Reiji Miyajima’s Rent-a-Girlfriend manga was already doing pretty well for itself, and the anime adaptation really pushed it into overdrive. In November of 2019, the series had reached the 2.5 million copies milestone, jumping to 4 million copies in June of 2020. Now, just a couple months later, the series is selling out in Japan and zipping past 5 million copies.
According to a Kodansha representative, Rent-a-Girlfriend is the publisher’s “most-read romantic comedy manga.” They added that sales grew the closer it got to the anime’s debut, and continue to do so even more since broadcast began.
Miyajima celebrated the news with a special illustration on Twitter.
— 宮島礼吏 Reiji Miyajima (@Miyajimareiji) August 10, 2020
The series has been streaming on Crunchyroll as it airs. Here’s the official synopsis:
Kinoshita Kazuya is a 20-year-old failure of a college student. He managed to kiss his girlfriend once, but was dumped after a month. “Ugh… Damn it. I never want to go through that again.” Completely spiteful, Kazuya uses a certain method to date a girl. He goes to their meeting place and suddenly hears, “You’re Kazuya-kun, right?” A beautiful girl brushing her long, black hair behind her ear was there, smiling at him. Her name was Mizuhara Chizuru. Something real is born after just a single rental! A reckless rom-com filled with love and excitement is about to begin!