Rent-a-Girlfriend Live-Action Drama Reveals Main Visual and Release Date

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The live-action drama adaptation of Reiji Miyajima‘s Rent-a-Girlfriend manga has released its main visual, which features the five main characters of the story. A July 2 premiere date on TV Asahi was also revealed.

ABC TV will air the show from July 3.

The Rent-a-Girlfriend manga began in 2017 and has 26 tankoubon volumes as of May 2022. An anime adaptation aired in 2020, with a second season set to begin on July 1. Crunchyroll and Muse Asia will stream the second season as part of their Summer 2022 lineup.

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Kodansha describes the manga as: 

In today’s Japan, “rental” services can deliver an afternoon with a “friend,” a “parent,” even a fake girlfriend! After a staggering betrayal by his girlfriend, hapless freshman Kazuya gets just desperate enough to give it a try. But he quickly discovers how complicated it can be to “rent” an emotional connection, and his new “girlfriend,” who’s trying to keep her side hustle secret, will panic when she finds out her real life and Kazuya’s are intertwined in surprising ways! Family, school, and life all start to go wrong, too… It’s sweet but naïve boy meets cute but ruthless girl in this 21st-century manga rom-com!

The main cast of the Rent-a-Girlfriend drama includes Naniwa Danshi’s Ryuusei Oonishi as Kazuya Kinoshita, Hiyori Sakurada as Chizuru Mizuhara, Shiori Akita as Mami Nanami, Mio Kudou as Ruka Sarashina, and Aika Sawaguchi as Sumi Sakurasawa. Daisuke Yamamoto (The Drifter co-director) and Kazu Kon (Samurai Kaasan episode director) are directing the show with a script from Kumiko Asou (The Diary About Ayame’s Easygoing and Aggressive Days).

Source: @kanokari_drama

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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