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Colors and Cinematography in SSSS.Dynazenon

The opening shot of SSSS.Dynazenon is purposefully reminiscent of its predecessor, SSSS.Gridman. Anyone who has watched Gridman immediately will recognize the sequence of shots. This time, these snapshots begin with a nod to students’ various backpacks, which were used to define and color-coordinate characters by their tokusatsu archetypes (or defy...

Flower language in Wonder Egg Priority Episode 11

Wonder Egg Priority has always paid specific attention to lighting when Rika Kawai is onscreen. In the midst of her many quips about how she would look beautiful in a flower field but others wouldn’t, Rika’s flowers reflect her state of mind and most importantly, change color based on the lighting. Sometimes the lilies in her field appear white —...

Daisies/Asters, Camellias, and how Wonder Egg Priority frames Shuuichirou Sawaki

The most contentious character in Wonder Egg Priority continues to be Ai Ohto’s teacher, Shuuichirou Sawaki. Outside of what exactly is going on with Aca and Ura-Aca’s seeming quest for immortality, who is on what side, and (in my opinion the most and only important part of this) how young women’s pain is exploited by a variety of people in powerful...

Flowers for Momoe Sawaki: Wonder Egg Priority Episode 10

Momoe Sawaki’s addition to the Wonder Egg Priority cast in the series’ fourth episode also introduces two major hiccups to the series’ narrative. The first — and seemingly at the time, more pressing one — is that of Ai Ohto’s teacher Shuuichirou Sawaki and the fact that he is framed as predatory by the series itself, is linked to the death of Ai’s friend...

Flowers for Rika Kawai and notes on flower language in Wonder Egg Priority Episode 6-7

While the garden of Aca and Ura-Aca places the four leads of Wonder Egg Priority against various floral backdrops to hint at their moods and personalities, Rika Kawai’s otherworldly flower field changes depending on her emotional state. The idea that Rika’s field reflects her feelings or situation at that time was established back in Rika’s introduction...

The Kunihiko Ikuhara school for teachers (why Wonder Egg Priority’s Sawaki is bad actually)

Is Shuuichirou Sawaki all that bad? I’ve seen this question asked fairly frequently as Wonder Egg Priority has continued to air. Sawaki, who is protagonist Ai Ohto’s teacher and visits her house frequently, hasn’t technically done anything wrong. Even in the series’ latest episode, his desire to date Ai’s mother (which is his most egregious action...

Ai Ohto’s room and safety in Wonder Egg Priority

Private rooms and home decor can be used in pointed ways to tell us more about the characters they belong to and Wonder Egg Priority once again seems to be borrowing a lot from Kunihiko Ikuhara’s attention to detail in all of his series — particularly Yuri Kuma Arashi and Mawaru Penguindrum. So, let’s overanalyze Ai Ohto’s room. Why? Because while...

Flowers for Neiru Aonuma (Wonder Egg Priority Episode 5)

Although Neiru Aonuma has been a constant of Wonder Egg Priority since the series’ second episode, she’s rarely been a series focal point. Rika Kawai and Momoe Sawaki each received their own introductory episodes that revealed their personal reasons for fighting as backdrops for Ai Ohto (the default protagonist of the series to this point). Meanwhile...

Monsters in Wonder Egg Priority Episodes 1-4

“There’s nothing to be scared of. They only come after me.” Kurumi Saijo, Wonder Egg Priority, Episode 1 The gathering of Ai Ohto, Neiru Aonuma, Rika Kawai, and Momoe Sawaki under a streetlight at the end of Wonder Egg Priority‘s fourth episode marks the end of the series’ first arc. With the four major players of its perverse game assembled,...

The system of Wonder Egg Priority

All Aca and Ura-aca do is play go and lie. Let’s talk about gacha games. With the booming popularity of Genshin Impact as the latest in a long line of gacha games the inevitable discussion of whether gacha games are “good” or “bad” was recently revisited once again on various social media platforms, most of which don’t have a format that encourages...

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