Budget Touma made an appearance, testing the waters before Index S3 makes a return next season. Red Blood Cell was as ditzy as ever, and HanaKana did an excellent job of conveying that. But she was merely a side character in this particular episode. While the neutrophils put up a brave fight on the front lines, against the invasion of foreign germs through the scrape wound, the platelets turned out to be true heroes this episode. Don’t let their innocent disposition fool you! Watching them work was thoroughly endearing and I constantly feared for their safety. But there’s actually a sinister context behind the task they carry out. They will build the bigliest barriers to enclose aliens that have made it across the border, so they can be wholesale massacred, while their brethren are holed out and forced to watch. I kid, but from the perspective of the bacteria, it must seem frightening to come up against the immune system. They’re organisms that just want to have a good life. It’s not their intention to harm or kill us, so much as make some sort of a living, which just so happens to clash against human interest. So for now, they’re caricatured as the bad guys, yet I’ll confess to holding a degree of sympathy towards them. Other than the blinding kawaii-ness of those platelets, the frontline action undertaken by the neutrophils would serve as a primary talking point for this episode. David Productions bring all their experience from JoJo to the table in ensuring that zany and fluid combat can be delivered to the table. While it’s a shame that they’re skipping out on adapting some chapters, I’m confident that they’ll be picking out the best ones. Also, I can’t imagine a studio that would be better-suited to picking up this source material, though I suspect that Trigger might give them a run for their money.
Seriously though, Hataraku Saibou is such a fun show that puts an unmistakably Japanese cultural twist on a subject many people thought they were familiar with, reinventing the wheel so to speak. Also, it utterly amazes me how the anime industry can always find a way to make things moe. While it can annoy the heck out of me for being unoriginal at times, this instance of its occurrence is proving to be a massive hit. And call me a hypocrite, as someone who usually calls out the industry for excessive reliance upon making things moe, but I certainly won’t be complaining this time around. If possible, I’d like to see what a gaping wound or an open heart surgery would look like in this world – a similar catastrophe to the scrape wound on a much larger scale? I fear these question might never be answered, but I still look forwards to seeing what the show has to offer, because I know it can continue to do things that go beyond my imagination regardless of what it chooses to cover.