Ai Ooto, a shy schoolgirl with heterochromia, a rare condition where one’s eyes are of different color, gets bullied at school because of this trait. She makes one friend, Koito, who later commits suicide under unclear circumstances. Ai is lured into a world of secrets, where she has to play a gasha game and rescue several Egg Girls, to resurrect Koito. But this is just the beginning of a story about teenagers, girlhood, mental health, and sci-fi twists.
The long wait is over! Wonder Egg Priority’s final episode “My Priority” is here. Wonder Egg Priority garnered a lot of attention during the Winter anime season of 2021. The crisp visuals and dark magical girl undertones, as well as the representation of contemporary issues, brought a breath of fresh air into the anime scene. There were, however, hiccups, in the production of this ambitious original anime series by CloverWorks, which led to the delay of its conclusion.
We just watched the Special episode that just got released, and we’ll be discussing the good and the bad. The first half of the final episode is a recap, so you might want to skip to the middle for the new material!
One of the unanswered mysteries we were left with during the 12-episode run of the show, was what happened between Koito and Sawaki sensei. Wonder Egg Priority gave us hints that Sawaki might be responsible for Koito’s suicide, but the truth is, according to the teacher himself, that Koito was involved with a teacher in her previous school, and was trying to get with Sawaki this time, too. Her slipping off the roof was an accident, while she was trying to make Sawaki get involved with her. We feel like we’ve been played, by having all these hints that Sawaki might be a predator, and then getting a Koito that is obsessed enough with an adult teacher to threaten him with suicide. This plot twist leaves us uneasy since Wonder Egg Priority in its first half showed a deep understanding of teenage girls’ issues, and how adults can take advantage of young people. Having Koito being the “villain” in this case makes us question the motivations of the show, which appear less progressive than we thought they’d be.
Neiru and Parallel Timelines
Neiru is an AI! So, is Ai’s name both a wordplay with Artificial Intelligence and the Japanese word for love? Neiru’s secret felt like it came out of nowhere, however, there were hints during her dialogue with Kotobuki earlier in the series, and the vagueness regarding her sister. Neiru was a stand-in for an actual person, Airu, who tried to kill her double, Neiru, and committed suicide. It was an interesting development having Frill, the demonic robot girl Acca and Ura-Acca created, and Neiru, both artificial “humans”, rejected by the people important to them. We hope we could see more of them interacting, as this reveal felt rushed. The dream world where the girls fight, the parallel universes theory, and Neiru and Frill’s connection that might go even deeper, come together in this final episode. We might have to sit with this new information a little longer.
We still have so many questions! What about Acca and Ura-Acca’s plan to destroy Frill? Where is Neiru? Will Ai succeed in saving Neiru? All in all, the special episode of Wonder Egg Priority looked pretty, as always, and gave more information about our case, but it didn't provide a clear-cut resolution.
Have you watched this long-awaited Special yet? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below and thanks for reading!