Despite enjoying this episode, part of me couldn’t help but wonder if perhaps this was a missed opportunity to go further. Then again, watching the impact of cancer that had already taken off in the body would probably be a little traumatising so maybe it is just as well we stuck with the body dealing with a cancer cell that was just getting started.
The question viewers were asking themselves all week was how this show would tackle a complex issue like cancer without ending up depressing its audience and the answer is simple – don’t plunge the body into dealing with the results of cancer but rather the initial cancer cell that might cause the problem. It is a much smaller scale problem and one the body deals with all the time rather than the actual condition people end up in when cancer has taken hold and requires plenty of external assistance if the body is going to recover. That said, it makes you wonder if they didn’t go there because they were worried about how dark it would get, or did they not go there because for the cells to end up being the heroes here they really needed them to ultimately deal with the situation.
But while there might have been a lost opportunity to deal with a fairly heavy subject like prolonged cancer suffering, Cells at Work didn’t shy away from dealing with the notion of cancer cells themselves. Born in the body like any other cell but gotten rid of because they are flawed. The idea of personifying a cancer cell like a B Grade villain who is getting his revenge for nearly being annihilated at birth is pretty well done as is the genuine sympathy the White Blood Cell ultimately feels for him. What really works, is despite that sympathy, the White Blood Cell does his job. Feelings aren’t relevant here and the cancer cell may or may not have intended harm but it can’t stay.
However, in case you are thinking it is all doom and gloom and fighting, we get a small dose of the Red Blood Cell being her usual ditsy self and just for fun a short encounter with the platelets which is too adorable for words (as the platelets always are).
Overall, this anime remains pretty solid and highly entertaining.
- Episode 1: The Adorable Edutainment Entry
- Episode 2: The Adventures of a Directionally Challenged Red-Blood Cell Continue
- Episode 3: The Zombie Horde of Flu-Ridden Cells
- Episode 4: Everyone Has Their Own Job
- Episode 5: Maybe They Should Rewrite The Manual?
- Episode 6: The Cute Before The Storm
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