Cells at Work Episode 12: Red Gets a Kohai – And It’s the End of the World


So far Cells at Work has given us an array of simple conditions for the body to fight off with the darkest glimpse of things going wrong was a cancer cell hiding in the system. This week, after a lot of adorable Red getting lost while showing her kohai around we get some life-threatening damage. Here’s a way to lead into the final episode.

Cells at Work Episode 12

There’s a definite rhythm to this show and as episode 12 is part one of a two parter we get much the same pattern as what we got when cancer was introduced. For the larger part of this episode we get to see the body functioning normally as Red guides her kohai around. While there are some jokes at the expense of Red not being particularly good at teaching her kohai (given her own directionally challenged nature) we are reintroduced to the key cells we have met along the way and their jobs. Everything in this section is super fluffy and cute with plenty of platelet appearances.

Cells at Work Episode 12 - White Blood Cell

We then get an explosion far more dramatic than the one during the abrasion episode and it plunges the cells into a dark and kind of post-apocolyptic kind of setting with the majority of buildings crumbling and destroyed and very dim lightning. After confusion and an anxious wait the control centre declares a state of emergency due to life-threatening injuries to the head. The white blood cells and platelets are sent to the scene while the red blood cells are told to continue circulating oxygen.

Cells at Work Episode 12 - White Blood Cell

The episode works well with the light moments being nicely interrupted by the damage and things escalate nicely into the cliff-hanger ending that will lead us into the final episode. That said, there wasn’t anything particular unexpected so while this episode was enjoyable and was nice set up there isn’t a lot more to say about it. Still, you’ll encounter all your favourite characters from the season and it looks like the final challenge for them to overcome is going to be pretty dramatic. So Cells at Work looks like it is going to end much how it started. Solid entertainment with some educational value but hardly mind-blowing (unless you are super into the platelets).

Cells at Work Episode 12 - Platelet

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4 thoughts on “Cells at Work Episode 12: Red Gets a Kohai – And It’s the End of the World

  1. I was pretty surprised at how dark this episode became though. Had not expected that to be honest. Still I doubt that it will stay that way. We will probably get a fun ending. At least thatโ€™s what I expect anyway (On the other hand it would be a real surprise if they went with a dark ending though ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”).

    1. The manga title for the chapter for these two episode is more indicative how serious the situation is “Hypovolemic Shock”. If you google that, you’ll see how badly off the body is.

      1. Yeah, I just did. It really is horrible indeed. I haven’t read the manga, but I love this series a lot so might try it some day๐Ÿ˜Š Hope we will get a happy ending though and that the cells will beat this ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰

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