On December 10th, Kodansha Comics announced that the Cells at Work! spin-off, Cells at Work! Code Black will end February 22, 2021. They made the announcement in the second and third 2021 issue of their monthly morning magazine. Shigemitsu Harada and Issei Hatsuyoshiya’s Cells at Work! Code Black will have compiled a total of eight volumes.
Kodansha Comics licensed the manga for distribution and describes the story as follows:
In this new spinoff of the hit manga, a newbie Red Blood Cell is one of 37 trillion working to keep this body running. But something’s wrong! Stress hormones keep yelling at him to go faster. The blood vessels are crusted over with cholesterol. Ulcers, fatty liver, trouble (ahem) downstairs… It’s hard for a cell to keep working when every day is a CODE BLACK!
The manga and anime Cells at Work! showed you what happens when a young, healthy body gets in trouble… but what if the body wasn’t so young, and was never very healthy? This new take stars a fresh-faced Red Blood Cell and his friend, the buxom White Blood Cell, as they struggle to keep themselves and their world together through alcoholism, smoking, erectile dysfunction, athlete’s foot, gout… it’s literal body horror! Whoever this guy is, he’s lucky his cells can’t go on strike!
The spin-off manga was originally launched to readers in the Morning and the Weekly D digital manga magazine back in June 2018. Kodansha then published the spin-off’s seven compiled volumes, with the seventh releasing on September 23rd. In English territories, Kodansha published the sixth volume on October 27th, with the seventh to be announced.
The manga has inspired a television adaptation set to premiere on January 9th of next year. The anime is being produced alongside the Cells at Work! sequel to , Cells at Work!!, the previously announced second season of Akane Shimizu‘s anime (with the sequel having two exclamation marks instead of one). There will be two different teams working the two anime series. The sequel will premiere in January 2021.