Just as we thought Wonder Egg Priority could not get any darker, Episode 7 happened. In addition to protecting people in their dreams from dangerous monsters, Ai, Rika, Neiru and Momoe are all struggling with their metaphorical monsters. Here is everything you need to know before Episode 8 is released next week:
Wonder Egg Priority is an original CloverWorks anime written by Shinji Nojima. It follows Ai Ooto, who is devasted following the suicide of her best friend, Koito. In her dream world, she becomes a magical girl saving people who have committed suicide and setting them free. For each person she frees, she comes closer to saving Koito.
In episode 7 the focus shifted away from Ai. Instead, we followed one of the other girls of the group, Rika, a former child star. So far, Rika has appeared to be the most carefree of the girls, often diminishing other people's struggles and making fun of serious things to the point of being offensive.
Episode 7 reveals that Rika's attitude is a mask to conceal her feelings regarding her unsatisfying home life. Living with her single, alcoholic mother, Rika had been promised that she would find out about her father when she entered puberty. However, upon her birthday, Rika's mother reveals she doesn't know who her father is.
Rika has come to resent her mother and blame her for keeping her away from her father, whom she has idealized. Due to her parents' mistakes, she has grown up with stereotypical notions about gender and even believes that having a father would magically solve her problems.
During one of her nightly quests to protect a girl from a monster - this time a cult leader - Rika, who has relapsed to self-harm, almost gives up fighting. Thankfully, her friends' support and her resolve allow her to live on, but this episode reminded us that the main characters are all struggling. Even though they've found a loving community in each other, we shouldn't consider them too safe.
Wonder Egg Priority Episode 8 is going to be released next Wednesday the 3d of March 2021 (or March 2 in certain timezones) for premium Funimation users.
If you are streaming without a Funimation subscription you will be able to watch episode 7 on March 3, but you will have to wait until the 10th of March for episode 8.
Wonder Egg Priority airs weekly at around 1.30 AM JST, meaning an 11:30 AM release for the US and Canada. This would be around 17:30 for Central Europe.
Currently, the best way to stream Wonder Egg Priority is Funimation. You can use Funimation for free even past the 14-day free trial, but the new episodes will become available to you later and there will be ads. The premium plans start from $5.99 per month and allow you to watch episodes without ads on their release date.
For the time being, you can only watch in Japanese with English subtitles, but Funimation is famous for its simuldubs, so a dub could follow at some point in the future. Of course, it will be hard to live up to the excellent original, with its amazing acting and opening theme, but it will be worth the attempt.
Episode 8 of Wonder Egg Priority will be available in just 7 days for premium Funimation users. If you're streaming for free, this would be 14 days.
Watch out for the next episode on March 3, 2021.