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Japanese manga series by Reiji Miyajima and its adaptations
Rent-A-Girlfriend

Cover of the first tankōbon volume of Rent-A-Girlfriend, featuring Chizuru Mizuhara
彼女、お借りします
(Kanojo, Okarishimasu)
Genre
  • Harem
  • Romantic comedy
Manga
Written by Reiji Miyajima
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Kodansha USA
Imprint Shōnen Magazine Comics
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Demographic Shōnen
Original run July 12, 2017 – present
Volumes 28 (List of volumes)
Manga
Rent-A-(Really Shy!)-Girlfriend
Written by Reiji Miyajima
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Kodansha USA
Magazine Magazine Pocket
Demographic Shōnen
Original run June 21, 2020 – present
Volumes 3 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Kazuomi Koga
Written by Mitsutaka Hirota
Music by Hyadain
Studio TMS Entertainment
Licensed by Crunchyroll

Sentai Filmworks (home video)
Muse Communication
Original network JNN (MBS, TBS)
English network
Animax
Original run July 11, 2020 – present
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Television drama
Directed by Daisuke Yamamoto
Written by Kumiko Asō
Music by Yuki Munakata
Original network ANN (ABC, TV Asahi)
Original run July 3, 2022 September 25, 2022
Episodes 10

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 twenty-eight volumes as of September 2022 The series is licensed in North America by Kodansha USA, which released the first volume in English in June 2020

An anime television series adaptation by TMS Entertainment aired from July to September 2020 on MBS’s Super Animeism block A second season aired from July to September 2022 A third season has been announced A live-action television drama adaptation also aired from July to September 2022

Plot

Kazuya Kinoshita is dumped by his girlfriend Mami Nanami after dating for a month He decides to use an online dating app to rent a girlfriend named Chizuru Mizuhara, a beautiful girl However, because he thinks she was inauthentic, he gives her a low rating When Chizuru berates him for that during their next meeting, he realizes she is meaner than he expected Just then, Kazuya learns that his grandmother has been hospitalized following a collapse Chizuru comes 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 rental girlfriend business also join in

Characters

Main

Kazuya Kinoshita (木ノ下 和也, Kinoshita Kazuya)
Voiced by: Shun Horie (Japanese); Aleks Le (English)
Portrayed by: Ryūsei Ōnishi
A 20-year-old college student who lives in Tokyo Following a painful breakup with his girlfriend, Mami Nanami, he decides to rent a girlfriend named Chizuru Mizuhara He soon finds himself in situations where he has to continue renting Chizuru to keep up appearances with his family and friends, and he eventually falls in love with her Later on, he begins working part-time at a karaoke bar to pay for his dates and other expenses
Chizuru Mizuhara (水原 千鶴, Mizuhara Chizuru)
Voiced by: Sora Amamiya (Japanese); Lizzie Freeman (English)
Portrayed by: Hiyori Sakurada
A college student who moonlights as a rental girlfriend for the Diamond company On campus, she goes under her real name Chizuru Ichinose (一ノ瀬 ちづる, Ichinose Chizuru), and utilizes a nerdy appearance with large dark-framed glasses and braided pigtails It is later revealed that Chizuru and Kazuya are next-door neighbors in their apartment complex She continues to let Kazuya rent her services in order to help his grandmother Nagomi, and to help him get over his breakup with Mami
Mami Nanami (七海 麻美, Nanami Mami)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki (Japanese); Laura Stahl (English)
Portrayed by: Shiori Akita
Kazuya’s former girlfriend She has short blonde hair 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 immediately after she dumped him
Ruka Sarashina (更科 瑠夏, Sarashina Ruka)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama (Japanese); Sarah Anne Williams (English)
Portrayed by: Mio Kudo
A girl who is introduced as Shun Kuribayashi’s girlfriend In actuality, she is also working as a rental girlfriend for another company She wants to date Kazuya for real after seeing how kindly and passionately he treats Chizuru and her She has a health condition where she has a low heart rate that she monitors, and Kazuya is the first guy who elevated it Later on in the series, she quits her rental girlfriend job and starts working at the same karaoke bar as Kazuya
Sumi Sakurasawa (桜沢 墨, Sakurasawa Sumi)
Voiced by: Rie Takahashi (Japanese); Suzie Yeung (English)
Portrayed by: Aika Sawaguchi
A girl with pink hair who also works as a rental girlfriend with Chizuru’s company She is in her first year at college and is a newcomer to the industry She has a shy personality and through Chizuru’s urging, goes on dates with Kazuya in order to improve her skills as a rental girlfriend, later developing feelings for him In her spin-off manga, Rent-A-(Really Shy!)-Girlfriend, it is revealed she decided to become a rental girlfriend due to a desire to pursue a career as an idol

Supporting

Nagomi Kinoshita (木ノ下 和, Kinoshita Nagomi)
Voiced by: Yukari Nozawa (Japanese); Alex Cazares (English)
Portrayed by: Hana Kino
Kazuya’s paternal grandmother She is thrilled to find out that Kazuya and Chizuru are a couple She operates a family-owned liquor store with Kazuya’s parents and is friends with Chizuru’s grandmother
Kazuo Kinoshita (木ノ下 和男, Kinoshita Kazuo)
Voiced by: Yūki Sanpei (Japanese); Chris Hackney (English)
Portrayed by: Oideyasu Oda
Kazuya’s father He operates a family-owned liquor store with his mother and wife
Harumi Kinoshita (木ノ下 晴美, Kinoshita Harumi)
Voiced by: Miki Natsutani (Japanese); Colleen O’Shaughnessey (English)
Portrayed by: Kaoru Noguchi
Kazuya’s mother She operates a family-owned liquor store with her husband and mother-in-law
Yoshiaki Kibe (木部 芳秋, Kibe Yoshiaki)
Voiced by: Masayuki Akasaka (Japanese); Nicolas Roye (English)
Portrayed by: Shunya Kaneko
Kazuya’s childhood friend and college schoolmate He occasionally gives Kazuya advice about how to deal with his relationships He also personally knows Kazuya’s grandmother Nagomi, working part-time to help with her business
Shun Kuribayashi (栗林 駿, Kuribayashi Shun)
Voiced by: Gakuto Kajiwara (Japanese); Landon McDonald (English)
Portrayed by: Kōsuke Suzuki
Kazuya’s friend and college schoolmate He has short light hair and wears glasses He often goes by “Kuri”
Sayuri Ichinose (一ノ瀬 小百合, Ichinose Sayuri)
Voiced by: Sayuri Sadaoka (Japanese); Colleen O’Shaughnessey (English)
Portrayed by: Mayumi Asaka
Chizuru’s grandmother In her heyday, Sayuri was an actress, inspiring Chizuru to become one herself Sayuri and her late husband Katsuhito raised their granddaughter together after Chizuru’s single mother died
Umi Nakano (中野 海, Nakano Umi)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese); Edward Bosco (English)
Portrayed by: Ryōsuke Sato
Chizuru’s friend and classmate in acting school Kazuya mistakenly believes Umi is Chizuru’s real boyfriend at first
Mini Yaemori (八重森 みに, Yaemori Mini)
A girl who is a neighbor to both Kazuya and Chizuru She is a social media influencer and into cosplay, and provides insight on crowdfunding to Kazuya when he and Chizuru decide to make an independent film together She also encourages him to truly pursue Chizuru

Media

Manga

Main article: List of Rent-A-Girlfriend chapters

Written and illustrated by Reiji Miyajima, the series began serialization in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine on July 12, 2017 It has been compiled into twenty-eight volumes as of September 2022 The series is licensed in North America by Kodansha USA, which released the first volume in English on June 2, 2020 Kodansha published an anthology of the series on August 17, 2020

A spin-off manga series, titled Rent-A-(Really Shy!)-Girlfriend (彼女、人見知ります, Kanojo, Hitomishirimasu), 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 It has been compiled into three volumes as of May 2022 The series is also published in North America by Kodansha USA

Anime

Main article: List of Rent-A-Girlfriend episodes

An anime television series adaptation was announced on December 15, 2019 The series was 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 The Peggies performed the opening theme “Centimeter” (センチメートル, Senchimētoru) Halca performed the first ending theme “Kokuhaku Bungee Jump” (告白バンジージャンプ, “Confession Bungee Jump”) starting from Episodes 2–6 and 8–11, while Halca also performed the second ending theme “First Drop” for Episode 7, and Sora Amamiya performed the third ending theme “Kimi wo Tousite” (君を通して, “Through You”) for Episode 12 It aired from July 11 to September 26, 2020 on the Super Animeism programming block on MBS and other networks Season 1 ran for 12 episodes

The series is licensed by Crunchyroll outside of Asia On August 11, 2020, Crunchyroll announced that the series would receive an English dub, which premiered on August 28 In Southeast Asia and South Asia, the series is licensed by Muse Communication and released on the streaming service iQIYI in Southeast Asia Animax later began airing the series

On September 25, 2020, shortly before the first season’s finale was streamed internationally, it was announced that a second season had been greenlit for production The main cast and staff reprised their roles, with Studio Comet cooperating in the production The second season aired from July 2 to September 17, 2022 The opening theme is “Himitsu Koi-Gokoro” (ヒミツ恋ゴコロ, “Secret Love Heart”) by CHiCO with HoneyWorks, while the ending theme is “Ienai” (言えない, “Can’t Say”) by MIMiNARI featuring asmi

On May 18, 2021, it was announced Sentai Filmworks picked up the home video rights

After the final episode of the second season, a third season was announced

Video game

A crossover smartphone game titled Kanojo, Okarishimasu Heroine All-Stars was developed by Enish It features Chizuru, Mami, Ruka, and Sumi along with female characters from other Weekly Shōnen Magazine manga series like Fairy Tail, The Seven Deadly Sins, Domestic Girlfriend, Girlfriend, Girlfriend, Fire Force, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, and Negima! Magister Negi Magi It was released in September 2021 The game’s service will end in January 2023

Drama

A live-action television drama adaptation aired on ABC and TV Asahi from July 3 to September 25, 2022 It stars Ryūsei Ōnishi and Hiyori Sakurada as Kazuya and Chizuru, respectively

Reception

The series received a mixed to positive reception Joe Ballard of Comic Book Resources (CBR) described the anime adaptation as a “hot mess” with sluggish pacing but also an “intriguing, action-packed rom-com and a semi-developing love story” Meanwhile, Ethan Wescoatt of CBR praised the story, which he called “mature” for a harem anime, in addition to the male and female leads, noting that Chizuru is an intriguing character due to hiding her true, multidimensional personality behind her perfect girlfriend façade and that Kazuya’s struggles are relatable to the audience

As of December 2021, the manga had over 10 million copies in circulation

Notes

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