Cells at Work Episode 9: Do I Admit Now I’m Only Watching for the Cute?

Cells at Work Episode 9 T Cells

While normally I would say characters and story are my main priority in watching, episode 9 of Cells at Work may have clearly made my motive for watching the show apparent. Despite a fairly decent story presented about two characters who have been involved since the beginning, I had absolutely zero interest with my only moment where I felt myself getting that little boost of joy came from a platelet appearance right before the closing credits.

Cells at Work Episode 9 - Platelet
In my defence, it’s a really cute platelet appearance.

I think my usual viewing preferences are getting messed up by Cells at Work. I only like this show when if focuses on Red Blood Cell, White Blood Cell or Platelets. I genuinely don’t care what those characters are doing. Watching Red and White sip tea together, repeating the same gag of Red getting lost and White helping her out, or literally anything else is fine. And the platelets can just stand on screen for all I care as long as they are visible in the episode. The previous episode that focused on the T Cells was a low point for me despite being interested in the whole zombie horde thing and a return to those characters was more of less unappreciated by me.

Cells at Work Episode 9 Killer T Cell

Now, that isn’t the same thing as saying this episode was bad. It follows more or less the same formula they used when they did the flash back for the Red Blood Cell. We start with the Killer T Cell training some Naive T Cells and the Helper T Cell sipping tea and mostly criticising the idiocy of the meat head ranting and raving outside. After some comedic shenanigans we go to the photo album and get to see the two cells as children back in their training days. It is a perfectly sensible plot and there’s nothing wrong at all with how it is presented (except the whole subtitles off the screen thing that happened mid-episode, thanks for that Crunchyroll).

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Like seriously, what?

However, I didn’t find anything to care about in the episode. I wasn’t interested in those characters, watching the military training sequence I found it emotionally flat, even when the future Helper T Cell gave our future Killer T Cell some advice in what I guess was meant to be a touching moment, I just kind of shrugged.

Cells at Work Episode 9 - Young Killer T Cell and Helper T Cell

Now I don’t really get why this show has thrown my usual preferences over so much. What I do know, is that what I am watching this show or is the cute factor and without it, I find it hard to stay invested.

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23 thoughts on “Cells at Work Episode 9: Do I Admit Now I’m Only Watching for the Cute?

  1. I guess I’m the only one who enjoyed this episode and is still enjoying the show as a whole. :-/

    The educational value remains rewarding for me, thus I find it nice to explore some of the other characters to keep the plots fresh and not just a costant rehash of Red getting lost and White saving her – although last week’s episode showed they can still make it entertaining. πŸ™‚

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    1. And this episode was fine. Narrative structure and everything else was much the same as any other episode in terms of quality. I think for me though, so much of the appeal comes from the characters themselves when focused on characters I’m not that interested in, it just doesn’t click.
      Glad you enjoyed the episode though.

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      1. But surely the only way to become interested in the other characters is if they focus on them and develop them rather than leave them in the background? Bit of a Catch 22 situation there it seems… πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

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  2. I was trying to figure out why this episode felt… HOLLOW… like it brought my mood down when I realized I wasn’t enjoying this show I was supposed to enjoy. Animation felt kinda stiff…

    You’re right though, no red blood cell? No white blood cell? BLEH.

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    1. I seriously think I would happily watch Red and White sit on that bench with their cup of tea talking for the rest of the season and if a platelet walked by every now and then I’d be more or less happy with that. I would almost never say that about a show because normally I find the plot and where it is going so important to my enjoyment. Here, I know my enjoyment is almost entirely based on how cute those characters are (and yes, White Blood Cell is cute even when he’s killing germs).

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      1. That it was mostly a waste of time… We’ve already had one ep dedicated mostly to T-cells having problems growing up, this one didn’t cover any new ground in that respect. (We already knew that about Killer-T.)

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    1. I know. This show did such a great job of making you feel bad for individual cells, including the cancer one. And yeah, there was nothing wrong with this episode, it just didn’t grab me.

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    1. I don’t think before How to Keep a Mummy I ever watched a show just for the cute (or at least none that I would admit to). Still, given how flat I found this episode but I can’t think of any thing else that was notably different about it other than the character focus, I probably should just accept that I’m watching this only for the cute characters.

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  3. It is hard to describe why I stick with it too. I have to admit if this were any other series I might even have dropped it already because of similar situations cropping up in nearly ecery episode. But…that said: the worldbuilding, the original concept and admittedly tge cuteness of it all keeps me coming back. As I said over on Cactus Matt’s blog..it will be interesting to see how this series is going to end. What will they do? Leave the body to die?

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        1. Do you know how many tears I will shed if anything happens to Red Blood Cell? Poor thing. She’s been directionally challenged her whole life, tormented by germs… She must live forever even if that is an entirely unrealistic statement.

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