Recreating the main premise of the popular harem rom-com, Rent-a-Girlfriend, Yu-Gi-Oh! players used real-life girl rental services.
Twitter user @DeltyThe73rd described the situation in detail on their page. According to their post, Yu-Gi-Oh! players used the service in a desperate attempt to find an opponent. Players seem to prefer the girl to appear, as they request the same girl for each subsequent session. After a few lessons, the girl created a personalized deck for the games herself.
What is a rented girlfriend?
Reiji Miyajima’s Rent-a-Girlfriend manga launched in Weekly Shonen Magazine in July 2017. The series follows 21-year-old Kazuya Kinoshita who is heartbroken after being dumped by her girlfriend. In a last-ditch effort to recover, he decides to use a girlfriend rental website. This situation is how he meets Chizuru Mizuhara, the site’s top rated girlfriend. Although Kazuya initially wants to cut it off, he continues the fake relationship for the sake of his ailing grandmother, who is relieved to hear that he has found someone. As time goes on, Kazuya grows closer to Chizuru, eventually attracting the attention of his ex, Mami Nanami.
TMS Entertainment adapted Miyajima’s manga into an anime in July 2020. The series’ popularity led to a second season in July 2022. In September 2022, TMS announced that Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 3 has been given the green light for production. The season is slated to premiere in July 2023. While Kazuomi Koga directed the first two seasons, Shin’ya Une will direct Season 3. Une has previously worked on the staff as a director. How to be both a Rehearsal Director and a Scene Artist. Mitsutaka Hirota, who was in charge of both the Script and Series Composition for Seasons 1 and 2, will return to produce Series Composition for Season 3.
While Koga is no longer directing the Rent-a-Girlfriend anime, he is working on a new project that could appeal to fans of the series. The upcoming rom-com harem anime, TenPuru revolves around a socially awkward young man named Akemitsu Akegami who decides to give up his worldly desires and become a Buddhist monk. However, the temple where he lives is also home to beautiful women who once aspired to capture his heart. The series is based on Kimitake Yoshioka’s original TenPuru manga, which originally launched on Kodansha’s Comic Days platform in September 2018.
TMS’ Rent-a-Girlfriend anime series is available now on Crunchyroll. The comic is available in English from Kodansha US.