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Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season

Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season

Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season anime series cover art
Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season

Season Overview

Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season (Kanojo, Okarishimasu 2nd Season / 彼女、お借りします) is pretty alright. The biggest complaint most people seem to have about the series is that it doesn’t go anywhere. And that’s certainly a fair complaint. But, I’d argue that Season 2 does build upon the groundwork laid by Season 1.

The 1st Season of the series set up Kazuya’s relationships with the four main girls. In the 2nd Season, we get to see how those relationships develop — at least with 3 of the girls. If you’re a Mami fan, there’s not all that much content for you.

There’s a decent amount of Sumi content. But, this season is really all about Chizuru and Ruka. You know, because those are the two girls Kazuya actually has relationships with. I assume there’s going to be more Mami content in Season 3 (which is confirmed). There was a lot of setup involving her this season.

Sumi Sakurasawa from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season
Sumi Sakurasawa

I’ve been a Chizuru fan since Episode 1 of the 1st Season. But, I have to admit that this season made me like Ruka a lot more. Her character got some much-needed development. I no longer see her as an annoying stalker. She acts like a good girlfriend now.

The problem for Ruka is that she’s competing against the “perfect girlfriend.” Chizuru can seemingly do no wrong. And that’s why their battle over Kazuya heats up in this season. Both girls are trying to outdo each other. Though, Chizuru would never admit that’s what she’s doing.

I mentioned that there’s a fair amount of Sumi content, and that’s true. However, Sumi isn’t a real contender at this point in the series. I don’t know if she ever will be. But, in her defense, she does try to put herself out there a bit more this season.

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Let’s dedicate an entire section to Ruka because I think she got the most development. Well, okay, Chizuru got a lot of background development. But, that doesn’t matter as much to me. Adding background context isn’t as interesting as seeing character growth in the present.

So, what changed about Ruka? For starters, she seems much more confident than she was before. She makes it very clear that she’s Kazuya’s girlfriend. Ruka still allows him to see Chizuru. But, she wants to draw a line between Kazuya’s relationship with both of them. Chizuru is his friend. Ruka is his girlfriend.

Episode 4 was an especially strong episode for Ruka. In that episode, she stayed the night in Kazuya’s apartment. And as I discussed in that episode review, she did everything right. She came prepared for if something happened. But, she didn’t pressure Kazuya into anything.

Ruka kissing Kazuya from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season
Ruka kissing Kazuya

To me, how Ruka acted in Episode 4 is the best example of her character growth. Back in Season 1, she did things like trap Kazuya in a love hotel room. She doesn’t pull those kinds of stunts anymore. Instead, she focuses on showing Kazuya her good qualities. And I felt like she did a great job of this.

That said, she does sometimes need to take the initiative. Kazuya’s an idiot who needs things hand-fed to him. Despite everything Ruka was doing for him, he wasn’t understanding her feelings. And that’s what led to Ruka kissing him while Chizuru was right in the other room.

Ruka gets that Kazuya has an obsession with Chizuru. So, she sometimes needs to do things like this to make Kazuya notice her. Honestly, while Chizuru is still my favorite, Ruka may actually be the best girlfriend. Is there anything she wouldn’t do for Kazuya?

Better or Worse than Season 1?

Is Kanokari Season 2 better or worse than Season 1? Well, if you go by their average ratings on MAL, the 2nd Season is worse. However, I don’t believe that’s the case. Season 2’s lower rating may be a product of the current climate within the community.

As of the writing of this review, Season 1 has a 7.16 and Season 2 has a 6.86. But, if you’re aware of the current state of the Rent-a-Girlfriend fandom, this makes sense. Readers of the manga have been fed up with the lack of progress for a while.

It seems that this sentiment grows with each passing chapter. This is spilling over and reaching even anime-only viewers. So, we have manga readers who aren’t having a good time with the series. And anime watchers are hearing that the series hasn’t progressed in 250+ chapters.

Drunk Kazuya getting too close to Chizuru from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season
Drunk Kazuya getting too close to Chizuru

Now, I’m not going to say the series not progressing in the manga isn’t bad. Complaints about that are 100% valid. But, the anime progressed a lot since Season 1. Okay, Kazuya and Chizuru aren’t officially dating. However, there’s been a ton of development.

I’d say the characters, plot, and spice of the 2nd Season are all better than in the 1st. Ignore the fact that the status quo won’t change for the next 8 seasons. If we only look at the 2 seasons we have, the 2nd is objectively better.

The one area in which I’d say Season 1 beats Season 2 is the OP. The Season 2 OP isn’t all that good. Though, I do like the Season 2 ED (I don’t remember the Season 1 ED). But, the OP aside, Season 2 doesn’t deserve the hate it gets compared to Season 1.

Conclusion

With all that said about Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season being better than the 1st Season, I still gave it a 6/10. That’s the same rating I gave the 1st Season. But, this season is a higher 6/10. We’ll have to wait and see if the 3rd Season can break into 7/10 territory.

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Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 12

Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 12

Chizuru’s Backstory

Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 12 was easily the worst episode of the season. I can’t think of another episode that even comes close. And no, it’s not the worst episode because the season ended. There are actually 2 reasons why I’d say the episode is bad.

The first reason is pretty simple. There was no spice. Nothing that happened in this episode was a big twist, reveal, or otherwise spicy content. There was no kiss, no confession, no wacky misunderstanding. It was a boring episode. I’m sorry, but Chizuru’s backstory isn’t that interesting.

Now, for the second reason, we need to play another episode of “tropes that DoubleSama hates.” I always bring up the fact that I despise school festival episodes. I also often mention how I hate episodes that include stage plays. But, there’s another trope I can’t stand that I don’t bring up as much.

Chizuru Ichinose (middle school) from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 12
Chizuru Ichinose (middle school)

The final episode of an anime is important. A bad final episode can sour the entire season. And one of my least favorite ways anime ruin their final episodes is by focusing on the past. The final episode of a series should never be a flashback episode.

This is the last episode before the series goes on break for a while. Don’t give me a flashback episode that doesn’t move the plot forward. I want something that matters to happen in the final episode. Nothing that matters ever happens in flashback episodes.

Sure, you could argue that Chizuru’s backstory is important to her character development. But it’s a terrible way to end the season. Do that an episode before and then save the final episode for some exciting content. I considered raising my score for this season. But, now that I’ve seen the last episode — not happening.

Dreams Don’t Come True

Chizuru’s grandfather always told her that her dreams would come true as long as she worked hard. He was right. I mean, just look at me. It was always my dream to be writing a review of Kanokari 2nd Season Episode 12 on a Friday afternoon.

Okay, but actually, he’s a filthy liar. Hard work alone isn’t enough to make your dreams come true. But, that’s not actually what I want to discuss now. What I want to discuss is how I’m surprised that Chizuru didn’t give up on her dreams when her grandfather died.

His death could have caused Chizuru to give up. After all, he promised that he’d see her movie debut, but died before he got the chance. So if he lied about that, what else was he lying about? However, this isn’t what Chizuru took away from his death.

Chizuru crying (high school) from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 12
Chizuru crying (high school)

With her grandfather dead, Chizuru’s last living family member was her grandmother. And so, Chizuru became determined to at least have her grandmother see her movie debut. Whether she’ll succeed in this goal, I’m not sure. I could actually see it going either way.

If Chizuru’s movie debut comes before her grandmother’s death, great. But, if that happens, I’d expect her grandmother to die shortly after. Once she sees Chizuru’s debut, there’s not really a reason for her character to stick around. So, even if Chizuru succeeds, it’s going to be bittersweet.

The other possibility is that her grandmother dies before she gets to see Chizuru’s debut. To me, this is equally as likely. And if this is indeed what happens, Kazuya can step in to save the day. Chizuru may want to quit acting. But, someone (Kazuya) can be there to encourage her to extend her dream.

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Let’s Make a Movie

The best part of the entire episode was Sumi introducing Kazuya to crowdfunding. I liked that rather than explaining it, she just told him to Google it himself. That might have actually been the best Sumi content of the whole season, too.

It’s also a bit odd that Kazuya bragged about being a business administration major later on. He didn’t even know what crowdfunding was before Sumi mentioned it. That doesn’t make him seem like a very good business administration student. And from what I remember, he and Chizuru aren’t freshmen.

Anyway, Kazuya suggests to Chizuru that they make their own movie. Why? Because there’s not much time left before Chizuru’s grandmother dies. And even if Chizuru got a role today, the movie wouldn’t debut in time. But, if they crowdfund and produce an indie movie, it can debut in a month.

Chizuru asking Kazuya to help her make a movie from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 12
Chizuru asking Kazuya to help her make a movie

Before Kazuya came to her with this idea, Chizuru was thinking about settling in regard to her dream. She knew her grandmother wouldn’t make it to the debut of a movie. And so she was hoping that she’d get a role soon so she could at least tell her grandmother about it.

Do you think crowdfunding an indie movie is cheating? I’m not sure how I feel about it. In this scenario, Chizuru isn’t earning a role in a professional movie. Does it really count then? And if so, at what point would it stop counting?

Could starring in a home video count? It’s still a movie. How professional is professional enough? Or does the quality of the movie not matter as long as it’s viewed in a theater? Will Chizuru’s grandmother even be able to make it to a theater premiere? That seems unlikely.

Conclusion

What do you think about the final episode of Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season? Do you think it was a good episode to end the season on? Were you surprised that Chizuru didn’t waver in her dream after her grandfather’s death? And, as I asked before, do you think starring in an indie movie is cheating? Let me know in the comments.

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Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 11

Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 11

All Aboard the Sumi Train

Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 11 is a Sumisode (Sumi episode). And while this may be an unpopular opinion, I’d argue that makes it one of the worse episodes of the season. Sumi’s cute. But, as I’ve said before, she’s not as interesting as the characters who actually speak.

At this point in the series, I’d rank the four main girls like this: Chizuru > Ruka > Sumi > Mami. But, despite the fact that I hate Mami and everything she stands for, she’s more interesting than Sumi. At least with Mami, we get some drama.

I don’t want this to be a review all about the negatives of Sumi. However, I do have one more thing to say. Sumi’s school uniform that shocked Kazuya wasn’t that good of an outfit. She normally wears things that look like that anyway. If she wore the same uniform Chizuru did, that would be noteworthy.

Sumi Sakurasawa wearing a school uniform from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 11
Sumi Sakurasawa wearing a school uniform

This week, Sumi took the lead during her date with Kazuya. She planned out the entire date, from what she wore to where they went. She had a full itinerary, much like Kazuya did during his own school uniform date with Chizuru.

Eventually, Sumi’s plan for the date falls apart (somewhat). But, I was actually surprised that it was successful for as long as it was. We got to see some minor hiccups, such as Kazuya losing track of her in a dark room. But, considering this is Sumi, I expected a lot more to go wrong.

That’s not to say that Sumi is a bad rental girlfriend or anything. It’s just that she’s very shy and also seems somewhat clumsy. And those aren’t negative attributes for her — they’re what make her cute. So, I expected those aspects of her character to be highlighted more.

Sumi vs. Wonder

Who do you think would win, Sumi Sakurasawa or Wonder the dolphin? If you predicted Wonder the dolphin, you’d be right. The finale of the dolphin show at the aquarium is when Sumi’s plan fell apart. Everything was going perfectly until that moment.

Wonder the dolphin woke up this morning and chose violence. Despite intentionally sitting beyond the splash zone, Sumi and Kazuya still got soaked. I’m not going to lie, getting soaked like that is a day ruiner. I don’t want to have to walk around for the rest of the day in wet socks.

However, getting soaked like that could be the perfect opportunity to take the date to the next level. “Oh, no. We both need to get out of these wet clothes. We’d better go back to my apartment so you can take a shower.” There’s no way that wouldn’t work.

Sumi Sakurasawa soaked by Wonder the dolphin from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 11
Sumi Sakurasawa soaked by Wonder the dolphin

After getting soaked, Sumi reveals the true reason she asked Kazuya out on a date today. She likes him (duh, this is a harem anime). Well, that’s only part of the reason. She also invited him on this date as a way to celebrate his birthday.

The birthday thing is boring, though. Let’s focus on Sumi’s confession. I guess the first thing I need to mention here is that Sumi has absolutely no shot. Kazuya’s more likely to date Chizuru, Ruka, and even Mami than he is to date Sumi. She doesn’t stand a chance.

I’m also a bit surprised that she would even confess to Kazuya at all. I mean, he didn’t hear it. But, she still said it. She knows he’s obsessed with Chizuru. So, it’s possible that she confessed knowing that if he heard her confession, he’d reject her. Also, does she know about Ruka?

Sumi’s Turn

At the end of the episode, Sumi gets Kazuya to talk to her about what’s bothering him. I fully expected him to mention Chizuru by name and then go on and on about her. That kind of lack of awareness is what I’ve come to expect from Kazuya.

But, that’s not what he did. Of course, he did talk about Chizuru and her current situation. However, he didn’t mention her name once. So, it’s possible that Sumi didn’t realize who he was talking about. After all, I don’t see why Sumi would know about the situation with Chizuru’s grandmother.

Something I didn’t expect was for Sumi to say she understands how Kazuya feels. What part of what he said does she identify with? Does she also know someone who’s about to lose their last remaining family member? Okay, she does. But again, I don’t think she knows about Chizuru’s situation.

Sumi Sakurasawa crying from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 11
Sumi Sakurasawa crying

My best guess is that what Sumi understands is wanting to help someone she cares about, but not knowing how. Kazuya doesn’t know what he can do to help Chizuru. And Sumi doesn’t know what she can do to help Kazuya.

Now, something I was hoping for after Sumi held Kazuya’s hand was a kiss scene. We already got a Ruka kiss scene in Episode 10. That was spicy enough since Chizuru was in the other room. But, just imagine how spicy a Sumi kiss would be. That would be the big twist of the season.

Also, we need Sumi to become a real contender for Kazuya’s love. I like seeing the battle between Chizuru and Ruka. But, a true third option would make the series more interesting. And I don’t see Mami actually putting in the effort to get Kazuya to like her again.

Conclusion

What do you think of Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 11? Did you like Sumi’s school uniform? Who do you think has a better shot at dating Kazuya right now, Sumi or Mami? And how long do you think it will be before we get a Sumi kiss scene? Let me know in the comments.

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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.

Conclusion

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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Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 9

Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 9

Joint Birthday Party

Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 9 is the best episode of the season so far. It featured the best two girls (Chizuru and Ruka), had some good drama, and was funny. Oh, and we got to see Chizuru doing some yoga right after the OP, so that’s a plus.

This week, it’s Kazuya’s birthday (June 1st, not actually this week). And as is tradition, he celebrates it with his parents and grandma. But, Kazuya’s grandma wants to celebrate Chizuru’s birthday, too, this year. After all, they’ve been dating for over a year now.

The only problem is that Chizuru’s birthday already passed. It was back in April. So, with only one day’s notice, Kazuya’s grandma decides to throw a joint party for both Kazuya and Chizuru. Luckily, Chizuru isn’t already busy working as a rental girlfriend that day. Unluckily, she already has plans to take her own grandma to the hospital.

Chizuru doing some yoga while studying from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 9
Chizuru doing some yoga while studying

Surprisingly, despite her plans, Chizuru still agrees to attend the party. It didn’t even take any convincing from Kazuya. But, that’s because Chizuru knows Kazuya pretty well by this point — even if Kazuya doesn’t know her all that well.

She knows that there’s no way Kazuya would ask if she’s free the next day unless there was some external reason. If Kazuya’s going to ask Chizuru out, he’s going to do it through the rental girlfriend app. If he does it that way, he can try to pretend it’s not obvious that he likes her.

Of course, knowing Kazuya’s grandma wants her there isn’t the only reason she agreed to go. Chizuru really wants to spend time with Kazuya. Now, I know this series is infamous for Kazuya’s inability to confess to Chizuru. But, I don’t mind if things continue on like this.

Ruka Invites Herself Along

While Chizuru can make it to the party despite her prior plans, she can’t make it for the start. The party starts at 5, but Chizuru can’t be there until 6. And, this opens up the opportunity for Ruka to swoop in once she finds out about the party.

Ruka can’t let Chizuru celebrate Kazuya’s birthday with his family without interfering. If she did that, it would be the same as admitting defeat. The more time Chizuru spends with Kazuya’s family, the closer they become. Ruka needs to show his family that she’s even better than Chizuru.

It would be difficult to compete against Chizuru directly. That’s why the first hour of the party is so important. And, I’m glad to see that Ruka’s finally taking the initiative. I’ve been saying for weeks that she needs to be firmer with Kazuya if she wants any real chance at making him hers.

Ruka calling Kazuya on his birthday from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 9
Ruka calling Kazuya on his birthday

Once the two of them arrive at the party, Ruka makes quick work showing Kazuya’s family her good points. I’ve said it before, but Ruka’s not a bad option for Kazuya. There’s really nothing bad about her other than the fact that she’s not Chizuru.

She’s cute, his family likes her, and she’s ready and willing to be his girlfriend. This would have been the perfect opportunity to announce their relationship. Ruka tried to, but Kazuya was too afraid of what his grandma would think.

Sure, his grandma would have been upset considering she’s obsessed with Chizuru (too). But, as long as they approached the subject in the right way, she’d probably accept Ruka. All they have to do is not mention that Chizuru is a rental girlfriend. Oh, and don’t make it seem like Kazuya dumped Chizuru for Ruka.

Chizuru Saves the Day

Other than Chizuru’s yoga toward the beginning of the episode, the best part was when she showed up to save the day. I enjoyed seeing Chizuru one-up Ruka in every way possible. She even one-upped Ruka without doing anything.

Kazuya’s grandmother was calling Ruka “Ruka-dono” the entire time. But, when it came to Chizuru, she was “Chizuru-hime.” In case you don’t know, -dono (殿 / どの) as an honorific is more formal than -san (さん). On the other hand, -hime (姫 / ひめ) is the honorific for a princess, though Crunchyroll translated it as “angel.” This is why Ruka comments that “-dono isn’t cute.”

Anyway, back to how Chizuru made Ruka look bad. One of the first things she does in the Kinoshita household is ask to pay her respects at the family altar. As soon as Chizuru did this, Ruka didn’t stand a chance.

Chizuru talking to her grandma about Kazuya from the anime series Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 9
Chizuru talking to her grandma about Kazuya

It should be mentioned, though, that Chizuru has a bit of an advantage. Of course, one advantage is that Kazuya’s family (his grandma) already loves her. But, let’s also not forget that Chizuru knows Kazuya’s grandma pretty well at this point. I’m pretty sure Ruka only met her once — maybe twice — before.

So, Ruka didn’t realize that she should pay her respects to the family altar. I don’t blame her for that, though. Chizuru knew to do that because she knows how important the family is to Kazuya’s grandma. She refers to Chizuru as the one to bear the next generation of the family.

Without that context, there’s no way Ruka would know how important paying her respects is. This is why I said that it would be difficult for Ruka to compete with Chizuru directly. Being with Kazuya’s family automatically gives Chizuru a home-field advantage.

Conclusion

What do you think about Rent-a-Girlfriend 2nd Season Episode 9? Was this really the best episode of the series? Should Ruka have told Kazuya’s grandma about their relationship? And, what more do you think she could have done to beat Chizuru? Let me know in the comments.

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