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Cells at Work! CODE BLACK
Aliases: Hataraku Saibou Black Studio: LIDENFILMS Adaptation: Manga Genres: Action, Seinen Episodes: ? Release Date: Jan 10, 2021 to ? Streaming: FUNimation,
Plot: This series follows a rookie Red Blood Cell whose body is at risk of going Code Black, brought on by drinking, smoking, stress and sleep deprivation! It’s a darker, grittier tale of the human body and the forces fighting to keep it healthy.
I just realize the name Black has a double meaning
Because the body is sick and unhealthy, Black is used to describe how grim the situation.
Black for Black Company - companies that exploit their employees
This anime cleverly combines both for the red blood cells that are overworked because the body is unhealthy. There are pathogens everywhere killing cells causing a shortage of red blood cells.
We explore tobacco as our biology topic of the week. The body smoked for the first time. We see the metaphorical horrors of carbon monoxide on red blood cells and grime on the machines that represent the lungs. The senior cells shared how things weren’t grim like back then.
Some strange things I notice with this show and the other show, Cells at Work.
The white blood cells in Black are all female so far. The red blood cells in Black have been all male while in the original Cells at Work are all mixed gender. The white blood cells in the regular have been male so far.
Now for the episode: we explored the topic of everyone suffering and being overwork in this body while talking about alcohol, the liver, and effects of alcohol.
We briefly cover mouth ulcers and inflammation in the beginning. Bacterium are common in this stressed body. I do wonder if the body is also immmunocompromised. However, that's not plausible because people with comprised immune system do not drink or smoke heavily. Just that the drugs wreak havoc on the body.
I like how the show goes into detail and metaphorically explain the biochemical reactions used to detox alcohol from one toxin to another toxin and finally to a non toxic substance in the liver. Hepatocytes are portrayed as cabaret girls. We lost another senior red blood cell. At least, he passed away peacefully. We see Kupffer cells who are macrophages that digest old red blood cells.
It’s the T Cells with the spotlight. We do get to learn about the hair matrix cells. Oddly enough, the Cells at Work episode this week also feature hair matrix cells. If my biology memory is right, T Cells and immune cells work by line of defense. Of course, White Blood Cells are the first line and first to respond. If things get worse, then the other immune responses sends the other wave. We explore how the immune system can mistakenly attack the body.
Our physiology topic of the week is kidneys and kidney stones. Usually the endoscopic tube for urether is sterilized. Due to "bad luck", the germs rode the tube up the urethra and attack the body as they march towards the kidney.
Like the liver, the kidneys are silent organs for which they don't produce symptoms. Like the nerve cells if memory serves me right, the glomeruli don't regenerate.
For an organ that filtrates blood, the shower room is an okay metaphor.
We lost a senior cell. The immune system is overwhelmed. It's like real life, the human body needs external help especially this body that keeps doing drugs.
We are doing two things or three things almost 2 separate stories.
We explore ROs (radicalized oxygen) - this is due to the body having stress and not enough vitamin E.
We explore sebacious gland. With the ROs issue, he was gathering all that stuff and exploded. Didn't think we cover body odor.
The last one should be down to earth for coffee drinkers and those who drink energy drinks. Caffeine is a drug, and like all drugs, they all have side effects. Arginine causes the blood to dilate which can lead to nosebleeds.
The blame game in the episodes is very real life with work and family.
There are strange things going on in the body. The body hasn't sleep in two days while smoking and drinking heavily. I don't the person was working if they are drinking, too.
Pulmonary embolism is explored here. Somehow without any medical intervention, the body was able to pull through and blood clot dissolved. The main character led red blood cells through another route to the lungs which miraculously saved the body through a trickle of oxygen.
We explore ringworm infections but also go over what the effect having a low white blood cell count as well as focus on red blood cell who not only watch after new red blood cells but pushed himself hard to deliver oxygen. It reflects how this series has come full circle.
His friend snaps him out of it.
However, there is one con: white blood cell cannot afford to take a break because she and her two friends are the only ones. Red Blood cell is lucky to take a break because there are still enough red blood cells.
Our disease of the week is stomach ulcer caused by H. Pylori which was seen in the Cells at Work season 2 episode weeks ago. You can see the aesthetic difference. This one in Black is more monstrous.
I didn't think they will kill off a main supporting character. They killed off the blond red blood cell, the companion of the main character red blood cell. This one hit him harder when he see so many death. This one was his closest friend who helped him a lot through tough times.
The stomach blacksmith cell (forgot what he was) states this will repeat if the body does not change its way. They will always be in Code Black.
This episode was one of the emotional ones. The actor did a good job. It reflects how grim things are.
We explore gout and the spleen. I like how they cleverly showcase how gout occur because in real life, the body attacks the uric acid crystal which causes gout. In this anime, they thought it was a germ. They never saw anything like it. We had Memory Cell.
Spleen is judged as a judge and executioner for some reason. Spleen removes defect or worn down red blood cells. It should be a senior, crematorium, or something. The judge part and an old blood cell dropping through the trap door reflects how brutal and grim the show is.
Things got grave when the plagues in the blood start to form bigger clots than what we saw with the pulmonary embolism. I don't know what cells they were. I"m assuming brain cells since they were going to shut down the body.
Everyone refused to believe the body cease to function on top of a lot of varying reactions.
We get a happy ending until the post credit rolls. It appears we had a blood transfusion which leads them into another body, in code black. That was crazy.
After the body is revived by the doctors using AED to shock the heart to beat and then using the stent to open up the clogged artery, the body whips itself back into shape. Everything is clean. A near death experience motivated them to stop using drugs and over eating.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT