The day has come for Chizuru to get on stage and prove herself as an actress and, unbeknownst to her, her biggest fan, Kazuya, is in the audience


Aired (Crunchyroll) 7/1/2022
Director(s) Kazuomi Koga
Writer(s) Mitsutaka Hirota
Newly Noted
Shiori TBD

This content contains pertinent spoilers.

Recap

A Star Is Born – Kazuya, Chizuru, Shiori

Chizuru’s grand debut was supposed to be “The Heron Princess,” and while not invited, Kazuya does go to see her and is shocked. Not because Chizuru isn’t playing the lead, but because she is a supporting role that steals the show. She makes people laugh, Kazuya cries, and while looking around, he isn’t alone in seeing her as a highlight.

But, despite her performance, it seems the well-connected lead, Shiori, gets the opportunity Chizuru was hoping for so she could quit being a rental girlfriend.

When Doubt Seeps In – Kazuya, Chizuru

While Kazuya didn’t plan to run into Chizuru after her performance, he does and finds himself listening to Chizuru question her dreams and want to give up. Because she didn’t get one opportunity, she is ready to call it quits, and to show his support, Kazuya vows to rent her every week to show his support. A gesture that is noted but also found to be stupid due to the expense that would be for him.

Things To Note

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Did Chizuru not hear people laughing and her stealing the show at times?

What Could Happen Next

Umi and Shiori at a after party, with Shiori thanking Chizuru for her performance
“Umi and Shiori at a after party, with Shiori thanking Chizuru for her performance,” Rent a Girlfriend, season 2, episode 1, “Dream and Girlfriend,” directed by Kazuomi Koga, 2022 (Crunchyroll)
  1. Chizuru getting offered a supporting part due to Shiori advocating for her

Review

Highlights

A Nice Recap Before Moving The Story Forward

With it being two years since season 1, you have to appreciate that, on top of reintroducing all the girls, even when the episode began, we were told where Kazuya and Chizuru left off. In doing so, you weren’t left wondering who is who, questioning whether you need to rewatch the finale or anything like that. You are given more than enough to trigger memories and jump right back in.

Rent a Girlfriend Directory

Network(s) Crunchyroll
Created or Developed By Reiji Miyajima
First Aired July 11, 2020

Character Guide

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Season Reviews

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Rent A Girlfriend: Season 1/ Episode 11 "Truth and Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)It's the penultimate episode, and with Mami's return, you know it builds towards an EPIC finale!
Rent A Girlfriend: Season 1/ Episode 10 "Friend's Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Someone learns Chizuru and Kazuya's secret and yet another situation threatens Ruka's slim chances of being with Kazuya!
Rent A Girlfriend: Season 1/ Episode 9 "Lies and Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Rent-A-Girlfriend begins its descent that leads you to wonder if it ever was more than meets the eye, or did rose-colored glasses trick you into seeing something more?
Rent A Girlfriend: Season 1/ Episode 8 "Christmas and Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Kazuya sees Mizuhara on what seems like a real date, thus leading to us learning he is capable of stalking and immense jealousy. As well as why Mizhuhara is a rental girlfriend.
Rent-A-Girlfriend: Season 1/ Episode 7 "Provisional Girlfriend and Girlfriend" – Recap/ ReviewWill she or won't she? Ruka knowing the truth about Kazuya's relationships puts him, and Chizuru in a vulnerable position neither can afford.
Rent-A-Girlfriend: Season 1/ Episode 6 "Girlfriend and Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)A new character is introduced, and they know something about Mizuhara that may do far more than simply complicate her life!
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Rent a Girlfriend: Season 1 Episode 5 "Hot Springs and Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review with SpoilersHave the lines blurred for Kazuya and Chizuru or has his loneliness led to him forgetting her services are bought and paid for?
Rent-A-Girlfriend: Season 1 Episode 4 "Friend and Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review with SpoilersThe day has finally come. Kazuya tries to end things with Mizuhara, but will it be permanent?
Rent-A-Girlfriend: Season 1 Episode 3 "Beach and Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review with SpoilersAs Mami begins her plan to break up Kazuya and Chizuru, you are left wondering why she broke up with him in the first place?
Rent A Girlfriend: Season 1 Episode 2 "Ex-Girlfriend and Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review with SpoilersAs we get to know Mami-chan better, so comes a reason to raise an eyebrow as, like Mizuhara, we see a side to her that is unexpected.
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Overall
"Rent a Girlfriend" returns subtle, giving the same consistency that made it a standout amongst the overwhelming number of harem comedies.
Highlights
A Nice Recap Before Moving The Story Forward
Disputable
80


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