Rent-A-Girlfriend the anime premiered this July 2020 on Crunchyroll. The manga created by Reiji Miyajima started in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine since July 2017. It then would be licensed in North America in June 2020 with the anime shortly following. Thus far the anime is beautifully written and executed. It gives you all the feels and emotions you need in this anime and breaks from the Isekai and light novel streak we’ve been on lately.
Rent-A-Girlfriend is about a college student Kazuya Kinoshita who’s dumped by his girlfriend Mami Nanami of one month. To get over her he finds an app that allows you to rent a girl for a date. In comes Chizuru Mizuhara, an attractive, underrated beauty, that is the top girl on the app. Although when he accidentally introduces her to his grandma a web of lies, deceit, and a triangle of love start. What’s even better is this is just the tip of the iceberg of the story.
We’re seasoned vets in anime and other Japanese entertainment. Our brains lit up like a lightbulb and we said, “This isn’t the first of its kind!” We remembered a great Japanese drama or J-Drama that we watched back in 2017 with almost the same concept. It was called Rentaru no Koi, Rental no Koi, or Rental Love. The 10-episode mini-series was written by the great Shigenori Tanabe. Tanabe as a screenwriter, director, and more doesn’t have many titles under his belt. Yet he has two of my favorite series, Rental no Koi and Tokusatsu Gagaga.
Rental no Koi is about Takasugi Remi the most popular rental girlfriend at Rental Lovers. Remi is the top-rated girlfriend at Rental Lovers. The guys fall in love with her quickly because she understands the likes, wants, needs, attitude, speech, and character of her renter. Remi is the ideal girlfriend, but off the clock, she holds a dark secret and you might notice a bandage always around her neck.
Our protagonist, Yamada Kosuke, a university student one-day uses Rental Lovers’ services. He falls madly in love with Remi-chan on the date and becomes the ultimate SIMP. The crazy adventure runs on from there with all the twists and turns. If Rom-coms are your thing this one will not disappoint you too in the least. Here’s an available stream.