“Cedar Pollen Allergy”
Doomsday, the apocalypse, whatever you call it. All is not well in the world of Hataraku Saibou, but isn’t that simply the usual? This time it begins with the harmless invasion of ginormous half-sentient beings, namely the cedar pollens. You could say that every cell absolutely panics once the immune system reports DEFCOM 1. But if the pollen looks that gigantic, while unapologetically floating around the body, I can begin to see why the immune system freaks out so much. That’s akin to having titans running amok in your city, and while these titans won’t go around eating people, there’s no telling what they might do. Would you needlessly poke a creature ten times your size to see how it would respond? No sane individual would want to test that out!
And outside of the regular grunt work that the White Blood Cells are responsible for, the difficult task of wholesale purging the pollen gets left to B Cell and Fat Cell. Both unintentionally bring the disaster up by a couple of notches through excessively carrying out their respective duties. Increased IgE levels leading to increased histamine levels and bam, we have a full crisis on our hands. Hooman decides to take a steroid pill to ease the symptoms, and enter a Terminator that resolves the situation by razing everything to the ground. When the smoke clears and the damage becomes apparent, who is to blame? While it might be easy to admonish some cells for overreacting, White Blood Cell makes a wise remark that reminded me of something I was forgetting. Human notions of common sense do not apply to these organisms, even if the cells receive anthropomorphic representation – everyone simply does their job as tasked by biology. If anything, I’d blame the human for taking overly strong medication. As someone who suffers from hayfever myself, I’d criticise the human in question for taking steroids, as opposed to anti-histamines, though I’m not in a position of medical know-how to query specific applications of medicinal items.
Even though I knew we were getting the hayfever episode and expected to see overreactions against the pollen, Hataraku Saibou continued to find new ways of pleasantly surprising me. The imagined occurrence of hayfever wildly exceeded my expectations, and the educational outlook further strengthened my understanding of how these kinds of allergic reactions take place. David Productions is clearly having a blast making this show, and it’s always nice to watch something that you can immediately tell is made from genuine heart and soul. Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to say. See you soon for what could very well be White Blood Cell: The Origination Story!