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Anime Short About Platelets to be Shown Alongside Theatrical Screenings of “Cells at Work!” Film

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While they’re not really getting their own movie per se, we will get to see a dedicated anime short for our favorite Platelets! The official website of the Cells at Work film has announced that a special animated short featuring the adorable Platelets will be running alongside the theatrical screenings of the film.

The animated short will be entitled Kesshouban Eigakan e Iku (The Platelets Go to the Movie Theater), and the official website gives a sneak peek of some scenes.

Entitled Tokubetsu Jouei-ban "Hataraku Saibou!!" Saikyou no Teki, Futatabi. Karada no Naka wa "Chou" Ōsawagi! (Special Screening Edition: "Cells at Work!" The Return of the Strongest Enemy. A Huge Uproar Inside the Body's "Bowels!"), the film will revolve around a story from the manga’s fifth volume. The film is set for a September 5 release in Japan.

Written and illustrated by Akane Shimizu, Cells at Work! was first serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Sirius in 2015. It features the anthropomorphized cells of the human body, with the story mostly told from the perspective of a clumsy but lovable Red Blood Cell along with her reliable friend Neutrophil, who almost always ends up saving her from pathogens. The series depicts their daily activities and respective responsibilities as cells in the human body.

The manga series has already received several spinoff mangas, such as Hataraku Saikin (Bacteria at Work), Hatarakanai Saibou (Cells That Don't Work), Hataraku Saibou BLACK (Cells at Work! Black), Hataraku Saibou Friend, Hataraku Kesshouban-chan (Platelets at Work), and the latest, Hataraku Saibou Lady (Cells at Work! Lady).

Cells at Work!’s first season, which was produced by David Productions, aired from July to September 2018. Its success among fans had led to a stage play adaptation that ran last November, and a mobile game entitled Itsudemo Hataraku Saibou.

Season 2 is set to be directed by Hirofumi Ogura (Black Butler II), who replaced season 1’s Kenichi Suzuki (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures). Yuuko Kakihara (Persona 4 the Animation) is set to return to oversee the series’ scripts. The series is still helmed by David Productions.The series is slated for a January 2021 release.

Source: Anime News Network

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