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Cells at Work Stage Play Reveals Cast in Costume

posted on by Jennifer Sherman & Karen Ressler
Masanari Wada, Kanon Nanaki play leads in November stage play

The official website for the stage play of Akane Shimizu's Cells at Work! (Hataraku Saibō) manga revealed character visuals for all the main characters on Thursday.

Masanari Wada as White Blood Cell (Neutrophil)

Kanon Nanaki as Red Blood Cell (Erythrocite)

Yūki Kimisawa as Killer T Cell

Takeshi James Yamada as regular cell

Kimito Totani as Helper T Cell

Kaoru Marimura as Natural Killer Cell

Masaki Ōta as Naive T Cell

Yuka Hirata as Macrophage

Chihiro Kai as Regulatory T Cell

Bishin Kawasumi as Dendritic Cell (Memory Cell)

Kaoru Masaki as B Cell

Yūmitsu Kishida, Kei Morita, and Ayane Kinouchi as Platelets

Yuki Masuda as Streptococcus pyogenes

Shun Takagi as Influenza virus

Ryōma Baba as Pneumococcus

Shou Tomita as Staphylococcus aureus

The play, titled Tainai Katsugeki Hataraku Saibō (Internal Action Play Cells at Work), will run at Tokyo's Theatre 1010 from November 16-25.

Tsuyoshi Kida (Bleach, ClassicaLoid) is directing the play, and Keita Kawajiri (Mob Psycho 100, Nanbaka stage plays) is writing the script.

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. 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 in April 2017. 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 premiered on July 7. Aniplex of America is streamed the series on Crunchyroll.

Sources: Cells at Work! stage play's website, Comic Natalie

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