I want to like Miraculous Ladybug. I really do. In some ways, I do like it. The animation is superb for a 3D Western cartoon, the character designs are neat, the music is good if a little poppy, and the localization is good without being cringeworthy or resorting to really bad jokes or puns (and what jokes/puns they DO use really work well with the show\'s tone). Plus, it\'s a magical girl show! What\'s there to not like? Unfortunately, I hate to admit this, but it needs to be acknowledged: Miraculous Ladybug has problems. Serious problems. Something like this could have been a masterpiece. But as it is, it\'s extremely flawed. Anyone who\'s not Marinette or Adrien are completely one-note, one-dimensional, and never develop throughout the series. None of them really grow as people, and that gives us almost no reason to care about any of them or their plights. The show itself basically has zero story other than Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World. That\'s it. What makes this worse is that the whole series is episodic in nature, and there is NOTHING progressing the story in any way. All of the episodes are basically glorified filler. They\'re all the same: Hawkmoth turns someone into an Akuma, the heroes fight for 80% of the episode and purify them, the end! Not only that, the fights take up 80% of the episodes, leaving little time for characters to just be normal. It\'s like the show is afraid to get out of its comfort zone, or that any slice-of-life at all will lose the kids\' attention. Come on, writers. Kids are better than this. Stop insulting their intelligence. Hawkmoth is in particular a completely inept villain. He doesn\'t do anything except corrupt people and never leaves the Eiffel Tower! He doesn\'t even fight the heroes himself! Why does he even want their miraculouses anyway? Why does he want so much power? And no, don\'t say to take over the world, because we all know that\'s a horse\'s corpse that has been rotting media since the dawn of time. He\'s not threatening or intimidating, and just sits around in the tower like a shut-in. That\'s NOT how to write a good villain, writers! In fact, the show itself doesn\'t explain why Marinette and Adrien even deserve their powers, let alone Master Fu\'s role in this and why he picked them in the first place. So...yeah, honestly, I don\'t think Miraculous Ladybug deserves the popularity it gets. It\'s not groundbreaking, nor is it different from other shows of its kind. It could have been great, but all of its flaws completely hold it back. I guess had network execs not forced Astruc to sanitize it from the ideas presented by the original 2D pilot, it could have been great in its own right. As it is, it\'s just not for me. I think LoliRock is a better Western magical girl show that isn\'t afraid to do what Ladybug is afraid to do. But if you like it, that\'s okay! The show\'s not perfect, but that doesn\'t mean it\'s bad. But its flaws do hold it back from being something truly great.
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