“Qilin” is the upcoming episode of Season 4 of the series, The Miracle: The Legends of Ladybug & Cat Noir. Based on the direct production series series, “Qilin” is the 20th most recorded and produced episode of Season 4. It is also the 98th written and produced episode of the series, in total.
In Chinese mythology, Qilins, also known in Japanese as Kirins, are East Asian creatures that resemble a unicorn, being one of a great number of East Asian creatures to have one horn.
That makes this episode the sixth one where the titular villain is named after a mythological creature, after “Dark Cupid”, “Befana”, “Sapotis”, “Anansi”, and “Oni-Chan”.
Sabine is fully akumatized for the first time, after her transformation into Verity Queen in “Ladybug” was not completed.
As of this episode, Marinette is the only member of her family to not get fully akumatized, since her transformation into Princess Justice in “Ladybug” was interrupted because of Nathalie Sancoeur’s illness.
This is the fifth episode in Season 4 where a character is fully akumatized for the first time, following “Psycomedian”, “Furious Fu”, “Sole Crusher” and “Wishmaker”.
This is also the third episode in Season 4 where a character from Season 1 is akumatized for the first time after “Furious Fu” and “Wishmaker”.
This is the sixth Miraculous related content that airs in the US before being aired in other countries after “Captain Hardrock”, “Ikari Gozen”, “Miraculous New York”, “Wishmaker”, and “Ladybug Saves Christmas”, later being followed by “Penalteam”.
This is the second time where Cat Noir uses the umbrella feature of his staff following “Glaciator 2” and before “Ephemeral”.
But this is the first time he uses it in combat.
Thomas Astruc has stated on Twitter that this episode will have themes of racism, making it one of the few episodes confirmed to have mature themes, after “Reverser” and “Mega Leech”.