Sunday, October 23, 2016

Why Miraculous Ladybug Is Simply the Best

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir is a superhero TV series on Nickelodeon (Fun fact: it's a French cartoon but came to the US not long after its release).

The idea for the series started as a 2D animation project aimed at young adults but later became a CGI cartoon series geared towards the younger audience. Regardless, it still caught the attention of the older crowd, probably because, as the catchy theme song states, Miraculous is simply the best!

Below, I've listed a few reasons why you should check it out.

It Promotes Problem-solving and Creativity

Where some children's shows fail to instill the joy of innovation and critical thinking, Miraculous Ladybug succeeds in promoting creativity and problem solving, especially when Ladybug is on the scene. By using Lucky Charm via her yo-yo (you read that right, but stay with me) she’s able to pull a seemingly random object from thin air to aid in defeating bad guys.

These items range from bath towels to oven mitts to wrenches that, at first, seem hopelessly useless, until Ladybug takes a look around and uses her surroundings to her advantage. This isn’t just luck, ladies and gentleman, Ladybug has some serious creative skill and an ability to think on her feet.

Besides, it's extremely important that we have a strong female lead who is capable of coming up with well thought out plans. She's an excellent role model to all young ladies.

Art style 

I am a huge 2D animation enthusiast, so it comes as a surprise to me that I adore the show's 3D look. As mentioned, it was originally supposed to be hand drawn but was later developed using CGI. Surprisingly, the art style is just as stunning. 

I can’t help but gawk at the sweet, sweet character design, setting, and attention to detail. And you can clearly see how anime has influenced the series in both the 2D and 3D animation styles.

The fight scenes are incredible too!

But also, the character’s expressions are beyond fantastic.

Paris, France

That's right! Miraculous Ladybug takes place in Paris, France and the show does the city justice. It even reflects Paris’ diverse population. Heck, the main character is half Chinese, half French, and her best friend is Caribbean, not to mention that the rest of the cast is diverse as well.

While the characters fight crime in the City of Lights, the audience gets a front row seat to well known attractions such as the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. It’s refreshing not to have the story take place in America (Let's take a break from New York and LA) and instead focus its attention on Europe for a change.

The nods to Parisian culture are a nice touch. I enjoyed watching Marinette share a macaroon with Alya or witnessing Plaggs’ obsession with camembert (stinky, gooey, unpasteurized and absolutely, positively know, when I visited Paris, this was actually my favorite cheese).


The side characters are fresh, distinct, and fun to meet, and the magical sidekicks are utterly adorable and actually useful! In fact, these cute little guys are the ones who help our heroes transform into a crime fighting super duo.

But Ladybug and Cat Noir steal the show.

The interesting thing about these two is that their superhero selves retain their alter ego's personalities but with a twist.

Marinette is clumsy and unsure of herself, but as Ladybug, her cleverness and confidence shine through.

And though Adrien is reserved and innocent, as Cat Noir, these qualities are tweaked so that he's much more outgoing, open, and even cocky.

The characters' alter egos are kept secret, even from each another...which makes for an interesting situation.

Marinette has a major crush on Adrien (her friends continuously make fun of her inability to even say two words while he's around). Not that he notices her anyway...

While Cat Noir is positively smitten with Ladybug (flirts with her on multiple occasions) but she could care less for the guy's advances.

In fact, it's fun to see how much an effect Ladybug has on Cat Noir, making for a nice contrast to Marinette's relationship (or lack thereof) with Adrien.

But when it comes down to it, they're the perfect team!

Bonus: This show is puntastic!!!! Just...just watch this clip and you'll see what I'm talking about.

If you spot the series at your local library or on TV and decide to give it a chance, I guarantee you'll find Miraculous to be the cat's meow.

Have you seen Miraculous Ladybug? Let me know below.

Supergirl Double Reaction: "The Adventures of Supergirl" and "The Last Children of Krypton" (2x01 and 2x02)

Spoilers for Supergirl included. 

Last year, Supergirl soared on CBS. At the conclusion of season one, the show was transferred to the CW to add to their "week of superheroes." Initially, I had mixed feelings about the show. It had a lot of potential, but oftentimes, it fell short of my expectations. But I haven't given up on it yet. And after watching the season two premiere, I'm glad I haven't.

"The Adventures of Supergirl" (2x01)

Too cute for words. (source)

Since they first started teasing season 2 of Supergirl, I've been waiting in agonizing anticipation for the premiere. Why, do you ask, would I be eagerly awaiting the return of a show that left me with half-baked hope for its future? One word: Superman.

Tyler Hoechlin said Christopher Reeve was his favorite Superman. (source)

SUPERMAN. Within thirty seconds of Clark Kent appearing on the show, I was almost in tears of joy. Superman was the first superhero I adored, and while I've found many others to love, he still remains in a special part of my fangirl heart. Thus, I've been continually disappointed by recent portrayals of the character. From Superman Returns to Batman vs Superman, I've felt betrayed by movie-makers for ruining my character to appease a larger audience.

Basically my "Dear DC" letter. (source)

But the CW and Supergirl has given me hope for the Last Son of Krypton in the form of Tyler Hoechlin. My initial reaction to this casting was a little mixed; after all, I'm very protective of my Clark Kent. But I was also excited to see a new-ish face taking on the role (though Tom Welling returning would have been fantastic). Tyler Hoechlin's portrayal of Clark Kent and Superman far exceeded any expectation. He was adorably adorable yet intelligent, encouraging, and skilled. He lived and breathed the Clark Kent I love--the down-to-earth, hardworking farm boy. The dialogue was spot-on, and he definitely looked the part. Let's just say, I'm in love. Currently, he's my favorite version of Superman. Ever.*

This is it. This is the moment I fell in love. (source)

*Note: I haven't seen every version of Superman created. But of the most recent versions, he's the best. He's not cheesy or brooding or being ruined by Zack Snyder.

In addition, there were so many fun references to previous Superman films, especially the Christopher Reeve films. It was super.

Now I want to re-watch the Christopher Reeve films. (source)

They are diving deeper into the comic lore and introducing new characters as well. Lena Luthor--the adopted sister of Lex Luthor--seems like she'll be interesting. I like that she won't automatically be a villain but is trying to do good in the world. (Plus, she's played by Katie McGrath, so I'm already a fan.)

She's awesome. I can't wait to see what else she does. (source)

There's a new Kryptonian, who crashed in a pod similar to how Kara did; I look forward to seeing how he affects Supergirl. Metallo--a Superman supervillain--was introduced at the end of the episode, which was cool. And then there's Cadmus Labs. The name is familiar because Smallville dealt with it, so I'm hoping it'll be interesting.

Alex Danvers continues to prove she's a freaking badass and a wonderful sister. (I'm so happy their sister relationship is both strong and realistic.)

BAMF (source)

Winn is still an adorable fanboy, but now he gets to work for the DEO. He's come so far in the last year; I'm stoked for this new development in his character's story.

He's perfect. (source)

The only thing I'm a little so-so about is that Kara has decided she wants to be--no, needs to be--a reporter. While I know that's a classic trope with superheroes, I was hoping she'd work towards something more, something different than Clark. (Like becoming the next Cat Grant?) But alas, we'll have to settle for watching her maneuver the reporter life instead.

All in all, the season two premiere of Supergirl was thrilling. And it gives me hope for the rest of the season.

He has sway with more than just Cat. *winks* (source)

"The Last Children of Krypton" (2x02)

Why are they so cute? (source)

I'll spare you the fangirling over Superman, but I was still overly excited that he was in not one, but two episodes this season! However, I was sad to see him go. (Please come back!) I really want the CW to consider a spin-off show for him. I mean, we need five nights of superheroes, right? Right?!

Did you say something? I was busy fainting... (source)

A lot happened in this episode as well. We had the iconic "Death of Supergirl" moment when Clark picked up Kara to take her away from the fight. While she didn't die--and wasn't in any danger of dying--it was still cool to see him hold her in that iconic pose.

So iconic. Much wow. (source)

The Metallos were interesting. I'm curious as to what Cadmus Lab is trying to do. I know they want to eliminate aliens, but I don't really know why. What's at the heart of all of this?

Alex is still awesome, and she got to wear her kryptonite suite again when she teamed up with Kara to fight. I think the best part of the episode is when the four teamed up to fight together. That was just cool. (And look! Martian Manhunter was finally helpful!)

BAM! (source)

Unfortunately, Cat is leaving. I'm not sure why--was this just how they wrote the character or is it the actress that doesn't want to continue? It makes me sad because I feel that Kara still needs her mentor. Also, Jimmy James is taking over in her absence, and I don't know how I feel about that. Maybe I was hoping she'd hand the reins over to Kara. *shrugs*

Winn fanboying over Superman will never get old. Never.

Let's be honest: I am Winn. (source)

The ending, though! What?! Who is this Kryptonian? Why did he immediately choke Kara? What is going on? I guess, we'll just have to wait until next week... *sigh*

Overall, I'm actually liking season two of Supergirl so far. While I still think it has a ways to go until it lives up to The Flash and Arrow legacy, I think they've got a good start. Plus, did I mention how perfect Superman was?

I'm not crying. You're--okay, I'm crying. (source)

What did you think of the season two premiere of Supergirl?