Cells at Work #07 — Won’t Somebody Root For Leukemia?

August 18th, 2018


We didn't think this through, did we?


There is so much wrong with the writing here that it's hard to know where to start. I guess with the biggest moment of sheer bizarreness; the sappy ending that begs us to empathize with those poor exploited cancer cells. Yes. There's finally a show here to fight for cancer. Won't somebody think of that poor cancer? The common cold is a mindless plague, but cancer? That is what we need to round out and make a tragic villain.

And then there's the more micro level, like the start where the Natural Killer immediately IDed it as cancer. This was then followed up by the other two going through this whole scene where they review all the things just stated by the narration about cancer cells and come to the conclusion that the antagonist is… cancer. It's like they got the scenes in the wrong order and instead of fixing it, added a copy of the exposition to the first part. 

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5 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • anise_punter says:

    boy i wanted this show to be good

    boy is it very not

  • gedata says:

    Given the facts behind how cancer is created, a sympathetic backstory doesn’t feel entirely out of place, but of course people not willing to set boundaries between reality in fiction would get bothered by the idea of it no matter what.

    • Aroduc says:

      That goes for virtually all diseases. Bacteria, viruses, parasites are all living things, and plenty of other shows (eg South Park, Futurama, Rick and Morty etc) have done Fantastic Voyage parodies in a similar vein. Making the choice to romanticize one of the worst diseases is bizarre at best, especially when there are far more benign things out there like lipomas that it could’ve used the exact same architecture for. 

      • anise_punter says:

        They just had that cedar pollen arc with the cutesy blob designs, it would have worked great there as opposed to “eh they’re just mindless zombies” whereas here they appended the tragic backstory to one of the baddies that clearly enjoyed harming others. It wouldn’t have made sense to do a tragic Pseudomonas backstory either even though he too was just trying to maximize reproduction and they didn’t.

        But I’m starting to think that’s just because the director and storyboard writers are doing a really bad job with this show.

  • V1cious says:

    They really need to make an anime than Cells At Work Black.