With the big test only three days away, Maka is fervently preparing in hopes of beating a boy named Ox who was at the top of the class the previous year. She’s further motivated by the fact that her mother was at the top of her class and by how supposedly the top person will be able to make a death scythe. Black*Star is trying to study as well, but he punishes himself too much for not knowing the material. He eventually gives up and tries to sneak into Stein’s home to steal the test instead, however he quickly gets caught. Death the Kid, on the other hand, just doesn’t feel a need to study. Each of the Meister’s weapons also prepares for the test, but with varying amounts of success. When the big day finally arrives, a bloodied up Black*Star is hung on the chalkboard as an example to the entire class. Despite this, Soul chooses to use the cheat sheets that he’s hidden in his clothes, and he’s promptly caught by Sid. Sid forgives him this time after stripping him of his clothes, and while this gives Soul another chance, he meets the challenge by trying to peek at what Kid – who’s sitting on his right – is writing. Soul is not caught this time, however cheating off of Kid doesn’t help because Kid has spent all of the time so far trying to write his name perfectly on the paper. When he accidentally rips the paper trying to erase an imperfection, Kid overreacts and faints.
Unfortunately for Soul, the person on his left is Patty, and she’s been scribbling on the test papers with crayons, eventually constructing a paper giraffe out of them. Soul’s final hope is when he notices Black*Star writing something in blood on the blackboard, and he assumes that these are the answers that Black*Star saw when he tried to steal the test. What it turns out to be, however, is just Black*Star’s own signature, and the test ends poorly for Soul. In the aftermath, Maka finds out that she did indeed get first place over Ox. Soul placed 108th, and neither Black*Star nor Death the Kid even placed. Done with studying, Maka cleans her room and finds an old photo album with pictures of her father holding her back when she was young, giving her fond memories of how he had read picture books to her. As it turns out, her father currently wants to buy her a book to celebrate her success on the test, and he asks Blair to find out what book and buy it with the money that he provides. Blair ends up spending the money on some skimpy lingerie though and gives that to Maka as a present from her father, leaving Maka to think that her father is a pervert trying to make her into a slut.
My immediate reaction to the new ED was “Wow, I like the song, but this is completely the opposite of I Wanna Be. It doesn’t fit SOUL EATER.” But then I remembered how other shounen series like – Bleach – operate with their OPs and EDs, often showing characters in more casual settings, and it didn’t seem so odd anymore.
Well, unless doing poorly (or well) on the test has pretty dire consequences, this was pretty clearly a comedy episode with no big relevance to the main story. It’s good for some laughs and reinforces what he already know about the characters: Maka is a hard worker, Kid is too perfectionist for his own good, Black*Star is just plain stupid sometimes. Now that’s not a bad thing, and neither is a break every now and then between all the action, but at the same time, the episode didn’t feel absolutely necessary to watch. Next week, however, looks to be more relevant with Kid going up against Chrona on a boat. At the very least, I’m excited to see Kid finally get to fight again.