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It’s no easy feat to keep a body happy and healthy, so even the newest cells have their tiny hands full! Join these cute baby cells as they work hard within their infant body, in this adorable spinoff of Cells at Work! Perfect for fans to read or share with kids who enjoyed the original series.
THE STRUGGLES ARE REAL
A lot has happened since the baby’s left the womb, but things are only just starting to ramp up! Where does this oxygen delivery go? What’s that mysterious white liquid pouring into the stomach? Oh no, a bacteria invasion again?! Wait, how come the IgG antibodies from the mother aren’t working?! But they were just fine before! Everything is a confusing learning process for these young cells, from patching up diaper rash wounds to digesting breast milk. But they gotta pick things up fast if they want to protect the baby’s body. It’s yet another hard day’s work for the little ones!
Story Locale: Inside an (infant) human body
Series Overview: Babies are all potential, and that extends down into every cell! Head back to the first days of Red Blood Cell’s life, as she picks up oxygen from the helpful ladies at the Placenta counter, and meets White Blood Cell for the first time. But when tremors begin to shake their world, they’ll need to consult the Gene Library to find out what’s going on! Could this be…a contraction? And might their body soon have to…fend for itself?!
Adorable art plus new subject matter, featuring the same combination of whimsical manga storytelling and rigorous, real-life scientific detail that made the original series a surprise hit!
The original series was a viral favorite, with the top YouTube “react” video racking up 3.3 million views.
Appropriate for younger ages, giving this spinoff wider appeal than adult spinoff Cells at Work! CODE BLACK
The Cells at Work! anime is now streaming on Netflix and has a second season in the works.
A Cells at Work! CODE BLACK anime is coming in January 2021, which will keep the hype up for this burgeoning franchise.
Two volumes and on hiatus in Japan.
Ages 8 and up.
Akane Shimizu is the acclaimed creator of Cells at Work!, the manga that dramatizes the action inside a human body. The work has seen manga spinoffs, a stage play adaptation, and a global hit anime, released by Aniplex, Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix in the US.
Yasuhiro Fukuda debuted in 2013 with Saikyo Shojo Sayuri before drawing Mado Kara Madoka-chan in 2017. Fukuda’s latest work and English-language manga debut is Cells at Work! Baby.
Author Residence: Japan
Author Hometown: Japan
Marketing: Advertising in Diamond Previews
Publicity: Digital-first release will build buzz
Announcement planned in “Kodansha Live” livestream event
Publicity during streamed panels at summer online conventions, including San Diego Comic-Con and Anime Expo Lite
Cross-promotion with anime licensors as Cells at Work! CODE BLACK anime premieres in January 2021
Promotion on Kodansha Comics’s Tumblr (14,600 followers), Facebook (13,100 likes) and Twitter (32,000 followers), all growing every day
Promotion on Kodansha’s email newsletter (17,000 subscribers and counting) and comic shop newsletter
“Continues the main franchise’s theme of teaching real science and anatomy in a cute, fictionalized, anthropomorphized world of the human body.” -Otaku USA Magazine