In 2008, Stitch, the anime adaptation of Lilo and Stitch debuted in Japan.
The show takes place on the fictional Japanese island of Izayoi Island following the events of Leroy and Stitch, one of the sequels of Lilo and Stitch.
It features pretty much the same cast, except for one very noticeable difference... no Lilo.
For all intents and purposes, Lilo has been replaced by Yuna, a 10-year-old tomboy who loves to do karate.
Lilo goes pretty much unmentioned until a season 3 episode entitled "Lilo." The episode begins with Stitch riding to school with Yuna. On the way there, Stitch spots a familiar face.
He manages to catch up with the tour bus and reunite with his friend. He and Lilo hangout on the beach as if they had never spent a day apart.
Yuna is somewhat upset after she finds out that Stitch had a family she didn't know about. Pleakley takes the time to explain to her the events between Stitch and Lilo and Stitch.
According to Pleakley, after Lilo grew up she went away to college and Stitch took on a mission with the Galactic Alliance that required me to leave Earth.
When they said their goodbyes, they agreed to reunite on the beach in four years.
Four years passed, and when Stitch returned to the beach Lilo was nowhere to be found. According to Pleakley, he went mad with grief and crash landed his ship on an island in Japan.
As it turns it, the girl Stitch was playing with is actually Ani, Lilo's daughter. Ani tries to tell her mom that she found Stitch, but Lilo doesn't believe her.
They head to the airport to fly home, and Ani is distraught because she did not get to say goodbye to Stitch.
Realizing this might be his last chance to see Lilo, Stitch rushes to the airport to catch up with his Ohana before they leave Japan.
In the knick of time, Stitch catches up with Lilo and Ani, and the real Lilo finally gets to see Stitch.
They share a heartfelt reunion and Lilo explains why he couldn't find her on the beach.
The day they were supposed to reunite, Lilo's sister was having a baby and she couldn't leave her. As soon as she could, Lilo came to the beach.
But by the time she got there, Stitch was nowhere to be found.
Lilo promises Stitch that she will come back to Japan to visit, and Stitch promises Lilo that he will look after his new family.
... Then Lilo leaves.
And everyone cries, the end.
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