Rent-A-Girlfriend

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Rent-A-Girlfriend
Rent-A-Girlfriend volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume, featuring Chizuru Mizuhara
彼女、お借りします
(Kanojo, Okarishimasu)
GenreRomantic comedy[1]
Manga
Written byReiji Miyajima
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
DemographicShōnen
Original runJuly 12, 2017 – present
Volumes15 (List of volumes)
Manga
Kanojo, Hitomishirimasu
Written byReiji Miyajima
Published byKodansha
MagazineMagazine Pocket
DemographicShōnen
Original runJune 21, 2020 – present
Anime television series
Directed byKazuomi Koga
Written byMitsutaka Hirota
Music byHyadain
StudioTMS Entertainment
Licensed byCrunchyroll (worldwide rights outside Asia)
Muse Communication
Original networkMBS, TBS
Original run July 11, 2020 – present
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Rent-A-Girlfriend (Japanese: 彼女、お借りします, Hepburn: Kanojo, Okarishimasu) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Reiji Miyajima. It has been serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since July 2017, and has been compiled into fifteen volumes as of June 2020. The series has been licensed in North America by Kodansha Comics, which released the first volume in English in June 2020.

An anime television series adaptation by TMS Entertainment premiered in July 2020 on the Super Animeism block.

Plot[edit]

Kazuya Kinoshita is dumped by his girlfriend Mami Nanami after dating for a month. He then decides to use an online app to rent a girlfriend named Chizuru Mizuhara, a beautiful and attractive girl. However, because she appears to be too perfect, he gives her a low rating. When Chizuru berates him for that, he realizes she is meaner than he expected. However, when Kazuya's grandmother collapses in the hospital, he brings her along and his grandmother is smitten with how great she is. Kazuya continues renting Chizuru in order to keep up appearances with his family and friends, but things get complicated when they discover they are next-door apartment neighbors and attend the same college. Later, other girls from the girlfriend business also join in dating and showing interest in Kazuya.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Kazuya Kinoshita (木ノ下 和也, Kinoshita Kazuya)
Voiced by: Jun Fukushima (2017 commercial),[2] Haruki Ishiya (2018 commercial),[3] Shun Horie (2020 anime)[1]
A college student who, following a painful breakup with his girlfriend Mami, decides to rent a girlfriend.Ch. 1 He soon finds himself in situations where he has to continue renting Chizuru to keep up appearances with his family and friends. He then develops romantic feelings towards her.Ch. 16
Chizuru Mizuhara (水原 千鶴, Mizuhara Chizuru)
Voiced by: Sora Amamiya (2017 commercial, 2020 anime),[2][1] Aoi Yūki (2018 commercial)[3]
A college student who moonlights as a girlfriend-for-rent for the Diamond company. She is proud of her exceptional ratings in the service, but becomes annoyed and abrasive when Kazuya embarrasses her and gives her a bad rating.Ch. 1-3 At school, she goes under her grandmother's family name Chizuru Ichinose, and has a nerdy appearance with large dark-framed glasses and braided pigtails.Ch. 2 It is soon shown that Chizuru and Kazuya are next-door neighbors in their apartment complex.Ch. 3 She continues to let Kazuya rent her services in order to help his grandmother, and to help him develop as a person. Later, it is revealed that her reason for joining the rental girlfriend business is to develop role-playing experience and to become an actress.Ch. 31
Mami Nanami (七海 麻美, Nanami Mami)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki (2018 commercial, 2020 anime)[3][1]
Kazuya's former girlfriend. She has short blonde hair.Ch. 1 She appears to be friendly on the outside, but harbors jealous and possessive feelings that scare her friends sometimes. She is shocked and suspicious that Kazuya has found another girlfriend so soon after dumping him, within a month.Ch. 4-6
Ruka Sarashina (更科 るか, Sarashina Ruka)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama[1]
A girl who is introduced as Kazuya's friend's girlfriend, who actually was also working as a girlfriend-for-rent for another company. She wears a ribbon headband. She wants to date Kazuya for real after seeing how kindly and passionately he treats Chizuru and her.Ch. 20-25 She has a health condition where she has a low heart rate that she monitors, and Kazuya is the first guy who elevated it.Ch. 28
Sumi Sakurasawa (桜沢 墨, Sakurasawa Sumi)
Voiced by: Rie Takahashi[1]
A girl who also works as a girlfriend-for-rent with Chizuru's company. She is in her first year at college and is a newcomer to the industry. She has pink hair with a braid styled on one side. She has a shy personality and through Chizuru's urging, goes on dates with Kazuya in order to improve her skills as a girlfriend-for-rent, later developing feelings for him.

Supporting[edit]

Nagomi Kinoshita (木ノ下 和, Kinoshita Nagomi)
Voiced by: Yukari Nozawa[4]
Kazuya's maternal grandmother. She is thrilled to find out that Kazuya and Chizuru are a couple.Ch. 1 She is also friends with Chizuru's grandmother.Ch. 2
Yoshiaki Kibe (木部 芳秋, Kibe Yoshiaki)
Voiced by: Masayuki Akasaka[4]
Kazuya's childhood friend and college schoolmate.Ch. 4 He occasionally gives Kazuya advice about how to deal with his relationships.
Shun Kuribayashi (栗林 駿, Kuribayashi Shun)
Voiced by: Gakuto Kajiwara[4]
Kazuya's friend and college schoolmate. He has short light hair and wears glasses.Ch. 4

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Written and illustrated by Reiji Miyajima, the series began serialization in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on July 12, 2017,[5] and has been compiled into fifteen volumes as of June 2020.[6] The series has been licensed in North America by Kodansha Comics, which released the first volume in English on June 2, 2020.[7] Kodansha will publish an anthology of the series on August 17, 2020.[8]

A spin-off manga series, titled Kanojo, Hitomishirimasu (彼女人見知ります), also written and illustrated by Miyajima, has been serialized in Kodansha's Magazine Pocket app since June 21, 2020. The series focuses on the character Sumi Sakurasawa.[9]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 October 17, 2017[10]978-4-06-510221-3June 2, 2020[11]978-1-63-236997-0

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2017 issue 32 to 36/37

  1. "My 'Girlfriend,' Chizuru Mizuhara" (「彼女」,水原千鶴, Kanojo, Mizuhara Chizuru)
  2. "My Girlfriend" (俺の彼女, Ore no kanojo)
  3. "The Girl Next Door" (隣の彼女, Tonari no kanojo)
  4. "My Ex, Mami Nanami" (「元カノ」,七海麻美, `Moto Kano', Nanami Mami)
  5. "My Girlfriend and My Ex" (元カノと彼女, Moto Kano to kanojo)
After having been dumped by his girlfriend, college student Kazuya Kinoshita uses an online app to hire a girl for a date, and meets the beautiful and stylish Chizuru Mizuhara. However, after reading the comments from previous customers that she acts nice to all her clients, he gets upset and starts criticizing her behavior on their next date. Chizuru pulls him aside and criticizes him back for giving her a low rating and for embarrassing her in public. While they are arguing, he gets news that his grandmother Nagomi had collapsed; he leaves immediately and Chizuru is forced to follow him to the hospital too. Although it turns out to be nothing serious, his grandmother is elated to see that he finally has a girlfriend. They agree to part ways afterwards, but discovers that they attend the same college, where Chizuru dresses up like a nerd to avoid attention. Kazuya rents Chizuru again for another hospital visit, but they discover Chizuru's grandmother has also been staying there. At home, they discovers that they are next door neighbors, and have to deal with Nagomi visiting. Kazuya requests Chizuru to let him rent her once a week to keep up appearances with his family, but on one of their dates, they bump into Kazuya's friends, who invites them to a drinking party that includes his ex, Mami Nanami. At the party, Mami talks about Kazuya's flaws until Chizuru tells her to stop it.
2 December 15, 2017[12]978-4-06-510580-1August 25, 2020[13]978-1-63-236998-7

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2017 issue 38 to 46

  1. "Broken heart and girlfriend" (失恋と彼女, Shitsuren to kanojo)
  2. "The sea and the girlfriend part 1" (海と彼女 1, Umi to kanojo 1)
  3. "The sea and the girlfriend part 2" (海と彼女 2, Umi to kanojo 2)
  4. "The sea and the girlfriend part 3" (海と彼女 3, Umi to kanojo 3)
  5. "The sea and the girlfriend part 4" (海と彼女 4, Umi to kanojo 4)
  6. "Pocky game and girlfriend" (ポッキーげームと彼女, Pokkī-ge ̄mu to kanojo)
  7. "Girlfriend and fighting with a kid" (彼女とガキのケンカ, Kanojo to gaki no kenka)
  8. "Friends and girlfriend" (友達と彼女, Tomodachi to kanojo)
  9. "The sea and the girlfriend part 5" (海と彼女 5, Umi to kanojo 5)
3 February 16, 2018[14]978-4-06-510970-0October 13, 2020[15]978-1-64-651063-4

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2017 issue 46 to 2018 issue 2/3

  1. "The sea and the girlfriend" (海と彼女, Umi to kanojo)
  2. "Impulse and girlfriend" (衝動と彼女, Shōdō to kanojo)
  3. "Hot springs and girlfriend part 1" (温泉と彼女 1, Onsen to kanojo 1)
  4. "Hot springs and girlfriend part 2" (温泉と彼女 2, Onsen to kanojo 2)
  5. "Hot springs and girlfriend part 3" (温泉と彼女 3, Onsen to kanojo 3)
  6. "Girlfriend and girlfriend part 1" (彼女と彼女 1, Kanojo to kanojo 1)
  7. "Girlfriend and girlfriend part 2" (彼女と彼女 2, Kanojo to kanojo 2)
  8. "Girlfriend and girlfriend part 3" (彼女と彼女 3, Kanojo to kanojo 3)
  9. "Girlfriend and girlfriend part 4" (彼女と彼女 4, Kanojo to kanojo 4)
4 April 17, 2018[16]978-4-06-511207-6December 8, 2020[17]978-1-64-651064-1

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2018 issue 4/5 to 13

  1. "Girlfriend and girlfriend part 5" (彼女と彼女 5, Kanojo to kanojo 5)
  2. "Girlfriend and girlfriend part 6" (彼女と彼女 6, Kanojo to kanojo 6)
  3. "Girlfriend and girlfriend part 7" (彼女と彼女 7, Kanojo to kanojo 7)
  4. "Girlfriend and girlfriend part 8" (彼女と彼女 8, Kanojo to kanojo 8)
  5. "Girlfriend: Ruka Sarushina" (「彼女」、更科るか, `Kanojo', Sarashina Ruka)
  6. "Christmas and girlfriend part 1" (クリスマスと彼女 1, Kurisumasu to kanojo 1)
  7. "Christmas and girlfriend part 2" (クリスマスと彼女 2, Kurisumasu to kanojo 2)
  8. "Christmas and girlfriend part 3" (クリスマスと彼女 3, Kurisumasu to kanojo 3)
  9. "Two girlfriends part 1" (2人の彼女 1, 2-Ri no kanojo 1)
5 June 15, 2018[18]978-4-06-511621-0February 2, 2021[19]978-1-64-651089-4

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2018 issues 14 to 23

  1. "Two girlfriends part 2" (2人の彼女 2, 2-Ri no kanojo 2)
  2. "Two girlfriends part 3" (2人の彼女 3, 2-Ri no kanojo 3)
  3. "Two girlfriends part 4" (2人の彼女 4, 2-Ri no kanojo 4)
  4. "Two girlfriends part 5" (2人の彼女 5, 2-Ri no kanojo 5)
  5. "Coward and girlfriend part 1" (臆病者と彼女 1, Okubyōmono to kanojo 1)
  6. "Coward and girlfriend part 2" (臆病者と彼女 2, Okubyōmono to kanojo 2)
  7. "Coward and girlfriend part 3" (臆病者と彼女 3, Okubyōmono to kanojo 3)
  8. "Girlfriend and panties" (彼女とパンツ, Kanojo to pantsu)
  9. "Girlfriend and the promise on the veranda" (彼女とベランダの約束, Kanojo to beranda no yakusoku)
6 September 14, 2018[20]978-4-06-512239-6April 6, 2021[21]978-1-64-651090-0

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2018 issues 24 to 31

  1. "Non-comforming girlfriend part 1" (不適合の彼女 1, Futekigō no kanojo 1)
  2. "Non-comforming girlfriend part 2" (不適合の彼女 2, Futekigō no kanojo 2)
  3. "Girlfriend and the promise on the veranda" (彼女とベランダの約束 2, Kanojo to beranda no yakusoku 2)
  4. "Girlfriend and the end part 1" (彼女と引き際 1, Kanojo to hikigiwa 1)
  5. "Girlfriend and the end part 2" (彼女と引き際 2, Kanojo to hikigiwa 2)
  6. "Ex-girlfriend and Girlfriend part 2" (元カノと彼女 2, Moto Kano to kanojo 2)
  7. "Ex-girlfriend and Girlfriend part 3" (元カノと彼女 3, Moto Kano to kanojo 3)
  8. "Confession and girlfriend (告白と彼女, Kokuhaku to kanojo)
  • Bonus manga: "Rent-a-Girlfriend x Senryu Girl" (番外編 彼女、お借りします×川柳少女, Bangai-hen kanojo, okarishimasu × senryū shōjo)
7 November 16, 2018[22]978-4-06-512994-4TBA

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2018 issues 32 to 41

  1. "Dream and girlfriend part 1" (夢と彼女 1, Yume to kanojo 1)
  2. "Dream and girlfriend part 2" (夢と彼女 2, Yume to kanojo 2)
  3. "Dream and girlfriend part 3" (夢と彼女 3, Yume to kanojo 3)
  4. "Dream and girlfriend part 4" (夢と彼女 4, Yume to kanojo 4)
  5. "Extra edition: A day in the life of Sumi Sakurasawa" (番外編 桜沢墨かんさつにっき, Bangai-hen Sakurazawa Boku kan satsu ni kki)
  6. "Girlfriend and father" (彼女と父親, Kanojo to chichioya)
  7. "Girlfriend: Chizuru Ichinose part 1" (「彼女」,一ノ瀬ちづる 1, `Kanojo', Ichinose Chizuru 1)
  8. "Girlfriend: Chizuru Ichinose part 2" (「彼女」,一ノ瀬ちづる 2, `Kanojo', Ichinose Chizuru 2)
  9. "Girlfriend: Chizuru Ichinose part 3" (「彼女」,一ノ瀬ちづる 3, `Kanojo', Ichinose Chizuru 3)
8 January 17, 2019[23]978-4-06-513937-0TBA

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2018 issues 42 to 50

  1. "Girlfriend: Chizuru Ichinose part 4" (「彼女」,一ノ瀬ちづる 4, `Kanojo', Ichinose Chizuru 4)
  2. "Girlfriend: Chizuru Ichinose part 5" (「彼女」,一ノ瀬ちづる 5, `Kanojo', Ichinose Chizuru 5)
  3. "Girlfriend: Chizuru Ichinose part 6" (「彼女」,一ノ瀬ちづる 6, `Kanojo', Ichinose Chizuru 6)
  4. "Night and girlfriend part 1" (夜と彼女 1, Yoru to kanojo 1)
  5. "Night and girlfriend part 2" (夜と彼女 2, Yoru to kanojo 2)
  6. "Night and girlfriend part 3" (夜と彼女 3, Yoru to kanojo 3)
  7. "Night and girlfriend part 4" (夜と彼女 4, Yoru to kanojo 4)
  8. "Birthday and girlfriend part 1" (誕生日と彼女 1, Tanjōbi to kanojo 1)
  9. "Birthday and girlfriend part 2" (誕生日と彼女 2, Tanjōbi to kanojo 2)
9 March 15, 2019[24]978-4-06-513937-0TBA

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2018 issue 51 to 2019 issue 9

  1. "Birthday and girlfriend part 3" (誕生日と彼女 3, Tanjōbi to kanojo 3)
  2. "Birthday and girlfriend part 4" (誕生日と彼女 4, Tanjōbi to kanojo 4)
  3. "Sake and girlfriend part 1" (酒と彼女 1, Sake to kanojo 1)
  4. "Sake and girlfriend part 2" (酒と彼女 2, Sake to kanojo 2)
  5. "Sake and girlfriend part 3" (酒と彼女 3, Sake to kanojo 3)
  6. "Sake and girlfriend part 4" (酒と彼女 4, Sake to kanojo 4)
  7. "Hangover and girlfriend" (二日酔いと彼女, Futsukayoi to kanojo)
  8. "Former girlfriend and temporary girlfriend 1" (元カノと仮カノ 1, Moto Kano to kari Kano 1)
  9. "Former girlfriend and temporary girlfriend 2" (元カノと仮カノ 2, Moto Kano to kari Kano 2)
10 May 17, 2019[25]978-4-06-515139-6TBA

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2019 issues 10 to 18

  1. "Ex-girlfriend and girlfriend part 4" (元カノと彼女 4, Moto Kano to kanojo 4)
  2. "Girlfriend and dream date part 1" (彼女と夢のデート 1, Kanojo to yume no dēto 1)
  3. "Girlfriend and dream date part 2" (彼女と夢のデート 2, Kanojo to yume no dēto 2)
  4. "Girlfriend and dream date part 3" (彼女と夢のデート 3, Kanojo to yume no dēto 3)
  5. "Girlfriend and dream date part 4" (彼女と夢のデート 4, Kanojo to yume no dēto 4)
  6. "Girlfriend and dream date part 5" (彼女と夢のデート 5, Kanojo to yume no dēto 5)
  7. "Girlfriend and home and kiss part 1" (彼女と実家とキス 1, Kanojo to jikka to kisu 1)
  8. "Girlfriend and home and kiss part 2" (彼女と実家とキス 2, Kanojo to jikka to kisu 2)
  9. "Girlfriend and home and kiss part 3" (彼女と実家とキス 3, Kanojo to jikka to kisu 3)
11 August 16, 2019[26]978-4-06-515727-5TBA

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2019 issues 19 to 28

  1. "Girlfriend and home and kiss part 4" (彼女と実家とキス 4, Kanojo to jikka to kisu 4)
  2. "Girlfriend and home and kiss part 5" (彼女と実家とキス 5, Kanojo to jikka to kisu 5)
  3. "Girlfriend and home and kiss part 6" (彼女と実家とキス 6, Kanojo to jikka to kisu 6)
  4. "Girlfriend and home and kiss part 7" (彼女と実家とキス 7, Kanojo to jikka to kisu 7)
  5. "Girlfriend and deadline part 1" (彼女と期限, Kanojo to kigen 1)
  6. "Girlfriend and deadline part 2" (彼女と期限, Kanojo to kigen 2)
  7. "Girlfriend and what I can do part 1" (彼女と僕にできること 1, Kanojo to bokunidekirukoto 1)
  8. "Girlfriend and what I can do part 2" (彼女と僕にできること 2, Kanojo to bokunidekirukoto 2)
  9. "Girlfriend and what I can do part 3" (彼女と僕にできること 3, Kanojo to bokunidekirukoto 3)
12 October 17, 2019[27]978-4-06-517162-2TBA

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2019 issues 29 to 36/37

  1. "Girlfriend and what I can do part 4" (彼女と僕にできること 4, Kanojo to bokunidekirukoto 4)
  2. "Girlfriend and what I can do part 5" (彼女と僕にできること 5, Kanojo to bokunidekirukoto 5)
  3. "Girlfriend and what I can do part 6" (彼女と僕にできること 6, Kanojo to bokunidekirukoto 6)
  4. "Girlfriend and what I can do part 7" (彼女と僕にできること 7, Kanojo to bokunidekirukoto 7)
  5. "Girlfriend and what she can do" (彼女と彼女にできること, Kanojo to kanojo ni dekiru koto)
  6. "Girlfriend: Chizuru Mizuhara part 2" (「彼女」、水原千鶴 2, `Kanojo', Mizuhara Chizuru 2)
  7. "Girlfriend: Chizuru Mizuhara part 3" (「彼女」、水原千鶴 3, `Kanojo', Mizuhara Chizuru 3)
  8. "Dream and girlfriend" (夢と彼女, Yume to kanojo)
  9. "Dream, girlfriend and me" (夢と彼女と俺, Yume to kanojo to ore)
13 December 17, 2019[28]978-4-06-517546-0TBA

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2019 issues 38 to 46

  1. "Split account and girlfriend" (割り勘と彼女, Warikan to kanojo)
  2. "Girlfriend next door part 2" (隣の彼女2, Tonari no kanojo 2)
  3. "Girlfriend next door part 3" (隣の彼女 3, Tonari no kanojo 3)
  4. "Room 203 and girlfriend part 1" (203と彼女 1, 203 to kanojo 1)
  5. "Room 203 and girlfriend part 2" (203と彼女 2, 203 to kanojo 2)
  6. "Omurice and girlfriend" (オムライスと彼女, Omuraisu to kanojo)
  7. "Room 203 and girlfriend and girlfriend part 1" (203と彼女と彼女1, 203 to kanojo to kanojo 1)
  8. "Room 203 and girlfriend and girlfriend part 2" (203と彼女と彼女2, 203 to kanojo to kanojo 2)
  9. "Him and girlfriend" (彼と彼女, Kare to kanojo)
14 March 17, 2020[29]978-4-06-518556-8TBA

Covers chapters in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 2019 issue 47 to 2020 issue 5

  1. "Girlfriend next door part 4" (隣の彼女 4, Tonari no kanojo 4)
  2. "Girlfriend next door part 5" (隣の彼女 5, Tonari no kanojo 5)
  3. "Girlfriend next door part 6" (隣の彼女 6, Tonari no kanojo 6)
  4. "Script and the girlfriend" (脚本と彼女, Kyakuhon to kanojo)
  5. "The director and the girlfriend" (監督と彼女, Kantoku to kanojo)
  6. "The girlfriend, the girlfriend and her 1" (彼女と彼女と彼女 1, Kanojo to kanojo to kanojo 1)
  7. "The girlfriend, the girlfriend and her 2" (彼女と彼女と彼女 2, Kanojo to kanojo to kanojo 2)
  8. "The girlfriend and handing out leaflets" (彼女たちとビラ配り, Kanojotachi to birakubari)
  9. "The girlfriend and Room 204" (彼女と204 1, Kanojo to 204 1)
15 June 17, 2020[30]978-4-06-519178-1TBA
  1. Kanojo to 204 2 (彼女と204 2)
  2. Saishū-bi to kanojo 1 (最終日と彼女 1)
  3. Saishū-bi to kanojo 2 (最終日と彼女 2)
  4. Saishū-bi to kanojo 3 (最終日と彼女 3)
  5. Saishū-bi to kanojo 4 (最終日と彼女 4)
  6. Saishū-bi to kanojo 5 (最終日と彼女 5)
  7. Aisatsu to kanojo (挨拶と彼女)
  8. Satsuei to kanojo 1 (撮影と彼女 1)
  9. Satsuei to kanojo 2 (撮影と彼女 2)
16 August 17, 2020[31]978-4-06-520332-3TBA
  1. Satsuei to kanojo 3 (撮影と彼女 3)
  2. Rasutoshīn to kanojo 1 (ラストシーンと彼女 1)
  3. Rasutoshīn to kanojo 2 (ラストシーンと彼女 2)
  4. Rasutoshīn to kanojo 3 (最ラストシーンと彼女 3)
  5. Rasutoshīn to kanojo 4 (ラストシーンと彼女 4)
  6. Rasutoshīn to kanojo 5 (ラストシーンと彼女 5)
  7. Rasutoshīn to kanojo 6 (ラストシーンと彼女 6)
  8. Rasutoshīn to kanojo 7 (ラストシーンと彼女 7)
  9. Negaigoto to kanojo 1 (願い事と彼女 1)

Chapters not yet published in volume format[edit]

These chapters have yet to be published in a tankōbon volume. They were originally serialized in Japanese in issues of Weekly Shōnen Magazine

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced on December 15, 2019.[1] The series is animated by TMS Entertainment and directed by Kazuomi Koga, with Mitsutaka Hirota handling series composition, Kanna Hirayama designing the characters, and Hyadain composing the music.[1] The Peggies performed the opening theme "Centimeter", while Halca performed the ending theme "Kokuhaku Bungee Jump".[32] It premiered on July 11, 2020 on the Super Animeism programming block on MBS and other networks.[33][34][a] The anime will run for 12 episodes.[33]

The series is licensed by Crunchyroll outside of Asia.[35] In Southeast Asia, the series is licensed by Muse Communication and released on streaming service iQIYI.[36]

No. Title[37][b] Original air date[38][a]
1"Rent-a-Girlfriend"
Transcription: "Rentaru Kanojo" (Japanese: レンタル彼女)
July 11, 2020 (2020-07-11)

Kazuya Kinoshita is a college student who is dumped by his girlfriend after a month of dating. To cure his depression, he rents a girlfriend named Chizuru Mizuhara, but is dissatisfied by how unauthentic she acts. Their second date consists of him calling her out, which leads to her revealing her true colors.

Kazuya is then called to the hospital due to his grandmother getting hospitalized once again, and Kazuya's family is shocked to see his new "girlfriend" with him upon visiting. When Kazuya's grandmother decides to go tell the other elder women, Chizuru panics as one of them is her own grandmother. After leaving the hospital, Kazuya is prepared to move on with his love life, but that is stopped short when he and Chizuru find out that they attend the same college.
2"Ex-Girlfriend and Girlfriend"
Transcription: "Moto Kano to Kanojo" (Japanese: 元カノと彼女)
July 18, 2020 (2020-07-18)

Chizuru runs away after she and Kazuya encounter each other. Once the coast is clear, she tells him to not say anything. The next morning, they find out they live next door at their apartment, much to Chizuru's chagrin. Later that day, Kazuya receives a call from his grandmother informing him that she is coming over to visit. He then begs Chizuru to help him out, but she refuses. When Kazuya's grandmother comes over, she is disappointed Chizuru has not shown up. When Chizuru hears their conversation, she arrives at Kazuya's apartment with a cooked meal. Afterwards, Chizuru agrees to be Kazuya's "girlfriend" for one hour every Wednesday whenever he visits his grandmother. A week later, Kazuya encounters Mami again for the first time since they broke up a month ago at the same college. Kazuya then goes with Chizuru to meet his grandmother.

After visiting her, they walk home together only to be spotted by his friends. When he tells them that they are dating, they are invited over to a drinking session. At the session, Kazuya notices Mami is there too, and she proceeds to insult him. Chizuru angrily calls out Mami, but Kazuya stands up for Mami. Once the session is over, Kazuya is walking home alone, when Mami asks him if he wants to head to her place.
3"Beach and Girlfriend"
Transcription: "Umi to Kanojo" (Japanese: 海と彼女)
July 25, 2020 (2020-07-25)

When Kazuya asks Mami about her new boyfriend, she claims that she lied because he brought Chizuru with him. She then claims that her brother is at her place, so they cannot go there. However, when Mami insults Chizuru, Kazuya defends Chizuru before he runs off. When he arrives at his apartment, Kazuya apologizes to Chizuru for what happened earlier. She tells him that it is alright and if he needs her, she will be there for him.

Sometime later, Kazuya and his friends head to the beach in the Izu Peninsula. While she is alone, Mami is shown to be very jealous of Kazuya and Chizuru's relationship. Later, Mami attempts to bring up all the good times she and Kazuya had when they were dating, when Chizuru shows up. During a shopping trip, Kazuya and Chizuru get into an argument which draws Mami's attention. Chizuru quickly changes and pretends she and Kazuya are on a date, much to Mami's chagrin. Chizuru attempts to leave, but she is forced to stay which causes Kazuya to brag to his friends about how they met. When he goes swimming, Mami kisses him.
4"Friends and Girlfriend"
Transcription: "Tomodachi to Kanojo" (Japanese: 友達と彼女)
August 1, 2020 (2020-08-01)

While Mami is kissing Kazuya, he remembers when they first met. When they return to the group, Kazuya receives a call from his grandmother informing him that she will be discharged from the hospital. After taking the call, Kazuya announces he and Chizuru are going to break up, which leads to a fight between him and Kibe. Kibe then calls out Mami for her behavior. Afterwards, Chizuru tells Kazuya that he did nothing wrong.

Later, Kibe catches up with Chizuru and they have a conversation about Kazuya. He tells her that he has known Kazuya since they were little and despite his flaws, Kazuya is a good guy at heart. He then gives her a couple of ferry tickets he bought. On the ferry, Kazuya receives a call from Mami. While he is on the phone, a delirious Chizuru falls overboard. After he hears what happened from the other passengers, Kazuya immediately goes after her.
5"Hot Springs and Girlfriend"
Transcription: "Onsen to Kanojo" (Japanese: 温泉と彼女)
August 8, 2020 (2020-08-08)

While Kazuya is able to rescue Chizuru, he ends up in bad shape after they return to the surface. A distraught Chizuru then saves his life by performing CPR. When he is discharged from the hospital, his friends give him a ride home. At their apartment, Kazuya tells Chizuru that he already made an arraignment for next week and he will place the payment in her post box. He also apologizes to her once more for all that has happened. Inside his apartment, Kazuya realizes that he has developed romantic feelings towards Chizuru.

Sometime later, Kazuya and his family head to a hot springs resort. Once they arrive there, Kazuya learns that Chizuru's grandmother is staying at the resort as well. Kayuza and Chizuru then find out they are sharing the same room thanks to their grandmothers. After they confront their grandmothers, Chizuru decides she might as well enjoy the situation. When she leaves to takes a bath, she runs into Kazuya's grandmother, who explains that it is the anniversary of her husband's passing. When she returns to her room, Chizuru enjoys herself and she allows Kazuya to stay with her.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b MBS listed the series premiere at 25:25 on July 10, 2020, which is July 11 at 1:25 a.m.[33][34]
  2. ^ English translated titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

Works cited[edit]

  • ^ "Ch." is shortened form for chapter and refers to a chapter number of the Rent-A-Girlfriend manga as published by Kodansha Comics.

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