Strep throat! Hay fever! Influenza! The world is a dangerous place for a red blood cell just trying to get her deliveries finished. Fortunately, she’s not alone … She’s got a whole human body’s worth of cells ready to help out! The mysterious white blood cell, the buff and brash killer T cell, the nerdy neuron, even the cute little platelets—everyone’s got to come together if they want to keep you healthy!
The manga revolves around 1146, a white blood cell who starts out like all the other white blood cells--ruthless and bloodthirsty. But after a red blood cell (AE3803) shows him gratitude for his efforts, he becomes more conscious of the other cells around him and their daily lives and he begins to become more caring and friendly. We get introduced to many of these other types of cells, usually in fun ways that show off their roles in the body. Most of the stories involve various mundane problems (from our perspective), which are calamities in the world of the body's cells--like allergies or common germs and viruses. There are a few stories which do seem major even from the whole body's perspective--when the body became so dehydrated it needed an IV drip and when the body had so much blood loss it needed a blood transfusion. Even the stories involving the cancer cells don't reach the point of a major bodily threat since they never became a tumor and were able to be destroyed by the body's own immune system. They do a pretty good job of combining educational material about bodily functions with entertaining stories. The way transmigration of the white blood cells is portrayed is hilarious--just popping out of crevices and vents. I don't really appreciate the warped justice of the cancer cell(s). [Reviewed at chapter 25]
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