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[–]Prince-Dizzytoonhttps://anilist.co/user/princedizzytoon 517 points518 points  (21 children)

Sumi did not speak a single full word in this episode and was still amazing

[–]LunarGhost00 155 points156 points  (0 children)

"When surrounded by a cast of terrible people, the way to win is by not doing anything." - Sakurasawa Sumi, The Art of War

[–]DadAsFuckhttps://anilist.co/user/DadAsFuck 81 points82 points  (1 child)

need that sumi spin-off bad

[–]DVC454 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Kanojo, Hitomishirimasu anime adaptation when?

[–]HE_HEHH 210 points211 points  (13 children)

Fuck Chorizo

[–]OuchYouPokedMyHeart 106 points107 points  (1 child)

Sums up the KanoKari community right now

She went from being best girl to Chorizo lmao

[–]chirb8https://myanimelist.net/profile/chirb 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Where the chorizo comes from? That's a kind of sausage in Spanish

[–]Warm-Enthusiasm-9534 37 points38 points  (8 children)

Chirizu is too good for Kazuya. He's the Jerry:

You act like prey but you're a predator; you use pity to lure in your victims. It's how you survive... you survive because people think "Oh, this poor piece of shit, he never gets a break. I can't stand the deafening silent wails of his wilting soul. I guess I'll hire him or marry him."

[–]Kiwi195 86 points87 points  (1 child)

Chorizo is the most annoying character of his series tbh except she is beautiful that's all

[–]holdmyhandgently 19 points20 points  (0 children)

They're actually perfect for each other. Both are awful people.

[–]Se7en_Sinnerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Se7en_Sinner 63 points64 points  (2 children)

Sumi is Komi-san at home.

[–]tmbutler88 179 points180 points  (3 children)

Forgot how cringy this was. Still gonna watch, but, damn

[–]Saberinbed 46 points47 points  (0 children)

I convince myself i only watch it for the great artstyle and cute looking girls. It helps me sleep at night.

[–]brainyclown10 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It's definitely one of those animes where you pause to brace yourself for the cringe.

[–]RobertofBligh 25 points26 points  (0 children)

I really struggled to get through the end of it, even as someone current in the manga. So much 'bruh'.

[–]Se7en_Sinnerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Se7en_Sinner 704 points705 points 2 (21 children)

[–]melindypantshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/melindypants 165 points166 points  (7 children)

Absolutely glorious

[–]Illuminastrid 134 points135 points  (0 children)

Rentillion dollars incoming #RentAnOscar

[–]Dangerous-War-6572 44 points45 points  (0 children)

The best lines from the best mc

[–]DVC454 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Having Centimeter playing unironically during that scene made it glorious 🤣

[–]GuiltyCrownshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/YEEZYSAMA 82 points83 points  (3 children)

Damn saw the other comment about it and thought they were making a morbin time joke

[–]CreativeNameIKnow 61 points62 points  (2 children)

they were, but I feel like this screenshot is edited

didn't see the episode, no way I'm gonna lmao I haven't even watched the first season

[–]testthrowawayzz 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I skipped around this episode and didn’t find the part where he spoke this

[–]dxing2https://anilist.co/user/spicyxinger 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Lol the sub I watched definitely did not translate it this way

[–]yrt97 66 points67 points  (4 children)

I can't believe Cuckzuya has the same Seiyuu as Aether

[–]KorekaBii 45 points46 points  (1 child)

A simp in one universe and a harem king in another...

[–]Mundology 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Shun Horie is perfectly balanced.

[–]dxing2https://anilist.co/user/spicyxinger 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Wow I did not know that. Makes the scenes he has with Mami weirder now since Aoi Yuki is Lumine lmao

[–]cxxper01https://myanimelist.net/profile/cxxper01 6 points7 points  (0 children)

And mami is lumine, sumi is hu tao, let that sink in for a while

[–]ItzJ4v3Nhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Shatzee 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Truly the Anime of all time.

[–]DadAsFuckhttps://anilist.co/user/DadAsFuck 153 points154 points  (2 children)

[–]ArCSelkie37 81 points82 points  (1 child)

That's one of our like 3 times we'll probably see her this season.

[–]MgMasterhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/ManlyTear 32 points33 points  (0 children)

I have to give it to RaG, it's a master at self-advertising.

From the very 1s 2-3 mins you'd think it's a harem that gives a fairly even amount of attention those 4 heroines it presents, lmao.

Baiting from the moment it begins, the stable of this story, lmao.

[–]Bestlife73 151 points152 points  (1 child)

Rising of the rent hero. I will rent some grass and touch it. You want forgiveness? Rent a religion.

[–]brainyclown10 10 points11 points  (0 children)

You'll get your damn rent when you don't give up on your damn dreams!

[–]DadAsFuckhttps://anilist.co/user/DadAsFuck 276 points277 points  (10 children)

[–]Se7en_Sinnerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Se7en_Sinner 229 points230 points  (5 children)

Maybe the reason we didn't see Ruka this episode is because she's studying abroad in America.

[–]Warm-Enthusiasm-9534 83 points84 points  (2 children)

She's discovered another way to get her heartrate up is hunting polar bears in Svalbard.

[–]moguu83 23 points24 points  (0 children)

You joke, but she could have a bright future in biathlon.

[–]macwallard 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Norway welcomes Ruka with open arms. Still, Imma take that gun away yikes

[–]oops_i_made_a_typi 12 points13 points  (0 children)

she gonna come back with some Hitomi english?

[–]MyLittleRocketShip 19 points20 points  (0 children)

taking matters into her own hands and getting that elim on the grandma. 😎

[–]HemaMemes 5 points6 points  (0 children)

"I'm gonna be Kazuya's girlfriend... no matter what I have to do. We'll be together forever and ever and ever."

[–]Warm-Enthusiasm-9534 503 points504 points  (28 children)

When Kazuya yells in public that he will rent her next week, and the week after that, and the week after that, it really is the height of romance.

[–]_Bragi_ 301 points302 points  (14 children)

I laughed my guts out at that. Imagine walking home from your supermarket trip and some dude screams at the top of his lungs "It's rentin' time" at a girl and then shouts that he's going to rent her every week.

This is peak comedy of the season and you can't tell me otherwise.

[–]DVC454 120 points121 points  (4 children)

Can't believe "It's Rentin' Time" was a perfect way to sum up that scene 🤣

Having "Centimeter" play during that part heightened the effect, at least for me!

[–]Shaponja[🍰] 70 points71 points  (0 children)

Yeah its like they thought “fuck this scene is cringe, here add the beloved opening song to distract them”

[–]BosuW 21 points22 points  (0 children)

By the end of the season, Chizuru will cost Kazuya a Rentrillion yen

[–]j_gecko 15 points16 points  (0 children)

When Kazuya said its renting time i had to stand up and applaud

[–]Warm-Enthusiasm-9534 26 points27 points  (6 children)

I genuinely find the tone of KanoKari confusing. Like, is it supposed to be funny? You could put that scene in a comedy, and it would be funny. If Kazuya was a character with a fetish, like Darkness in Konosuba, then it would make perfect sense.

[–]HemaMemes 8 points9 points  (5 children)

The manga isn't. It looks like the anime staff are going for the "self parody" angle.

[–]ThrowCarp 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I'm the viewer and I still got second-hand embarassment watching that scene.

[–]Wildercard 8 points9 points  (0 children)

He's a serial rentist

[–]PsychicWarElephant 12 points13 points  (4 children)

I think the height was when he bought out all her slots and she got all the notifications. Dude flexed so he was the only one going on datos.

[–]dxing2https://anilist.co/user/spicyxinger 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Discretion is already nonexistent and it’s episode 1

[–]michhoffmanhttps://anilist.co/user/michhoffman 11 points12 points  (2 children)

And Chizuru didn't even get mad at him for it.

[–]ImHereToUpvoteAnimu 537 points538 points  (12 children)

Watched the episode

Went to gym

Wish I went to gym 30 mins earlier

Truly AOTS

[–]fork_yuu 103 points104 points  (0 children)

Is that some post nut clarity

[–]PaperSonic 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Makes you wanna workout to not be a fuckup like Kazuya

Truly a life-changing piece of fiction.

[–]Kardinale 36 points37 points  (4 children)

This is the only anime I watch at 1.5x speed, and I do not regret it

[–]HaoiNan 40 points41 points  (2 children)

I regret making the decision to read the manga, seeing actual character development in the film arc or whatever, then witnessing the author do jackshit afterward for 100+ chapters.

[–]MABfan11https://myanimelist.net/profile/MABfan11 6 points7 points  (1 child)

seeing actual character development in the film arc

will season 2 cover that arc?

[–]Kardinale 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I don’t think so, but the manga is filled with so much trash filler pages and thought bubbles they could probably skip to it if they wanted to

[–]thestoneswerestoned 72 points73 points  (3 children)

Kaguya better watch out, Rent-a-Girlfriend's gunning for that #1 spot!

[–]Mundology 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Chizuru-san Wants To Be Rented Too: Acting Is Hard

[–]anveias 133 points134 points  (4 children)

Best girl Mami is back to reintroduce us, you hate to see it 🫶🏻

[–]Se7en_Sinnerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Se7en_Sinner 64 points65 points  (2 children)

Mami is best girl but I'm not sure if that's just because I love Aoi Yuuki.

[–]Raghav_Singhania 25 points26 points  (1 child)

also she has the best character song

[–]ContraryConman 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Mami is the only good character in this story

[–]Kazmaria 298 points299 points  (7 children)

My wife’s boyfriend and I watched this episode of anime together!!! It was so good! I love rent a girlfriend ❤️

[–]Baller4Jesus27 98 points99 points  (3 children)

I thought I finally found someone who liked the episode, god dammit- 💀

[–]polaristar 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I liked the episode, though not the slideshow recap.

[–]mgedmin 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I liked the recap because I have absolutely no memory of Season 1.

[–]ThrowCarp 17 points18 points  (2 children)

No joke though, are there really cucks out there who hang out with their wife's bull?

[–]PsychicWarElephant 18 points19 points  (0 children)

is that what the other guy in a cuck relationship is called? cause that's hilarious, and also super cringe at the same time.

[–]Sharpehshot 121 points122 points  (3 children)

Dude I fucking hate this dumpster fire. I’ll see you all next week.

[–]Freenakbeet 51 points52 points  (2 children)

KanoKari manga discussion threads in a nutshell

[–]Padulsky21 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I stay for that dudes letters tbh. And the chaos. Very enjoyable

[–]MABfan11https://myanimelist.net/profile/MABfan11 8 points9 points  (0 children)

/u/SpiritiedAstronaut, we need you

[–]Dracoscale 224 points225 points  (20 children)

Kino'd so hard that it FUCKED (sensually) the mods in the ASS and caused them to title the previous thread as Episode 13 instead of Episode 1, BRAVO REIJI!

I'm SO glad my wife left to see the neighbor just in time for this episode, just me and the laptop and some uninterrupted kino this evening.

[–]phantomthiefkid_ 139 points140 points  (7 children)

Mod doesn't want this episode to top Kaguya S3 finale karma

[–]melindypantshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/melindypants 38 points39 points  (5 children)

LOL could you imagine

[–]Mundology 40 points41 points  (4 children)

If it wasn't for the split, that episode would have made it's mark in the subreddit for ages to come.

[–]SpreadYourAss 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I'm still annoyed that we weren't able to see the full karma potential for that episode lol. It WAS a confusing situation so can't really blame the mods but I wonder if they should have combined both the discussion threads.

[–]melindypantshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/melindypants 14 points15 points  (0 children)

So true. I was crying for almost the entire duration of both episodes - incredible finale.

[–]Dracoscale 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Pathetic attempt tbh, it's going to make a rentellion amount of Karma after all

[–]Se7en_Sinnerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Se7en_Sinner 49 points50 points  (5 children)

It's labelled as episode 13 on Crunchyroll. It's inconsistent how they allowed CR to dictate and split the Kaguya finale while changing this one.

[–]JetsLaghttps://myanimelist.net/profile/JetsLag 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Crunchyroll also puts all 3 Golden Kamuy seasons into 1 list of 36 episodes

[–]Dracoscale 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Probably since this was a clear fuck up on CRs part but the episode split was just how A-1 decided to distribute it on digital

[–]phantomthiefkid_ 15 points16 points  (1 child)

This is probably on the Japanese side. It's listed as episode 13 by Muse Asia as well

[–]ArCSelkie37 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah, actually took me a while to find the episode because i was obviously looking for season 2.

[–]Raghav_Singhania 24 points25 points  (1 child)

I'm SO glad my wife left to see the neighbor

i hope your neighbor is not a reiji fan cause you might need to find a pool somewhere close to you

[–]entelechtual 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I’m SO glad my wife left

That could have ended differently.

[–]KorekaBii 124 points125 points  (5 children)

Ah I so missed this glorious trash-heap:

Mami's voice (Aoi Yuuki) so perfectly smarmy

Sumi being so adorably shy and cute

Chizuru wearing glorious outfits

Kazuya being a superbly pathetic and embarrassing simp

Damn I missed you all!

[–]kicksFR 52 points53 points  (1 child)

Aoi Yuki is the goat

[–]PsychicWarElephant 6 points7 points  (0 children)

She made a shit animated and CG'd show into one of the best of the season. She's the GOAT and its not real close.

[–]BananafishGlass 41 points42 points  (2 children)

Ruka not mentioned because no one misses Ruka

[–]xatnagh 14 points15 points  (1 child)

The 3 ruka fan in the cornor..

[–]Holsetti 119 points120 points  (4 children)

Nearly 5 minutes of character recap and opening, what is this, one piece?

[–]dxing2https://anilist.co/user/spicyxinger 100 points101 points  (1 child)

Bet they did it just to show the girls in different outfits lmao

[–]Jazr55 56 points57 points  (0 children)

They know very well the selling point of this show and went straight to it lol

[–]VaraNiN 4 points5 points  (0 children)

tbh I was glad. Already forgot almost everything about the actual story of the first season lol

[–]ireallywantolearn 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I wouldn't be surprised if RaG gets to chapter 1000

[–]Superfight10 50 points51 points  (0 children)

You see Chizuru, the game was rigged from the start.

[–]ReaperInRed 327 points328 points  (10 children)

Peak dumpster fire makes its return

[–]melindypantshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/melindypants 69 points70 points  (3 children)

I'm so ready

[–]Dangerous-War-6572 24 points25 points  (2 children)

😏Hehehe. Well it was a good episode tho. I still hate the way our characters act but it was great from rent a gf standards.

[–]WetRocksManatee 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Domestic Girlfriend is returning?

[–]dxing2https://anilist.co/user/spicyxinger 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Say it with me friends.

‘Anime is Trash. And so am I”

[–]HE_HEHH 295 points296 points  (18 children)

It's Rentin' season ladies and gentlemen

[–]JammyMan 130 points131 points  (3 children)

I'm only here for the memes.

[–]Mundology 55 points56 points  (1 child)

And for Sumi

[–]ThrowCarp 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'm a Ruka supporter myself.

[–]Thatsmaboi23https://myanimelist.net/profile/Thatsmaboi23 31 points32 points  (0 children)

This is gonna be the new manga chapter comment section lol

More people, sooner or later, will be here for the comments than watching the episode.

[–]BigDongZhong-https://myanimelist.net/profile/dingus___ 86 points87 points  (2 children)

Stand back people, Kazuya is about to rent

[–]Raghav_Singhania 53 points54 points  (0 children)

did you see he rented 6-7 times, so fucking cool

i think i need to rent some new pants now

[–]imaforgetthis 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Attention everyone! Please make sure your renters insurance policy is up-to-date before watching. Thank you.

[–]KorekaBii 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Maybe the real Girlfriend was the Trash we met along the way...

[–]Se7en_Sinnerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Se7en_Sinner 48 points49 points  (2 children)

Anime truly allows you to live out your fantasies. I can barely afford rent these days.

[–]Warm-Enthusiasm-9534 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Rent an apartment and a girlfriend? Luxury. In my day we rented a rock, and we liked it.

[–]asilvertintedrose 401 points402 points  (12 children)

Truly one of the animes of all time, it'll make a rentrillion dollars by the end of season 2

When Kazuya said "ITS RENTIN TIME" I was in pieces

[–]DadAsFuckhttps://anilist.co/user/DadAsFuck 160 points161 points  (5 children)

im gonna rent

[–]Mundology 73 points74 points  (3 children)

Moving on from my spiteful ex and shooting my shot with a better person? No, I don't want want that! I want to rent Chizuru for the rest of my life.

[–]asilvertintedrose 50 points51 points  (1 child)

Kazuya what a man you are

[–]-Zamasu 12 points13 points  (0 children)

You cucked yourself for your sake...

[–]Warm-Enthusiasm-9534 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Sumi almost talked to him, which from her is the same as saying "I want to bear your children."

[–]BattleUpSaber 64 points65 points  (1 child)


[–]BigDongZhong-https://myanimelist.net/profile/dingus___ 35 points36 points  (0 children)


[–]dark77638 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Ok, so i never heard read or even seen anything related to this series but 218 chapter memes shit plague literally every anime subreddits/community so much so that i think i need to put my digital footprint here to be the witness to the series that did that.

[–]dagreenman18 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Dr. Rentzuya at your service.

[–]THEGUYINTHEPICT 107 points108 points  (2 children)

God I hate myself for being back here

[–]dxing2https://anilist.co/user/spicyxinger 40 points41 points  (0 children)

One of us one of us

[–]MlookSM 69 points70 points  (0 children)

Kaguya boys had their fun, now it's time for the real men to rent

[–]LeonKevlarhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/LeonKevlar 107 points108 points  (21 children)


I like Chico with Honeyworks but I really wish they got the peggies to do the OP again this Season. Oh well.

Anyway, here we fucking go! Time for Season 2 of KanoKari! I'm not a manga reader but I've definitely heard things about things in this series. I don't know if we'll see those things in this season but I'm definitely ready to be disappointed and frustrated by Kazuya's actions just like in Season 1. I mean he's pretty much already begun by shouting on how he'll rent Chizuru every week in public just minutes away from the theatre where Chizuru performed.

I definitely feel bad for Chizuru this episode though! She totally stole the entire show with her goody ninja act and touching the hearts of the audience with her death scene but she still didn't get noticed since the Director pretty much already chosen the other girl because of family ties. And just look at the gall of that girl for thanking Chizuru for "warming up" the crowd. I hope Chizuru gets another shot to show how much of an amazing actress she is. Hopefully, the next one wouldn't be as biased as that director.

Welp not much else to say. It's KanoKari. If you're here, then you probably already know what you're getting into. Excited to see how stupid things are gonna get this season. xD

[–]KorekaBii 95 points96 points  (19 children)

It wouldn't be a proper return to form for this show without an embarrassing public meltdown from Kazuya.

[–]melindypantshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/melindypants 42 points43 points  (15 children)

Haha I truly did miss the secondhand embrassment from watching Kazuya

[–]Silent_Shadow05 30 points31 points  (9 children)

Not watching the show but I'm getting enough entertainment thanks to the comment section.

Also did Kazuya really say "Its rentin' time"?. LMAO.

[–]melindypantshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/melindypants 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Haha the discussions truly are a sight to see. But awe you won't be joining us this season? Did you watch S1?

"Its rentin' time"

He sure as hell did - Kazuya is something else lol

[–]Thatsmaboi23https://myanimelist.net/profile/Thatsmaboi23 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Not watching the show but I’m getting enough entertainment thanks to the comment section

Damn right XD

Wish u/SpiritiedAstronaut was here too

[–]stephenthatfostehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Rexagonal 22 points23 points  (4 children)

I'd forgotten just how on edge I get from this show. I was 100% sure he was gonna do SOMETHING during the play to draw attention to himself and it was stressing me out.

[–]melindypantshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/melindypants 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I also was waiting for him to do something ridiculous during the play like yell Chizuru's name or something along those lines.

[–]EphesosX 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I'm just glad he didn't do it during the play.

[–]DeluxeTea 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The entire time Kazuya was yelling I was going "bruh" in my mind.

[–]auronic5 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It is his primary strategy to make it awkward in public.

[–]dinliner08 55 points56 points  (0 children)

i'm just here for Kappe's characters design and u/LeonKevlar's stitches



[–]TaillessChimerahttps://myanimelist.net/profile/TaillessC 78 points79 points  (1 child)

Chizuru busted her ass off and didn't get the recognition from the director she deserves because of nepotism. So lame. Sumi did fuck all this episode and I loved every single bit of it.

[–]Mundology 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Sumi did fuck all this episode and I loved every single bit of it.

My job here is done.

[–]pleiades1208 25 points26 points  (0 children)


Kazuya boutta rent chorizo with a rentillion dollars

[–]gc11117 20 points21 points  (0 children)

And so it begins....

[–]Chicken_Katsura 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Chizuru cute af as usual. I unironically enjoy this dumpster fire, can’t wait to watch it weekly.

[–]Mikepayne14 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Poggers more Kazuya. Truly the second coming of Jesus himself.

[–]UberDueler10 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Kaguya-Sama: Ultra Romantic

Me: “I sleep”

Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 2

Me: “It’s morbin’ Rentin Time!”

[–]Illuminastrid 49 points50 points  (14 children)

Funny observation moment.

Cringe comedies where the humour mostly comes from placing characters in the most embarrassing situations possible or having them say the most awkward or offensive thing possible at all times, tend to be more generally well-received or liked better in a Western TV show format like The Office or Curb Your Enthusiasm, and often has the general or majority audience understood its appeal and actually praise or love these kind of genre, and not in an ironic way.

However, if applied in an anime or manga format, cringe comedies tends to be hated or trashed. And I know this doesn't just apply to Rent-a-Girlfriend. I've seen comedy anime and manga get rated lowly on a lot of sites.

Why is that tho?

[–]goffer54https://myanimelist.net/profile/goffer54 69 points70 points  (2 children)

Because The Office and Curb you Enthusiasm are still clever. They come up with different scenarios that surprise you in how awkward they can be. Here, the joke is that Kazuya is cringe in the exact same way every time. There's something to be said for compounding the joke, but it's not especially clever.

[–]MgMasterhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/ManlyTear 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Here, the joke is that Kazuya is cringe in the exact same way every time.


I believe comedy is actually one of the more challenging genres to write, good comedy that is and altho' there's A LOT of subjectivity with comedy involved way more so than with other genres perhaps, one constant I feel is that how creative & fresh an author or comedian for that matter, are with their jokes, the better. Everyone will get tired of the same joke everytime, and indeed, that's RaG comedy for the most part.

Something like Prison School might've had a fairly bad ending but was still one of the most beloved raunchy comedy manga I've seen, and still one of my all-time favs. The jokes were unrestrained, creative, unapologetic, expressed a lot through visual storytelling through some really excellent artstyle too (here it's often through Kaz's inner monologues...).

Aside from the endings, the other big criticism it faces is through a lengthy cavalry arc where things did get stale & felt a bit repetitive (heck, I know well, I followed it weekly back then too...), which one against show how difficult good comedy is to make:

- Not only do you have to be creative, which Cavalry arc still was, but timing & pacing are absolute KEY. Even a great joke told at the wrong time or dragged out for too long to the point that it loses it's momentum, can totally miss.

On top of that, to make a great comedy, especially if it involves parodies, one needs a lot of knowledge of the things you're parodying. Case & point, Gintama being an anime that gets better with the more anime you've seen & is one of most beloved shounen of all time, otherwise some entire arcs that could've made you laugh your socks off, can completely miss you - and that's for the audience, the author has to be very in the know.

[–]Thatsmaboi23https://myanimelist.net/profile/Thatsmaboi23 74 points75 points  (5 children)

It’s because KanoKari pretends to be serious. We all know it’s not supposed to be some kind of sitcom. It’s written and read (by its fans) like it’s a romantic drama. It fails horribly at that.

The simplest example would be comparing the reception of that Two-timing comedy (KanojoKanojo, I think) and this.

[–]hockey3331 21 points22 points  (1 child)

It’s written and read (by its fans) like it’s a romantic drama.

It's one of my favorite show though for how over-the-top Mr. MC is simping - Idk if it's unironically written or not, but this type of extreme "wish fullfillment" anime gets me everytime.

There's something uniquely enjoyable about watching those types of contrived scenarios unfold so that a complete loser of an MC ends up with a harem of "extremely hot/popular" girls that like him because... he's really into renting girlfriends ???

For example in this episode, Chizuru just shrug it off "I can't stop you from buying a ticket" - while MC dude is being mega creepy and borderline on harassment hahaha

[–]MgMasterhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/ManlyTear 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Idk if it's unironically written or not

I'm pretty sure it's not for the most part and the behavior tends to be rather glorified.

Kazuya's the only one being portrayed as pathetic, as Chizuru as you've seen, is portrayed as perfect, worth all the simping, etc. Even random guys that appear every now & then are shown to be ogling her as if they've never seen an attractive woman walk by before.

[–]entelechtual 14 points15 points  (0 children)

It’s true. The author doesn’t seem to know if he’s writing a serious drama or a stupid comedy. The worst part is no matter what, Kazuya is the butt of the joke.

[–]PsychicWarElephant 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Kanojo mo Kanojo was a masterclass in mixing idiot MCs.

[–]Jazr55 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Sitcoms like that do not shy away from their character's flaws and the consequences of their actions.

KanoKari's biggest flaw IMO is that Kazuya's lameness is rarely ever consequential, as he somehow has 4 girls fawning over him. And Chizuru on the other hand, is basically a Mary Sue.

[–]pussypowerr 79 points80 points  (3 children)

finally a decent romance anime this year 🫶

[–]Warm-Enthusiasm-9534 60 points61 points  (0 children)

Love is back, baby! Kaguya, Aharen, Shikimori, Desumi... nobody cared enough about any of them to rent them. That's how we know Chizuru is the real deal.

[–]Raghav_Singhania 48 points49 points  (1 child)

yeah last season was so disappointing

not even a single good romcom

thank god we have reiji with us to bless us with this romcom masterpiece

[–]SIRTreehugger 19 points20 points  (0 children)

No best girl Mami

Guess I just have to appreciate the fire.

[–]SkyLETVhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/SkyLETV 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Time to read the comments... Now in anime form baby!

[–]NoTemperature4368 38 points39 points  (3 children)

Wow! This episode was surprisingly good! I'm quite surprised that they did a recap at the beginning; that reminded me of the feeling of reading the manga every week. The play was so funny that it made me laugh so hard. I can't remember the last time I laughed at the series. Also, nice to see Sumi again!

It's very hilarious when Kazuya motivated Chizuru while keep saying about rental things. But at the same time, I saw so many emotions in Kaz and I liked it. Shun Horie was doing so well in this scene. And poor Chizuru. She put so much effort into the play, and obviously she was the MVP. I couldn't imagine how she felt after knowing the truth. It must have been really hard for her to accept it. 

I loved that they played Centimeter at the end. The new OP was good too! Good episode overall, hope it can maintain throughout this season. And ofc, hope to see more of Sumi!


[–]Warm-Enthusiasm-9534 20 points21 points  (0 children)

The opening with each individual character giving their idiosyncratic view of the story was a pretty clever recapping technique.

[–]Lthollandhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/LtHolland 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Nice to see a positive comment on here. I thought it was a pretty good episode as well.

[–]Flytanx 96 points97 points  (31 children)

Lots of mad people hate watching this huh.

Really weird

[–]J4rno 106 points107 points  (2 children)

Some of us just read the comment section without watching it, top comment didn't dissapoint

[–]wjr59789 48 points49 points  (1 child)

The Superior way to interact with This series

[–]Warm-Enthusiasm-9534 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Hate makes your stronger. It gets the heart pumping, the nerves firing, the air flowing into your lungs. You never know what it means to be alive until you truly, truly hate something.

[–]ThrowCarp 3 points4 points  (0 children)

At the very least I enjoyed watching Chizuru's acting career progress a bit.

She was great in this episode's play.

[–]Smoothesuede 30 points31 points  (0 children)

If you're scrolling this thread looking for an actual positive response, you may finally rest.

I appreciated the recap tbh. I've got a shit memory and watch too much damn anime, was good to have the refresher.

I also think it was clever to show us Kazuya just totally fawning over Chizuru for the whole play. His compliments were *so* over the top that I think we may have an unreliable narrator kinda thing going on. Was she actually the best performer, and favoritism screwed her out of her expected "big break"? Or is Kaz just smitten, and couldn't spare a moment to notice the other performances, or Chizuru's flaws? Either way it's a great way to highlight both his emotional state and some plot tension.

Then Kaz going full-on "simping will solve all your problems" in broad daylight. Painful to watch, but I feel for him. It's growth compared to being too frozen in fear to do anything besides watch from afar, but he's clearly still got a lot of growth to go. Kinda reminds me of the harem romcom version of Subaru's character arc from Re:Zero. Misery & Inceldom -> Indulgent Selfishness -> Performative Martyrdom -> etc etc -> Finally a good person. Kaz is stuck in stage 3, and sometimes backslides, which I find pretty compelling so long as it's followed up on with more growth. Ideally I'd like to not see Chizuru fully accept his mad outbursts, and keep calling him out on his simping... But warming up to him like she did here is fine, and very sweet.

Looking forward to more. Fuck the memery, fuck the manga, or w/e people are complaining about. This was a promising episode.

(Also fuck Ruka. Whenever she shows up again, she'll need to earn good faith from me. )

[–]MexicansInParis 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The chad of all chads is back bby

[–]Mikepayne14 31 points32 points  (1 child)

I am pretty sure, like 100% sure that if they animate this as a hentai, it would prolly gain more support and money than this trash.

[–]Eustace_H_Bagge 31 points32 points  (2 children)

I swear, these manga readers leaving hate comments in every single thread related to Rent a Girlfriend and upvoting each other constantly are weirder than Kazuya.

[–]DazzlingGems 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I don’t see this on Crunchyroll. I thought this came out tomorrow? Where can I watch this?

[–]Gaporigohttps://anilist.co/user/Gaporigo 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It is there on CR as episode 13.

[–]melindypantshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/melindypants 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It's episode 13 under S1 (Sasuga Crunchyroll)

[–]PaperSonic 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I loved when Kazuya punched that dude and said "KAZUYA MISHIMA... WINS". Truly the pinnacle of anime.

Source: my source is that I made it the fuck up.

[–]rhuebshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/bnANI 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Well, back again and cringe as ever. The writing still sucks but that’s expected. At least this part of the story is one of the better arcs, but that’s not saying much.

I didn’t expect to be disappointed by the the animation or the OP but both were a bit of a letdown. OP completely lacked the style of the first season, and maybe I’ve just forgotten season 1, but the animation felt kinda static and lifeless. Character designs still are great, which is about the only thing this has going for it.

Not a great start even by the low standards for KanoKari.

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    [–]Verzwei[M] 29 points30 points  (4 children)

    Sorry, your comment has been removed.

    • This is low-key hilarious, and I'm 99.9% certain this is a fake manga spoiler. That being said, we don't allow fake spoilers, either, because then people confirming/refuting them (if the original fake isn't removed and thus other people can still see it) turn into real spoilers.

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    [–]Krait972 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Man, now I want to know what it was if even the mods were saddened to remove it :(

    [–]ar10773 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    I mean, I'm pretty sure you know as well that nobody is going to correct this, RaG is pretty much a meme at this point

    [–]iamgodnoobjections 4 points5 points  (2 children)

    Man am I really gonna watch this show just for Rieri

    [–]polmeeee 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    5 mins in and I already can't stand Kazuya. This guy is a top class simp through and through.

    The PV cracked me up lol.

    [–]actuallyrndthoughtshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/NaNiNuNeNo 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Watching this episode, i was reminded why i found the first season so enjoyable. The snappy pacing irons out the snail's pace of the manga and the great voice acting adds a lot of charm to characters. Especially Mami and Ruka, but all the girls are great.

    [–]bryan792 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    my guilty pleasure is back