Is ‘Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir’ only a kid’s show?

If you haven’t heard of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, I would advise you to take a break and watch it. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, or Miraculous for short, is a cartoon on Netflix set in Paris, France and follows the lives of two high school students that have a secret identity. 

In the daytime, I’m Marinette, just a normal girl with a normal life. But there’s something about me that no one knows yet, ’cause I have a secret.”

— Marinnette from Miraculous

Eiffel tower in Paris, France where Ladybug and Cat noir live. (Photo via Wikimedia under the creative commons license)

The two high schoolers are tasked with being superheroes after a supervillain emerges, turning people into villains for his gain. The supervillain’s name is Hawkmoth, and he wants to take Ladybug and Cat Noir’s Miraculouses, the jewels that give them their power. An evil butterfly, known as Akuma, transforms normal citizens into villains. As stated previously, Miraculous is a cartoon, but is it good enough for all ages to watch?

The show is slightly repetitive as most kid shows are. Every episode there is a battle between an ‘akumatized’ victim that is controlled by Hawkmoth and two high schoolers that are never on time because they are always trying to stop Hawkmoth, however, every episode has its own goal. Throughout the seasons there is a buildup between the two high schoolers Adrien and Marinette, along with Ladybug and Cat Noir. This is where it starts to get tricky.

Marinette has a crush on Adrien while Cat Noir has a crush on Ladybug. They are the same people, but they don’t know that because they have to keep their identities a secret. They go back and forth like this for some time. Then in season three when it seems like they are finally making progress on Adrien starting to like Marinette, another girl enters the show and catches Adrien’s eye, but he doesn’t seem fully convinced quite yet, all the while Marinette is trying to get his attention before she does. The episodes may have one thing in common by having fight scenes, but it does have an overarching plot that can really suck you in. The first three episodes of Miraculous seem to be the least important to the plot to me but are still fun to watch.

Ladybug and Cat Noir talking while trying to fight a villain. (Screenshot from Miraculous Ladybug youtube account)

There’s a lot more to Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, but I prefer to not spoil the whole show if you are planning on watching it. There are moments that are sweet and moments that make you want to rip your hair out, like whenever Adrien is being the most oblivious person that he can, or how the class bully is usually the reason people get “akumatized” in Paris. You can only get “akumatized” when you are feeling negative emotions so you could see how a class bully would help Hawkmoth find a new victim.

In my personal opinion Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir is more than a kid’s show and can be watched by all ages. There is something in it for everyone to enjoy, even if you only have it playing in the background while doing other tasks.