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Cells at Work Manga Gets New Spinoff About Cells That Don't Work

posted on by Karen Ressler
Spinoff launches next month in Shonen Sirius

This year's August issue of Kodansha's Shonen Sirius magazine announced on Monday that it will launch a new spinoff of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga in the next issue on July 26. The spinoff manga, titled Hatarakanai Saibō (Cells That Don't Work), focuses on the idle daily lives of erythroblasts (immature red blood cells) who don't want to work. Moe Sugimoto is drawing the series and Shimizu is supervising.

Kodansha Comics is publishing the original Cells at Work! manga in English, and it describes the story:

The average human body contains about 60 trillion cells, and each of them has work to do! But when you get injured, viruses or bacteria invade, or when an allergic reaction flares up, everyone from the silent but deadly white blood cells to the brainy neurons has to work together to get through the crisis!

Shimizu launched the manga in the March 2015 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius and Kodansha shipped the fourth compiled volume in Japan in November. The manga ranked on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook's 2016 list of top graphic novels for male readers.

The manga also inspired Haruyuki Kichida's ongoing Hataraku Saikin (Bacteria at Work) spinoff manga, which launched in April.

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