Miraculous Ladybug To Nick- And Why I Am Skeptical

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Ah, I am back. True to my word I am getting back into blogging. And what better article than on a property I have been watching for some time now a little French-Japaneses-Koren series known as Miarculous Ladybug- or Ladybug for short, seeing as it is nearly midnight as I write this probably will be favoring Ladybug. :)

 Before I dive into the series, and moreover why pray-tell I am skeptical, huge thanks and shout-out to The Rise and Fall of Nick for this post where I first came across the news. Also shout-out to LoliWinx. And for the record I am completely kicking myself for not seeing this sooner.

Right now we are at a point where we know a lot about Ladybug, but at the same time not a lot. This project, a collaborative effort between many studios and companies including the likes of Toei and Disney in addition to others, PGS Entertainment, Zagtoon, Method Animation and more. (How did Nick get rights to this then? I seriously have no idea.)

The series centers around Marinette Cheng, from a glance Marinette (voiced by the amazing Chritina Vee!) is your typical Parisian teenage girl. Except she harbors a secret, that she is also Ladybug a superhero able to transform and save her city from danger. But Marinette is not the only champion of right protecting Paris, another teen (incidentally enough one of her classmates and crush) Adrein bares another identity- Cat Noir. Together the two work to capture akumas, creatures responsible for turning normal citizens evil, and remain clueless about the other's civilian's self.

The series has come a long way since news of it spread back in 2012- three years! Just look at all the trailers and videos, the series has changed some. Originally the series was intended to have art style more reflective that of anime, however the product that awaits fans is a CGI version. And personally, I cannot help but to feel a bit dishearten at the change. I am sure that there must be a good reason for the change, and it will probably will not be something effecting the writing. Outside of the summary provided, and my love of magical girls; the anime-esque art-style was a big draw. Seeing it gone is saddening, but the CGI does look pretty good. Just please, no Sailor Moon Crystal level animation errors, please!!

After following this for a while it is nice to see some sold news, and moreover know that it is coming to America. Granted I would have been thrilled if it was simply on Crunchyroll for streaming! But somehow Nick got the rights...

As glad as I am for this series to be starting, and glad that I can watch and support it- I am not excited at Nick having the rights. To be honest, it worries me deeply. Ladybug has a lot going for it and a lot of great people and companies involved in the creation. We even have BANDAI making merchandise.

Still Nick...I know, I know. I sound like a broken record. But for anyone that followed Winx Club you know as well as I what their fate became. How Nick treated, and still is treating the series. Several countries have already revived and started airing season seven- and here in America we still have episodes to go. At first Nick was decent enough to Winx, but slowly started to move the show's time, give poor time-slots, little to no adds for the series and their line of JAKKS dolls and goods, and overall treated the series badly.

Even though I have yet to see more than the trailers for Ladybug I know that I do not want to see this become their fate. I do not want the series to get lost in who knows what. I want to see Ladybug do well. I want it to show just how grand magical girls truly are and inspire viewers.

I want it to do as well as it possibly can.

But I fear that Nick will do with it as they do with anything that is good and harbors great potential-  treat it like shear and utter crap. No one wants that.

Regardless I will be here, waiting for fall when the series debuts here and blogging along the way. Hoping for the best and going to try and do what I can to see what I hope is another series I can place proudly beside the likes of Sailor Moon and Madoka Magica on my bookcase.

Ladybug, I will be rooting for you.

After all, we need more magical girls!


Shayna said...

I LOVE the CGI version (I really didn't care for the anime imitation), and have been eagerly awaiting this series, and I'm surprised and thrilled that it's coming to the U.S.! And this fall? So soon!

But like you I have the same fear that Nick will screw this series up like they did Winx, but I'm going to try to be positive. If the trailers are any indication, the series should LOOK fantastic, and that's something that Nick can't mess up. ;)

Ella Anders said...


It was surprising to see that it was coming over here, and the fact it is only going to be a few months away adds to that.

Yes, if Nick is only going to be airing the series a lot less to worry about right there. But there is still the possibility of them not proving good time-slots and not marketing the series.

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