Rent-a-Girlfriend Spoiler-Free Review

Japanese Title: Kanojo, Okarishimasu
Year: 2020
Episodes: 12
Studios: TMS Entertainment
Adaptation: Kanojo, Okarishimasu
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen

Kanojo, Okarishimasu Anime Review

Anime with a very unique premise but fails on its execution.

Review

Kanojo, Okarishimasu or Rent-a-Girlfriend is about a university student Kazuya Kinoshita who just recently got dumped by his girlfriend after a mere one month of dating. Seeking solace, he rents a beautiful and charming girl Mizuhara Chizuru which sparks the beginning of their whacky and confusing relationship.

It is frustrating to witness a unique take on the saturated genre then fail to execute the themes it tries to portray. Rarely did I find myself rooting for the guy who manages to sneaks around and stalk people while playing the victim card for doing the things he knows he shouldn’t do. Fair enough, I mean the character is self aware of his shortcomings so he will definitely try to become better right? Wrong. You will not find any character progression here. That’s wishful thinking. What you will find is your typical “I’ll do better next time” type of guy who uses the self pity card to get whatever he wants. But tomorrow will never come for this guy, in the 12 episode runtime, he is the same unlikable person he was in episode 1. In fact, the more I try to understand this guy, I come to realise that the author doesn’t even attempt to flesh out his characters. Aside from wanting a girlfriend, I don’t actually know what Kazuya’s goals and aspirations are. He has nothing that makes him even remotely relatable or likable.

There are far better romance comedy anime for anyone to be wasting their time watching this half-hearted anime about love.

I rate this anime 5/10

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