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 protagonist of “Rent-a-Girlfriend” is 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.
When Season 1 came to an end, viewers questioned whether Season 2 would follow. Even the show’s producer, Taiki Kakizaki, tweeted at one point urging viewers to pre-order the Blu-ray in an effort to generate enough interest for a second season.
Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2: When Will Be Released?
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.
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 logical 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 the 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: 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.
Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2: Who Will Appear In Season 2?
The cast of “Rent a Girlfriend” Season 2 has not received an official announcement. But it’s probably a sure thing that most of the Season 1 cast will be back. After all, a special, brief film featuring the majority of the primary anime voice cast was released in conjunction with the formal announcement of the show’s second season.
Sora Amamiya played Chizuru Mizuhara, Aoi Yki played Mami Nanami, Nao Tyama played Ruka Sarashina, Rie Takahashi played Sumi Sakurasawa, Shun Horie played Kazuya Kinoshita, and Yukari Nozawa played Kazuya’s grandma Nagomi Kinoshita, according to Anime News Network.
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With TMS Entertainment functioning as the production company for “Rent-a-Girlfriend” and Kazuomi Koga returning as the animation director, the production team appears to remain roughly the same for Season 2. As they created the illustrations for the teaser trailer, Kanna Hirayama will undoubtedly make a comeback as an anime character designer, according to Crunchyroll.
Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2: What happens in Season 2?
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. And while the first season continued hinting at these characters’ true feelings, the second season is probably going to provide more chances for those feelings to actually come through.
Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2: Other Information Regarding Season 2
The Rent-a-Girlfriend official Twitter account unveiled a brand-new visual poster featuring the show’s four major female heroines to get fans excited for Season 2: Sumi and Ruka are seated on the ground, and Chizuru and Mami are seated in the middle on a box.
Rent-A-Girlfriend – Episode 19 Preview pic.twitter.com/V8gGqoRwhQ
— Rent-A-Girlfriend (@rentgirlfriend) August 11, 2022
The original voice cast, which includes Sora Amamiya as Chizuru Mizuhara, Aoi Yuki as Mami Nanami, Nao Toyama as Ruka Sarashina, Rie Takahashi as Sumi Sakurasawa, and Shun Horse as Kazuya Kinoshita, is also returning for the upcoming season.
The majority of the production team has also returned, including composer Hyadain and director Kazuomi Koga.
Two new theme songs are used in Rent-a-second Girlfriend’s season. Himitsu no Koigokoro (Secret Love Heart) by CHiCO with HoneyWorks will play the opening theme, while Lenai Featuring Asmi (Unspeakable) by MIMiNARI will perform the closing theme.
Additionally, there have been a lot of visual posters and teaser trailers that spotlight the anime’s female protagonists. On March 20, a special character trailer and poster were made public in recognition of Sumi Sakurasawa’s birthday. In this unique clip, Sumi seems to play a bigger part this season, spending more time with Kazuya.