by Bean, edited by Platypus
I rate this manga: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Cells At Work! is a manga (that they then turned into an anime) written by Akane Shimizu. The story is exactly what it sounds like: you explore the daily life of cells working in the human body. There are loads of characters, and the first one we come across is Red Blood cell.
Red Blood cell has fiery red hair and a bad sense of direction, but her passion for her job is what keeps her going. When she was strolling through the body, bacteria suddenly floods in. Red Blood cell, in awe from the attack, was frozen, technically the perfect prey for the germs who try their hardest to infect the body. When she was almost eaten, White Blood cell pops out from nowhere! Most people fear the white blood cells, but they’re actually pretty easy-going guys excluding the fact that they’re assassins. White Blood cell kills the germ, keeping Red Blood cell safe.
Almost everyday Red Blood cell is getting in trouble, and almost every time the same White Blood cell comes to save her. Once, when White Blood cell encountered Red Blood cell, he escorted her to her destination, because she’s bad with maps. During this, they stumbled upon some platelets. Because platelets look like small children, the other cells are often found staring at them and making remarks on just how cute they look.
While the White Blood cells are tough, the Killer T cells are tougher. They’re only sent out when the White Blood cells need backup. The training is brutal, and you’ll often find the squad leader yelling at his trainees, and generally being grouchy. The Killer T cells have no mercy, and they eliminate whatever is causing harm.
Then the Macrophages come into play. While they may seem dainty and “cutesy,” they too, are hardcore murderers. They help out when things get really bad and often work with young children to teach them basic things, almost like preschool for cells.
There are so many violent cells in this series! Another is the NK cell. She is like the female version of the T Cells, and tends to act a little sassy and annoys the them like there’s no tomorrow. The Helper T Cell, who, unlike the Killer T cells, gives orders to attack instead of actually getting his hands dirty. The Helper T often relaxes in his office when nothing comes up, sipping tea and eating biscuits. B cell creates weapons to destroy bacteria, and often fights with Mast Cell, whose job is to create Histamines and such. Lastly, is Eosinophil, another type of White Blood cell, who is weaker then the average White Blood cell, but has her own strengths. She’s often teased by the regularly cells who think she’s weak, but the other White Blood cells know her power.
I may have missed a few cells, but all in all, every character is different and that’s what I like. I certainly enjoyed this series, and it actually tells you quite a bit about real cells, and is pretty educational while being entertaining at the same time.
If you like semi-comedic stories that have a twist to them, I’d say this is for you. The author, Akane Shimizu, is actually in the middle of writing the 6thbook, and I’m really looking forward to it.
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