First of all apologizes for the rather lengthy titles, but also for the fangirl glee in this post as I have been following developments on this series for quite a while now. The night before I penned this I had come across this bit of exciting information, but prolonged penning promptly. However, after seeing several other reliable news sources have gone forward publishing their own articles on the series, I feel confident in moving forward doing so. After all the last thing I want to see happen is wrong information being received.
It seems anime and anime-inspired series are becoming a much larger point here in North America. Not that this authoress has any complains, adding onto news that came about earlier this week in regards to Disney gaining a new anime title, Yo-Kai Watch!, to their networks, Nick is doing the same with the very long-awaited series, Miraculous Ladybug. Which is slated to arrive sometime in fall.
However, unlike Yo-Kai Watch!, Ladybug is not a pure made in Japan series. Rather a collaborative effort by an array of companies located in France, Korea and Japan with studios like Toei Animation, Disney and Zag Entertainment with additional studios at the hem of this new series.
That alone is enough to draw a great deal of hype, it goes without saying that Disney is famous, and Toei has a great legacy with series like Sailor Moon and Pretty Cure- series right up this alley. Not only have both of these companies, in addition to others with involvement, know how to craft a great story, mold beloved characters and have strong animation, but they all bring something new and different to the table.
But please, no major animation errors like we see in some series. If you follow anime you more likely than not know what I am referring to.
But I am getting ahead of myself here, going on and on about a series that I have not even properly introduced. Miraculous Ladybug centers on Mariette Cheng, and from a glance she appears to be a typical high-school teen. But what no one knows is that with a pair earrings she transforms herself into Ladybug, a champion of right that protects Paris from danger. But she isn’t the only one with justice on her mind, or with a double life, another teen also bares a similar fate. By day he is Adrien, classmate of Mariette and the subject of her crush, but by night he transforms himself into Cat Noir.
Despite not knowing what lies behind the masks both bare, the two must work together to capture akumas, those responsible for turning otherwise normal citizens evil. Add that all into trying to have a normal life and things will get interesting fast.
There is a lot that makes Ladybug stand-out from the crowd. Perhaps the most notable of it all is how it meshes both the magical girl and superhero genera together. That has not even happened before, as normally either a series is one or the other. I recall seeing someone say that it is Sailor Moon meets Kim Possible. Considering both series are extremely well-done that is a great thing to hear and shows the great potential this series has. Moreover it is a fair enough stamen. More so when the voice of Mariette, Christina Vee, is also that of Sailor Mars in the new Viz Media dub of the classic anime.
It probably does without saying that I am both excited and hopeful for this series. I adore the magical girl genera and love a good superhero series, Darkwing Duck is both epic and major and Kim Possible is great. Ladybug is truly the best of both worlds. Very excited to see what is ahead!
Join the conversation; what are your thoughts on Ladybug? Will you be watching this fall, and what do you want to see from this new series?