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What is a ship? If you answered a boat on the ocean or something that UPS does, you are hopelessly out of date.
These days, a ship is a “relationship,” used as both a noun and a verb. And if you tune in to the animated show Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, chances are you do so because of the character ships.
Fans have strong and heartfelt opinions on who should be with who. The right ship gives you all the feels, while the wrong is just triggering, as they say.
Of course, there are other reasons to watch. It’s a fun superhero adventure, with our clumsy, hapless heroine taking on evil in a spotted CGI spandex suit. In general the animation is as clear, 3D, and detailed as a computer can generate these days.
Despite this modern look, fans of traditional anime, or Japanese animation, find lots to love in its cute animal side kicks, its magical transforming relics (in this case, earrings), and the general high-school vibe. Miraculous is actually made by studios in France, Italy, and South Korea as well as Japan, and it is set in Paris, but you can’t help but get the anime vibe.
Regardless of all that, you really watch it for the ships. The basic run-down is that awkward high schooler Marinette has unrequired love for rich fellow student Adrien. Little do they both know that they fight bad guys together on a daily basis as alter egos Ladybug and Cat Noir. When that happens, Cat Noir actually has unrequired love for Ladybug but not the other way around. (You couldn’t call it a love triangle, more of maybe an inverted rhombus?)
The will-they won’t-they keeps the fandom on its toes. Near and dear to the hearts of many is the Adrinette ship (formed by combining the names Marinette and Adrien), or even Marichat (Marinette with Adrien as Chat Noir). The combinations continue – and who ends up with who can be told only by time (and, perhaps, college selection?).
Since its premiere in 2015, it has skyrocketed to popularity among kids, tweens, and even adults – so much so fans eagerly awaited news of the new Season 3 at the show’s San Diego Comic Con panel in 2018.
Miraculous fans are currently buzzing with new episodes being dropped in December 2018 and 2019. So far, one new episode “Chameleon,” is only available on unofficial YouTube channels in the U.S.
Where to Watch Miraculous Ladybug
Miraculous season 1 and twelve out of 26 episodes of season 2 are available on Netflix. Netflix costs between $7.99-$13.99/month, depending on how many screens you use at the same time.
The show is not available on Hulu. Disney channel and Nickelodeon have shown Miraculous in some places in the past, but they are not currently streaming the show in the US at this time. A few episodes from seasons 1 and 2 are available for free at KidsClick.com
Watch Miraculous Ladybug on YouTube
Episodes of Miraculous are readily available for free on YouTube through unofficial channels. Some, but not all, are in English. Check out the long list of episodes I found using a simple search for Miraculous Ladybug.
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