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Cells at Work Manga Gets Stage Play

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Manga's TV anime adaptation premieres on July 7

The August issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine revealed on Tuesday that Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga is inspiring a stage play. The issue did not provide any other details about the new project.

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!

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. The manga has 1.5 million copies in print. 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. 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, and Shigemitsu Harada and Issei Hatsuyoshi launched the Hataraku Saibō Black spinoff on June 7.

The manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere on July 7. Aniplex of America will stream the series on Crunchyroll.

Source: Monthly Shonen Sirius August issue

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