Miraculous Ladybug

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It seems like so long ago now that I first saw the PV that was floating around on YouTube, and I got so excited about a magical girl series set in Paris!

Animation and Design are two fields that I’m involved in professionally, so of course I’m going to jump on the chance to take a peak at whatever process or behind-the-scenes stuff a major studio is willing to put out—even if the show isn’t specifically targeted at my age group.

I’m a little bit disappointed that the show we got wasn’t made in this style, but to its credit, there are still some half-decent magic effects. They’ve also kept in the rugging gag  where Ladybug and Chat Noir know each other as superheroes, but are unaware of each other’s civillian identities—and I love that!

Adrien’s character design and his civillian personality have changed from PV to television, but I suppose you could argue that the original Chat Noir was too big of a leap from PV Adrien’s more stoic personality. Still, I would have loved to have seen that play out! Marinette also seemed quite a bit clutzier in the 2D version, but that could just be me.

It’s interesting to see how the CGI has evolved over time as well. Some of the earliest 3D stuff seems to have a more cinematic quality, as if it were made more for film than TV.

In short, there are things I’m happy with and things I wish had stayed more faithful to the original material, but I’m still enjoying what the show has to offer.

Samurai Jack

If I’m honest, I don’t remember most of the original Samurai Jack cartoon. When I heard it was coming back I think I smiled and nodded, but not because it was my favourite show. I mostly watched it in between other shows if I knew something I wanted to see was coming up next.

That said, I’ve been jamming out to the music from the trailer (Hang’em All and Division by Carpenter Brut) since I stumbled upon someone’s reaction video to episode 6. My first thought was “Oh, this is out now?”, followed by “Wow, the animation quality really went up!”

Overall, I feel like this is a different show than the original. Sure there are plenty of references and stylistic choices that pay homage where it’s due, but if they would’ve slapped on a distinguishing subtitle (see: Naruto Shippuden, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Powerpuff Girls Z, Sailor Moon Crystal, etc.) it could stand on its own while still being recognized as a continuation. Just a thought.

I can’t wait to see what future episodes bring to the table! I’m already excited about the return of RWBY Chibi and that latest Steven Bomb (which leaked again), followed by more RWBY and Yuri on Ice in the fall. YOI IS coming back in the fall, right? Am I mistaken? Please tell me I’m not…

Oh and if you’re wondering if this show keeps to the original pacing, I have two words for you: episode 8.

Until next time,

~Niki