The greatest sin any form of media can commit is being boring. If you can’t hold someone’s attention and make them give a crap about what you’re presenting, then you have truly failed. And that pretty much sums up my experience with the anime “Cells at Work”. I really don’t have that much to say about it, so let’s just jump right in to the Good, Bad &Ugly.
The story takes place inside the human body, where trillions of anthropomorphic cells each do their job to keep the body healthy. The series largely focuses on two such cells; a rookie red blood cell, AE3803, who often gets lost during deliveries and a relentless white blood cell, U-1146, who fights against any germs that invade the body.
I will give the show credit. I was not expecting it to be one of those educational type anime. I was totally expecting it to just be some slice of life style show focusing on the daily goings on of a the two featured cells. Speaking of which, both Red and White Blood cells are likable characters. Neither of them got on my nerves during the 3 episodes I watched and I enjoyed their interactions with one another. That’s not to say I didn’t have issues with them as you’ll learn in the other sections of this mini review.
The ending theme to the show is another Pro for it. At first it sounded like some generic, forgettable pop song, but I actually found myself nodding my head to it after a while. Definitely adding it to my any playlist later.
Unfortunately….that’s as far as the Good section goes, folks.
Maybe it’s just me being used to anime series saving the initial playing of the OP till the end of the first episode, but having Cells At Work just start out with it was a little jarring. I actually jumped back a little from seeing just BAMF on in. And unlike the ending theme, I didn’t really care for it.
The art style was also something that was a little off-putting. Again, maybe I’ve just become accustomed to certain styles of animation, but the style found in this show was just bland bordering on lazy. Some times the characters look decent, like White Blood Cell. But then other times they look like the B Team was brought to do the animation. It was definitely noticeable from the first episode on.
Also, the Platelets. My gosh! Those things are too cute! I’m not opposed to having kawaii, uguu characters in an anime, but those things are waaaayyyy too sweet for me to deal with. I’m talking bordering on K-On levels of moe, people!! Keep them faaaarr away from me! XD
While I did not have any big issues with the two main chars, they are very one note and predictable. Red’s the ditzy newbie trying to get a handle on her new job while White’s the no-nonsense workaholic who give his all 100% of the time. I could tell from the start that would eventually rub off on the other and that they’d share sort of respect for each other’s role in the body sooner or later. Very predictable to say the least.
Secondly, for a show that’s in the style of ” Monster of the Week”, the fight scenes are pretty meh. Most of the action is just the cells repeatedly doing the same thing again and again, or still shots of them throwing punches/stabbing things. It’s about as standard as it could be. Nothing to write home about.
And, as stated before, the show is just boring to watch. I wasn’t drawn in to the world it was trying to build at all. I’m not against educational style shows as I’ve enjoyed other ones Captain Planet and Bakuman. However, this one just felt like reading a textbook as opposed to watching a cartoon.
So, given all of that, would I recommend Cells at Work to others?
Yes. Yes I would.
While I didn’t personally enjoy it, I can see the appeal to Cells at Work for those who enjoy slice of life shows. It’s cute, has a few good jokes and quite informative. It’s definitely not a bad anime per se. Just don’t expect anything mold breaking.
I’m NEETaku and that was Just…My 2 Cents.