Stitch! (スティッチ! Sutitchi!) is the Japanese anime television spin-off series of the animated feature film Lilo & Stitch and the second TV series in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, after Lilo & Stitch: The Series. Its first two seasons were animated by Madhouse (who are known for shows like Death Note) while its third season and two post-series specials were animated by Shin-Ei Animation (who are famous for Doraemon and Crayon Shin-Chan).
Stitch! takes place many years after the events of Leroy & Stitch (only in the English dub). The show features a cute little 10-year-old Japanese preteen 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 Island instead of Hawaii. The island is called Izayoi.
- In the very first minute of the very first episode "Ichariba Chodei", one the first things that is heard is Jumba saying that Lilo has gotten a new boyfriend which caused Stitch to become bad again. This enraged fans of the original series as it basically destroyed the whole concept of Lilo & Stitch.
- This is mostly due to the dub's writers shoehorning that fact in. Lilo isn't mentioned at all in the original Japanese version.
- Constant tickle scenes.
- Stitch himself has been flanderized in this anime, wherein the anime he has reverted back to his original destructive nature as seen in the original Lilo & Stitch film, which completely defeats the purpose of all of the character development he had in the original continuity. In addition, in the original continuity Stitch's only wish was to have a family ('ohana), while in the anime, his wish is now world domination.
- He does eventually lose the "world domination" passion as the show goes on, but that doesn't make the fact that he even had it to begin with any better.
- Lilo's local culture-related passion in the original continuity 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.
- The primary antagonist, Dr. Hämsterviel, was hilarious in the Disney series, now he's just pathetic.
- Even Gantu is horribly reduced into a more pathetic antagonist than he was in the Disney series.
- Speaking of that, Gantu and Experiment 625 (a.k.a. Reuben) were redeemed in Leroy & Stitch. Now they've lost their jobs and are villains working for Hämsterviel again.
- The dub is mediocre, and it sounds a bit off and high pitched.
- It's also not good at the 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 2007).
- Ben Diskin, who is otherwise a fantastic voice actor, actually does a poor job voicing Stitch, lacking the genuine charm that Sanders brings to the character.
- Jess Winfield's voice of Jumba could sure use some work. Winfield later became the official voice of Jumba after David Ogden Stiers died in 2018.
- 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 techniques.
- Angel, one of the most popular experiments in the original series, became a jerk.
- While Western fans believe that the Japanese love this show, apparently, according to this Japanese blog, even Japanese audiences did not like this series. You know you've failed in producing a decent spin-off of a Western work beloved in a non-Western country when fans from that country didn't like the spin-off made specifically for them either.
- It's the first dubbed anime to ever be set in Okinawa.
- The anime contains darker and more mature content compared to the film and the series.
- The episode "Lilo", we learn that Stitch actually left Lilo over a misunderstanding, which is incredibly sad.
- The fact that unlike the later Chinese series Stitch & Ai, Stitch still remembers Lilo and still values her, even if they're now separated. (The Chinese series makes Lilo more of a footnote in Stitch's life and he hardly even remembers her.)
- The introduction of new experiments never seen before, like Wormhole and Witch, and they are faithful to the style of the original series.
- The experiments, one of the most endearing aspects in the original series, were given more roles and stories. Some even became recurring characters, like Angel, Sparky, and Felix.
- At least Reuben was referred to by his name, unlike Lilo & Stitch: The Series (even though he wasn't given a name then anyway until that show's finale film Leroy & Stitch).
- Angel, despite her change of attitude, is more prominent and appears more often, making up for her minimal appearance in the original series. (Unfortunately—contextually speaking—for American viewers, the anime was quickly pulled from Disney XD before her first major appearance in this series, denying them from [legally] seeing more of her in their country.)
- Also, at least the Japanese production team tried to give her some much-needed character flaws, which her original portrayal severely lacked. It wasn't the best since they focused too much on comedy and overdid her negative traits, but points for trying nonetheless.
- Even with her behavioral changes in mind, Angel's relationship with Stitch is still adorable.
- 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. Carmen, another experiment who briefly appeared in Leroy & Stitch, also appears in one episode with her abilities fully shown.
- There is an Internet urban legend regarding this show similar to that Hey Arnold! creator Craig Bartlett supposedly hating the Arnold Betrays Iggy episode. Due to how Stitch! was so hated by both the fans and crew of the franchise, fans supposedly claimed that even the creator and the original co-director and writer for the first film (as well as Stitch's real-life creator and original voice actor), Chris Sanders, hates the anime so much as well that he declared it non-canonical to the franchise by asking Disney to write the show off out of existence. However, like the previous urban legend, there was no evidence of Sanders mentioning or saying it anywhere on the Internet or on television, let alone even knowing about its existence, and he actually tends to use his social media accounts for self-promotional purposes only. Even if he did supposedly hate this anime, The Walt Disney Company (which he left entirely in 2007) has 100% control of his film and the franchise's rights, so his own declarations have no bearing on the franchise's canon. Not only that, but he also had no creative contributions to the franchise outside of the original film and voice acting whatsoever, even during the franchise's 2000s heyday.