Rise of the Medication – ‘Cells At Work!’ Episode 5 Review

Rise of the Medication – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Cells At Work!’ Episode 5

What’s the show? Cells At Work!, Episode 5.

So… still having difficulty writing reviews for this show? Haha… how did you guess?

Well, you’ve been staring at the blank page for like half an hour without typing anything. Ordinarily by now you’d have the review written, edited and ready to post! Don’t be ridiculous, I don’t edit these reviews…

Ain’t that the truth. So uh… Cells At Work should we talk about that now? Yep! It sure was a Cells At Work episode—not sure what else to say about it other than that…

Allergies are terrifying, yo.

Geez, do I have to do everything myself, I’m going to milk out a review even if it kills me… Please don’t imply ‘milking’ me…

Stop! So who’s the ‘antagonist’ of the episode? Cedar Pollen—which—in turn causes an allergic reaction in the ‘body’. Afterwards histamine’s are activated which basically turns the whole place into a disaster area as various fluids are released. Then something new for this series as ‘medication’ is introduced for the first time in the series, which comes in the form of a strong steroid.

All that fluid… gross…


Oh and how are steroid’s personified in this show? Buff dude or sexy anime girl? Not the former and sadly not the latter, but rather coldly as a Terminator-esque robot that proceeds to decimate everything in the body not just the Cedar Pollen but the good cells too. Suffice to say this show has a bit of a pessimistic stance on medication, which I guess makes sense since medicine is taking the jobs of those hardworking cells but it will be interesting to see whether future ailments are treated with medicine and if the medicine is shown as being so ruthless and sinister.

Steroids are out to wreck your shit (apparently).

Fair enough, so probably pointless of me to ask but good episode? Of course, didn’t expect anything less though. I quite liked ‘Mast Cell’, she was introduced in an earlier episode but she got a bit more characterisation here and I appreciated the whole ‘not knowing what exactly to do, but just following the manual’ approach to doing a job—even if it caused a lot of chaos in the long-run. Unavoidable chaos as it turns out as the body can only react in one-specific way when bombarded with allergy causing pollen, but still it was a lot of fun. And that’s all I can really say, it’s a lot of fun! Also need more Platelets please.

Or “baka” but I guess I’m not the translator being paid to translate right? Right?!

Previous Cells At Work Reviews:

Who Knew Blood Cells Could Be So Attractive? – Episode 1 Review
Made In Abrasion – Episode 2 Review
World War Sneeze – Episode 3 Review
Codzilla – Episode 4 Review

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Author: Cactus Matt

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6 thoughts on “Rise of the Medication – ‘Cells At Work!’ Episode 5 Review”

  1. I’m still enjoying the show, and that robot thrown into the mix was certainly a suprise, but I can’t help but shake the feeling that the formula for this show is now beginning to wear a little thin. I mean basically the show is the same story every week. But, that said, the charm of this one is so cool, that I still forgive it for that. And I agree: we do need more platelets! 😀😀

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  2. I enjoy this series so much. Loved how the steroid looked so extremely foreign relative to the rest of the body, and I thought the depiction of miscommunication/overreaction was a great way to show what causes allergies. This is edutainment down to a science

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