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Rent-a-Girlfriend, also known as Kanojo Okarishimasu, is a harem romantic-comedy series that has taken the anime world by storm. The story revolves around an indecisive college student, Kazuya Kinoshita, who uses a Rent-a-Girlfriend service and meets Chizuru Mizuhara. Things become complicated once his friends and family get involved. Despite the differing opinions of the people around them, they decide to continue dating and eventually develop feelings for each other.
This series has poked the hearts of viewers in ways that no other romantic comedy anime can. If you're on the lookout for a similar series to watch, the following anime like Rent-a-Girlfriend are surely worth checking out.
Anime Similar to Rent-a-Girlfriend
- Love Hina
- Ore Monogatari
- To Love Ru
- Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai (Majikoi)
- Nisekoi: False Love
- Highschool DxD
- Love and Lies
- Please Teacher
- My First Girlfriend is a Gal
- Golden Time
1. Love Hina
Release Date: April 19, 2000
The series tells the story of Keitaro Urashima and his quest to fulfill his childhood promise with a girl to enter Tokyo University together. The only catch being him not remembering the name of this friend. He goes to his grandmother’s hotel because his parents do not support his decision. But upon his arrival to the hotel, he suddenly learns that it has been turned into an all-girls apartment.
This is where he meets Naru Narusegawa, who also studies for the entrance exam. Keitaro asks her for help in his studies. The crazy twists and turns of this anime make it a must-watch for every harem fan. Keitaro and Kazuya are similar in the fact that they both struggle with girls being involved with them.
2. Ore Monogatari
Release Date: April 29, 2015
Imagine a tall, muscular high school student who looks “interesting” being your classmate. Takeo Goda fits that very description, making him off-putting to a lot of girls. But despite this fact, he has a lot of male friends who look up to him because of his strength and wonderful personality. He is kind and selfless, always thinking of others first before himself. Because of this trait, he has done a lot of heroic tasks, including one where he saves a girl from being groped by a maniac.
Enter Rinko Yamato. She is the high school student that Takeo saves from the maniac. Due to this event, she immediately falls in love with Takeo. The same goes for Takeo but he has never thought that someone like her would fall for someone like him. That is why he thought that it was unrequited love, much like the love story in Rent-a-Girlfriend.
3. To Love Ru
Release Date: April 4, 2008
The protagonist of this series is extremely shy. Yuki Rito is a highschool student who could not confess to a girl he wants to be with since junior high days, Haruna Seiji. One day while he relaxes in his bathtub, a mysterious being that assumes to be a devil girl appears out of nowhere.
Lala Satalin Devilluke, known as the crown princess of Deviluke, is on the run. Her father wants to arrange her marriage and she does not like that in the slightest. Despite her father wanting her back for this event, she stays on Earth with Rito. You can consider this as a similar anime to Rent-a-Girlfriend because of its harem-based theme and both Rito and Kazuya are considerably miserable when handling women issues.
4. Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai (Majikoi)
Release Date: October 2, 2011
The story revolves around the male protagonist, Yamato Naoe, who has a high degree of intelligence and knowledge. He currently studies at Kawakami University where female students are regarded as powerful beings while male students are stereotyped as being average. Yamato stands out of the male students because of his smart ideas and great fighting tactics. He does like someone in school and this person claims to be the best fighter.
Just like Kazuya, Yamato has deep feelings for one of his female friends, Momoyo Kawakami. Yet he still doesn’t know that she has the same feelings for him. This harem rom-com can make you laugh like there’s no tomorrow.
5. Nisekoi: False Love
Release Date: January 11, 2014
From the title itself, this anime can definitely remind you of Rent-a-Girlfriend. Raku Ichijo and Chitoge Kirisaki meets up with an unexpected event making them hate each other. Not only that, they both have families that lead the Yakuza group of their district and has been known to be rivals.
But one faithful day, the two Yakuza groups has agreed to settle their differences and team up by marrying the daughter and son of the leaders. This happens to be the two protagonists of this show and a lot of funny, romantic, and “special” scenes follow. If you want an anime series that resembles Rent-a-Girlfriend in more ways than one, don’t miss out on this.
6. Highschool DxD
Release Date: January 6, 2012
Although Highschool DxD takes on a harem route, this isn't the main reason why it's on this list. The gorgeous and voluptuous Rias Gremory shares a lot of similarities with the female lead of Rent-a-Girlfriend.
Both Rias and Chizuru have a great personality besides their awesome looks. Being kind to others when they want to be as well as being bold and confident at the same time makes the perfect comparison. There are a lot of scenes in both of these shows that would make you say that they feel like the same person.
7. Love and Lies
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Set in an alternate universe where the government decides your designated partner for life or suffer the consequences, Yukari Nejima defies this mandate and he confesses his love for the one he truly likes. Misaki Takasaki, who also shares the same feelings as Yukari seems less than thrilled about the mandate of their government. They have to continue showing a façade that would help them continue on their relationship.
The similarities between the two anime can be seen as both shows depict the unfortunate circumstances of being “forced” in a relationship. Love and Lies takes a more serious route in the story rather than the comedic theme of Rent-a-Girlfriend.
8. Please Teacher
Release Date: January 10, 2002
This anime relates to the boy-meets-girl and forced aspect of Rent-a-Girlfriend as for when the two protagonists meet for the first time, there isn’t any attraction at all. Yet due to different circumstances, they eventually fall in love with each other.
Kei Kusanagi and Mizuho Kazami play the main characters in this show. Because of all the events that happens to them, they had no choice but to start living together. A lot of funny scenes and tearjerker moments make this anime a must watch.
9. My First Girlfriend is a Gal
Release Date: July 12, 2017
Yukane Yame hides her true self, making a façade just like Chizuru in Rent-a-Girlfriend. The difference can be seen in the false emotions. Unlike Chizuru who shows a delightful and charming personality to Kazuya, it cannot be said for Yukane and Junichi because she puts on an unapproachable front all the time.
This anime focuses on Junichi’s desperation to get a girlfriend. Because of the demands of his classmates, he pursues Yukane, telling her that he loves her. Although she knows about his true intentions, she accepts Junichi and this leads to a lot of funny and mischievous moments in the show.
10. Golden Time
Release Date: October 3, 2013
Golden Time shows what happens when you lose your memories and how it affects a relationship. Banri Tada, currently a student in Tokyo University, meets a terrible accident, making him lose his memories before this event. He comes across Koko Kaga, a beautiful girl who seems to be part of Banri’s past.
As the show progresses, Banri develops feelings for Koko. As his memory slowly returns, however, he starts reconsidering what he feels for her. Both Banri and Kazuya are the same in terms of being considerate to others and being a bit shy when it comes to expressing their feelings.