Hataraku Saibou: Kaze Shoukougun

Cells at Work!: The Common Cold

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Synonyms: Hataraku Saibou Special, Hataraku Saibou: Cold Syndrome
Japanese: はたらく細胞 新作エピソード「風邪症候群」
English: Cells at Work!: The Common Cold
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Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 27, 2018
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: David Production
Source: Manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Themes: EducationalEducational, MedicalMedical
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.221 (scored by 2716327,163 users)
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Ranked: #31522
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Popularity: #3199
Members: 47,289
Favorites: 9

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For the regular cells of the human body, life consists of countless repetitive tasks. They spend every day multiplying, leaving little time for other activities. But one day, this monotony is abruptly interrupted by a cell with an odd-looking hat. Tired of unending drudgery, another cell named Ippan Saibou decides to join this quirky stranger for a day of pranks, jokes, and mischief.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Soejima, Yasufumi
Shimizu, Akane
Original Creator
Zanandrea, Federico
ADR Director


Opening Theme

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"Mission! Ken Kou Dai Ichi (ミッション!健・康・第・イチ)" by Sekkekkyuu (Kana Hanazawa), Hakkekkyuu (Tomoaki Maeno), Killer T Saibou (Daisuke Ono), Macrophage (Kikuko Inoue)

Ending Theme

"CheerS" by ClariS


Jul 27, 2023
A good special, we get to revisit a lot of the main cast, and the jokes were funny :)

something to note is that I had heard this episode was less accurate than the others in the series, I can see why someone would say that, however, I'm afraid I have to disagree. yes, in real life there isn't an exact parallel to a virus-infected cell and a normal cell playing pranks together, but I saw that as a metaphor for a friend that is a bad influence and ends up betraying his friend, which is a good way of showing how virus-infected cells act like ...
Dec 26, 2018
Hataraku Saibou (Cells at work) is by far the most charming show this year. The characters, the world, the humor, it is all so charming. I am thankful for this OVA because it reminded me of that fact. Oh yeah, the OVA is great too.

The story is just cute. A normal Cell is bored and comes across an mysterious cell and together they do a ton of pranks. The interactions it brings with it are not only charming but also freaking hilarious, even if it sometimes seems a bit too mean (I won't forgive you for hurting my RBC. I won't). ...
Dec 26, 2018
I hate colds. It's been a long time since I've caught one but just to think about it makes my mind boggle.

Watching Hataraku Saibou (Cells at Work) once again brings in an experience that few can match this year. I'm talking about the exploration of the human body in the most creative ways. Returning to this franchise felt like yesterday despite the gap of a few months. My first impression is how the humor works so well when we see how the human body functions.

For this particular special, the common cold is the culprit. When we picture a cold, it's often about a runny nose, ...

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