OK. listen to me.
“Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir” is a French children’s show about two superheroes, Ladybug and Chat Noir. In each episode, the evil hawk moth “hurts” (reads: makes the super-villain out of) a poor Parisian man who is having a bad day, with the intention of robbing miracle Jewels give Ladybug and Chat Noir their superhero powers. Meanwhile, the civil identities of 14-year-old superheroes (such as aspiring fashion designer Marinette Dupain-Cheng and famous model Adrien Agreste, respectively) navigate the usual ups and downs of adulthood while keeping their changing egos a secret from everyone, even each other. It’s a simple, yet highly effective premise for creating transverse lines that can recycle the same basic formula.
If, like me, you start watching the show as it debuted in 2015, you won’t get any show or information at all. But that was part of the fun of season one: There was no lore, no origin story, no explanation for anything. We didn’t even know the identity of the main villain. Each episode revealed a small piece of the puzzle. We were dropped upside down in the thickest part of it and left to piece together all the narrative clues for ourselves.
Now, after the end of Season 4, things are radically different. If you haven’t kept up with it, let me show you it: Hawk Moth is actually the emotionally neglected father of Adrien, who has been keeping his deceased wife’s body in their basement for a year and hopes to revive it using the Miraculous of Ladybug and Chat Noir. Also, Adrien may have been created artificially, a year ago.
I would like to repeat that this show is intended for children.
The show’s biggest attraction is the central “Love Square” drama – that is, the four unique relationships that are drawn between the same two characters. Chat Noir is in love with Ladybug, whom he sees only as a partner in the fight against crime; Marinette is hopelessly infatuated with Adrien, who shrugs off her crush’s huge admiration for her. When Ladybug and Adrien interact, everything is shy and stammer. When Marinette and Chat Noir intersect, they are public threats that make fun of each other, sometimes lamenting their mutual unrequited crush. It’s a unique take on a classic trope, and the writers have managed to keep audiences engaged for four full seasons without revealing any kind of identity.
In fact, the best episodes of the series are “what if” scenarios about the consequences of such a revelation. Take, for example, the third season of “Chat Blanc,” in which the characters’ identities are revealed, they begin a romantic relationship, and affect Chat Noir – causing the moon to be destroyed, the entire world to flood, the deaths of Ladybug and Hawk Moth, and their mental state The degraded form of a lonely teenager is doomed to sit alone in the horrific wasteland he has created.
one more time: This show is for kids.
I can’t explain this enough: I don’t think the show is good. I don’t consider it high art. I hardly consider it art at all. At its worst, the Miraculous Ladybug song is repetitive, poorly animated, and at times an outright insult to the viewer’s intelligence. At its best, it’s a heartbreaking, visceral, traumatic examination of how people deal with the hidden parts of those they love. Mostly, it’s a candy-coated melodramatic distraction from real life, where the protagonists’ problems wrap up in 20 minutes and the status quo never changes.
However, it is very interesting to watch and discuss it. There is an ardent fan base for him, and I know many people who have followed the show for years. Inexplicably, we all took off on a children’s cartoon show about Parisian superheroes and ran with him.
“Miraculous Ladybug” isn’t a standout, but its endless popularity and fan culture surrounding it make it one of the most enduring TV shows of the past decade. My advice to a new viewer: If you find it, watch the French dubbing. Trust me.
nickname: miraculous ladybug
Favorite Episodes: “Chat Blanc”, “Oblivio” and “Glaciator 2”
if you like: “Sailor Moon” TV sheer pleasure is guilty
Where to watch: seasons 1-3 on Netflix; Season 4 on Disney +
shamrock: 3.5 out of 5