Cells At Work: Popular manga getting live-action film

Kodansha and Flag Pictures announced that Akane Shimizu’s Cells at Work! manga will soon be getting a live-action film adaptation.

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By Rohit Kohli | Mar 20, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Kodansha and Flag Pictures announced that Akane Shimizu’s Cells at Work! manga will soon be getting a live-action film adaptation. Hideki Takeuchi will be in the director’s seat for the film, and Yuichi Tokunaga will be writing the script.

The original Cells at Work! manga was launched by Shimizu in the March 2015 issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine and ended it in January 2021. The English version of the manga will be released by Kodansha USA.

The first TV anime of the original manga hit the screens in July 2018. The anime’s second season came out in January 2021, alongside the anime of the Cells at Work! Code Black spinoff manga.

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Upcoming spinoff mangas

The following spinoff manga will also be published in English by Kodansha USA Publishing. The lineup includes Cells at Work: Bacteria!, Cells at Work: No Bacteria!, Cells at Work Baby!, Cells NOT at Work! Code Black, Cells at Work and Friends!, and Cells at Work: Platelets!

The latest Cells at Work! Spinoff manga to conclude is Akari Otokawa and Shigmitsu Harada’s Hataraku Saibo Lady, which came to an end in September 2022. The manga focused on adult women’s physiology, including menstruation, pregnancy, and childbirth.

Harada is also the writer for Cells at Work! Spinoff manga which came to an end in January 2021. The latest spinoff manga was Hataraku Saibo Muscle, released on Kodansha’s Morning two manga website in February.

Kinnikuman franchise to release new anime on 40th anniversary

According to a new Twitter account for the Kinnikuman franchise, the series will soon be getting a new anime. The account also posted a picture along with the announcement. The new anime will be released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the original TV anime, which was released in April 1983.

Not just that, there will be an exhibition for the anniversary that will be open from March 18 to April 2 at Tokyo Tower. The manga creator duo called Yudetamago resumed their original Kinnikuman wrestling manga in 2011. It was a web manga that was available for free for everyone.

The manga creators went back to their first 1979 Kinnikuman storyline and picked up from where they left off in 1987. the original manga has inspired several TV anime series and films.

Previously, the duo published a Kinnikuman one-shot manga in Shueisha’s Grand Jump magazine in 2015, and later published a one-shot in Weekly Shonen Jump for the first time in 11 years in June 2019. The manga’s 81st compiled book volume recently shipped in Japan.

Besides, toy figures of the main character were imported to the US under the “M.U.S.C.L.E” brand name in the 1980s. Viz Media later released Takashi Shimada and Yoshinori Nakai’s Kinnikuman Nisei – Second Generations manga sequel in North America as Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy, and 4Kids Entertainment showed the anime adaptation on TV.

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