Cells at Work! Code Black TV Anime’s 1st Full Promo Unveils More Cast, Staff
The official Twitter account for Shigemitsu Harada and Issei Hatsuyoshiya‘s Cells at Work! Code Black (Hataraku Saibō Black) spinoff manga began streaming the first full promotional video for the anime adaptation on Sunday. The video announces more cast and staff members.
The newly announced cast members are:
- Kenn as Red Blood Cell
- Lynn as White Bood Cell (Neutrophilic)
- Yumi Uchiyama as White Bood Cell (Neutrophilic)
- Takashi Narumi as Gastric Chief Cell
- Yurika Kubo as Platelet
The newly announced staff members are:
- Mechanic Design: Yoshihiro Ujiie
- Action Effect Animation Director: Tomohiro Kamitani
- Art Directors: Masahiro Sato, Chiaki Tsukahara
- Art Director Assistant: Mayuka Ota
- Color Key Artist: Ryoko Oka
- 3D CGI Director: Kazuaki Hara (Asahi Production)
- Compositing Director of Photography: Junpei Takatsu
- Compositing Director Assistant of Photography: Masami Takamura
- Editing: Mai Hasegawa
- Sound Director: Ryoshi Tanaka
- Sound Effect: Masami Kitakata
- Music: Yūgo Kanno
- Music Production: Aiplex
Hideyo Yamamoto (Strike the Blood, Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka) is directing the series at LIDEN FILMS. Hayashi Mori (The Snack World, Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katori no Nazotoki File) is supervising and writing the series scripts. Eiji Abiko (Last Hope, Baby Blue) is designing the characters, and Yūgo Kanno (Psycho-Pass, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable) is composing the music.
The anime will premiere in January 2021.
In this new spinoff of the hit manga, a newbie Red Blood Cell is one of 37 trillion working to keep this body running. But something’s wrong! Stress hormones keep yelling at him to go faster. The blood vessels are crusted over with cholesterol. Ulcers, fatty liver, trouble (ahem) downstairs… It’s hard for a cell to keep working when every day is a CODE BLACK!
The manga and anime Cells at Work! showed you what happens when a young, healthy body gets in trouble… but what if the body wasn’t so young, and was never very healthy? This new take stars a fresh-faced Red Blood Cell and his friend, the buxom White Blood Cell, as they struggle to keep themselves and their world together through alcoholism, smoking, erectile dysfunction, athlete’s foot, gout… it’s literal body horror! Whoever this guy is, he’s lucky his cells can’t go on strike!
Harada and Hatsuyoshi launched the manga in Morning and the Weekly D Morning digital manga magazine in June 2018. Kodansha will publish the manga’s sixth compiled book volume on April 23. Kodansha Comics published the third volume in English on January 21.
The Cells at Work! Code Black anime has a separate staff and cast from Cells at Work!! (with two exclamation points), the previously announced second anime season of Akane Shimizu‘s Cells at Work! manga. The second Cells at Work! anime season is also debuting in January 2021.
A theatrical anime based on a story from volume 5 of the original manga will premiere in theaters in Japan on September 5. Aniplex stated that the anime will screen in theaters before it airs on TV as part of the second season. The theatrical anime’s full title is: Tokubetsu Jōei-ban “Hataraku Saibō!!” Saikyō no Teki, Futatabi. Karada no Naka wa “Chō” Ōsawagi! (Special Screening Edition: “Cells at Work!!” The Return of the Strongest Enemy. A Huge Uproar Inside the Body’s “Bowels!”).
The first television anime of the original manga premiered in July 2018 and aired for 13 episodes. Aniplex of America streamed the series on Crunchyroll, and Funimation added the show in February. The company released the anime on Blu-ray Disc with an English dub in August 2019. A new anime special aired in December 2018, and Crunchyroll is streaming the special.
<!–Aniplex of America describes the story:
This is a story about you. A tale about the inside of your body…
Enter the fascinating world inside your body where roughly 37.2 trillion cells work hard for you 24 hours a day and 365 days a year! The cell-sational action comedy Cells at Work! that has garnered praises from a wide array of audiences, from casual viewers to professionals in the medical field is the latest hit edutainment now on Blu-ray. The show is available with English audio, while also showcasing the English version of the opening theme song in each episode. Carry, fix, fight! Don’t miss out on your chance to own the only series starring your cells at work!
Shimizu launched the original Cells at Work! manga in the March 2015 issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Sirius, and Kodansha shipped the fifth compiled volume in Japan in August 2017. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English, and it shipped the manga’s fifth volume in English in November 2017.
The manga has inspired several spinoff series such as Hataraku Saikin (Bacteria at Work), Hatarakanai Saibō (Cells That Don’t Work), Cells at Work! Code Black (Hataraku Saibō BLACK), Hataraku Saibō Friend, Hataraku Kesshōban-chan (Platelets at Work), Hataraku Saibō Baby (Cells at Work! Baby), and Hataraku Saibō Lady (Cells at Work! Lady).
The franchise has also inspired two stage plays, which ran in November 2018 and September to October 2019.–>