Three episodes in and I’m already starting to ask what Hataraku Saibou can’t do to pleasantly surprise me. From blood cell interactions to kawaii platelets, every week is a new and different form of creativity that consistently entertains. Thankfully, this week proved to be no exception in continuing this glorious trend. To surmise, an epic crossover takes place in order to fight off the zombie hoards. We have Decim the White Blood Cell, a Ghost Buster as the B Cell, a yandere meido as the Macrophage, a green Pokemon Trainer as the Dendrite Cell, Dio Brando the Killer T Cell, and last but not least, Koichi the Naive T Cell. Naive started off as your typical wimpy kid, with about as much use as a Magikarp. Worse actually, since he even runs away from battle! But with emotional support from the Dendrite Cell, Naive is able to unlock his true potential by finding the power within, evolving into an Effector T Cell. Well-timed too, considering that there was that whole zombie invasion going on in the form of a Type B virus. At first, the Killer T cells were punching out the zombies left, right and centre. But gradually, they start to get overwhelmed when the virus continues to replicate. And that’s when our saviour makes his timely appearance – reborn Effector T Cell! ORAORAORAORAORAORA! He kills them all with a flurry of manly punches and soon enough, the viral scum are wiped out. Or are they? Just as the celebrations for being virus-free begin, a new threat appears over the horizon and destroys Effector T in an instant. Unfortunately, this is the Type A virus, the kind that is responsible for global epidemics. And you know what? I’m really glad that my body isn’t the one that has to deal with such a nasty problem!
When you realise that these are actually the average threats that our bodies come up against and repel on a day to day basis, you begin to have this newfound respect for the cells that are working tirelessly to ensure that everything is running smoothly. At least that’s been my experience with Hataraku Saibou, making me appreciate the stuff our body does for us, while learning new things along the way. For me, Hataraku Saibou is an extremely fun series that just so happens to educate you along the way. There’s a little bit of quirkiness for everybody, and we get many different cells that don’t particularly dominate our screen-time. Not only does this mean the series can diversify content, it also makes the series accessible to picky fans, because if you have a turn-off like lolis or well-endowed women, their limited screentime allows you to focus on the stuff that matters to you. Also, as the problems continue to escalate with this particular host body, I’m only expecting things to get even wackier if not more exciting.
Sadly, I’m not quite sure if I’ll be picking this up, seeing how I’m absolutely encumbered by full-time summer work, not to mention I have Boruto catch-up I need to get around to. But if I can find the time, I will definitely get around to covering Hataraku Saibou for the summer season! Don’t get your hopes up but definitely stay tuned for potentially more bodily goodness!