Updated: Oct 19, 2021
The current season of the anime world has stacked some heavy hitters when it comes to what you should be watching. From witnessing the final season of Attack on Titan to joining the kids from Jujutsu Kaisen in expelling cursed spirits, the deck is stacked and action packed!
But, if you're a Funimation fiend, like I am, you're missing out on what is bound to be one of the best stories of this year. Yes, I'm talking about...
WONDER EGG PRIORITY
Wonder Egg Priority, or WEP, is a psychological horror anime that was released as an original television series produced by CloverWorks, Aniplex, Nippon Television and D.N. Dream Partners. And yes, you heard right, it's a PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR. I'm sure the image above doesn't read as that, but let me draw you in first and you can make your own assumptions from there.
The story starts us off by following Ai Ohto, a junior high girl who's reeling from the recent suicide of her best friend, Koito Nagase. On a late-night walk, she's led to an abandoned arcade where a strange voice leads her towards a gachapon machine that rewards her with a "wonder egg". After cracking it, she's drawn into a dream-like world where, from the egg, a girl emerges and by the same mysterious voice, Ai is told she has to protect this girl and others in this world to bring Koito back. As the series continues, Ai buys more eggs and begins to interact with three other girls: Neiru Aonuma, Rika Kawai, and Momoe Sawaki.
Again, the emphasis is heavy on psychological horror, so don't be fooled by the cute girls and colorful battles. The struggles are very real as things like alcoholism, gender identity, coming-to-age, and many, many tales of suicide are dealt with through each episode. I would not recommend this anime to those who are easily triggered by such hard topics or events, as they are a key point to the series. But, as a whole, the series approaches these topics in such a way that they don't feel demeaning or derogatory. Instead, the difficulties of being a young girl growing into womanhood are broached with heart-warming stories and growth through each episode, leading to some very climactic scenes later on. Personally, I still don't know how WEP hasn't gained the attention it rightfully deserves.
So, if you're looking to break up the action-packed season of battles and titans and cursed spirits, take a dive into the world of Wonder Egg Priority and follow these young girls as they learn to cope with the hardest decision anyone could make.