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An Incredibly Dissapointing End: Wonder Egg Priority Special

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If my last post did on the subject did not make it abundantly clear, my incredibly high hopes for “Wonder Egg Priority,” a show whose first few episodes were some of the most promising in recent memory, were dashed in almost record time. The mid-episodes of the series made it seem like it was taking a much slower pace, which would have been fine if it was a full two cours like its pacing might have implied.

However, this turned out to not be the case. By the end of episode 10, I was getting pretty worried, as it felt like the show had all but run out of time to produce a satisfying ending. The next two episodes, while having an idea of where they wanted to take the series, felt slap-dashed in the worst way possible, like watching a clip of car go from full speed and in control to slamming on the breaks and beginning a front end summersault across the highway.

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Seeing this series progress pretty much exactly like those horse drawing memes was pretty sad to watch, especially when you consider the fact that “Wonder Egg Priority” was an anime original, and thus they had full control over the direction of the series. Now, given how incredibly messed up modern anime productions are in terms of workload, and that Cloverworks was also responsible for the incredibly poorly handled second season of “The Promised Neverland,” I cannot, in good conscious, put much of the blame of Shinji Nojima.

However, the reality is that, the show just did not turn out as great as it probably could have. What had the potential to be anime of the year is ended up being an above average series with some great animation and a solid score to boot. With all of that being said, It was announced shortly after the airing of episode 12 that the show would receive a special that would serve as the series end. So, did the “Wonder Egg Priority” special do anything for the series?

Meh? It feels really shitty that the first 20+ minutes of this 45 minute final episode was a recap of the series, especially when you consider that one, the was only 12 episodes to begin with, and two, it already had a recap episode right before the lead up to the final four episodes. Again, I want to clarify that I am not necessarily blaming Nojima, only that this decision makes absolutely no sense. There is simply no reason for it.

The special also did not feel like it ended the series. I do not want to give anything away for those who have not seen it, considering it only came out less than a week ago. Still, it would be hard to argue that what we got could even be considered an ending. It felt more so like the studio giving up on trying to tell a story.

Ok, I guess I’ll try some positivity. While it was still far from being satisfying in any way, the series did at least dole out some answers for the million questions its ending raised. However, I can say that there was a not insignificant amount of development in both Neiru’s and Frill’s backstory. In addition, though nothing appears to be confirmed, its ending did leave room open for other potential specials to come and fill in more of these holes. How likely that is given Cloverworks’ current trajectory is up for debate, but theoretically still possible.

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The quality in other areas also stayed relatively stable. The animation stayed of a higher quality, though there was not a ton of action going on in the episode to begin with. The soundtrack, it must be said again, is absolutely superb. Producer De De Mouse’s music for this series is up there when it comes to anime soundtracks, as he takes the chaotic nature of “Wonder Egg Priority’s” plot and distills it into sound.

I am definitely not going to pretend like I am happy with how it turned out, nor am I going to ignore the moral failings of the production. This special, much like the main series, was just ok. Honestly, I do not know if I am even any better off having seen it, but now that its over, I feel ready to move on.


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Wonder Egg Priority is Still Amazing

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It has been a little less than a month now since I first dived into “Wonder Egg Priority,” and the more I watch the show the more I want to right about it, so for today, I thought I would give an update as to my feelings as of the latest episode, which as of the writing of this post is episode 8. With that being said, lets get started.

I talked last week about how this series seemingly came out of nowhere and still has an insane level of quality. My initial reaction was “wow, this is amazing, but there is no way they can keep this up, right?” Well, turns out once again I was wrong (not that its an unusual occurrence around here). No, in fact everything about the show, from the writing to the animation and even the soundtrack is still phenomenal

The soundtrack in particular has really surprised me with just how much range it actually has. Most shows with a proximity to “Wonder Egg Priority’s” genre would probably rely on a more low-key, heavy j-pop inspired soundtrack that just sort of does its job, but ultimately remains just ok. However, the show defies a lot of genre expectations, if there even are any to begin with, and its soundtrack definitely matches that energy, with music courtesy of De De Mouse.

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Most of the songs that appear in the show feel unique and like they were crafted with a specific instance in mind. While I probably could not remember a majority of the names (because my Japanese is still pretty bad), if someone played a particular song, it would not be hard for me to remember the scene which it accompanied, which is a lot more than I can say for most soundtracks.

Another thing about the show that has become really apparent is that it will very rarely hold your hand when it comes to the plot. Sure, characters will spell things out occasionally, and maybe even with big metaphorical letters sometimes, but definitely not most of the time. Momo’s identity crisis, Ai’s relationship with the school councilor, Neiru’s real reason for saving the girls in the eggs, all of it is just kind of thrown out there, and it is up to the viewers to pick up on it.

At least so far, though, it feels as though Rika has gotten the most amount of development. She is clearly the most abrasive of the group, projecting her own feelings of loneliness onto the others and, as she puts it, “plays the villain,” while simultaneously still wanting to kill herself. Given that the show is only scheduled for 12 episodes currently and most of the major plot points are nowhere close to being resolved, I do hope there are plans in works for a second season, as a premature ending would most likely kill the series.

It still feels hard to point exactly where the series is going, and while there is definitely a bit more direction now, there is plenty left and I for one will still be on my toes watching how this one plays out.


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First Impressions: Wonder Egg Priority

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Hey, so remember how I have said for a while now that “The Promised Neverland” holds the spot for best first episode of all time? Yeah, there might just be a new contender in the category.

CloverWorks feels like a rising start when it comes to animation studios, in much the same way the MAPPA did half a decade prior. They have certainly proven themselves time and time again, with shows like “Bunny Girl Senpai” and “The Promised Neverland” already under their belt, and with a solid start to this season’s “Horimiya.” I give the credit to the studio as a whole with regards to “Wonder Egg Priority” for the simple fact that, outside of a scant list of episode credits, director Shin Wakabayashi has little to nothing under his belt.

This is not to say that he is doing a bad job, far from it. In fact, much in the same way that I felt like “The Promised Neverland” was an easy contender for anime of the year at the beginning of 2019, This series is clearly positioned in the same way. With that being said, lets discuss some of the reasons why.

Bullying is a topic that gets brought up a lot in anime, and I think for good reason. A lot of anime is targeted at kids, and bullying in school just so happens to be an issue that kids can relate to, so it makes sense. However, bullying is rarely ever as minor of an issue as someone getting pushed on the playground. In fact, it can often times result in someone’s suicide, which is the situation our main character Ai Ohto finds herself in, as she attempts to bring her friend Koito back to life by saving other girls from their trauma.

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The through line in “Wonder Egg Priority” is that all of its main characters have lost someone to suicide, and it is implied, though not directly stated, which I suspect will come into play much later, that by buying eggs and saving the girls inside them they will eventually be able to bring their late friends and family back to life. The most interesting cases so far are Ai herself, whose friend is implied to have been caught up in a scandal with the school councilor, along with Momoe, a masculine presenting girl who seems to have lost her first girlfriend after she confessed to her.

While its safe to say that most would probably put this under the genre label of magical girl, and while it does seem to borrow a bit from shows like “Madoka Magica” the series has already come very much into its own. there are a lot of shows that bring up the topics of bullying and abuse, but very rarely is it done well. The best example that comes to mind is the second season of “March Comes in Like a Lion.” What a lot of people tend to forget is that stuff like this often happens in silence, with very few people aware of what is actually going on, which is why it makes sense that the girls are transported to a dreamlike world to fight the enemies which are appropriately named “Seeno Evils.”

The show’s main character, Ai Ohto, is also extremely well written. In particular, her Heterochromia is an excellent visual characteristic that accomplishes a number of things. First, it gives her an immediate, stand out characteristic that makes the show that much more memorable. Because of this, it would also explain pretty reasonably why she would got bullied, as kids tend to latch on to things that are different about one another.

Lastly, her eyes serve as a great visual metaphor for a number of things, including how she can see both the real world and this new and exciting dream world, and how these can often blend together in dangerous ways. It could also represent the two different versions of herself that she sees, one that is a victim and one that is a savior.

How such an insanely good series came together is seemingly out of nowhere is still a ways beyond me. But, I will say this much: Given its current trajectory, this is on course to be an amazing series, and maybe even one of my favorites. However, only time will tell.


How do you all feel about “Wonder Egg Priority?” Let me know in the comments below.

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