Welcome to this short review for this short season 2 anime series, about 8 episodes long. It will have some varying effect on your viewership if you watched this anime when it was airing alongside Cells at Work Code Black in the Winter 2021 anime season. Plus, your enjoyment of season 2 will vary because you might compare it to season 1 or Code Black if you watched it alongside. It's very hard to not compare this anime to these two things. I did enjoy the anime. I hope you all enjoy this if your interests continued after Cells at Work season 1.
The big difference in season 2 is how things are structured in its narrative. Season 1 has the weekly physiology topic (what disease would we cover this week? or what cells or organs would we cover this week). Season 2 does that but its later episodes funnel into a story arc narrative with its focus on Body Cell and White Blood Cell U-1146 as they get involved with the intestinal bacteria and then the character from last season, Cancer Cell. Episode 4 is the precursor to the bigger and focused arc on Cancer and the good intestinal bacteria. Season 2's tone feels very shonen. There are very dramatic scenes and lots of battles which seems more what we had in season 1 and contrasts deeply with Cells at Work Code Black which focuses on grim situations and hopeless reality of working in a poor body/working environment. The animation and music in season 2 is upbeat during comedic scenes and intense during fight scenes.
Due to how we anthropomorphize cells, season 2 has a core theme unlike season 1 due to how season 1 goes from exploring different cells and organs while immunology is the biggest draw in season 1. Season 2's major arc covers the morality between the immune system and the bacterium/cancer cells. While it does animate the characters and make them alive, the fact that they are represented as cells in a body makes it harder for me personally to accept the grey morality of cancer cell in what is good and what is bad in the body.
While animation isn't its strong point in production compared to other studios, you can see the passion in them animating the battle scenes to amplify the shonen-like tone and emotions.
If you prefer story driven, season 2's last few episodes delivered that. For me, I didn't mind the episodic weekly stories on different cells, organs, and diseases as I'm a physiology geek.
For those who love physiology, the anime continues its creative character designs and environment aesthetics where you can play a game in dissecting the real science that influences those character designs and environmental aesthetics. Example: The large intestine is portrayed as barrier reef.
Your immersion regarding the grey morality of what's good and bad can be affected by the real physiology of how body defends itself.
If your favorite character was Red Blood Cell, AE3803, she is demoted to a supporting character.
The anime is too short.
Cells at Work Season 2 plays a different game from its predecessor in building a balance between physiology in very compelling and creative educative manner while reanimating these characters in a shonen style. The balance can be a bit jarring with its moral themes of good and evil considering Cancer's character development. The anime does a good job of conveying and educating people on how bacteria behave in 3 groups: good, bad, and opportunistic.
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