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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
MARIAH's THOUGHTS on Cells At Work (2018)
Season: 1 Rating:
PG-13 – Teens or older
23 min per episode
Jul 8, 2018 to Sep 30, 2018
Aniplex, Kodansha, Magic Capsule
Tomoaki Maeno, Kana Hanazawa, Maria Naganawa, Takahiro Sakurai, Kikuko Inoue, Aya Endou, Ono Daisuke, and more
Inside the human body, roughly 37.2 trillion cells work energetically 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Fresh out of training, the cheerful and somewhat airheaded Red Blood Cell AE3803 is ready to take on the ever-so-important task of transporting oxygen. As usual, White Blood Cell U-1146 is hard at work patrolling and eliminating foreign bacteria seeking to make the body their new lair. Elsewhere, little platelets are lining up for a new construction project.
Dealing with wounds and allergies, getting lost on the way to the lungs, and bickering with similar cell types, the daily lives of cells are always hectic as they work together to keep the body healthy!
Cells at Work! is the information about your body that you didn’t ask for, but you get it anyway, and it’s all bundled up in an adorable thirteen-episode anime. While watching Cells at Work, the anime repeatedly introduces the different cells, bacteria, and functions of the human body. Each episode has its own little story to tell for the daily life of cells at work. Cells at Work gives cells face, humanoid form, and personality, wherein each of these aspects play on common anime stereotypes. For example, Red Blood Cell AE3803 is optimistic, clumsy, hard-working, and depicted with an ahoge or a strand of hair sticking out of the head to denote a foolish or clumsy character. White Blood Cell U-1146 is a serious and stern officer with very little facial expression and platelets are adorable, little children with few other personality traits. The anime is imbued with elements common in shonen anime, such as comedic and exaggerated faces, battle scenes, and light-hearted humor. It focuses on the collaboration between characters, their friendly relationships with each other or their rivalries. In the summer of 2018, Cells at Work was one of the most hyped anime of the season, but due to its short-lived nature, Cells at Work doesn’t leave a lasting impression. It is a short and cute anime for entertainment and for anyone looking for something easy to watch.