While Kazuya’s mind runs wild about what he and Mizuhara’s relationship is, as usual, she drops something personal which may validate his thoughts.
This content contains pertinent spoilers.
It’s like a dark fantasy come true. With Mizuhara locked out of her apartment and the landlord nowhere to be found, she turns to Kazuya. At first, his thought is maybe she’ll spend the night, which makes him blow a gasket, but instead, she tries to see if she didn’t lock her balcony door. This leads to some ecchi, as Kazuya watches her struggle and then grabs her when he thinks she may fall.
All of this, before, may have led to a punch, a smack, or him being pushed off the banister, but things are different now. Mizuhara isn’t inviting this behavior yet is willing to give Kazuya grace now. The kind he needs for when Mami decides to knock on his door, it raises red flags and questions. Luckily, she doesn’t catch the two together, but it does leave the question lingering in the air of why was she there?
We don’t get that answer in this episode, but we do learn that the reason Mizuhara turned to Kazuya, rather than her parents, or other family members, besides her grandma, is because she doesn’t have anyone but her grandmother. Her dad left the family, her mom died soon after, and her grandpa died a few years ago, so her grandmother and Kazuya are the only constants in her life right now.
This triggers Kazuya to realize how lucky he is and pushes him to remember Mizuhara’s grandmother asking him to look after Mizuhara. It all makes sense now to him, and while Mizuhara still plays down their relationship, clearly, she is becoming more comfortable with Kazuya and his eccentricities.
However, this doesn’t free him from Mami’s suspicions and her possessiveness.
Things To Note
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Why was Mami in Kazuya’s area, and who just opens a person’s door when they don’t respond?
What Could Happen Next
- Kazuya using Ruka to hide how close he is to Mizuhara
Mizuhara Opening Up A bit
What makes shows like “Rent-A-Girlfriend” good is that you expect less because of the ecchi and vibe people like Kazuya have. So when you are delivered more in the form of Mizuhara having an emotional moment and Kazuya being forced to reflect on his own privilege, it can be a surprise for you. It allows you to see beyond Kazuya’s manic, anxiety-ridden thoughts about what could be, what isn’t, and fantasies that make you question how in touch he is with reality?
Essentially, it reminds you this show has far more heart than most, who just see a few screenshots, maybe a blurb, are likely to give it credit for.
Rent a Girlfriend Directory
|Created or Developed By||Reiji Miyajima|
|First Aired||July 11, 2020|
|Rent A Girlfriend: Season 2/ Episode 4 "Night and Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)||Ruka makes a move on Kazuya on a night when a typhoon hits, and she can't go home.|
|Rent A Girlfriend: Season 2/ Episode 3 "The Return Of The Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)||While Kazuya's mind runs wild about what he and Mizuhara's relationship is, as usual, she drops something personal which may validate his thoughts.|
|Rent A Girlfriend: Season 2/ Episode 2 "The Usual Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)||Each day gets harder for Kazuya as his feelings grow, and Chizuru isn't sure how to handle them.|
|Rent a Girlfriend: Season 2/ Episode 1 "Dream and Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)||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|
|Rent A Girlfriend: Season 1 - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)||While "Rent A Girlfriend" began with the possibility of being more than another male fantasy anime, it shifts to being what was expected.|
|Rent A Girlfriend: Season 1/ Episode 12 [Season Finale] "Confession and Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)||"Rent a Girlfriend" ends in the most frustrating way possible as it preps for a second season.|
|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/ Review||Will 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!|
|Collected Quotes & .Gifs From August 2020||In this post, you'll find quotes found and .gifs made in August 2020.|
|Rent a Girlfriend: Season 1 Episode 5 "Hot Springs and Girlfriend" – Recap/ Review with Spoilers||Have 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 Spoilers||The 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 Spoilers||As 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 Spoilers||As 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.|
|Rent-a-Girlfriend: Season 1 Episode 1 "Rent-a-Girlfriend" [Series Premiere] – Recap/ Review with Spoilers||While you might think this would have way too much ecchi to really get into, it seems there might be more than meets the eye.|