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Cells at Work! Code Black Manga Goes on Hiatus Until October

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga to return with new monthly serialization schedule

This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Shigemitsu Harada and Issei Hatsuyoshi's Cells at Work! Code Black (Hataraku Saibō BLACK) spinoff manga will go on hiatus starting from the next issue, and will return in the magazine's 45th issue on October 10. Morning will serialize a new chapter in the magazine once a month after the manga returns.

Kodansha Comics licensed the manga and will ship the first volume on September 3. The company describes the manga's story:

In this new spinoff of the hit manga, a newbie Red Blood Cell is one of 37 trillion working to keep this body running. But something's wrong! Stress hormones keep yelling at him to go faster. The blood vessels are crusted over with cholesterol. Ulcers, fatty liver, trouble (ahem) downstairs... It's hard for a cell to keep working when every day is a CODE BLACK!

The manga and anime Cells at Work! showed you what happens when a young, healthy body gets in trouble... but what if the body wasn't so young, and was never very healthy? This new take stars a fresh-faced Red Blood Cell and his friend, the buxom White Blood Cell, as they struggle to keep themselves and their world together through alcoholism, smoking, erectile dysfunction, athlete's foot, gout... it's literal body horror! Whoever this guy is, he's lucky his cells can't go on strike!

Harada and Hatsuyoshi launched the manga in Morning and the Weekly D Morning digital manga magazine in June 2018. Kodansha published the manga's fourth compiled book volume on June 21.

Shimizu launched the original 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 is publishing the manga in English, and it shipped the manga's fifth volume in English in November 2017.

The manga has inspired several spinoff series such as Hataraku Saikin (Bacteria at Work), Hatarakanai Saibō (Cells That Don't Work), Hataraku Saibō Friend, and Hataraku Kesshōban-chan (Platelets at Work).

The first television anime adaptation of the manga premiered last July. Aniplex of America streamed the series on Crunchyroll. A new anime special aired in December, and Crunchyroll is streaming the special. The anime will get a second season.

Source: Morning issue 36-37

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