The romantic comedy series “Rent-a-Girlfriend,” based on the Weekly Shonen Magazine Manga by creator Reiji Miyajima, was one of the most unexpected standouts of the 2020 summer anime season. The anime has reached new heights despite the fact that the manga itself was a huge success, particularly in China (the Abema Times announced that in August of last year, “Rent-a-Girlfriend” had gained the top place as the number one manga, with 700,000 digital sales). Even Miyajima himself tweeted that the show had risen to fourth place among Netflix Japan’s top shows.
The story of “Rent-a-Girlfriend” revolves around 20-year-old Kazuya Kinoshita, who uses a dating app that allows him to rent a fiancée after being dumped by his girlfriend, Mami Nanami. He hires the lovely Chizuru Mizuhara, but after considering how fake the encounter was, he gives her a poor review.
However, things change when Kazuya introduces Chizuru to his bedridden grandmother, who develops feelings for the young woman. The fact that Kazuya and Chizuru live nearby is also discovered.
Rent a Girlfriend Season 2: Release Date
The release date for “Rent a Girlfriend” Season 2 was undoubtedly announced quickly. The second season of the show was announced just as the first season was coming to an end in 2020, according to Crunchyroll, which streams the show. A release date wasn’t set at that time, though. Thankfully, that time frame has already been reduced, with Crunchyroll reporting that Season 2 of “Rent-a-Girlfriend” will air in July 2022, though the exact date has not yet been determined.
Chizuru going strong! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/h83u8XEEdo
— Rent-A-Girlfriend (@rentgirlfriend) August 11, 2022
Fans may have anticipated a release in 2021, however, the COVID-19 pandemic may have prevented the show from releasing a second season the year after Season 1. A 2022 release makes sense given that the pandemic has significantly impacted Japanese animation companies, as Nikkei Asia noted.
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Season 2 of “Rent-a-Girlfriend” may follow a similar path in 2022 with staggered release dates based on country, or they may debut at the same time. Season 1 of “Rent-a-Girlfriend” launched in Japan in July and then in the U.S. in late August.
Rent a Girlfriend season 2: Cast list
Crew members who appear in season 2 are:-
- Kazuya Kinoshita is played by Aleks Le (Zenitsu in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba).
- Chizuru Mizuhara is played by Lizzie Freeman (Kotoko in In/Spectre).
- Mami Nanami is played by Laura Stahl (Ray in The Promised Neverland).
- Ruka Sarashina is played by Sarah Williams (Sayaka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica).
- Sumi Sakurasawa is played by Suzie Yeung (Lena in 86 Eighty-Six).
- Crew Rita Majkut, Jamie Simone, Joey Little, Eddie Correa Jr., and Wendee are the directors, and Lucien Dodge and Wendee are the recording engineers.
- Supervisor of Post-Production: James Lafferty
- Re-recording Ernie Sheesley, mixologist
- Animator: Sean Kelley
- Manager of Production: Sierra Leone
Rent a Girlfriend season 2: Plot
Season 2 of “Rent a Girlfriend” has not yet received an official plot summary. The first season, though, followed the first six volumes rather closely and didn’t really stray from its manga roots. There is actually a lot the new season may draw from the manga, which presently has close to 190 chapters and 19 volumes with no news on a finish.
There were a lot of interesting things that happened in the Season 1 finale. Chizuru was actually rented by Mami, who then confronted her about Kazuya after learning the truth about their relationship. Chizuru, who asserted that Kazuya was actually her boyfriend, refuted this. She continued by asking Mami if she had ever considered Kazuya to be her genuine love, but she received little feedback.
Later, when Kazuya and Chizuru have a meeting, he sort of admits that he wants to be her boyfriend but then clarifies that he only meant as a rental girlfriend. The progression of these events between Kazuya, Chizuru, and Mami is expected to be further explored in Season 2. Furthermore, the second season is expected to provide more opportunity for these characters’ true romantic impulses to truly come through, whereas the first season kept hinting at them.
Rent a Girlfriend season 2: Trailer!
To pique interest in Season 2, the official trailer was unveiled a few weeks ago. Kazuya continues to build his ties with each of the four female protagonists in the trailer. There are indications, nevertheless, that Kazuya’s predicament will become even more difficult when potential love declarations are made, particularly by Chizuru.
The character of Chizuru is also explored in greater detail in the trailer as she discusses her motivations for wanting to be an actress. The second season of Rent-a-Girlfriend will officially debut on Crunchyroll in the West with English subtitles and dubbing on July 2 in Japan.
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What Happens In Rent-A-Girlfriend?
After three days following the event involving Ruka, Kazuya and Chizuru finally cross paths. He observes Chizuru’s peculiar behavior. When Kazuya gets back to his flat, he finds out that Chizuru’s birthday is four days away. Since he can’t rely on anybody else, he chooses to hire Sumi and seek advice on the ideal gift. He learns that Chizuru would be putting on a hero performance when she is with him on the roof of a department store. He learns from Sumi that a birthday gift ought to reflect the recipient’s emotions. He responds to Sumi’s question about his birthday before she walks away.
Release predictions for Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 2 English dub on Crunchyroll
The English dub of Rent-A-Girlfriend on Crunchyroll premiered on August 28, 2020, and new episodes are broadcast every Friday. Kazuya Kinoshita is voiced in the Rent-a-Girlfriend dub by Aleks Le, whose prior work includes Dorohedoro and Demon Slayer (see our story on Demon Slayer Season 2). Lizzie Freeman, whose prior work includes JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and In/Spectre, provides the voice of Chizuru Ichinose.
Laura Stahl, whose prior work includes The Promised Neverland, voices Mami Nanami (see our story on The Promised Neverland Season 2 anime). The release date for Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 2’s English dub on Crunchyroll is most likely to be revealed in mid- to late-July 2022.