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Rent A Girlfriend: Season 1/ Episode 9 “Lies and Girlfriend” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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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?


Director(s)Koga Kazuomi
Writer(s)Hirota Mitsutaka
Aired (Crunchyroll)9/5/20

This content contains pertinent spoilers.

Recap

This Can’t Go On Forever – Kazuya, Chizuru, Grandma Kinoshita, Ruka

Ruka is growing tired of not being treated as Kazuya’s girlfriend and Chizuru getting his time, his admiration, and clearly being the one, not just he, but his grandmother wants. Yet, despite it being clear Kazuya doesn’t see her as a romantic prospect, and Chizuru has no desire to set aside this farce, Ruka is determined. So, while she asks of Kazuya to not kiss or cling to Chizuru, she commits to the long game. Which includes joining the karaoke bar that Kazuya works at to spend more time with him.

Review

On The Fence

I Don’t Know About You, But I’m Ready For This To Wrap Up

Ruka wondering how she can win Kazuya's heart.

While Ruka’s introduction was awesome, at first, she hasn’t stirred the pot like the show needed, or I wanted. Yes, she is doing her best to be the girlfriend that Kazuya could want, but he is so smitten with Chizuru that it makes watching her attempts sad. And even with expecting Chizuru to fall for Kazuya eventually, it doesn’t really make this fun to watch anymore.

After all, where is the conflict, some sense of there being more than Kazuya fantasizing over having sex with Chizuru or Ruka grabbing Chizuru’s breast like she could feel her heartbeat that way? What once had potential is starting to show itself as something that is only as good as the viewer tricks themselves into thinking.

I Don't Know About You, But I'm Ready For This To Wrap Up - 73%

73%

What once had potential is starting to show itself as something that is only as good as the viewer tricks themselves into thinking.

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Amari Allah

I started Wherever I Look back in 2011 and from movies, TV, the occasional book, play, and Broadway show, have been trying to bridge the gap between a critic and an avid lover of various forms of media.

One Comment

  1. You took the words right out of my mouth. This show started fresh but now this episode has made the concept run thin. Kazuya always has felt like a scummy character but this episode cheapens Chizuru as well. At this point, both main characters feel like bad people who ironically label someone else a pathological liar. On that note, Ruka coming in like a wrecking ball to tear down their carefully constructed house of lies has practically been made a non-factor now. Structuring her as a nuisance character is in poor taste to me especially since she is presenting an opportunity to do the right thing and try a real relationship instead deceiving Kazuya’s family. Sorry I ranted.

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