Eosophil tries her best! But sadly her best is evidently not enough. When it comes to fighting the vibro bacteria, everyone else just laughs at her for being useless, which was admittedly true. I really enjoyed her stoic characterisation, where she’d lower her head and grit her teeth at being made fun of, but staunchly carried on with her task at hand. Ultimately, she is rewarded for her effort and seeing her overwhelmed by happy feelings was a satisfying payoff (Smile protecc???). That said, although her plight was endearing in animated form, I gave the real life logistics some consideration. I’ve always enjoyed steak the most when it’s on the raw side – bleu or rare. However, as sacrilegious as it might be for an anime fan, the same cannot be said for fish. Okay, sushi can be pretty tasty. But other than that, I loathe the texture and taste of raw fish. How to describe it from my perspective? Bleck. Rubbery and bland. I cannot begin to comprehend how people can view it as such a refined delicacy.
Worse still, you risk exposing your body to some unwelcome guests. Where health is concerned, namely the risk of ingesting parasites, this episode manages to justify my apprehensions about eating raw fish. Even though I’m aware of the precautionary measures that are taken to kill off the bacteria and parasites in sushi-grade stuff, such as flash freezing, it feels like this episode reaffirms my personal scepticism towards raw fish. I might sympathise with Eosophil’s constant failings, and it sucks that I’m not giving her a chance to prove her worth. But no, I would rather not to be infected by parasites. So I’m totally fine if my Eosophil continues remaining useless and gets laughed at by the other cells in my body. Tis but a small price to pay.
But this episode made me realise there’s something worse than a parasite that lurks within our bodies. Basophils…? Ew! Get this chuuni edgelord out of my body! Haha, just kidding. Loved every moment of it! Sugita did an excellent job and I look forwards to seeing his character make future appearances, complete with the deep voice and mysterious mannerisms.
To conclude, it’s quite hard to seriously analyse Hataraku Saibou. There’s no inherent depth about whimsical comedy, and I lack the biological expertise to really dig into its educational wormhole. Nevertheless, I intend on seeing through this series and hope that we can all have a blast along the way. Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to say, so thanks for reading my post. Until the pollen invasion happens, see you next week!