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crazieanimefan1



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:36 pm Reply with quote
I really wanted this anime, but the price frightened me. I wish they'd knock it down a few pegs, $135 is a bit much.
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MFrontier



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:33 pm Reply with quote
crazieanimefan1 wrote:
I really wanted this anime, but the price frightened me. I wish they'd knock it down a few pegs, $135 is a bit much.

Aniplex pricing in a nutshell.
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Top Gun



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:44 pm Reply with quote
Nobody:

Aniplex: "Hey let's take a fantastic, mass-market-appeal series and make sure that no one can buy it!"
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MyBlueberryKnights



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:49 pm Reply with quote
It's always a big disappointment when I learn that a great title belongs to Aniplex
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meiam



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:32 pm Reply with quote
I really don't think the show can be considered a success as far educational point of view is concerned. Most of the depiction involved are only accurate on the most superficial of elements and the major aspect of the show are flat out wrong. For example one of the major defining characteristic, the only one really, for red blood cell (the main character) is that she's constantly lost... this makes no sense whatsoever since red blood cell have no destination, they just circulate at random, delivering oxygen when they pass upon area where it's needed. A particular egregious case is (light spoiler) spoiler[cancer depiction, shown as an oppressed minority when it's anything but that]. In the end the only educational aspect is that the show throw fancy scientific name around, but I'd wager less than 2% of people who watched the show could even name most of the foreign pathogen and the body defence mechanism that feature prominently in the show after watching it.

Otherwise the show is not a particularly interesting monster of the week. It's fairly repetitive, with more than half of the episodes strictly following the formula (monster show up, new defence mechanism is introduce, monster is killed). There is some attempt at developing the character, including some awkward attempt at a love story, but they never amount to much.

I'd give it an A+ for concept, but a C- for execution. If someone want a far better example, watch "Once Upon a Time... Life", despite being decades older, it's far more educational. The only reason to watch the show is for platelets (https://streamable.com/778sc).
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:46 pm Reply with quote
Yea, this is the sort of anime that some high school biology teachers may want to play during free time or something, for fun educational value. Yet Aniplex doesn't offer a cheaper Dvd option for mass market (while still offering a Dvd in Japan), the bluray is exclusive to Rightstuf, and the dub is not streaming anywhere, and would have to be purchased for over $30 on iTunes. A certain Australian retailer is selling some region B Aniplex blurays with a buy 1 get 1 free sale, I might get Cells at Work from there, since it would cost me less than $30 to get it on bluray.
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mgosdin



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:01 pm Reply with quote
To Paraphrase a post that I read on another Board regarding overpriced hobby items, "It doesn't matter to me what extras they include ... they're too expensive to buy."

Mark Gosdin
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micah007



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:08 pm Reply with quote
I had fun watching this. It reignited my desire to gain more Biology knowledge, which is something I kept saying I would do but was putting it off due to the time requirement.
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crazieanimefan1



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:27 pm Reply with quote
LegitPancake wrote:
Yea, this is the sort of anime that some high school biology teachers may want to play during free time or something, for fun educational value. Yet Aniplex doesn't offer a cheaper Dvd option for mass market (while still offering a Dvd in Japan), the bluray is exclusive to Rightstuf, and the dub is not streaming anywhere, and would have to be purchased for over $30 on iTunes. A certain Australian retailer is selling some region B Aniplex blurays with a buy 1 get 1 free sale, I might get Cells at Work from there, since it would cost me less than $30 to get it on bluray.


Not sure if it had the dub, but I think Microsoft had it for 30 bucks. Since I was also trying to find alternate ways to afford it too.
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Top Gun



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:45 am Reply with quote
LegitPancake wrote:
Yea, this is the sort of anime that some high school biology teachers may want to play during free time or something, for fun educational value. Yet Aniplex doesn't offer a cheaper Dvd option for mass market (while still offering a Dvd in Japan), the bluray is exclusive to Rightstuf, and the dub is not streaming anywhere, and would have to be purchased for over $30 on iTunes. A certain Australian retailer is selling some region B Aniplex blurays with a buy 1 get 1 free sale, I might get Cells at Work from there, since it would cost me less than $30 to get it on bluray.

Yeah, it looks like it's being released by both MVM in the UK and Madman in Australia. Nothing like pulling an end-around on absurd pricing.
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Richmyster84



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:41 am Reply with quote
And here I am watching it online for free. The pirate's life is a life for me. Yo ho ho!
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cyberdraco



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:45 am Reply with quote
Richmyster84 wrote:
And here I am watching it online for free. The pirate's life is a life for me. Yo ho ho!


NO! DON'T DO THAT! Watch it legally.
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yuna49



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:02 pm Reply with quote
It's still available at Crunchyroll. I doubt it's going to disappear since there's a second season in a few months time.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:47 am Reply with quote
meiam wrote:
I really don't think the show can be considered a success as far educational point of view is concerned. Most of the depiction involved are only accurate on the most superficial of elements and the major aspect of the show are flat out wrong. For example one of the major defining characteristic, the only one really, for red blood cell (the main character) is that she's constantly lost... this makes no sense whatsoever since red blood cell have no destination, they just circulate at random, delivering oxygen when they pass upon area where it's needed.


The popular theory is that she has the sickle cell defect.
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