Romantic comedy anime like Rent a Girlfriend don’t come too often. It’s like one of those meteors that you see very rarely. But once in a while comes a few shows that capture the same emotions as Rent a Girlfriend. Here’s a list of shows that will remind you of Kazuya and Chizuru.
Anime Similar to Rent a Girlfriend
- My First Girlfriend Is a Gal
- High School DxD
- To Love-Ru
- Wolf Girl & Black Prince
- A Town Where You Live
- Mayo Chiki!
- Golden Time
1. My First Girlfriend Is a Gal
Aired: July 2017
Like Chizuru in Rent a Girlfriend, Yukana Yame in My First Girlfriend Is a Gal also doesn’t reveal her true self to others. But Chizuru wears a mask of a sweet and charming girl, readily available to become anyone’s girlfriend. Yukana, on the other hand, has a firm personality and is unapproachable.
The story, however, revolves around Junichi Hashiba, one of the horniest high school students who want to get a girlfriend desperately. His friends insist him to talk to Yukana and tell her that he loves her. Yukana figures out Junichi’s real motive but accepts his proposal anyway. Soon, the other girls in their school also profess their love for Junichi.
2. High School DxD
Aired: January 2012
The common link between High School DxD and Rent a Girlfriend is the female lead of the shows. Rias Gremory, the beautiful and enigmatic girl, shares a lot of traits with Chizuru. Both are kind and compassionate but also proud and assertive. Like Chizuru, who kept on appearing as Kazuya’s girlfriend even after his grandmother thought they were a couple, Rias also showed her kindness Issei, who is infamous for his pervert nature. Rias does everything in her power to revive Issei after a fallen angel kills him for his obnoxious deeds.
Aired: January 2013
What happens to a teenage boy when two girls beg for his attention? One is his childhood best friend, while the other is blackmailing him for fake dating her. Both Rent a Girlfriend and Oreshura are light-hearted harem comedies based on introspective good-natured young men with the girls showcasing a different type of character than what they are in real life. The twist in this series starts when Eita finds out that his ex-girlfriend still has feelings for him and another girl thinks that they are already engaged.
4. To Love-Ru
Aired: January 2013
Rito Yuki is a kind and empathetic high school student. But he is quite an introvert. He loves Haruna Sairenji, his classmate, but can’t express his feelings. One day, he meets the princess of a famous universe, Lala Satalin Deviluke, who helps Rito to come out of his shell. Rito is much like Kazuya from Rent a Girlfriend, timid, shy, and has difficulty to talk about his feelings to women. This kind nature of Rito makes Lala and Haruna fall in love with him secretly. In fact, many other girls in high school also develop feelings for Rito. If you binged Rent a Girlfriend, you will also want to watch To Love-Ru non-stop.
5. Wolf Girl & Black Prince
Aired: October 2014
Erika Shinohara, a high school student, wants to make an impression on some of her friends. She comes up with a story of having a boyfriend. But Erika doesn’t have anyone. She is alone. Her friends constantly ask her to show her boyfriend. In the quest to impress her friends, she even shows them a picture of a boy, whose photo she took on the street.
Erika later discovers that the boy in the picture attends the same school where she studies. His name is Kyouya Sata. Left with no choice, Erika approaches Kyouya and asks him to pretend as her boyfriend in front of her friends. Sounds similar to Rent a Girlfriend? The twist comes when Erika comes to know that Kyouya has a cruel personality and would only help her if she agrees to become her pet.
6. A Town Where You Live
Aired: July 2013
Unexpressed feelings, secret love, and pretense are the three pillars of the story behind Rent a Girlfriend. A Town Where You Live also follows the same path. Kirishima Haruto, a high school student, goes on a school excursion to Tokyo, with a hope to meet Yuzuki Eba, a girl who used to live in his house. Kirishima has feelings for Yuzuki but couldn’t tell her when she lived in his later. Meanwhile, a girl named Nanami Kanzaki falls in love with Kirishima. However, she also can’t express her feelings for him. And so, she decides to ask Kirishima to pretend that he is her boyfriend. What follows is a comedy of errors that slowly take a romantic turn before the end of the series.
7. Mayo Chiki!
Aired: July 2011
While Kazuya from Rent a Girlfriend acts weirdly around women, Kinjirō Sakamachi, Mayo Chiki’s protagonist, finds himself in worse conditions. He suffers from gynophobia and would sweat excessively whenever there is physical contact with any girl. Sakamachi soon discovers that the girl he was desperately trying to avoid, Subaru Konoe, is the most popular student in his school. She is also the butler of Kanade Suzutsuki, the headmaster’s daughter.
Sakamachi didn’t know that Kanade was a female. When Subaru discovers that Sakamachi was avoiding her all the time, she assaults him and knocks him down. After regaining his senses, Kanade confronts him and asks him to keep shut about Subaru. In exchange, she promises to cure Sakamachi of his phobia around girls.
8. Golden Time
Aired: October 2013
Chizuru in Rent a Girlfriend is such a charming character that you would fall in love with her almost instantly. You would have similar feelings for Banri Tada, the hero of Golden Time. Banri Tada recently enrolls in one of the prestigious law schools in Tokyo. But just before his admissions, he meets an accident and loses his memory.
During his time at the school, he meets Koko Yaga, a beautiful but hostile girl. Banri Tada soon starts falling in love with Koko but his memories also resurface simultaneously. This leads him to re-evaluate his feelings for Koko. Although both Banri and Koko are considerate, tentative, and kind, Koko’s hostile nature is what irks Banri, now that he got his memory back.