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! It's the oddly relatable and interesting story that is the life of cells!
Hatarku Saibou is a comedy about the interactions the human immune system has with foreign entities. If you remove the fact that it's about the human immune system, this would be still be a fairly decent show.
If the human body was used as a metaphor instead of the actual setting of this anime, this show would not be a comedy, but would still be good.
The show manages to be exciting while, for the most part, sticking to the facts about the human immune system. Taken at face value, the plot is rather bland and literally comes straight of a textbook, but the timing and
ordering of the scenes is crafted extremely well and creates an illusion of suspense.
My only issue with the presentation is that there is a lot of potential dark humor that has been missed in order to create continuity and more memorable individual characters; it inherits a lot of the typical issues with shonen anime.
The art style feels like older anime, except the colors are somewhat brighter. Pleasing to the eye, but nothing particularly noteworthy.
The orchestral soundtrack is really good. Again, the soundtrack would fit very well with a serious story, if the human body were used as a metaphor instead of the actual setting. This fact adds a lot to the humor.
The character designs are creative and the personalities generally match the types of cells they are assigned to. However, this show makes its characters a bit _too_ human, and all the characters seem to be based off of common anime tropes (there's a typical shoujo mc, a typical shonen mc, cute lolis, a yandere, typical buff guys); a lot of potential comedy about how the personalities of cells can be very odd is missed.
It's comedy, so this component of the rating is based on how often I've laughed or wanted to laugh. There are shows that have made me laugh more, but this is great.
Okay, this is my first review, I hope its helpful in any way.
The theme around Hataraku Saibo is human cells personified. So the story revolves around how each cell functions inside the human body and their day to day challenges. The killing of virus, cancer, blood cloth, and etc. It is slice-of-life of human cells, basically.
I love the art. No one can hate it when there's platelets-chan around.
Nothing special here.
As I mentioned above, there is no characterization. Everyone fits into a persona/stereotype. White blood cell must be psycho, red blood cell must be meek, platelets must be cute. That's it, but
I do love the wacky white blood cell.
Despite the lack of characterization, story, and sound. I find myself enjoying this series very much. It's fun to learn a little bit more about my own body while I lay on back and enjoy the show.
The idea and setting are fantastic. It's not the first time we're seeing personified cells (Osmosis Jones), but it's intriguing and sometimes educational to see how different cells interact.
However, so far the characters are generic, you can predict most of the jokes, and even the fight scenes are too simple.
e.g. They introduce a calm and classy character that carries a sythe. She comes to aid a fight between cells & germs, and when she gets surrounded one of the naive cells of course shouts "Ah! Watch out!" and of course she smiles and swings the sythe to kill all the enemies. It's quite cliche.
there will be more than just fighting off germs in future episodes.