Episode 8 of Yumi’s Cells begins in Cell Land 40 years after the events of our current timeline. An elderly cell invites a bunch of baby Cells into the library where photos of Yu-Mi and her life are laid out across the walls. There are encyclopedias for each year of Yu-Mi’s life – and she’s currently 72 in this timeline.
As this elderly Cell reads out the most embarrassing moment in Yu-Mi’s life, it just so happens to be from Na-Ri’s wedding that we ended on last episode. And as this Cell continues to spin Yu-Mi’s story, we cut back in time 40 years to those moments outside the church.
Alone and away from Ji-Ugi, Woong learns that this man is Yu-Mi’s ex and sticks up for his current flame. He knows she was hurt and plays along, even messaging her in the church about Hawaii. Thanks to Woong, Yu-Mi manages to help dispel the incident. Only…there’s a catch. The blow-back from the wedding sees Louis questioning Woong at work over the marriage. When Sae-Yi finds out, she’s shocked and more than a little jealous.
News of this marriage though spreads all over the place, including Yu-Mi’s work and Cell Land, where Reaction Number 1 Cell is banished from being used and Emotion Cell is locked up.
However, this whole marriage issue ends up becoming the catalyst for two major events in Yu-Mi’s life – Yu-Mi running a half-marathon and Sae-Yi trying to win back Woong. Now, Yu-Mi doesn’t actually look at guys anymore, seeing them as paper cut-outs. The root cause of this is her Reconnaissance team in Cell Land, who are always on the lookout for Yu-Mi’s type. Now that she’s busy with Woong, they’re no longer needed. So naturally they go on vacation.
That evening, Yu-Mi runs into the new assistant marketing manager, Yoo-Bobby. This guy also happens to be the same one who asked her for directions earlier in the episode. His looks though are obscured through that familiar cutout view from before, but when it’s lifted we soon find out he’s one of the best looking people currently working at Daehan Noodles. The guy has also found her umbrella too, and as Yu-Mi’s defences are lowered, Yu-Mi heads in to get her umbrella back the following day.
As Yu-Mi contemplates whether he really has feelings for her or just wants to be friends, even Woong admits that she’s very cautious over people. However, with Woong preoccupied with work, Yu-Mi finds herself out shopping along. Only, Yoo-Bobby happens to be there. It seems the pair have been running into each other a lot recently, which could become an important fact to remember later on in the season.
That evening, Yu-Mi decides to head over and surprise Woong, showing up at his place unannounced after telling him she’s going to sleep. Only, Sae-Yi happens to be in the hallway and she reveals that she’s moved in to the same apartment block – and floor- as Woong. It’s awkward, especially when she sees how close Sae-Yi and Woong have become.
Crushed, Yu-Mi immediately suspects the worst, and with Emotion Cell free she begins questioning Woong and whether he and Sae-Yi are really just friends. As he does, the episode comes to a close.
The Episode Review
Yumi’s Cells rolls round with another lovable episode, this time depicting a slightly different side of Cell Land. It would appear that the future flashes we’re receiving could well be a pivotal moment in Yu-Mi’s life, possibly when she’s dying, which would fit with the idea of these Cells learning more about her life.
However, the show has been a real breath of fresh air in the romcom genre, with plenty of imaginative beats injected thanks to the inclusion of Cell Land and the different cells. This has really been the highlight of the show, with this week’s inclusion of the cutouts working well to show how indifferent one becomes to the opposite sex when you’re in love.
Yumi’s Cells looks like it’s gearing up for a bit ore drama now, especially with Yu-Mi finding out about Sae-Yi living in the same apartment complex as Woong. Quite how this will transpire in the coming episodes is yet to be confirmed though, but it’s sure to cause a lot of drama.
For now, this show has just started to tighten the screw, delivering another good chapter that leaves a tantalizing cliffhanger for next week’s follow-up.