Looks like we have another one of this kind of anime in the Winter season.
Note 1: Screen grabs do not do the animation justice. First minute viewers will notice how crisp it is. It is already SO GOOD!
Note 2: I will keep things a little vague on purpose because readers NEED to see what happens themselves.
We began the show with our lead heroine, Ai, rescuing a seemingly injured firefly on the road. “He” spoke to her asking why she was outside as he led her to a cave with a downward escalator. Ai thought it was all a dream so she played along. The firefly asked what she wished for from the egg “he” gave her. The first egg was free of charge by the way. Ai feigned denial but he knew what she wanted deep down, a friend.
Note: Ai got the egg at some point during one of the two trailers. For now it’s best to “just roll with it”.
The next morning Ai woke and realized the egg was real, meaning everything the night prior did happen. The only thought that went through her head all day was the egg and heading back to the cave later that evening. She ignored everything else, including her mom and homeroom teacher trying to get her attention that day. She’s a loner, you see.
Not even five steps outside her house she experienced something I could only describe as a “Silent Hill Warp” and suddenly found herself at her school. As she tried to process what’s happening she got her first taste of “Silent Hill”…
The creepy bullies wrote “Die” on a girl’s locker and the public service announcer had a message somehow directed at her. It wasn’t a nice message.
I wonder how many viewers considered threatening the voice by wiping their dirty butts with “him”? He’d probably leave the toiler paper before it reached our dirty asses.
So yeah. Hiding in the bathroom didn’t keep the creepy stuff out. The voice doesn’t seem to have a corporeal form (that we know of) and talks to Ai (and others) possessing whatever. He told her to break the “Wonder Egg”. She ultimately did.
The broken egg grew, revealing a girl inside who seemed ungrateful waking up in the bathroom. Ai, understandably annoyed by her rudeness chose to avoid conflict.
I’m going to be a little vague here. Readers will have to see for themselves how Ai, and the other girl, Kurumi, got hurt. Again, “Silent Hill”. After evading their pursuers Ai noticed she stopped bleeding but not Kurumi. It was because the “Seeno Evils” were after her, not Ai. Kurumi knew about the disembodied voice and Wonder Eggs. The two briefly talked about friends after Kurumi easily deduced Ai wished for one and brought up the value of a best friend before the Seeno Evils found them. Kurumi asked her to run away with her but she refused as they chased Kurumi but ignored her. Conflicted by her choice she searched for a way out when she noticed a familiar statue at the rooftop.
Ummm…we got a flashback of Ai meeting the girl in the statue, Koito. Flashback summary: Ai’s a loner, Koito’s a transfer student assigned a seat next to her. Koito became intrigued by Ai’s heterochromia but Ai pushed her away. Koito persisted and one day found the chance to visit Ai at her place. Ai was bullied for her shyness and called a freak because of her heterochromia. Koito thought she was beautiful and wanted to become her bestie. Ai was afraid of what could happen but accepted.
It didn’t end well. The statue shed a tear which gave Ai an epiphany. More on that later as she was called by Kurumi who still couldn’t escape the Seeno Evils. Ai was like “That does it. NO MORE!”
What happened next must be seen to be believed. Unfortunately Ai didn’t have a chance to get to know Kurumi better as she vanished soon after. Afterward the voice returned and Ai remembered her epiphany. She thought if she could help others trapped in “Silent Egg Zone” as I’ll call it until given an official name she may get to see Koito again. This small sliver of hope suddenly gave Ai a small confidence boost.
Update: Mistook Kurumi for one of the four poster girls, Momoe. She most likely won’t return.
However, while she’s somewhat immortal in Silent Egg Zone her wounds opened right back up in the human world.
Once healed she went right back to the cave to continue her quest. She of course learned there were others who got Wonder Eggs. The episode ended with Ai in a less hostile part of Silent Egg Zone where she saw a beautiful dark skinned girl (Ai is a girl of culture I see). Next time the two might exchange words.
I am sure readers can guess what I meant when I called Wonder Egg Priority “another one of this kind of anime”. A most interesting premiere, yes.