Miraculous Ladybug


Miraculous Ladybug is a Korean-French animation, the brainchild of Thomas Astruc and produced by multiple animation companies including Japanese company Toei Animation and The Walt Disney company.

The story centres around Marinette, an average, extra dippy Parisian teen with a crush on the handsome blonde Adrienne. When she’s not drooling and squeaking over him, she’s busy protecting her city as “Miraculous Ladybug” in a spotty lyrca costume. What she doesn’t know (of course) is that Adrienne is also protecting the city as “Cat Noir” with his own stretchy outfit. He fancies Miraculous Ladybug, she fancies Adrienne, neither knows who the other is…you get the picture.

Ah, the classic love story of cat boy meets ladybug girl...
Ah, the classic love story of cat boy meets ladybug girl…
Marinette specialises in derp faces
Marinette specialises in derp faces like this one

Miraculous Ladybug and Cat Noir must protect the city from “Hawk Moth” who releases magical butterflies to transform Marinette’s peers and provide them with the power to enact revenge on the city for the injustice they have suffered. Although predictable, this formula could have worked if there was something extra to make it interesting. Unfortunately Miraculous Ladybug fails to deliver anything truly fresh, exciting, or original. Marinette is on a whole new level of dippy, often tripping over her words and herself in her general dizziness. In fact, none of the characters seem to have any hint of real personality beyond the barest stereotypes. I was surprised and disappointed that this was the case when so many cultures and big names had been involved in the creation of the show.

If you’re looking for a very light-hearted, very simple superhero cartoon, you might want to give this a try, but there are probably others more worth your time.

Miraculous Ladybug airs on Disney Channel UK in January 2016.



Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt


Have you ever wanted to see a cartoon just like Powerpuff Girls…but with more dirty jokes, gross out moments and nudity? Well, luckily for you, someone else did too, and thus Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt was born!

Panty and Stocking are Angels, but they’re not especially pious. Panty likes to spend her days in sexual clinches with various men, and Stocking has a mega sweet tooth. They’re both lazy, childish and just want to spend their days hedonistically indulging in their respective hobbies. Stocking is the gothic Lolita chalk to Panty’s blonde seductive cheese, but the two of them team up when necessary to rid their city of monsters and earn brownie points as Angels.

Panty knows what she wants
Panty knows what she wants

Of course, this wouldn’t be a gross out show without some gross out monsters. Panty and Stocking face off against a shit monster, undead semen and even a booger monster. You got it – bodily fluids and functions really aren’t off limits in this one. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt does present even the grossest of ideas in unique and inventive ways, so for the most part it doesn’t feel like they’re just throwing it in for the sake of it, but if that’s not your thing it’d be best to give it a miss.

This show doesn't shy away from various bodily functions...
This show doesn’t shy away from various bodily functions…

Alongside the crude, rude and lewd humour, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt throws in plenty of pop culture references, including anime references and tropes, to keep things from becoming too one dimensional. Although the language is foul, the rest of the adult content is often implied rather than explicit, so whilst this wouldn’t really be suitable for kids, teenagers probably wouldn’t be as shocked. The over the top antics and dirty humour make this a great Saturday or Sunday morning watch for those who enjoy their cartoons uncensored…though make sure no little ones are around!

Silly, gross, and pretty funny, if you want a simple premise that works base humour and pop culture references to good effect, check out Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.