Still traveling, so this is going to be a bit of a brief one – sorry, Rinne fans (all three of you). What we have here is another Kuroneko episode, and those are always welcome. Not only that, but it’s a two-parter that seems to have inspired a lot of the ED (at least thematically).
A black cat ranking test makes sense – we already knew there were -dan levels, so there had to be some sort of system behind them. And that system is a 500 Yen exam, which Rinne is only too glad to fork over once he learns that ranked cats get discount on shinigami tools (having already learned a painful lesson about their necessity). Rokumon-chan figures to be pretty good at this sort of thing – he is, as Rinne says, more mature than he looks.
All the gang reunites for the test – Suzu and Obero foremost – and the usual obstacles are thrown in the way (cat toys for distractions and the like). For Rinne the best part may just be the free tea in the cafeteria, though Ageha does try to help out with a bento (Obero made the good parts – she managed the extra-crunchy “omelette” that’s the only thing Suzu leaved behind). Suzu in fact steals most of the big laughs in addition to the lunch.
Looks like Kurosu 6th-dan is the final boss for this particular test, which Rokumon has gamed before the rest of his competition. I know the tradition is for Rinne and Rokumon to end up in the gutter, but it would be nice to see Rokumon’s earnest dedication rewarded for once – and this seems to be the perfect opportunity.