How do you rate episodes 22 of
Rent a Girlfriend (TV 2) ?
Community Rating: 3.8
I have two things to tell you, . First of all: congratulations, you managed to craft a very engaging character-centric plot that does a great job of fleshing out Chizuru’s point of view. While there’s definitely some shaky ground here and there, I can at least say I have a better understanding of who our main heroine is and her motivations. For the first time ever, she felt like a character, not the object of Kazuya’s obsession. You did a great job today.
SECOND: Absolutely fuck Where was this two months ago? you spent 24% running time this season when nothing important happens, just now Decided to actually write some honest characters for the main love interest of your rom-com story? Fuck off. You don’t get brownie points for ending up in episode 12 for doing what was supposed to happen in episode 3. You can’t wait for us 20 storyline, finally exploring your second most important character and hoping it will salvage a previous shallow, empty attempt at romance. The horse had been out of the stable for a long time and had left droppings nearby – no credit for closing the door in the end.
This more or less sums up how I feel about the season finale – especially when the third season announcement was well received. As a standalone episode, this does give us a much-needed understanding of Chizuru as a standalone person. We see things through her eyes and learn about her busy day-to-day life as she pursues her acting career while balancing school and work and taking care of her grandmother. We learn about the loving family she will forever lose, and even understand why she has a soft spot for Kazuya, considering her grandfather is basically the one without him who always hauls luggage at the airport. As she clings to her dreams, we see the warring emotions inside her, even as the cold realities of show business and death try to shatter it. I really sympathize with her and am happy to finally connect Chizuru as a character rather than as a plot device to hand out meager rewards to our male lead.
Speaking of which, we even let and also Be honest and selfless and offer to help her. Of course, the idea of a kickstarter movie is a far-fetched idea that will definitely run into problems, but it’s a serious one, and the idea he’s coming up with is completely out of touch with trying to get her affection. He’s still full of self-doubt, but he’s able to get through self-doubt for the sake of the people he cares about instead of being trapped in his own brain for the millionth time. He acted like a real friend as if what he learned from Chizuru really made him better, and if this were a different romcom I might have had a really hard time seeing this happen.
But this is not another show. This is RAG all the last minute Hail Marys in the world are playing Can’t save an entire season from feeling like a bust. Recalling the whole class , I’m having a hard time thinking about what has changed in the middle of the experience. From the first three episodes to the last three episodes, Chizuru and Kazuya’s relationship didn’t develop at all, nor did Ryuuka and Sumi have any real changes. Mami smelled their lies, but then disappeared on the brink of where she spent most of season one. Looking back, this season RAG could have at most four or five episodes story, and the rest of the run was shuffling in the mud. So while the drama of this episode works in a vacuum, as the culmination of the season, and even the entire show thus far, it’s too isolated to really work. We just spent too long stalling these characters to feel like an organic evolution of their relationship, not even any memorable moments or gags to make up for all the wasted time. It’s organizing deck chairs on the Titanic, but on decks that are already underwater.
I guess that’s why I ended up with this season’s
RAG exceeds the first one. Granted, that season ended with a frustrating waste of time, but at least it started with some potentially interesting character dynamics that never ended up coming to fruition. As of now, that potential is long gone, and all that’s left is a lot of killing time, interrupted occasionally by attempts to make these characters feel more than light -fanservice The vehicle only works in about a quarter of the attempts. It makes the watch very dull, and if given the choice, I’d rather be pissed than bored. We’re heading into another season, and while I’m certainly not excited, I can’t say I’m scared either. RAG It’s too light, too aimless, Can’t elicit something that strong.
2nd Season is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.