Wonder Egg Priority finally delves into Neiru’s backstory, questioning everything about the dream statue girls’ relationship with the group.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Wonder Egg Priority, Episode 5, “The Girl Flautist”, which is now airing on Funimation.
At the end of Episode 1, we were first introduced to Aonuma Neiru, but Wonder Egg Priority has postponed the reveal of Neiru’s backstory until episode 5, and it may have something to do with the truth about dreams and the existence of the statues.
In Episode 2, we learn that Neiru is trying to save her sister, and both the public and Ai were shocked by the fact that Neiru is the president of a large company, which only added more mystery to her background. Now it is finally revealed that Neiru’s sister brutally stabbed her before jumping off a bridge and committing suicide. Neiru claims that he is not actually trying to save his sister, but rather to discover the truth behind his sister’s actions, for his own reasons.
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Unsurprisingly, Neiru’s dream stage is on a bridge, but the two monsters he fights don’t have much in common at first glance. The first monster is an ugly old man who bought a runaway girl, possibly for sex. The second monster, and the focus of the episode, is related to a girl who committed suicide to preserve her youthful beauty. His monster are three wigs that repeat the song “Mirror, Mirror” from White as snow, highlighting the importance of beauty for the girl in the dream, and the theme that connects both dreams: appearance.
This is the first time the dream girl seems happy about her death, and even tempts Neiru to die with her. Since the monster is the manifestation of the girl’s trauma, which in this case is the fear of losing her beauty, the monster is still attached to her body. Neiru realizes that her hair, which she thinks is beautiful, is the real dream monster.
The title of this episode is “the Piper Girl”, considering that the dream has a fairy tale element, it could refer to the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the magical musician who lures children to death with the music of his flute. But who is the real flute player? Is the girl of dreams obsessed with beauty? This does not appear to be the case, as he mourns his death. Or is it Neiru’s sister, the one who tried to kill her?
After the reveal of Neiru’s backstory, it is clear that most of the deaths of the dream statues girls are directly related to the main characters. Rika caused her fan Chika to starve, Momoe pushed her friend Haruka away when she confessed her love and Neiru’s sister probably wanted Neiru to die with her. The only outlier is Ai and her best friend Koito. Ai still has no idea why Koito committed suicide, but following this logic, Ai probably has something to do with his death.
Although the series has been giving more clues about Mr. Sawaki’s possible connection to Koito’s death, this episode suggests that his true interest may lie with Ai. He drew a portrait of Ai to use in an art contest, and according to Koito, his future success is tied to this portrait. Mr. Sawaki’s niece Momoe denies that he has sinister intentions, citing his kindness and tendency to accept stray cats, but even this could explain his interest in Ai. Since Ai has heterochromia, which is often found in cats, you can somehow see her as just another stray cat that needs your help. His unusual fixation on Ai probably made Koito, who seemed to have a crush on him, jealous.
In the last episode, Accas mentioned the “temptation to death” as a reason why the girls in the statue committed suicide. But since all of the girls in the statue have reasons for wanting their living counterparts to die, either out of animosity or extreme love, are the statues really tempting the girls to die? All the girls are aware that entering dreams is a life-threatening mission, but even Rika, who knows that her actions are irrational and that she must give up, cannot help but return to dreams. Their motivations could be purely psychological as they claim, or something else could be attracting them.
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