SANTA MONICA, CA (January 18, 2018) – Aniplex Inc. announced today that they will be developing the manga series about anthropomorphized cells within the human body, Cells at Work!, into a TV anime series. Aniplex of America also launched a teaser site and a Facebook page for the brand new action comedy anime slated to debut in summer of this year. The series is an anime adaptation of popular manga series by Akane Shimizu from publisher Kodansha’s shonen manga magazine Monthly Shonen Sirius. Animation production will be handled by anime powerhouse david production (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, ERASED) with Kenichi Suzuki (Drifters, Crayon Shin-chan) as director, series composition by Yuko Kakihara (Persona 4: The AnimationDigimon Adventure tri.), and character design by Takahiko Yoshida (Honey and Clover, Oreimo2). The highly anticipated series is scheduled to premiere July of 2018.

Cells at Work! takes an interesting spin featuring anthropomorphized cells as blue collar workers hard at work within the human body. Throughout the series, the workforce, which includes red blood cells, white blood cells, killer T-cells, macrophages, and platelets, deal with the many perils brought about by constant bacterial invasions. Though scientifically accurate, the series takes a comical and action packed look into the epic yet microscopic battles that happen within our body every day. Regarding the story, Rebecca Silverman from Anime News Network notes “creator Akane Shimizu does a good job of making each chapter both entertaining and educational, using the tropes and varied art styles of shounen action manga to tell the story.”

 About Cells at Work!:
This is a story about you. A tale about the inside of your body…

According to a new study, the human body consists of approximately 37 trillion cells. These cells are hard at work every day within a world that is your body. From the oxygen carrying Red Blood Cells to the bacteria fighting White Blood Cells, get to know the unsung heroes and the drama that unfolds inside of you!

From the popular manga “Cells at Work!” comes a brand new anthropomorphized anime TV series! It’s the oddly relatable and interesting story that is the life of cells!

Additional information on Cells at Work! will be available at: and the official Cells at Work! USA Facebook page at

Original Story: Akane Shimizu (Serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Sirius)
Director: Kenichi Suzuki
Series Composition: Yuko Kakihara
Screenplay: Yuko Kakihara / Kenichi Suzuki
Character Design: Takahiko Yoshida
Cell Character Design/Prop Design/Action Scene Animation Director: Kenta Mimuro
Sub-Character Design: Keiko TamakiChief Animation Director: Takahiko Yoshida / Keiko Tamaki
Art: atelier Platz
Art Setting: Yoshihiro Sono / Koji Hashiguchi
Color Setting: Aiko Mizuno
Director of Photography: Yuki Ooshima
3D CG Director: Yutaka Nakajima
Editor: Kiyoshi Hirose (editz)
Sound Director: Jin Aketagawa
Sound Production: MAGIC CAPSULE
Music: Kenichiro Suehiro / MAYUKO
Produce: Yuma Takahashi
Animation Producer: Go Wakamatsu
Animation Production: david production
Production: Aniplex / Kodansha / david production

About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases including Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Fate/Zero, the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in April,KILL la KILLBakemonogatariPuella Magi Madoka MagicaBlue Exorcist, NISEKOI, the OREIMO series, DURARARA!!×2Magi series, Expelled From ParadiseThe irregular at magic high school, and ALDNOAH.ZERO. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows include: March comes in like a lionBlue Exorcist: Kyoto SagaERASEDThe Asterisk WarOWARIMONOGATARIKIZUMONOGATARICharlotte, Occultic;Nine, WWW.WAGNARIA!!, GRANBLUE FANTASY, Eromanga Sensei, Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU, BLEND-S, Slow Start, and Record of Grancrest War. In June 2017, the company launched the English version of mobile game, Fate/Grand Order, which has exceeded two million downloads. Based on the popular Fate series, Fate/Grand Order is currently available on iOS and Android.

For more on the original manga, check out our review.