Originally debuting in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine in July 2017, Rent-A-Girlfriend is a recent hit manga that has gone on to spawn an anime which kicked off its second season in July 2022.
Kazuya Kinoshita is a college guy who’s down on his luck, having just split up with his girlfriend Mami Nanami. Still reeling from his loss, he happens upon a dating app called “Diamond”, which offers "rental girlfriends", and chooses the most highly recommended girl, Chizuru Mizuhara.
After their initial date ends, Kazuya discovers that everything she did were things she would do for other clients as well. Furious, he gives her a 1-star review and sets up another date to let her know just how he feels.
Chizuru was equally furious, and while she was berating him for being so dense as to not realize what the service really was, Kazuya gets a call from his parents – his grandmother has been hospitalized. Chizuru tags along with Kazuya as he races to the hospital, creating the awkward situation of having to describe who she is to his family.
Embarrassed at the prospect of revealing that he rented a girlfriend via an app, Kazuya lies and tells them that Chizuru is his actual girlfriend.
Chizuru reluctantly goes along with the lie, and the two make a deal to keep up appearances for his grandmother’s sake while “breaking up slowly” over time. Just how long can they keep up this charade, especially when Kazuya’s ex unexpectedly shows up?
This rom-com features four beautiful ladies who have created quite a buzz online. We’ve compiled some of the amazing artwork on pixiv featuring these cuties, so be sure to take a peek and see which one you’d pick as your girlfriend. (Don’t worry, this time it’s on the house.)