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Cells at Work Casts Takahiro Sakurai, Saori Hayami, M.A.O, Nobuhiko Okamoto

posted on 2018-04-25 11:00 EDT by Jennifer Sherman
Anime about cells and bodily functions debuts in July

The June issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed four more cast members for the television anime adaptation of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga on Thursday.

The new cast members are:

  • Takahiro Sakurai as Helper T Cell (T Lymphocyte)
  • Saori Hayami as Regulatory T Celll
  • M.A.O as Eosinophil
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto as Dendritic Cell

Previously announced cast members include:

Kana Hanazawa as Red Blood Cell (Erythrocite)

Tomoaki Maeno as White Blood Cell (Neutrophil)

Kikuko Inoue as Macrophage

Daisuke Ono as Killer T Cell

Maria Naganawa as Platelet

The anime will premiere in July.

Kodansha Comics is publishing the 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!

Kenichi Suzuki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Drifters) is directing the anime at david production, and Yuuko Kakihara (Tsukigakirei, Persona 4: The Animation) is in charge of series composition, and both Suzuki and Kakihara will pen the scripts. Takahiko Yoshida (Welcome to the NHK, Yowamushi Pedal) is designing the characters and is also credited as chief animation director, while Kenta Mimuro is credited as cell character designer, prop designer, and animation scene animation director. Keiko Tamaki is credited for sub-character design. Kenichiro Suehiro (Re:ZERO, Girls' Last Tour) is composing the music at MAYUKO.

Other staff include:

  • Art Setting: Yoshihiro Sono, Koji Hashiguchi
  • Art: atelier Platz
  • Color Setting: Aiko Mizuno
  • Director of Photography: Yuki Oshima
  • 3D CG Director: Yutaka Nakajima
  • Editor: Kiyoshi Hirose (editz)
  • Sound Director: Jin Aketagawa
  • Sound Production: MAGIC CAPSULE
  • Produce: Yuma Takahashi
  • Animation Producer: Go Wakamatsu
  • Production: Aniplex, Kodansha, david production

The manga received an animated commercial last July.

Shimizu launched the Cells at Work! manga in the March 2015 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius, and Kodansha shipped the fifth compiled volume in Japan last August. Kodansha Comics shipped the manga's fifth volume last November. The manga ranked on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook's 2016 list of top graphic novels for male readers. The manga has 1.5 million copies in print. Haruyuki Kichida launched the Hataraku Saikin (Bacteria at Work) spinoff manga in Nakayoshi last April. Moe Sugimoto launched another spinoff manga titled Hatarakanai Saibō (Cells That Don't Work) last July.


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