By: Claudelle C.
Miraculous… what? Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir (Miraculous Ladybug) is a French T.V show that follows the life of our two main characters, Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste, who are secretly Paris’s own superheros called Ladybug and Cat Noir. When evil comes to ruin your day Ladybug and Cat Noir come to save the day with their magical objects known as their miraculous. Ladybug uses her magical yo-yo while Cat Noir uses his staff. The super hero duo fight the mysterious, unknown supervillin, Hawkmoth. Hawkmoth never shows up in real life, but insteads uses butterflies that are also called akuma's that are absorbed with his black energy to transform average Persians to villains that fight Ladybug and Cat Noir. Though this sounds like another boring superhero T.V show there's something special that makes it so amazing.
As you know the main two characters are Marinette and Adrien who are two teen Persians who live a double life as normal teens and as secrete superheroes. Marrinete is the daughter of the top bakers in Paris and is a fashion designer that creates her own pieces for fun. If she's around Adrien, Marinette is a very clumsy, awkward person. Adrien is a fashion model for his father, Gabriel Agreste. Always locked in his house, Adrien spends most of his life modeling. While the show focuses mainly on Marinette and Adrien, they do have best friends and enemies who are a big part of the show as well. Marinette's best friend is Alya Césaire and Tiki. Alya and Marinette are very close with each other. While Alya is Marinette’s real friend, Tiki is the kwami (protector of the miraculous) that comes with the Ladybug miraculous. Alya is also Ladybug’s biggest fan even with a blog dedicated to Ladybug! Adrien’s best friend is Nino Lahiffe and Plagg. Nino is Adrien's best friend that would do anything to keep Adrien having fun and acting like a teen even though his dad is a cold, no-fun parent. Plagg is Adrien’s kwami that comes with the Cat miraculous.
Every teen also has their enemies, and in this case they have two main villains. Chloé Bourgeois is the mean girl who ruins your life and get whatever she wants. In this case, Chloé has much more power because she is the daughter of the mayor of Paris. While also being Adrien's best friend for their entire life, Chloé must start to become nice if she wants to stay best friends with Adrien. The real villain is Hawkmoth who uses average people's anger or sadness for his power and transforms them into super villains. Though Hawkmoth never shows up to fight in real life Ladybug and Cat Noir know how dangerous he is and how he must be stopped.
Creators of Miraculous and Animations
The amazing creators of Miraculous are Thomas Astruc and Jeremy Zag. Astruc, being the creator and animator, and Zag being the director and producer behind the cartoons. Astruc created the idea by being inspired by a ton of comics and a Japanese lady (not known who) who was wearing a ladybug shirt that started to share sketches with him. Astruc originally planned to make Miraculous a comic book series up until he met Jeremy Zag the C.E.O of ZAG Animations. Working together, the two created a cartoon based on a Ladybug and a Black Cat. The animators decided to first draw Miraculous as a
2D anime but problems quickly popped up as the animators realized that the animation for the Ladybug suit would cause strobing effects which caused the animation to be scrapped and replaced with a CGI animation. Another part of the beginning animations was scrapped, which was a character named Félix that was originally going to be “Adrien” but got scrapped because of him seeming like the basic male lead in shows and they wanted the male lead to be different and unique.
In Miraculous Ladybug there's action and romance. Basically Marinette loves Adrien but when the two are Ladybug and Cat Noir, Cat loves Ladybug but Ladybug can't love him because she loves Adrien but Adrien is Cat Noir and she doesn't know it! Then, when Adrien is Cat Noir he loves Ladybug but she always denies him when he shows his love for her, yet he still loves Ladybug. It hasn't been officially stated by Thomas Astruc that Adrien loves Marinette, but lots of people in the fandom know he loves her too and that they're not just “friends.” Now onto the ships of Marinette, Adrien, Ladybug, and Cat Noir. Ladybug and Cat Noir are Lady Noir. Marinette and Adrien are Arienette (my favorite ship). Ladybug and Adrien are Ladrien. Cat Noir and Marinette are Marichat (chat is french for cat). Ladynoir is the ship we see the most, basically the ship is of Chat flirting with Ladybug and giving her nicknames like ‘bugaboo’, ‘LB’, and most favorited, ‘My lady’. The Arienette ship is made up of Marinette mumbling when she talks to Adrien and Adrien touching her arm once (until season 2). Ladrien is hardly shown in season 1. There is a scene where you see them together is in the episode “The Mime” when they were staring at each other. Last but but least, is Marichat which is Chat just showing off to Marinette and being annoying while Marinette mocks him. The romance is complicated but it starts to makes sense after you watch the show lots of times.
The Future of Miraculous Ladybug
Lots of fans have said that season 1 was the calm before the storm and season 2 will blow you away. So far we know that there are 7 miraculouses, the Fox, Bee, Moth, Peacock, Turtle, and the most powerful miraculouses the Black Cat and Ladybug. We know that the Fox, Turtle, and Bee miraculeuses will be occupied with the friend of Marinette and Adrien’s friends Alya, Nino, and Chloé. There have been statements by Astruc that there is a season 3 in the making as of 2017. Astruc has also said that the Adrienette ship will start to sail in season 2. All we can do now is wait for the new episodes to blow us away!