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MBC South Japan Broadcasting 2020

In today’s Japan, "rental" services can deliver an afternoon with a "friend," a "parent," even a fake girlfriend! Kinoshita Kazuya is a 20-year-old failure of a college student. He managed to kiss his girlfriend once, but was dumped after a month. Completely spiteful, Kazuya gets just desperate enough to give it a try. But he quickly discovers how complicated it can be to "rent" an emotional connection… and his new "girlfriend," Mizuhara Chizuru, who’s trying to keep her side hustle secret, will panic when she finds out her real life and Kazuya’s are intertwined in surprising ways! A reckless rom-com filled with love and excitement is about to begin!

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of Rent-a-Girlfriend

Rent-a-Girlfriend - S2E5

#1 - Birthday and Girlfriend (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Kazuya tries to clear the misunderstanding Chizuru is under, all while enlisting Sumi's help to get her a fitting birthday present.

The episode was rated 8.86 from 14 votes.

Rent-a-Girlfriend - S2E6

#2 - Booze and Girlfriend (Season 2 - Episode 6)


The episode was rated 8.50 from 12 votes.

Rent-a-Girlfriend - S2E4

#3 - Night and Girlfriend (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Kazuya has barely dealt with the aftermath of Mami's visit when he gets another aggressive visitor!

The episode was rated 8.40 from 20 votes.

Rent-a-Girlfriend - S1E7

#4 - Provisional Girlfriend and Girlfriend (Season 1 - Episode 7)

While Kazuya desperately tries to get Ruka to promise she won’t reveal his secret, she tells him her own.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 70 votes.

Rent-a-Girlfriend - S1E1

#5 - Rent-a-Girlfriend (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Jilted and heartbroken, 20-year-old Kinoshita Kazuya turns to Diamond, a Rent-A-Girlfriend app that leads him to a fateful encounter with Mizuhara Chizuru, one of the talents on offer.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 96 votes.

Rent-a-Girlfriend - S1E11

#6 - Truth and Girlfriend (Season 1 - Episode 11)

On Chizuru's request, Kazuya goes on a practice date with Sumi, another rental girlfriend. Will he actually be able to help her and stay out of trouble while he's at it?

The episode was rated 8.02 from 54 votes.

Rent-a-Girlfriend - S1E5

#7 - Hot Springs and Girlfriend (Season 1 - Episode 5)

The aftermath of the ferry incident signals a clear shift in Kazuya’s feelings. Meanwhile, there’s a conspiracy brewing at the hot springs inn he and his family decide to visit.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 69 votes.

Rent-a-Girlfriend - S1E12

#8 - Confession and Girlfriend (Season 1 - Episode 12)

Chizuru and Mami go on an awkward rental date unaware that Kazuya has seen them together. How can Chizuru handle this situation?

The episode was rated 7.88 from 57 votes.

Rent-a-Girlfriend - S1E2

#9 - Ex-Girlfriend and Girlfriend (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Immediately after deciding not to rely on pretend dating anymore, Kazuya is hit with a triple whammy of reveals: Chizuru not only goes to his college but lives next door to him, and his grandmother is coming to visit and wants to see her.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 93 votes.

Rent-a-Girlfriend - S1E6

#10 - Girlfriend and Girlfriend (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Having to spend a night in the same room with Chizuru sends Kazuya’s heart and mind racing. Meanwhile, Kuribayashi Shun has a surprise in store…

The episode was rated 7.81 from 69 votes.

Rent-a-Girlfriend - S1E4
#11 - Friend and Girlfriend
Season 1 - Episode 4

Mami’s plan comes to a head as Kazuya decides to set the story straight, to mixed reactions.

The episode was rated from 81 votes.
Rent-a-Girlfriend - S2E1
#12 - Dream and Girlfriend
Season 2 - Episode 1

As Mizuhara looks set to quit the rental girlfriend business, Kazuya goes to watch a play, one that could be pivotal to their relationship.

The episode was rated from 33 votes.
Rent-a-Girlfriend - S1E9
#13 - Lies and Girlfriend
Season 1 - Episode 9

Ruka is hellbent on knowing the full story behind Kazuya and Chizuru’s relationship, and once she does she decides to take action.

The episode was rated from 56 votes.
Rent-a-Girlfriend - S1E10
#14 - Friend’s Girlfriend
Season 1 - Episode 10

Kazuya learns that Kuribayashi's been down in the dumps and tries to figure out how he can help him.

The episode was rated from 56 votes.
Rent-a-Girlfriend - S2E2
#15 - The Usual Girlfriend
Season 2 - Episode 2

As the fallout from the play becomes clear, things go back to normal between Mizuhara and Kazuya, until...?

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
Rent-a-Girlfriend - S1E3
#16 - Beach and Girlfriend
Season 1 - Episode 3

Kazuya barely has time to deal with the fallout of the situation in the pub before the gang heads off on a short trip to Izu, where they run into someone unexpected.

The episode was rated from 79 votes.
Rent-a-Girlfriend - S1E8
#17 - Christmas and Girlfriend
Season 1 - Episode 8

Christmas rolls around with Kazuya not having met Chizuru for ages, and he sees something he never wanted to see.

The episode was rated from 61 votes.
Rent-a-Girlfriend - S2E3
#18 - The Return of the Girlfriend
Season 2 - Episode 3

Mizuhara has lost the key to her apartment and comes to Kazuya for some reason... and she's not the only unexpected visitor!

The episode was rated from 26 votes.

Last updated: oct 04, 2022



The main character of this anime is one of the most annoying that I have ever seen.


Not bad, and definitely gets better as the season progresses and the characters grow. Getting through the first 3/4 of the season was a slog, though. Looking forward to S2.


It was good, the primary guy was quite unlikeable at the start and it made hard to really get into for the first few episodes. Mami is portrayed as quite a sociopath 24/7 which I think the series should honestly take more time to explain. Honestly, each of the girls have backstories that were shortly alluded to but really could be quite interesting if they were better explored. Despite having 12 episodes, I still feel like I know next to nothing about the characters. Really all the show has achieved so far is create 12 episodes packed to brim with frivolous drama. The show has potential, but it needs some more work to prove its more than some harem anime.


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