachi~?) aired on TV Asahi on July 6, 2010.
Why It Sucks
- In the very first episode, the first thing you hear is Jumba saying that Lilo has gotten a boyfriend which caused Stitch to become bad again. This enraged fans of the original series as it destroyed the whole concept of Lilo and Stitch.
- This is mostly due to a dub error. Lilo isn't mentioned at all in the original dub.
- In the original series, Stitch's only wish was to have a family (Ohana). In the anime, however, his wish is now world domination.
- Lilo's passion in the original series was Hula dancing, but Yuna's seems to be Karate fighting. While the Hula dancing lead to tons of hilarious moments and fused Lilo and Stitch together in a peaceful manner, the Karate is just boring.
- Stitch could not speak fluent English in the original series – one fact that made him extremely cute and lovable. This is gone now. You can also barely understand him now and he even talks more then ever and acts like he doesn't speak English.
- The primary antagonist Dr. Hämsterviel was hilarious in the Disney series, now he's just pathetic.
- The dub was bad, and it sounded a bit off pitch.
- It's also not good at its translation, especially the aforementioned "Lilo had a new boyfriend" excuse.
- None of the original voice cast reprise their role in the English dub. Not even Chris Sanders (who voiced Stitch in every other Disney product despite his departure from Disney in 2008).
- The movies and the original series impressed critics and viewers with beautiful hand-drawn animation and watercolor backgrounds. Now we just have standard anime CGI.
- Angel, one of the most popular Experiment in the original series, became a jerk.
- The first dub to ever be set in Okinawa.
- The anime contains darker and more mature content.
- The episode where we learn that Stitch actually left Lilo over a misunderstanding is incredibly sad.
- Introduction to new Experiments never seen before, like Wormhole and Witch, and they look legitimately in the style of the original series.
- The Experiments, one of the most endearing aspects in the original series, were given more role and stories. Some even became recurring characters, like Angel, Sparky, and Felix.
- Angel, despite her change of attitude, is more prominent and appears more often, making up for her minimal appearance in the original series.
- The anime went out of its way to watch Leroy & Stitch to get the list of all experiments it can introduce and show. This is notable when the aforementioned Wormhole and Witch are ACTUALLY in the credits of Leroy & Stitch, as well as Shrink appearing in-character for the first time despite having minimal screentime and mention in his original movie appearance.