The novel coronavirus has spread across the world, with over one hundred seventy million infected and no end in sight. Amid the worldwide pandemic, Kodansha, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan, has created two new episodes to the famous anthropomorphic manga, Cells at Work!, “Novel Coronavirus” and “Preventing Novel Coronavirus Infection”.
With the support of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), these two chapters will be recreated as a motion comic (with background music and sound effects) and translated to English and Hindi to be released for free, worldwide. (For a limited time only, until the end of March 2022.)
The two episodes were created to show our appreciation for all of the front-line medical workers fighting against the virus and to deepen the understanding of the novel coronavirus across the world. We hope that through every one of our efforts, we as humans can come together and overcome this pandemic.
Medical Supervisor/ M.D., Ph.D. Satoshi Kutsuna (National Center for Global Health and Medicine)
“Novel Coronavirus” episode is included in the final volume of Cells at Work!, a manga series filled with personified cells from Weekly Shonen Sirius magazine!
In one human body, there are roughly 37 trillion cells. With the sheer number of cells comes a lot of work (and a lot of drama)! When viruses or bacteria invade the human body, when allergic reactions occur, when the body is injured… Cells at Work! is a story that focuses on the anthropomorphic white and red blood cells hidden deep underneath the human skin, working behind the scenes to maintain the human body!
This June the “Novel Coronavirus” chapter will be released with the final volume of the series in the United States, and now the new extra story, “Preventing Novel Coronavirus Infection” (by Meku Kaire) will be streamed alongside the previous chapter on YouTube for free as a special Motion Comic!
Title: “Novel Coronavirus” (By: Akane Shimizu)
Credits: © Akane Shimizu / Kodansha
Story: *14 minutes long
What happens to the body when it contracts the novel coronavirus? This story shows how white blood cells, red blood cells, and all the other cells in the immune system defend the body and fight against the virus, revealing its mechanisms and spreading understanding.
Title: “Preventing Novel Coronavirus Infection”
(Illustration by: Meku Kaire, Supervised by: Akane Shimizu)
Credits: © Akane Shimizu, Meku Kaire/ Kodansha
Story: *6 minutes
How does wearing a mask, washing your hands, and avoiding the Three Cs (Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, Close-Contact Conversations) help keep the body safe? This is an important story that shows infection prevention from the viewpoints of our beloved cells.
*The Hindi version will be released at the end of June.
Kodansha, International Rights Department, Yoshiaki Koga
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