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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
- 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
- Episode 7: Born To Die
- Episode 8: Be Your Best You
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