Dumped by his girlfriend, emotionally shattered college student Kazuya Kinoshita attempts to appease the void in his heart through a rental girlfriend from a mobile app. At first, Chizuru Mizuhara seems to be the perfect girl with everything he could possibly ask for: great looks and a cute, caring personality.
Upon seeing mixed opinions on her profile after their first date, and still tormented by his previous relationship, Kazuya believes that Chizuru is just playing around with the hearts of men and leaves her a negative rating. Angry at her client's disrespect towards her, Chizuru reveals her true nature: sassy and temperamental, the complete opposite of Kazuya's first impression. At that very moment, Kazuya receives news of his grandmother's collapse and is forced to bring Chizuru along with him to the hospital.
Although it turns out to be nothing serious, his grandmother is ecstatic that Kazuya has finally found a serious girlfriend, which had always been her wish. Unable to tell her the truth, Kazuya and Chizuru are forced into a fake relationship—acting as if they are truly lovers.
Having read through 25 chapters of this manga, I think you should give this manga a shot.
(*After a year, this manga is still pretty decent, and the Mangaka is actually a genius in his own way.)
After reading the reviews on this page so far, I STRONGLY DISAGREE with the fact that you should reject this manga with first five chapters. In fact, readers should decide after reading the first SIX chapters. (*still holds true)
The reason why six chapters instead of five is because it is the first time that we can see why this particular main male character’s (Kinoshita Kazuya)
is our main character.
Yes, in the beginning, Kazuya can be perceived as pathetic. But, having read so many volumes of manga. Each new manga always tries to develop its core characters in order to have a story to tell!! For this particular manga. The sixth chapter is the moment when you can make your judgment about Kazuya being “Real” pathetic or “Not really” pathetic. Know what? He will continue on to learn from his experience and man up ;)
Story: 8 -> *9
*It is a classical harem and the story is still going smoothly with the same amount of blushes~ Since it is a normal romance comedy, I decided to give it an 8 in the past. But, the term for “rental girlfriend” was first introduced to me through this manga back in the end of 2017. Thus, I want to give a +1 for the innovative story setup.
Art: 8 -> *10
The backgrounds are pretty basic due to school, street, restaurant settings (-3). But, the main female character is super cute (+1)
*Things has definitely changed between 70 chapters, backgrounds are becoming more and more detailed while more cute girls are popping off!! x) Thus, with a 10
Character: 8 -> *8
*My boy, Kazuya, is still growing up while knowingly or unknowingly creating a harem (as expected).
Chizuru -> main female MC
Mami -> Kazuya’s ex
While reading through some chapter, some people are still commenting on how “pathetic” Kazuya is. From my standpoint, Kazuya’s actions are important and are supposed to happen in those ways because the mangaka was trying is to set up a potentially “real-life” ish character.
If you have seen youtube videos regarding topics why there are actually men renting out girls as “pseudo-girlfriends”, you will realize that most of those men’s characteristics are shy, unexpressive, and lack self-esteem in front of “real” girls in the most case. That is why they want to rent those girls to help them out.
Thus, if you are to look at Kazuya’s case, he seems to be those kinds of guys who seem to be intimidated or indecisive during events when he felt the relationship pressure (seemingly as if Mangaka set him up as a potential person who will actually use the rental girlfriend site in real life). Thats’ alright though, as Kazuya is actually improving, understanding what he wants, and knowing how he should act as the story progresses. Most importantly, he has the right characteristics such as being kind and gentleman-like to be a good MC.
The character setups are just as expected for a harem manga, that is why I give it a relative high score for fulfilling the category.（8)
Enjoyment: 9 ->*9.5
If a manga gives you laugh, this will be a 10; however, there are occasionally cringy moments (-1)
*Still clicking on every updates whenever I see one! I am getting more and more used to the “cringy” or “unexpected” moments hahaha (-0.5)
Overall: 8 -> *9
Maybe this manga is not a re-read material, but this manga brings joy and occasional good content for males only xD
*Personally, the statement of “not a re-read material” still holds true. Yet, the reason why the score increase to 9 is due to how this story is actually blows my mind if reflect from now. “Rental Girlfriend”, for me, was thought as a concept that only will appear in the story since I read is in the end of 2017; but now, after watching some videos regarding this topic around the mid or the end of last year, I am completely dumbfounded that a concept from the manga actually happens in real life~ It makes me read this manga in a slight different way.
My first ever review on MAL, I decided to let it be for this manga because I would feel pretty damn guilty if I had not.
Story: 4/10, I’m being generous here, since this has the Shounen tag and all, but overall nothing tasteful or worth noticing, and the story progresses in the most riduculous ways.
Art: 6/10, this depends a lot on everyone’s taste, I think the girls are nicely drawn, details are good enough. I would have given a 7 if male characters other than the MC did not look like corrugated sketches that were disposed of by the editor.
Character: 2/10. For me, a
story cannot be good if the characters are not up to par. The reason I gave this double the score I should have, is solely because of Kibe. Calling the MC a piece of shit would be over-complimenting him, this guy makes Yuuki Rito and the senpai from Don’t Bully Me, Nagatoro look like the manliest characters on Earth. For a story and characters built around such an MC, how others managed to cope with his crap never fails to amaze me every chapter. Anyone with the least bit of self-esteem would find it impossible to relate to the MC in any way.
Enjoyment: 2/10. Only the art counts towards this, really.
Overall: 3/10. If you are the type of guy who would punch your best friend in the face for telling you to get over your ex - who everyone (including you) knows is a 2-faced bitch - then you might enjoy this manga.
So there's this new manga that recently caught my attention called "Kanojo, Okarishimasu", or in English: "I Want to Borrow a Girlfriend". What is this about? Quite frankly, it's literally what the title says. The main character is literally paying to be a sugar daddy to set up dates with a girl that sells her time for dating services. Controversial topic? Let's see.
Kanojo, Okarishimasu is a shonen romance manga serialized in one of the most popular shonen manga magazines - Weekly Shonen Magazine. Written and drawn by Reiji Miyajima, it competes directly with other romance titles in the magazine like Domestic Girlfriend, Boarding School Juliet,
and 5-toubun no Hanayome. It sells decently, but not as much as its competitors and I'm sure you can guess why.
Paying for dating and sex services has always been a controversial topic among the dating community. The majority of people hold the firm belief that you can't "pay" for love, which is true, but the reason why these kinks exists is because they are substitutes for real relationships.
Our protagonist, Kazuya Kinoshita is a freshman college student who was recently dumped by his ex. Looking to relieve himself of his breakup, he seeks solace in a rental girlfriend app called "Diamond". There, he comes across one of the top-ranked rental girlfriends named Chizuru Ichinose (she uses a different last name for her Diamond profile for privacy purposes). And the romantic comedy shenanigans go from there.
Frankly, if I were to compare this manga to its competitors, I wouldn't say it's any different. Its romantic tension is derived from ridiculous coincidences that force the two main romantic interests to be in the vicinity of each other, which is what normally captures readers since this is next to improbable in real life. In fact, I would say the closest comparison in my opinion would be Nisekoi - both the romantic love interests are pressured to fake their relationship due to family pressure.
So let's move on to the juicy stuff: the main criticism of this manga. The premise. Kazuya is like any other shonen romance main character; spineless, unmanly, and not willing to take risks which is what makes it easy for the author to continue writing chapters without anything significant happening. However, Kazuya gets a lot more criticism that other main characters not because he's indecisive, but simply because of the fact that the romance revolves around a sugar daddy service. I'm not going to go into depth about the morals of this premise but I will say: if this romance was based off any other setting, it would be much less criticized and more popular.
The reason why I absolutely love this manga though, is because the author had the guts to use a premise that is highly controversial, and create a semi-realistic romance story out of it. Everything in this manga is extremely well done, including the characters and plot contrary to popular belief. If you treat this premise like you're not offended just by the fact that it's controversial, then you will have an insanely fun time reading this if you self-insert as Kazuya.
The story doesn't exactly portray Kazuya as a bad person even though he does stupid things you would expect from a romance lead. He is in fact, quite genuine with what he desires and tries to make things right regardless of the outcome. In fact, he is so relatable if you've been through romantic troubles that it's insanely easy to self-insert into him. The only difference is that he's a realistic protagonist that gets into unrealistic situations, which makes it the perfect story to enjoy as long as you don't have a problem with the premise.
If you would like to read a manga where the setting and characters try to take a risk to do something different, then this is definitely the manga for you. If you like to stick to vanilla manga and don't like reading anything that might offend your morals and values, then don't read this. However I would still like everyone to be more open-minded and give this manga a shot, because you will never discover anything new if you only stick to what you're comfortable with.