Taken To Heart – ‘Cells At Work!’ Episode 8 Review

Taken To Heart – An Anime QandA Review of ‘Cells At Work!’ Episode 8

What’s the show? Cells At Work!, Episode 8.

So how’s this episode? I make the comment occasionally… okay frequently that this show is hard to talk about because it’s consistently good and does its job and moves on—kind of like how the cells in our body do the same (nice connection, me!) But this episode, I don’t know it was kind of special—it felt different to the usual format this show quickly established and played to week after week—it felt (ironically) more human.

This reminded me (fondly believe it or not) of Tokyo Disneyland.

Oh? So what does that make previous episodes by comparison? This show has never been cold, but it’s kind of been detached from reality, maybe it’s because it’s the personification of something as abstract as the cells of our human body and while I loved AE3803 from the very first episode it was easy to just see her as a cute comic foil rather than an actual human being. And yes, the flashback episode absolutely humanized her more but there was something undeniably warm about this episode. It’s almost like…

She’s not good with directions…

Almost like what? Maybe this is a bit of a leap, maybe I’m reading too much into it, but it’s almost like (some of) the cells are becoming aware of their allotment in life and are on the cusp of reaching self awareness. I mean White Blood Cell U-1146 always been stoic but here it was like he was breaking his programming just so he could help out Red Blood Cell. And when he was talking to Killer T Cell it was almost like he was a different person—nay, he was an actual person with hopes and dreams and desires. The way he was stammering over his words to explain what was going on in his head was genuinely touching.

Omg, his little blush…

It’s a bit hard to understand what you’re saying but I understand the sentiment. Exactly!

No I meant with your review— ugh, never mind. So I take it you enjoyed this one more than the ones that came before? More? Maybe. Better to say I enjoyed it on a different level—it’s kind of hard to put into words, I almost feel like White Blood Cell with his inability to put his thoughts into words!

Proud of my blood cell waifu!

Right. Anything else you wanted to add? I do wonder if they’re intending to go full romance with this—the scene at the end where AE3803 tells White Blood Cell about her first ever successful trip around the heart (despite the fact he was helping from afar the whole time) was cloyingly sweet—but I loved it all the same! Also, obligatory thanking of the Cells At Work gods for the Platelet-service, much appreciated!

These two…

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
Rise of the Medication – Episode 5 Review
There’s No Place Like Bone – Episode 6 Review
A Cell On Death Row – Episode 7 Review

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Author: Cactus Matt

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4 thoughts on “Taken To Heart – ‘Cells At Work!’ Episode 8 Review”

  1. I agree. This episode did feel different. I just really loved the way the characters interacted in this one. And you just have to love the wordbuilding of this series. I mean a cablecart? That was just so well thought out. The end scene between white an red bloodcell seems to me to be the beginning of something ….but it’s been hanging in the air for the entire season I think 😊

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  2. It was a great episode and the relationship (friendship/whatever) between Red and White is one of my favourite non-platelet thing about this show so I really loved where this episode went. It would be great to see more of this, but I’m also happy for the body to go back to dealing with whatever crisis it is going to face next. Still, if the series could end on a moment like this, that would be awesome.

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