Cells at Work is a Japanese comedy manga series written and illustrated by Akane Shimizu. It is an entertaining biological anime and features the anthropomorphized cells of a human body. It was serialized in Kodansha’s manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius from January 2015 to January 2021.
Cells at Work Code Black is the spin-off to Cells at Work! The manga was written by Shigemitsu Harada and illustrated by Issei Hatsuyoshiya. An anime television series adaptation produced by Liden Films aired from January 10 to March 21, 2021.
Let’s examine the spin-off series, Cells at Work Code Black is different from the original Cells At Work
- The spin-off series is set in a “black” environment
The original Cells At Work is set in a healthy and lively human body, but the Cells at Work! Code Black is set up in a “black” environment with poor living conditions. The working place of the cells in the original one is vibrant and positive. But in the Black conditions, the surroundings are poor, and the body barely has enough nutrients and oxygen to go around. The cells are also portrayed as if they’re working in a terrible company – a body under stress and with reduced immunity.
- Code Black adopts a darker and more serious tone.
Cells At Work had more comedic elements but the spin-off takes a more mature and serious tone. Cells At Work also explores the basic functions of the cells while its spin-off depicts more of the fire-fighting nature of the cells who are doing their best to keep the body alive. The topics in the spin-off are also more targeted at adults, touching on smoking, and drinking.
- RBC and WBC have swapped genders and the characters are more mature.
In the spin-off, RBC is illustrated as a struggling young man, while the WBC is a busty lady. Also, the spin-off is narrated by Kenjirou Tsuda, while the original is narrated by voice actress Mamiko Noto. The other characters have also been given a more mature and tough appearance. The cute, preschooler Platelets are replaced with rude elementary school kids. Even the Killer T Cell has shown aged and buffed up.
- Codes at Black reminds you to take good care of your body.
Cells At Work will help to realize your body better but the spin-off will make you treasure your body more. You will understand that when you use nicotine and alcohol, your body will have to work extra hard to get rid of these toxins.
- The spin-off has a different tone and art style
Cells At Work can be enjoyed by children while its spin-off is more suitable for adult audiences. The story and characters have a more masculine touch.
Anyway, both Cells At Work and Cells At Work: Code Black have their own merits. They both help us gain more knowledge of our bodies through an entertainment medium!