Flash Review – Rent-A-Girlfriend (Vol. 7-8)

Mizuhara has revealed her intention to quit her job as a rental girlfriend should her acting career take off, which appears to be a guarantee on the horizon. This devastates Kazuya, but he understands that he needs to accept that they’ll part ways, as well as come to terms with his feelings. And then later, after a surprise outing with Mizuhara, she knocks on his door, telling him that she lost her apartment key. So with no roof over her head, it seems that she’ll be spending the night at his place, which he isn’t prepared for mentally or physically.

The Terrible Words:

I’ve spoken before about how Kazuya is a terrible liar, but he’s just terrible with words in general. Whenever he’s alone with a girl, he can’t get a single syllable out without stammering like he has a pickaxe buried in his skull. I suppose I can excuse him, since women are frightening creatures for the virgin to talk to, but I can’t look away when he delivers a speech to change somebody’s mind, which he does too often for my patience. I’m not expecting him to deliver a speech on par with the 20th century’s most famous, but he doesn’t exactly hand out words that are particularly inspiring or thought-provoking. Just essentially shouting, “You’re great! So, um, believe in yourself!”

The Nepotism:

Mizuhara believes her shot at the acting big leagues is with a play she plays a main supporting role in, and she seems to have that on lockdown when she excels at her role and steals the spotlight. That opportunity is pulled out from under her and passed off to another actress, who happens to have a prior relationship to the director she was trying to impress. This nepotism isn’t explored properly, if that doesn’t come as a surprise, but it’s a sadly accurate parallel to life, where you try and try and practice and practice, and when you believe you’re good enough to get your foot in the door, someone pushes you out of the way and secures their future by fingering an industry authority in the ass.

The True Hero of This Series:

This is 100% because I throw darts at an illustration of him, but Kazuya has an extremely punchable face. Any time he has a goofy expression because he’s surprised or embarrassed or whatever, I want nothing more than to drive my fist into his nose. His dad has the same idea. That haymaker was because of a misunderstanding that Kazuya was borrowing fat wads of money from Mizuhara, but who cares why, so long as it’s somebody’s knuckles caving in his face?

The Verdict:

Terrible, as always, but I think I’m becoming numb to this series, because it didn’t have me fuming like it usually did. I come in expecting stupidity and incompetence, and that’s what I get. Nothing surprises me anymore.

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