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Cells at Work! (はたらく細胞 Hataraku Saibō?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akane Shimizu.

Plot Edit

The story follows the world of a human's body which is represented as cities with roughly 37.2 trillion anthropomorphic cells who work together endlessly daily to run their world. Everyday, they struggle to remove and resist against pathogenic cells such as germs and bacteria from invading the body.

A ditsy red blood cell who is new to her job, AE3803, and a ruthless white blood cell who is a part of the immune system, U-1146, are featured in the story as protagonists. As a red blood cell, AE3803 transports goods such as oxygen and nutrients. On the other hand, U-1146 patrols the blood vessels and destroys threats.

List of Chapters Edit

Pilot Edit

No Title Japan release Date North America release date
00 "The Story of Cells"

細胞の話, Saibou no Hanashi

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Volume 1 Edit

No Title Japan release Date North America release date
01 "Pneumococcus"

肺炎球菌, "Haienkyuukin"

July 9, 2015 November 1, 2016
02 "Cedar Pollen Allergy"

スギ花粉アレルギー, "Sugikafun Arerugī"

July 9, 2015 November 1, 2016
03 "Influenza"

インフルエンザ, "Infuruenza"

July 21, 2018 November 1, 2016
04 "Scrape Wound"

すり傷, "Surikizu"

July 21, 2018 November 1, 2016

Volume 2 Edit

No Title Japan release date North America release date
05 "Food Poisoning"

食中毒, "Shokuchūdoku"

November 20, 2015 December 27, 2016
06 "Heat Stress"

熱中症, "Netchūshō"

November 20, 2015 December 27, 2016
07 "Erythroblasts and Myelocytes"

赤芽球と骨髄球, "Sekigakyū to Kotsuzuikyū"

November 20, 2015 December 27, 2016
08 "Cancer Cells Part I"

がん細胞 前編, "Gansaibō Zenpen"

November 20, 2015 December 27, 2016
09 "Cancer Cells Part II"

がん細胞 後編, "Gansaibō Kōhen"

November 20, 2015 December 27, 2016

Volume 3 Edit

No Title Japan release date North America release date
10 "The Circulatory System"

血液循環, "Ketsueki Junkan"

June 9, 2016 March 28, 2017
11 "The Common Cold"

風邪症候群, "Kaze Shōkōgun"

June 9, 2016 March 28, 2017
12 "Thymocytes"

胸腺細胞, "Kyōsen Saibō"

June 9, 2016 March 28, 2017
13 "Acquired Immunity"

獲得免疫, "Kakutoku Men'eki"

June 9, 2016 March 28, 2017
14 "Acne"

ニキビ, "Nikibi"

June 9, 2016 March 28, 2017

Volume 4 Edit

No Title Japan release date North America release date
15 "Staphylococcus Aureus"

黄色ブドウ球菌, "Ōshoku Budō Kyūkin"

November 30, 2016 May 2, 2017
16 "Dengue Fever"

デング熱, "Dengu Netsu"

November 30, 2016 May 2, 2017
17 "Hypovolemic Shock Part I"

出血性ショック 前編, "Shukketsusei Shokku Zenpen"

November 30, 2016 May 2, 2017
18 "Hypovolemic Shock Part II"

出血性ショック 後編, "Shukketsusei Shokku Kōhen"

November 30, 2016 May 2, 2017
19 "Peyer's Patch"

パイエル板, "Paieuru Ban"

November 30, 2016 May 2, 2017

Volume 5 Edit

No Title Japan release date North America release date
20 "H. Pylori"

ピロリ菌, "Pirorikin"

August 9, 2017 November 21, 2017
21 "Antigenic Shift"

抗原変異, "Kōgen Hen'i"

August 9, 2017 November 21, 2017
22 "Cytokines"

サイトカイン, "Saitokain"

August 9, 2017 November 21, 2017
23 "Harmful Bacteria"

悪玉菌, "Akudamakin"

August 9, 2017 November 21, 2017
24 "Cancer Cells II Part I"

がん細胞2 前編, "Gansaibō Tsū Zenpen"

August 9, 2017 November 21, 2017
25 "Cancer Cells II Part II"

がん細胞2 後編, "Gansaibō Tsū Kōhen"

August 9, 2017 November 21, 2017