More like Blunder Egg Priority
It’s hard writing about Wonder Egg Priority now, three months after Winter season ended, when the only thing fresh on my mind is the final episode that just came out. And let me tell you, that episode was not good. In fact, it’s one of the most disappointing endings I’ve ever seen.
What happened? It’s no secret that the show had serious production issues, but this goes deeper than that. There are fundamental problems with the script. Any positive message it might’ve had is contradicted at some point, making me wonder what it was actually trying to say. Was this really what the writers envisioned?
The first seven episodes were genuinely good. It has great visual storytelling, strong characters, and it touched upon some pretty heavy subjects. Particularly that all four main characters had lost someone close to them to suicide. While they were nominally fighting to bring those people back to life, there was a strong suggestion that it was really about overcoming their grief and guilt, bonding with their new friends, and moving on with their lives.
The key was that, despite all the supernatural elements, the focus was on the characters and their struggles. It wasn’t important to know how the wonder eggs worked and why they were fighting colorful manifestations of abusers in a dream world. It was just a way to tell the story.
But then it started explaining things that didn’t need to be explained. And introducing sci-fi elements that were, at best, not in service of the story it had been telling.
The worst offender was the Acca backstory episode. This episode might’ve been okay as standalone story, but it really didn’t fit in Wonder Egg Priority. The story was always intimately about Ai and her friends, so spending a whole episode on these side characters felt completely out of place. On top of that, it simply explains too much. Did a show about teenagers dealing with suicide really need a plot twist where the ghost of a jealous robot girl was making girls suicidal? Did we really need all this stuff about parallel universes? It’s not just irrelevant, but it actively detracts from the experience. “You’ll never know why your friend took her life and you’ll have to accept that and move on with your life” is a lot more meaningful than “Your friend was influenced by evil suicide waves but you can restore a copy of her from another dimension”.
By that point, I felt like the soul of the show was gone. The story lost all cohesion, and I wasn’t sure what it actually wanted to be about anymore. It’s like multiple people wrote different scripts and they just put them all together.
By the time the final episode came out, I’d pretty much stopped caring, and I was just watching it to get it over with. I at least wanted to see how they were going to end it, and what they had in mind with all these loose plot threads.
Well, it turns out the answer is literally nothing. Instead of resolving anything, the finale only complicates things more. It breaks up the characters, throws out another pointless plot twist about Neiru, and leaves you with nothing. After dedicating an entire episode to Frill and building her up as the cause behind it all, she only makes a token appearance that hardly justifies her existence. The only thing that gets explained is the reason behind Koito’s suicide, as if that was the most pressing issue, and it ends up just ruining her character for no good reason.
By the end of the episode, you understand less than you did before, the message is even more muddled, and every character is worse off. I’m not exaggerating when I say the show would’ve been better if this episode had never come out.
I’m giving Wonder Egg a mildly positive rating solely on the strength of its first half, but everything beyond that was a serious disappointment.