Cells at Work! Anime Gets New Episode on December 26, Game App (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
"Hataraku Saiten" (Festival at Work!), the first major event for the Cells at Work! anime, announced on Sunday that a new episode will air on December 26 at 24:30 (effectively December 27 at 12:30 a.m.) on Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, and Tochigi TV. The episode "Kaze Shōkōgun" (Cold Syndrome) will be about battling a cold.
The staff describes the story:
A mysterious cell wearing a stylish hat appears before the regular cells, who are bored with just the same (cell division) work over and over again, every day. This mysterious cell lures the regular cells into a mischievous scheme against White Blood Cell and Killer T Cell. The regular cells enjoy working out their everyday, pent-up frustration. But, just who exactly is this cell wearing a stylish hat?
The anime is also inspiring a game app, Itsudemo Hataraku Saibō (Always Cells at Work), for iOS and Android devices. The staff began accepting pre-registration for players at the event.
Kodansha Comics is publishing Akane Shimizu's original 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!
The television anime aired from July to September.
Kenichi Suzuki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Drifters) directed the television anime at david production, and Yuuko Kakihara (Tsukigakirei, Persona 4: The Animation) was in charge of series composition, and both Suzuki and Kakihara penned the scripts. Takahiko Yoshida (Welcome to the NHK, Yowamushi Pedal) designed the characters and was also credited as chief animation director, while Kenta Mimuro was credited as cell character designer, prop designer, and animation scene animation director. Keiko Tamaki was credited for sub-character design. Kenichiro Suehiro (Re:ZERO, Girls' Last Tour) composed the music at MAYUKO.
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 in August 2017. Kodansha Comics shipped the manga's fifth volume in November 2017. The manga ranked on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook's 2016 list of top graphic novels for male readers. The manga has over 1.5 million copies in print. 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) in July 2017, and Shigemitsu Harada and Issei Hatsuyoshi launched the Hataraku Saibō BLACK spinoff on June 7.
Update: Replaced video with official one from Bonbon TV.
Update 2: The video reveals that the anime will stream worldwide, but it did not reveal through which sites it will stream.
Sources: "Hataraku Saiten" event, press release
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