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.


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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.

Aired (Crunchyroll) 7/15/2022
Director(s) Yoshitsugu Kimura
Writer(s) Rie Uehara

This content contains pertinent spoilers.

Summary

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?

Mami realizing someone was in Kazuya's apartment
“Mami realizing someone was in Kazuya’s apartment,” Rent A Girlfriend, “The Return Of The Girlfriend,” directed by Yoshitsugu Kimura, 2022, (Crunchyroll)

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

  1. Why was Mami in Kazuya’s area, and who just opens a person’s door when they don’t respond?

What Could Happen Next

  1. Kazuya using Ruka to hide how close he is to Mizuhara

Review

Highlights

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?

Mizuhara after having a vulnerable moment with Kazuya
“Mizuhara after having a vulnerable moment with Kazuya,” Rent A Girlfriend, “The Return Of The Girlfriend,” directed by Yoshitsugu Kimura, 2022, (Crunchyroll)

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.

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Kazuya on top of Mizuhara, with sweat dripping off his nose
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Overall
While not a heavy episode of "Rent-A-Girlfriend," by learning more about Mizuhara, something deeply personal, it feels like a rare opportunity to see beyond the wall she puts up, and it feels as much of a treat for viewers as it surely did for Kazuya.
Highlights
Mizuhara Opening Up A bit
Disputable
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