Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 10

Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 10

First Kiss

Somehow, Rent-a-Girlfriend continues to be the best comedy anime of the summer. I don’t remember finding the 1st Season as funny as I do this season. This is the only anime I’m currently watching that makes me laugh — and 2nd Season Episode 10 was no different.

Now, just to be clear, I’m pretty sure the parts I find funny aren’t the parts that are supposed to be funny. For example, Ruka kissing Kazuya was hilarious. I don’t know. I found the close-ups of their mouths highly amusing. And I also think it’s funny when time slows down so we get Kazuya’s thoughts.

As you can see, the parts of the series that are funny to me are the parts I find absurd. I get it, there’s nothing funny about the kiss in itself. But it’s funny that we focused on their mouths for so long as they kissed.

Ruka smiling from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 10
Ruka smiling

Comedy aside, I was very surprised by Kazuya’s reaction to the kiss. He felt bad for Ruka for “wasting” her first kiss on him and their fake relationship. Of course, to Ruka, this isn’t a fake relationship. And she’s said how much she loves Kazuya before. So, her kissing him shouldn’t be that shocking.

But, that’s actually not the part that surprised me the most. What really surprised me was how he wasn’t very upset about the kiss. At first, that might sound odd. Why would he be upset about a cute girl kissing him? Ruka can kiss me any day.

Well, while he was worrying about Ruka’s first kiss, he seems to have forgotten about his own. Didn’t she take his first kiss? Am I the only one who expected him to freak out about that? He must have wanted to save his first kiss for Chizuru, right?

Ring and Girlfriend

So, Kazuya’s grandmother (and mother) decided to give Chizuru a ring for her birthday. But, it’s not just any ring. It’s the engagement ring given to both Kazuya’s grandmother and mother. The implication here is that Chizuru marrying into the family is inevitable.

I agree that it is inevitable. But, it’s probably a bit farther off than Kazuya’s family realizes. I mean, they’re not even actually dating yet. Chizuru even says as much later in the episode when Kazuya asks. Though, she did follow this up by saying that their relationship has “become more than just a lie.”

There are two ways to take this statement. The first is how Kazuya seems to take it. This is that the word “lie” doesn’t do justice to the extent of their deception. And, to be fair, Chizuru likely did mean it in this way — but, not only this way.

Chizuru glaring at Kazuya from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 10
Chizuru glaring at Kazuya

The other way you could take her statement is that their relationship has become more than a lie. Not that the deception has. This seems to be yet another example of Chizuru dropping hints about how she actually feels. She usually hides her feelings for Kazuya. But, every now and then, she lets something slip.

Toward the end of the episode, Chizuru accepts the ring from Kazuya’s grandmother. But, she only does so after his grandmother explains why she wants Chizuru to have it. She wants Chizuru to have the ring because she likes Chizuru.

She says there’s no expectation for Chizuru to wear the ring. And she can even pawn it off if she needs the money and there will be no hard feelings. There are no strings attached to accepting the ring. By accepting it, she’s not promising to marry into the family or anything.

Girlfriend Truce

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Chizuru fan. I’ve been on #TeamChizuru since Episode 1. But, I have to admit that Ruka’s winning me over. By the end of the season, I may officially be a member of the #RukaGang. I mean, she won’t replace Chizuru in my heart. But she might squeeze in.

It feels like I say this every week, but Ruka’s doing everything right. In Season 1, she was a bit manic. However, I’d argue she’s been nothing but the perfect girlfriend throughout this season. Can you point to a single instance where that wasn’t the case?

Yeah, okay, she still does things that seem a bit crazy at times. Like, she didn’t need to yell about spending the night at Kazuya’s while she was leaving. I can forgive her for that, though. She puts up with a lot of disrespect from Kazuya.

Ruka being cute from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 10
Ruka being cute

At the end of the episode, Ruka announces that she’s going to have a truce with Chizuru (and Kazuya). By that, she means she won’t actively try to tear Kazuya away from Chizuru — for the time being. Why? Because she knows Chizuru is going through a rough spot right now.

And, this is another example of Ruka being the perfect girlfriend. No, I don’t mean the fact that she’s calling a truce. I mean that Ruka is a genuinely nice girl. Even though Chizuru is her romantic rival, Ruka cares about Chizuru’s well-being. Mami would never.

Mami would 100% take advantage of the current situation with Chizuru if she was in Ruka’s position. She’d see this as her opportunity to break Chizuru once and for all. It’s wild to me that Kazuya still has any feelings for Mami considering he has Chizuru and Ruka to choose from.


What do you think of Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 10? Did you find the episode funny? Do you think Chizuru is going to wear the ring? And, which of the Kanokari girls would you give your first kiss to? Let me know in the comments.

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2 Replies to “Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 10”

  1. Bro that was not his first kiss I suppose first kiss was with mami Chan , then mizuhara while rescuing ,then again mami Chan at the beach , then now to be continued ….😝

    1. Sorry, I don’t keep a spreadsheet of Kazuya’s kisses. But, actually, I wouldn’t count CPR as a kiss. And I didn’t remember anything with Mami.

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