By Deanna Nguyen
During Aniplex’s livestream event, “Aniplex 48-Hour TV,” a promotional video announced the return of the Cells at Work! anime and that production for Season 2 is officially underway for a January 2021 broadcast. The official website and Twitter account revealed the key visual as well.
In the meantime, a theatrical anime will be released on September 5 in Japan, titled Cells at Work! The Return of the Strongest Enemy. A Huge Uproar in the Body’s Bowels!. The special release will cover Volume 5 of Akane Shimizu’s original manga.
Most of the anime’s original staff from David Production are returning for Season 2 and the theatrical anime—Yuuko Kakihara as scriptwriter, Takahiko Yoshida as character designer and Kenichiro Suehiro as music composer. Hirofumi Ogura has taken on the role as the series’ new director.
The first season of Cells at Work!, directed by Kenichi Suzuki, premiered in July 2018 and aired for 13 episodes. An anime special was released that December. Other adaptations of the manga include two stage plays which ran from November 2018 to October 2019.
The original Cells at Work! manga launched in 2015 which subsequently inspired several spinoff series: Bacteria at Work, Cells That Don’t Work, Cells at Work! Code Black (which has its own PV), Platelets at Work, Cells at Work! Baby, and Cells at Work! Lady.
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