Rent A Girlfriend - Anime Review
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 Stars)
Length: 12 Episodes
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 11, 2020 to Sep 26, 2020
Usually I find romance anime to be a little bit frustrating. The plot is often incredibly contrived, the characters are often tossing an idiot ball between each other to advance the plot, ecchi ‘accidents’ fill the already padded run time, and most of the crises would be solved within five minutes if the characters were willing to communicate for longer than the two and a half seconds it takes to call someone a baka before running away.
In this vein, I found Rent a Girlfriend to be refreshing and satisfying. RaG is about Kazuya Kinoshita, a 20 year old college student who attempts to help nurse his broken heart following a recent breakup by renting a girlfriend to take on the town. Chizuru Mizuhara is the rising star of the girlfriend rental app, and the two end up starting out on awkward footing, despite her good looks and sweet demeanour. However, through a combination of hilarious happenstance and plain old masculine pride, they end up tangled together well outside the bounds of the rental contract, and then some less than professional feelings appear to bloom.
I’ll admit, right off the bat, that there are a large number of coincidences required for the plot to work. People knowing other people despite the population of Tokyo city rivaling the entirety of Australia, everyone seemingly going to the one university, things like that. However, it’s all presented in a relatively organic manner, and it doesn’t end up breaking my suspension of disbelief. Because these threads of fate are woven so carefully, it means that the plot ends up flowing really well, and the characters can be themselves and try their best in a complicated situation. I didn’t find myself frustrated at the actions of anyone throughout the show (Except maybe right at the end, but spoilers), and was genuinely curious as to how some situations were going to end up solved.
On top of this, the art is gorgeous, and I adore the character designs. I think that given the range of personalities and designs of the ladies in the show, everyone is going to find someone they like. I’ve fallen head over heels for Ruka, and can’t wait to see more of her vibrant personality. All in all, if you're a fan of romance anime, but want to see something with believable characters and an fun plot, definitely give RaG a go! I give it four stars, and will upgrade it to five if best girl (Ruka) wins.
Author: Jace Cowan
Manager - Let's Go Akamaru!