Kanojo, Okarishimasu

Title:Kanojo, Okarishimasu
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Notables: AMAMIYA Sora
Animation - STUDIO COMET
Animation - TMS Entertainment
After being abruptly dumped by his girlfriend, college student Kinoshita Kazuya turns to Diamond, Japan's most popular rent-a-girlfriend firm, for a temporary replacement. From Diamond's website he selects the attractive Mizuhara Chizuru, and, without terribly high expectations, goes to meet her. Their first date seems to go very well; but afterwards he has reason to doubt that she was being sincere.

12 episodes
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 7 7 7 5 4 4 Ggultra2764 [series:3979#1552]
(Watch-/ Avoid+)

Have to admit this was a rather frustrating watch. The whole premise of the series suffers from the characters being too shallow, frustrating, or unlikeable to give much of a hoot about, especially with not much dimension provided on Kazuya and Chizuru to care for the budding relationship that the series seems to be teasing. Hearing even with the manga for this, the characters largely haven't changed much and suffers from some rather bad glacial pacing as far as any meaningful development goes. So not really getting what makes this series appealing to folks as a rom-com and not in any hurry to press further with it, even with the recent second TV season for it that came out.

Last updated Thursday, December 01 2022. Created Thursday, December 01 2022.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:3979#628]
(Four-and-a-half episodes watched):

I wish this show had more of a semblance of drama and seriousness to it rather than apparently being kind of a situation comedy, because the premise is sort of intriguing. Should a guy rent a girlfriend? Should a girl be a girlfriend for rent? These questions are mentioned, but for the most part this is lightweight humor and fanservice. Through a series of unlikely coincidences Kazuya and Chizuru each have a reason to carry on even though their second date didn't go particularly well. Afterwards more coincidences accumulate (it turns out that Kazuya and Chizuru live right next door to each other!) and a tangled web of secrets and deceptions that need to be maintained is assembled. Nothing really surprised me, but it was modestly amusing and even if it wouldn't be all that serious I was curious where this story would go. And who are those other girls in the OP and ED sequences? It looked like a fairly extensive cast would assemble. In episode two Kazuya's ex-girlfriend, Mari, gets involved, as do a number of college student friends. In episode three Mari actively seeks to sabotage whatever relationship might have come about between Kazuya and Chizuru. She's pretty 2D; just a jealous, selfish girl who cannot tolerate her ex-boyfriend making a quick recovery from his broken heart. That, however, makes the show as a whole kind of predictable and boring. I think it would have been more fun if she had been some shade of gray rather than just pure black. We all know that the bad girl never wins in the end. Or maybe it would have been better if the show concentrated on the two main characters instead of distracting us with additional ones. When a group of students including Kazuya and Mari but not Chizuru go to a beach, I thought that surely Chizuru would have to show up somehow, so maybe Kazuya will get into some sort of bind and call her and pay her whatever it takes for her to come there. But no, there was no need for that--she just shows up via another amazing coincidence! This was getting tiresome. Again, despite all the one-in-a-million coincidences, nothing really surprised me. And I found it was hard to remember what had already happened. The show was just good enough that I didn't want to quit, but just barely, and I wished something truly interesting would happen (maybe the third girl showing up) to perk things up. And then Kazuya's family goes to a hot spring in episode five, and guess what: Chizuru is there too! It made my eyes roll and I decided that I did not want to watch any more of this show. The premise was semi-novel, but nothing about the story was.

Last updated Thursday, August 27 2020. Created Sunday, July 19 2020.

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