By Kristina Biel
The Tales of Miraculous Ladybug and Chat Noir is a show every early 2000’s kid wished they grew up with, but now they watch it going into their early adult life. A quick summary of it would be, two teenage kids are granted powers to protect the city of Paris. Chat Noir who is Adrien Agreste, and Ladybug who is Marinette Dupain-Cheng. They have to save Paris from Hawkmoth, whilst balancing their normal everyday lives, without revealing their identities, not even to each other.
The first reason this show is the best is because of the love square. So, Marinette likes Adrien, but Adrien, who is Chat Noir, is in love with Ladybug, who is Marinette. Ladybug only sees Chat Noir as a friend, and Adrien only sees Marinette as a friend. I know what you are thinking right now, why won’t Ladybug and Adrien just get together? Well you see, Ladybug can’t do that in fear of her secret identity being released, also Marinette has this doubt in herself that Adrien only likes Ladybug because she is Ladybug. We the audience know that’s not true, but she does not. ALSO, Adrien thinks Ladybug is in love with another boy, Luka who is a secondary hero compared to the first too, but that is a story for another time.
Secondly, The Tales of Miraculous Ladybug and Chat Noir is an AMAZING comfort show. Why? Well, the show is relatable in the unrequited love section, I mean who has not been head over heels for a guy/gal that does not love you back. Also, the fictive point of superheroes is just fun to watch.
Third, the reason I started watching it. I am an avid lover of those cringey kids shows that you see when switching channels. So when this show crossed my eyes, I fell in love with it. Through the animation style, and the repetitive storylines it was exactly what I needed to distract me from school.
Fourth, the truth is honestly it is not a really good animation style, but that does not matter when you just need a distraction. In addition to everything, it is just a filler show, but the characters set it above. If not for the complex love square, one would probably find the show incredibly boring or child-like. Even Madonna admitted on the Jimmy Fallon’s show that she watches it too! I mean, who doesn’t want to be like Madonna!
Finally, the reason I love The Tales of Miraculous Ladybug and Chat Noir so much is the underlying messages. That not only does it normalize having anxiety or other mental illnesses, but that it doesn’t exclude you from everyone. The show happens to demonstrate that everyone is fighting their own battles and sometimes it may cross over into your own, and that’s okay!
So overall with its technique of having the viewers on the edge of their seats, being a relatable, but obviously fictional setting, and having underlying messages that promote mental health, The Tales of Miraculous Ladybug and Chat Noir is an amazing show. I love watching it at 3 a.m. myself, as do many others. Which is why it is such a great show, and with season four being released, you should get started on it now!
Kristina Biel is a student at Fillmore Central High School. She is participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its 23rd year.