“Hemorrhagic Shock (Part 2)”
Continuing on from the crisis that began last episode, every cell put up the fight of their lives, hanging on for survival. But things are looking bleak, following an unexpected Red Blood Cell exodus. The body became short on staff to supply oxygen around the body, leading to an eventual death via Hypovolemic Shock. As one of the few important Red Blood Cells left in the body, RBC-chan takes it upon herself to see through the task at hand. She might be incompetent at times. But in the hour of need, she is the one who steps up with steely determination, refusing to let her resolve waver. When it mattered the most, she kept hope alive in the face of utter despair – refusing to show fear on the rocky cliff of doom or in a barren, snow-filled landscape. She remembers that the rest of her cell buddies are fighting the good fight, and that she has a responsibility to carry out her duty – be it till the very end. What’s more, it inspires her kouhai as well, who had almost lost hope herself. I’d like to think this is the moral Hataraku Saibou has been trying to impart – qui patitur vincit. This latin phrase was my high school’s motto and means ‘who endures wins’. It certainly seemed that way when RBC-chan’s perseverance was rewarded by a deus ex machina we’d know as blood transfusion – cue random Blood Cells turning up out of nowhere to save the day! As always, it amuses me to no end seeing these things that can be explained by medical science being perceived as miracles by the cells down below. Then again, if a random tube stuck out of the sky and banished a hurricane or tornado, I know I’d be equally confused yet relieved like those cells.
What else can I say? All’s well that ends well – threats are eradicated and the crisis has been averted. The body in question shall remain at peace, until another season of Hataraku Saibou makes itself known. I’d like to move onto some final thoughts about the series, which will be relatively brief. The show was relatively straightforwards at the end of the day, and often conveyed its messages in a simple manner, meaning there isn’t too much depth to dive into and analyse. Without further ado, let’s go forth!
Recently, people correctly called me out for referring to Hataraku Saibou as an educational series, and I want to give myself the opportunity to address this matter. I’m aware that at a higher level, Hataraku Saibou makes vast simplifications across the board, to the point of being factually wrong. However, this is exactly the level of content that is taught to 15-16 years old students. In class, you’re explained these concepts in a similarly rudimentary way, and it is only at a university level where the inaccuracies are properly ironed out. When I refer to this as being an educational series, it does an awesome job of breaking down the nitty gritty into a highly entertaining and easily digestible format. Relevant to students who need to take lower level Biology exams too. For that, Hataraku Saibou has my plaudits for being an educational anime – not to mention it is thoroughly engaging that it is conceivable that younger viewers may gain an academic interest which didn’t exist beforehand. We need more shows like this, to encourage the development of healthy interests towards learning.
So what’s my final consensus? Hataraku Saibou provided consistent entertainment, week-in and week-out. In short, it was heaps of good fun. As I said, we need more shows like this for the good of a younger viewing audience. However, I would hesitate to describe it as anime of the season. For me, I’m way past the age group that would highly benefit from its educational value and comedy is not difficult to pull off and has an upper threshold in terms of potential. The characters were unique and charming, but one-dimensional in their personality, though said personality typically complimented their bodily function. Although RBC underwent some character development, I’d be hard-pressed to describe it as being all that compelling. And then the animation was really bad at times… disappointing for a studio of David Productions reputation. They did a fantastic job of invoking useful influences from their previous works, but I didn’t feel the same kind of passion or charm that was present in their other shows. The charm that you saw largely came from the source material, and I personally think that David Productions could have put much more energy in further bringing this piece to life. The final product was by no means a bad one, as evidenced by this show’s popularity. But I think there was significant leg-room for improvement where animation was concerned. I will remember this series fondly, for the weekly joy it brought to my screen. That said, it never set my heart alight, so I wouldn’t be terribly dejected if a second season never got announced. Heresy, you might think! Nevertheless, I would like to see the BLACK spinoff receive an adaptation. After all, as shown by this episode, desperate plights have always possessed greater emotional gravity than situations largely played for laughs.
Anyway, I will miss these two goofy cells, because they never failed to brighten up my week whenever a new episode came out. That’s about everything I wanted to talk about, though I’m sure there’s a lot more to discuss – I want to hear your thoughts on this show! As always, thanks for reading my posts till the end and see you another time!