You know what. Let’s pretend that final episode never happened.
When Funimation first put up this episode, they only uploaded the first half of the episode. I was thoroughly disappointed that Wonder Egg Priority was somehow going to end on a recap after going on a break for three months. Is that really the best they could have mustered?
Well. Maybe if it had only been that recap, that would have been better. Because this continuation completely shat on everything the series had tried to build up leading to this point. And it’s a shameful stain on the artistic ingenuity and creative vision that clearly went into this passion project. This is like Game of Thrones Season 8 but with cute girls – stupid, incompetent production management/writers getting full of themselves and going off the rails.
Ignoring the stuff that straight up made no sense, like the fact we never even received any resolution on Frill, I find it difficult to believe that Ai, Rika and Momoe would go through life and death to bring back the people they love, only to make the choices they made. Okay, maybe losing their pets was a really traumatic experience. However, I refuse to believe that they would actually choose to run away and give up like that. Not after everything they had gone through.
And for Rika to outright state she was not going to save a ‘robot’. Like hey, that robot was your friend and truly believed in you as one of her homies. And this is how you repay that friendship??? I just thought it was supremely out of character for a girl who had been depicted as a rampant wildfire when it comes to matters she believes in. I did not expect her to acquiesce so quickly like that.
The disturbing ramification of Neiru being in an egg spells it out clearly: she committed suicide after she had been shunned by every single person she had cared about. She deserved so much better than this. Don’t even get me started on those final 3 minutes where Ai eventually ran away. Then came back with a cheesy grin after proclaiming she would try to save Neiru. It disgusts me how fake this final note came across like after the genuine emotional struggles that these girls went through earlier in the series, as well as the genuine bonds they had forged.
Episode 13 completely ruined everything and was a mistake – to the point I would say a recap/no closure after Episode 12 would have been significantly better. It was utterly fake, with no heart and soul whatsoever; a pure production piece churned out to meet contractual obligations from hard animation workers dealt a tough hand through extreme burnout and an incompetent production management team trampling all over their efforts.
As far as I can tell, production management is massively to blame for this shambles. They had three months to work on the final episode, but left it on a back burner. Resulting in a one month crunch will resulted in this pitiful attempt to deliver a finale. I can vaguely get a sense of how the emergency script writing committee went when they realised they were students with no hopes of meeting a deadline after already getting an extension: ‘Ah yes, we’ve been toeing a mysterious line between fantasy/reality all this time in an abstract way. If we ham up the abstract, vague, postmodernist aspects going into the end maybe people won’t notice we have no clue what we’re doing and making up everything as we go along’. They certainly haven’t fooled anyone: if that 5.0-ish rating on MyAnimeList for this final episode is anything to go by.
My disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined. Wonder Egg Priority could have been so much more. That special episode could have been a one hour cut worth three episodes of content to wrap off the series in a wonderful way, which would have been the least it deserved after coming so far in 12 episodes. But apparently it doesn’t get to enjoy a dignified exit. Instead it shall be unceremoniously shunted onto a pile of shows that are relegated to the dredges of history.
And that’s the real tragedy. Wonder Egg Priority could have been so much more with a truly meaningful message for everybody. But that’s the reality of the entertainment industry. Especially the modern anime industry where poor practices lead to mangled scheduling or hardcore burnout. This won’t be the first or the last time either that such a promising series meets a terrible end. Finally, we might become hopeful or feel emotionally attached to premises because of how they start out, but let this be a lesson for everyone to not put all their eggs in one basket – especially Wonder Eggs.