A service where you can rent a girlfriend? Is that even a thing? Ever since its anime broadcast, the contemporary and unique theme of Rent-a-Girlfriend has become a topic of conversation. The story is about a college student who has just been dumped and encounters various rental girlfriends, resulting in a rom-com full of drama. The pristine main heroine Chizuru Mizuhara, his mischievous ex-girlfriend Mami Nanami, the ultra-forward rental girlfriend Ruka Sarashina, and the extremely shy Kohai girl Sumi Sakurasawa. With these distinct heroines driving the narrative, who would be your type?
Based on the hit manga by Reiji Miyajima, the anime adaptation of Rent-a-Girlfriend started in 2020. After the first season of 12 episodes, an additional 12 episodes aired in 2022 as the second season. The third season was broadcast with 12 episodes in the summer of 2023, produced by TMS Entertainment, just like the previous ones. It’s currently one of the most popular rom-com shonen manga and anime.
For those who have finished all the existing anime seasons of Rent-a-Girlfriend, aren’t you curious about the continuation? As the story progresses, new heroines are introduced, making it increasingly hard to take your eyes off their moves. For those fans, why not delve into the original manga and enjoy the story ahead of the next anime season? Let’s check where the Rent-a-Girlfriend anime ends in the manga, and from which volume and chapter you should start reading.
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How many volumes does Rent-a-Girlfriend have?
The Rent-a-Girlfriend manga has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine since 2017, written by Reiji Miyajima. There are 33 volumes in the manga series of Rent-a-Girlfriend published so far (the latest 33rd volume released in September 2023). Licensed by Kodansha USA, its English edition has been published since 2020.
If you are planning to collect all volumes of the Rent-a-Girlfriend manga, I recommend to purchase the exclusive manga box set!
What chapter does the Rent-a-Girlfriend anime end on?
The third season of the Rent-a-Girlfriend anime is completed with Episode 12 “Ideal Girlfriend and Girlfriend,” which is equivalent to Volume 20 Chapter 167. If you want to enjoy the following story after the latest anime series, it’s recommended to read the manga from Volume 20 Chapter 168.
Season 1: From Volume 1 Chapter 1 to Volume 7 Chapter 50
Season 2: From Volume 7 Chapter 51 to Volume 12 Chapter 103
Season 3: From Volume 13 Chapter 104 to Volume 20 Chapter 167
Season 4: From Volume 20 Chapter 168
In the third season, the long-running The Rental Girlfriend’s Dream Arc came to a conclusion. Although Chizuru’s dream of producing a movie with Kazuya to become a great actress was realized, she wasn’t able to watch it with her grandmother. Nonetheless, the two of them look forward. After a long summer break, their college life resumes. The next season will embark on a new chapter. For those curious about what comes next, it’s recommended to continue reading from Volume 20, Chapter 168 onward.
When will Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 4 air?
While Rent-a-Girlfriend Season 4 hasn’t been announced yet, considering the popularity of this anime, it’s likely to be realized soon. Given that it has come this far, I’d bet they’ll animate it to the end. The manga continues to be serialized successfully, and it can be described as a rare long-running work in recent romantic comedy manga, surpassing 30 volumes. Therefore, there’s ample stock of the manga for adaptation into anime. Let’s eagerly wait for further updates and also enjoy the world of the manga.
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