Cells at Work! – Anime Preview
Synopsis: This is a story about you. A tale about the inside of your body… According to a new study, the human body consists of approximately 37 trillion cells. These cells are hard at work every day within a world that is your body. From the oxygen carrying Red Blood Cells to the bacteria fighting White Blood Cells, Get to know the unsung heroes and the drama that unfolds inside of you! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Cells at Work!, as the title suggests, is a fun romp through the inner workings of the human body. Cells are anthropomorphized to turn the daily vital functions, such as delivering oxygen to various parts of the body, into a more 9-5 courier like job or turning getting rid of infections into action packed encounters. It doesn’t go too deep into the factual side, giving us a line or two of basic information about the current ‘cell’ onscreen and most viewers should already know those facts from school. Still, it feels like a playful way to maybe introduce younger kids to the science of our body and older audiences should find humour in seeing all the creative and over the top takes on what were once just bland study notes.
Tom: It’s definitely a fun concept, although not entirely original. What’s here provides plenty of action and comedy, coupled with brief info dumps. It’s got charm to it, and the setting makes it stand out amongst the rest of the season, but beyond that Cells at Work! doesn’t have too much else to offer and I do worry that it will become a problem later on, once the novelty of the setting has worn off.
Linny: The anthropomorphic characters come in the form of Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells, Platelets, etc who share a similar uniform divided by cell type but have differing characteristics and archetypes within their group that’s mainly used to set up jokes, drama or tension. Our introductory lead, a Red Blood cell, is alarmingly ditzy and naive making you wonder just how efficiently this human body might be running in real life when the blood cells are struggling to find the right organs to deliver the blood to. It’s all in good fun of course and is part of the show’s charm.
Tom: While I enjoyed Cells at Work!’s premiere and found it brimming with comedy, action and charm, I do worry that it’s not a concept that lends itself well to an ongoing narrative. Currently it feels like so much is hinged on its premise of turning the human body’s mechanics into an anthropomorphized comedy/action fest. Whether Cells at Work! will continue to, well, work, depends entirely on how it invents itself going into Episode 2, as the novelty of its setting will eventually wear off. I’ll still be giving the series a recommended, but it is a title that I worry is more likely to drop off in quality and than not.
Linny: Cells at Work! has the daunting task of taking basic internal body functions and turning them into an amusing and adventure filled tale. This means it does have to work within the realm of reality, while also adding flair to make it interesting and funny. The first episode shows promise, introducing all kinds of strong personalities and crazy events but there is most definitely some fear as to how long the story might be able to keep up this wacky comedy thanks to its ‘grounded’ premise. That said, Cells at Work! starts off strong with an enjoyable first episode worthy of recommendation to anyone on the lookout for a story that mixes educational and realistic content with zany humour.
Cells at Work! is available for streaming via Crunchyroll