Cells at Work Season 1 Review

Just how busy are the cells in your body? If you watch Cells at Work you might just learn!

I was scrolling through Netflix once again and I kept passing by this anime. I had seen a few things pop up in different places about Cells at Work and the premise caught my imagination. I hesitated to start it because I was already engrossed in several anime that I’m pumping out reviews for. Eventually I said “Why not” and put this anime on while I was working out.

My general impression of Cells at Work after going through the first full season is that it’s a solid anime that has a unique premise, but it can start to feel repetitive at times. There are moments of humor, intense action, suspense and conflict that tie the different cells together to make a functioning living body. If you’re searching for an anime to try that’s a little bit different, you should give Cells at Work a try.

The main story follows a directionally challenged Red Blood Cell as she tries to deliver her cargo of supplies to the cells that need it. Her inability to find her way normally lead her to run into trouble but that’s fine, White Blood Cell typically shows up to save her. Despite there being trillions of cells in the body, these two specific cells seem to always end up getting into the middle of all of the action together.

When Red Blood Cell and White Blood Cell get into their predicaments, you can count on one thing in particular. White Blood Cell is going to become fanatical about killing any virus or pathogen that threatens the body. That’s a trait of all of the immune system blood cells. When white blood cells, killer T cells and the rest of their family of cells come across anything that could cause harm to the body they become focused killing machines.

While I appreciated the humor that comes from watching the immune cells go over the top in their defense of the body, it quickly got old as the anime went on. That same thing can be said for how much of the first season progressed. Each episode was structured so that a new cell could be introduced.

As each new type of cell is introduced, the particular emergency that the cell is suited to handle would happen. It would give us a chance to see that cell in action and claim its spot in the body. After a while, this gets a little old and you start to predict what’s going to come next.

One other drawback of Cells at Work is the use of medical language in the anime. I guess I should say it’s both a positive and a negative. I like how Cells at Work uses the medical identification for cells, pathogens and events happening in the body, but it goes so fast that you quickly forget what you just heard. I believe that the only people that could truly appreciate the language are those in the medical profession that have spent the time to learn that language (and yes it is its own language).

On a more positive note, Cells at Work does a good job of building the relationships between the cells. I mentioned before that Red Blood Cell and White Blood Cell always seem to run into each other despite there being trillions of cells in the body. They develop a friendship and they bring in other cells into their network. It’s entertaining to watch.

What’s also enjoyable to watch is Red Blood Cell’s transformation from perpetually lost rookie to competent senpai. By the end of the season, Red Blood Cell proves her worth and becomes a shining example of persevering through difficult circumstances. It’s good to see her character mature to this point.

Is Cells at Work Season 1 Worth Watching?

Yes. Cells at Work season 1 is worth watching. It’s not a perfect anime by any means but it gets more right than wrong. This anime will make you think about how the cells in your body work to keep you alive. It’s an interesting concept and it’s worth giving a shot.

Now go watch some anime!

-Nathan

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