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!
Hataraku Saibou has more than just the overwhelming fanbase: it actually brought non-otakus and people who don't watch anime to come and watch this fascinating piece of work that honestly isn't like any other anime out there. With that said, this is easily AOTS for many people come in not expecting anything and then being surprised by what it does and adds to the overall presentation.
This is the story about all of us: the system within the human body, the innards, effects and all the hoopla that's going on in our bodies, from as simple as the protecting red and white
blood cells to the enemy germs and infections that cause the alarms and dangers, and not forgetting our main charming point: Loli platelets - Don't lewd the loli! All the characters here aren't unique, but seeing them as the main driving force of our very own bodies makes us are in wonder of what's going on in our body and how we learn and better understand and take care of our bodies. It's entertaining to the extreme degree and is a blast to watch every episode as if it is biology class in real life, only more redeeming and rewarding.
And someone please tell me why do some of us ship Red Blood Cell and White Blood Cell? Red's VA is the favourite seiyuu Kana Hanazawa and White's VA is another favorite, Maeno Tomoaki, and sure this pairing is weird, but the series doesn't just focus on them alone...
As expected when it comes to the art and animation, David Production handles it pretty well, giving the human-animated body life as if it were a real city/town with its various cell populations . And not forgetting the entire human body cel-shading backgrounds, it is as appealing as watching the entire system in motion. And since this is David Production we're talking about, it wouldn't be right if it didn't have references to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, and it certainly delivers handsomely in its class.
Sound-wise, this has got to be one of the biggest and most critical of the series as a whole, the OST is another solid job well done, the BGM really kicking things and the pacing to a T, and the best part is the teacher-like narration, as if every episode was the start of biology class.
What can I say? This show is more than just exciting and pleasing, it makes me wanna learn biology the Animation and NOT the "meme" manga (which is actual bio textbooks), and is the breath of fresh air that everyone sorely needed when tireness of the overused genres come back and lure people away every season. I'd say that this series is a MUST watch for anyone who is and isn't only interested in biology, but the premise itself which is a big correlation to us. Easily AOTS? You'd bet!
(I’ll only be keeping my review short and brief as only 4 episodes have been released as I write this)
As a nursing student who has had to take microbiology, anatomy, and immunology classes and such I have to say I'm quite surprised as to how accurate and informative this anime is whilst being able to have a laugh at the way they portray formed elements and bacteria as characters and the landscape of the different transportation systems and organs in the body.
This anime is great and I highly recommend it to anyone, especially if you're looking to learn about cell biology-although I believe it'd
much more entertaining if you have an in-depth understanding of the human body at both the cellular and physiological level.
Cells At Work is an educational series about how the human body functions on cellular level. Its source material was originally released in the Japanese science magazine called Gross Biological Stuff and Geeky Nerdy Shit Weekly, now made into an anime format to ensure the misinformation of this shonen comedy reaches a wider audience.
I refuse to use the reddit meme phrase ""as a" biology major" to back up my rhetoric with titles -- moreover, majoring biology requires bit more than reading 3 wikipedia articles about cells -- so instead I will say this series has a pretty interesting take on something that could be
called pseudo-science. I am still deeply disappointed that this wasn't like 'Moyashimon' -- the most accurate series about agriculture ever created, or like 'Once Upon a Time...Life' -- the French animation franchise produced in the 70's and 80's, "Life" being only one of the many parts of it. Instead, we have a comedy series that can be enjoyed the best by completely excluding its settings. However, I like comedy as well... unfortunately, that's where this show really flops.
The opening song (lyrics and opening animation) alone are the perfect alarm to everyone who expected this to meet the shonen demographics as this is the most childish shit opening I recall ever seeing. Turns out the series is not much better.
Our story centers around this female red blood cell who never finds her way to where she is supposed to go because she is retarded, and this white blood cell dude who is always at the right place at the right time like the hero he is. Reddo girl runs from place to another and discovers bacteria and whatever nasty shit, followed by mr. white rekking them like he is Saitama from One Punch Man. That's pretty much the entirety of the series as it is nothing but below average fighting tournament shonen disrespecting its settings with references that only appear smart to people who aren't -- and centering around 2 extremely uninteresting characters. None of this would be a problem if the series was clearly aimed for children, but unfortunately all of this is just childish: great many children shows are more mature than this, moreover, children series tend to have charm which this one is missing completely.
I am personally huge fan of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, but after constantly witnessing barely mediocre series from David Production, I am starting to think they will be one franchise miracle and not much more. Cells at Work's biggest achievement is strengthening this thought. This is the seasonal anime series that I really wanted to like. Unfortunately that has proven to be hard because it sucks. I can recommend seasonal anime watchers to watch the first episode and decide after that if this is worth of it or not, but personally, I say it's not worth much.
As the last third of 2018 draws near, we find ourselves right in the middle of a superb Summer season where various well-received returning anime fight for the position of best show of the cour and, by extension, of the year, all of them with very high ratings. However, new releases are also holding up competently, with new adaptations of classic and recent media and its fair share of originals. And among the new names of Summer 2018, one of the biggest is Hataraku saibou (Cells at Work!), already one of the most commented shows over the course of the last weeks. Brought to life
by David Production, the show also acts as a testament for the staying power of the relatively new studio as one of the most relevant producers in activity today.
In a year that started off with the adorable Earth-chan springing up everywhere, it was guaranteed that the next anime based on random objects would generate a large amount of buzz. And with the premise of showing us the adventures of the cells of our bodies in a fantastic way, Hataraku saibou drew in countless viewers and is living up to its hype until now. As a Pharmacy student, I personally waited eagerly for this anime to start ever since it was announced, and the final result was still way beyond my expectations.
Some people describe Hataraku saibou as an educational anime, a label with which I disagree. In fact, I wouldn't even call it "edutainmental". Its purpose is pure, unadulterated entertainment using biological concepts as a background. Hataraku saibou does not simply rely on its gimmick. Its structure is the same as many popular anime (particularly from the shonen genre/demographic) incorporating exciting fights, short but well-crafted character arcs and frenzied twists in the latter parts of each episode. The first episode is a excellent summary of the formula and will most certainly captivate everyone who's open to it throughout its duration. And honestly, anyone who didn't enjoy the conclusion of that first episode, where after a long chase, a lone germ is contained and put inside a missile named "Sneeze" which is then launched and detonated as cells all around rejoice and salute may be just too cynical to enjoy any work like this.
Overall, the art style is nice and the animation is decent, though there is some variation in quality at times. The overtly detailed and vibrant backgrounds may just be the greatest part of the art direction. The fights are extremely over-the-top, with blood flying everywhere and staining the white bodies of the fighters, something which decidedly requires some effort to animate. The carefulness of the work may be even surprising, knowing that at this moment, David Production is also busy with the year-long series Captain Tsubasa and the much expected new season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
Aaaand here is the strongest suit of Hataraku saibou. The character design is simply one the best and most charismatic in recent memory, with the likeness of the main characters featuring heavily in fanarts and social networks. Even without any proper names or dramatical backstories for the many characters, we have an incredible characterization whose charm lies in its simplicity and faithfulness to the original concept. Knowing the properties of the cells beforehand, I was already expecting the Macrophage to be an insanely powerful fighter (though the ara-ara cake part was a most welcome bonus!), for example. Basophils and T-cells are also other personal favorites of mine. And of course, there's still the unbelievably cute Platelets too. The monster design is varied and spectacularly creative and all of the locations, as I implied before when praising the backgrounds, are evocative and very well constructed. Trust me, you'll find yourself eagerly waiting to see how the next group of cells or organs look like.
The soundtrack is competent, with tense tracks playing during the fights and crises faced by the characters, triumphant fanfares at the conclusions and comfy mood music during the Slice of Life sections. The opening theme is a fun colaboration among the CVs; the ED is more on the generic side, but that is already decent enough for ClariS. Nevertheless, who steals the scene in the sound department are the CVs themselves, with well-known names of voice acting such as Kana Hanazawa, Daisuke Ono and a personal favorite acting as the lovely narrator: Mamiko Noto.
Your mileage may vary on this one. Over the past few years I've been learning about Histology, Immunology, Hematology, Microbiology, among many other subjects, and all of them converge into the deliciously entertaining mix that is Hataraku saibou, which covers my overlapping interests in both Biology and anime. But in my opinion, its presentation is so universally wonderful that being overtly familiar with the subject matter is not a prerequisite to fully enjoy the series. One might even learn a thing or two about their own bodies.
I say, give it a try. Even if only for the "anone anone"...