Linus & Boom is a French-Korean CGI animated show by Genao Productions. It aired on French TV in 2009 and was sold abroad under the title My Giant Friend. It currently reruns on French channel Gulli.2042. The vaillant members of the Space Development Center (SDC) protect the Earth against those evil aliens who want to invade, control and eat innocent citizens...Well, at least, that's what they'd like you to believe. Truth is, under the rule of Number9, the SDC collects and enslaves any alien who has the misfortune to land or crash on Earth, turning them into Living Weapon, in order to one day rule the whole galaxy.When a big red alien named Boom crashes on his balcony, the 12-year-old Linus has to hide him from the SDC. Thanks to the Dr. K, Linus acquires the Scire Swatch which allows him, among other things, to put Boom under a human disguise at will. His friends Iris, Monroe and Taki soon join him in his mission to find aliens lost on Earth, free or protect them from the SDC, and safely send them back home. All of this while avoiding Chase, the most feared agent of the SDC. Things gets more complicated when Jenny, the girl Linus is in love with, develops a crush on Boom.The show has some similitudes with the Ben10 franchise. The creators mentioned they got tired of young heroes slaughtering "monsters" without second thoughts and wanted to try something different. So their heroes do the opposite, protecting them. My Giant Friend tends to be formulaic with many points left unexplained (the 12 minutes format clearly didn't help the storytelling) but it has quite the charm, with interesting designs (both for aliens, mechas and technology), good music and endearing characters (especially Iris and Chase). The 1st season had 52 episode which ended with an obvious Sequel Hook.A second season was planned and already written but got cancelled due to disagreements between the French and Korean producers.Example of tropes in My Giant Friend:
Chekhov's Gun: One alien mentions at the beginning of an episode that he can't stand Iris' perfume. This becomes later a plot point: this is precisely what protects her from his brainwashing pheromons.
The Load: Sandborn is abysmally dumb and incompetent. He only got his job as a SDC agent because he's Number9's nephew.
Lovable Alpha Bitch: Jenny acts like the class queen and doesn't hesitate to bluntly tell Linus she's way out of his league. In the same time, she has a crush on Boom, because he's honest and not concerned with being popular. She also sees through Cornell shallowness. This doesn't stop her from acting bratty and manipulative sometimes.
Love Confession: Iris towards Linus in episode 44, "Larva". Linus doesn't think it is meaningful out of this context, though.
Plot-Driven Breakdown: The Swatch of Scire runs low on energy only when the plot requires it. There's no discernable scale of energy consumption of its various functionalities. One may think Linus is simply careless.
Plucky Comic Relief: The Beebees are Ugly Cute, small, dumb, with an inflated ego and make toy noises. They also can be of an actual help once in a while.
Romance Arc: Between Linus and Iris. It doesn't appear in most of the episodes, though. Interesting in that this is pretty much the sole true arc which goes on throughout the whole season. We learn that Iris is in love with Linus in Ep.1 and the story is about how he will realize he loves her. It's pretty well done and very cute, and actually more interesting than the almost non-existent and unbuilt Myth Arc. One could even say this is Iris' story rather than Linus'.
Running Gag: Coconuts regularly appear out of nowhere for comical effect.
Selective Obliviousness: There's no other way to properly explain how Linus can ask Iris to ask Jenny if she fancies him 7 episodes after the brunette kissed him.
She Cleans Up Nicely: Chase and Iris, in the same episode. Each has a date in the same café, respectively with Linus and a disguised alien guy.
Ship Tease: Between Iris and Linus. The latter gradually becomes aware of his feelings towards her and there's blushing, hugging and even kissing, though the Relationship Upgrade doesn't occur due to external meddling.
Shipper on Deck: Linus friends wonder when he will hook up with Iris and often make comments about it in his presence.
Shout Out: But of course, be it visually or in the name of the alien species. One of the most visible is Chase destroying two mecha mooks, Trinity style (ep19).
True Love's Kiss: Explicitely said so, between Linus and Iris. It's her initiative and she goes boldly to save him from an unwanted wedding. Note that Linus wasn't totally aware of his feelings towards Iris then. It works nonetheless, even if he seems to have forgotten it the next episode.
Tsurime Eyes: Chase, which makes her look suspiciously Asian.
Iris Cannot Spit It Out towards Linus, though her approaches ar far more competent than his. Too bad he's usually too smitten towards Jenny (or gets distracted) to notice Iris. Even when she sports a little orange dress.
Will They or Won't They?: Iris and Linus relationship gradually becomes this. At the end of the 1st season, it's clear it's only a matter of time.