Before we begin the review, I would like to let the reader know if you want to read the first two episode reviews, including the first volume review for the Manga, click this link to check out my previous articles regarding this series.
“A College student named Kazuya Kinoshita, who had a terrible and painful breakup, so he tries a new “Rent-a-Girlfriend” App and meets Chizuru Mizuhara, who works for the Diamond Company, which sponsors the app, after a few dates and introducing her to his family, he begins to develop romantic feelings for Chizuru.“
Based on the successful manga series written and illustrated by Reiji Miyajima, it was also one of Crunchyroll’s Summer Anime Premieres. It has gotten such a tremendous following, including the surge of manga sales in China, reaching a brand new manga sale record according to Kodansha, and finally, including a brand new exhibition that opened up in Osaka and Tokyo.
While it starts as a simple romantic comedy, it does deal with issues that viewers and fans can relate to, and that is heartbreak and trying to getting on with your life after a break-up. Kazuya isn’t one of the greatest guys in the world, but he does have his heart in the right place when his hormones aren’t messing with his common sense. As the series moves forward, we see Kazuya and Chizuru dating, having awkward moments bumping into each other at College, living next door to each other but it starts to branch out into another harem series. But like I have mentioned before, this has your typical romantic comedy has the stereotypical guy friends who are obsessed with sex and perverted things but looks are deceiving because they do care and aren’t shallow like in some are written to be in the genre. The scripts for each episode are great, but some moments that tend to be exaggerated but that is what makes a comedy worth watching.
The characters are unique, well thought out in today’s social environment, as I have already mentioned in my previous reviews that it was clear to see that Reiji Miyajima, Mitsutaka Hirota (Scriptwriter) did extensive research, and the creative team at TMS Entertainment have made an incredibly, beautifully animated show. Overall, this is an intelligent show that has been given a bad rap at times but they make up for it by giving the audience memorable characters such as Chizuru Mizuhara, Mami Nanami (Love her or hate her, we all know someone like her,) Ruka Sarashina, Sumi Sakurasawa, and last but not least, Kazuya Kinoshita. With this show getting another season, the first season may have its faults and cringy moments but I would still recommend it to someone who has a soft spot for romance or can relate to the characters in this show.
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