Cells at Work! Code Black is an anime adaptation of the original shōnen manga series of the same name which is a spin-off by Shigemitsu Harada and Ikuta Hatsuya. Not to confuse it with the original series Cells at Work!, this series is a spin-off of the original and is airing back-to-back with the second season of its mother series.
Produced and animated by the studio, Liden Films, Cells at Work! Code Black revolves around the cells that are responsible to maintain life in a seemingly unending war as the body is subjected to irritants such as alcohol, smoking, and stress.
Red Blood Cell AA2153 has to immediately learn to deliver oxygen plus collect carbon dioxide despite dangerous conditions because of the shortage of workers. On the other hand, White Blood Cell U-1196 has to contribute to dealing with germs and viruses in the event of life-threatening situations.
These cells would have to put on all their efforts and work together especially in times of crisis to keep the body healthy even if they do not know if the sacrifices that they are doing would be worth it.
The concept itself is genius, an anime about the cells inside one's body fighting off different viruses, bacteria, and the daily challenges encountered by any person, add to that the response of the body to protect the person from harmful substances.
The series not only puts an appreciation of what is happening in a person's body, but it is also a reality most people are forgetting to appreciate, to thank their own selves for fighting through another day. The characters are reflections of oneself in self-preservation. Taking care of oneself is treasure enough.
In Cells at Work! Code Black, the cells fight off harmful substances to the body such as alcohol, and cigarettes, and the daily struggles of a person through overworking and stress. It's the daily life of a person is minuscule.
Cells at Work! Code Black is on its first season and is a spin-off series to Cells at Work! The whole season will be having 13 episodes.
The titles are as follows: "Smoking, Bacteria, and the Beginning of the End" for the first, "The Liver, Alcohol, and Pride" for the second, "Excitement, Swelling, and Emptiness" for the third, "Forefront, Gonococci, and Conflict" for the fourth, and "Overwork, Hair Loss, and Delirium" for the fifth.
The sixth episode is entitled "Kidneys, Ureteral Stones, and Tears", the seventh as "Caffeine, Temptation, and Jealousy", the eighth as "Calves, Pulmonary Embolism, and Quick Thinking", and "Calamity, Athlete's Foot, and Meaning of Work" for the ninth. The tenth to the thirteenth episode titles is yet to be released.
Cells at Work! Code Black Episode 9 is slated for release on February 21, 2021, for the premium subscribers of Funimation. For those who are streaming for free, a week of wait is to be endured as the episode will be available on February 28, 2021.
For those in Japan, it would be released at midnight but for those in the US, it would at 10 AM EST.