Rent-A-Girlfriend is a manga series written and drawn by Reiji Miyajima. The story follows the romantic life of a student protagonist who hires the services of a young woman to be his temporary girlfriend. An anime television series adaptation by TMS Entertainment aired between July 11 and September 26, 2020; a second season was also produced, airing from July 2, 2022 to September 17, 2022. After the conclusion of the second season, a third season was officially announced and in this article, we are going to tell you everything about the upcoming third season of Rent-A-Girlfriend.
The third season of Rent-A-Girlfriend has officially been confirmed on September 17, 2022, after the premiere of the final episode of the second season of the series. The season was officially announced in a short chibi-style video featuring the heroines of the series, but as of the time of writing, no further details have been revealed, save for the fact that a third season is actually coming.
The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to the upcoming third season of the Rent-A-Girlfriend anime series. You’re going to find out about its potential release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story could be about, and much more about this great anime series.
Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 3 release date!
With the conclusion of the second season, a short chibi-style video featuring the girls of Rent-A-Girlfriend (see below) was released confirming the release of a third season. Nothing is currently known about the season, save that it is coming out and that the main cast is quite probably going to return. And this is everything we know about the release of Rent-A-Girlfriend season three. Sadly, at this moment, the information is quite scarce, but since we’re writing this only hours after the confirmation, we can expect additional information to be released in the upcoming months. The series is not going to premiere before late 2023, with 2024 also being a solid possibility.
Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 3 trailer
Now that you know that Rent-A-Girlfriend season 3 is on its way, as well as the rest of the information we have given you, you’ve probably deduced for yourselves that we don’t have a full, proper trailer for you, but as we have promised, we have the chibi-style announcement video, which you can check out here:
As we have said, Rent-A-Girlfiend has been renewed for a third season and since we don’t know when the season is going to have its premiere, it’s only natural for the producers to release just a teaser at the time; more trailers are going to be released later on, so don’t worry – we’ll have more information for you in the upcoming months. At this time, we can only reiterate that the anime won’t be premiering before late 2023 (it’s usually around a year or more after the initial announcement) or early 2024, so we’ll have to wait a bit for additional information on the third season.
Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 3 plot
The overall plot of Rent-A-Girlfriend is rather simple and follows the everyday situations of students Kazuya Kinoshita and Chizuru Mizuhara. It is a slice of life anime with elements of romance and comedy, so you can assume what the show is going to be about. The show is pretty grounded and based mostly on real-life situations, although with your classic anime twist.
Kazuya Kinoshita is a college student but he feels lonely after his girlfriend dumps him for another when they have been dating for a month. To get out of his melancholy, he then decides to use girlfriend rental services using Diamond, a trending application in Japan. He thus meets Chizuru Mizuhara, and at first sight, this “girlfriend for rent” with the beautiful face and the perfect behavior appears as the ideal girlfriend of which he always dreamed of.
However because she seems to be too perfect and unrealistic, he rehires her services this time to take out all his frustration and reject her, but Chizuru berates him for this and turns out to be meaner than he expected. Nevertheless, in the midst of their quarrel, Kazuya learns that his grandmother Nagomi passed out and had to be hospitalized. Visiting her in the hospital, he gets pretentious by introducing Chizuru as his girlfriend.
Kazuya continues to hire Chizuru’s services in order to keep up appearances with his family and friends, but things get complicated when they discover that they are next-door neighbors and attend the same college. Later, other girls from the girlfriend rental world also join in dating and show interest in Kazuya.
What is the plot of Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 1?
The first season of Rent-A-Girlfriend consisted of 12 episodes and it adapted the first six volumes of the manga. The season actually ended with the events from the first chapter of Volume 7 of the manga, so we expected Season 2 to continue where Season 1 left off, and it did. The first season was a pretty decent and precise adaptation of the manga with no filler content, which is what we were expecting from season two as well.
The first season ended with Kazuya Kinoshita, at the request of Chizuru Ichinose, agreeing to go on a “practice date” with Sumi Sakurasawa, who, despite her crippling shyness, is trying to get by as a live-in girlfriend. It was an opportunity for Sumi Sakurasawa to practice her social skills and build some self-confidence – or at least it was supposed to be until Mami Nanami interfered. The second season, of course, explored all the implications of these events.
What is the plot of Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 2?
The second season of Rent-A-Girlfriend consisted of 12 episodes as well and it adapted volumes seven through twelve of the manga. The season actually ended on the “border” between Volumes 12 and 13, so we expect Season 3 to continue where Season 2 left off. The second season was a pretty decent and precise adaptation of the manga as well, with no filler content, which is what we’re expecting from season three as well.
The second season ended with Mizuhara finally accepting Kazuya’s help in making the indie movie she wants. This was a big moment for the two as it will allow them to bond even more and to deepen their relationship in the upcoming season, while facing other real-life challenges that lie in front of them. The third season is going to explore the consequences of these events.
Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 3 cast and characters
As for season three of Rent-A-Girlfriend, there won’t be many changes in terms of characters. There will be, of course, some additions, more or less important, but seeing how it’s a slice of life anime series, we really don’t expect to see too many changes in the structure of season three. Here, we are going to bring you a list of the main characters from seasons one and two, as it is expected that the voice actors will reprise their roles in the upcoming season:
Kazuya Kinoshita is voiced by Shun Horie. Kazuya is a college student who, following a painful breakup with his girlfriend Mami, decides to hire a girlfriend for hire. He soon finds himself in situations where he has to keep praising Chizuru to keep up appearances with his family and friends. He then develops romantic feelings towards Chizuru.
Chizuru Mizuhara is voiced by Sora Amamiya. She is a student who works quietly as a girlfriend for hire for the Diamond company. She is proud of her outstanding marks on service, but becomes annoyed and aggressive when Kazuya embarrasses her and gives her a low mark. At school, she goes by her grandmother’s surname Ichinose and tackles a nerdy appearance with tall-lensed glasses and braided pigtails. Chizuru and Kazuya quickly realize that they are neighbors living on the same floor of the apartment cluster. She continues to let Kazuya hire her services in order to help her grandmother and help her grow as a person. The reason that made him get into the girlfriend rental business is to gain experience in role-playing and to become an actress.
Mami Nanami is voiced by Aoi Yūki. She is Kazuya’s ex-girlfriend. She has short blonde hair. She appears to be outwardly friendly, but harbors jealous and possessive feelings that sometimes frighten her friends. She is shocked and suspicious that Kazuya found another girlfriend so soon after she dumped him.
Ruka Sarashina is voiced by Nao Tōyama. She is a girl who is introduced as the girlfriend of a friend of Kazuya, but is also revealed to be a girlfriend for hire working for another company. She wears a ribbon headband. She genuinely wants to date Kazuya after seeing how kindly and passionately he treats Chizuru and her. She has a health condition causing her to have a low heart rate which she needs to watch out for, and Kazuya is the first boy to have his heart rate up.
Sumi Sakurasawa is voiced by Rie Takahashi. She is a girl who also works as a girlfriend for rent in the same company as Chizuru. She is in her first year of college and is a relative newcomer to the industry. She has pink hair with a braided streak on one side. She has a shy personality, and through Chizuru’s encouragement, she dates Kazuya in order to improve her skills as a girlfriend-for-hire, later developing feelings for him.
What is Rent-A-Girlfriend based on?
Rent-A-Girlfriend is based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Reiji Miyajima; the manga’s original Japanese title (in Romaji) is Kanojo, Okarishimasu. The manga has been published since July 12, 2017 and is still ongoing; as of September 2022, the manga has been collected in 28 volumes with more on the way.
The first season was based, of course, on the initial volumes and has adapted the first six volumes of the manga, ending with the first chapter of Volume 7, where the second season continued. The second season continued with the story up to the conclusion of Volume 12, which is where the season left the characters. Season three is expected to start with Volume 13 of the manga.