@Naphthalene You mentioned last week you were looking forward to Aika’s promotion exam… that’s it, unfortunately. The anime version of this chapter shows Aika’s exam in a short montage behind the opening credits of the episode, but yeah, it’s not in the manga at all.
But yeah, finally the big day.
As I’ve mentioned before, this is the part of the manga where I watched the anime version long before I read the manga, and… I honestly think I prefer the anime version of this. Maybe I just read too fast, but the manga version just feels… rushed. The anime pads out the story quite a bit - for starters, Akari goes out for a row the night before the test, unable to sleep, and runs into Akatsuki and Woody. The morning of the planned day, it’s pouring with rain, so Alicia suggest postponing, but Akari isn’t having any of it. In the afternoon the sun comes out, and they have the test, which is largely as shown here, except there’s a lot more interactions between Akari and people she’s met along the way - which is kind of Akari’s forte, so it’s a little sad they leave them out here.
Also, the anime version has them in winter uniforms, probably so that they didn’t have to work out how that cool-looking yet somewhat absurd manacle on the summer gloves is supposed to come off.