A SCRIMMAGE GETS SERIOUS
At Chizuru’s request, Kazuya agrees to go on a “practice date” with Sumi-chan, who’s trying to make it as a rental girlfriend despite her crippling shyness. It’s an opportunity for Sumi-chan to practice being social, building confidence and earning power?or it’s supposed to be, until who should butt in but Mami-chan! And she has a bombshell to drop? A practice date quickly turns into an all-too-real battle!
In today’s Japan, “rental” services can deliver an afternoon with a “friend,” a “parent,” even a fake girlfriend! After a staggering betrayal by his girlfriend, hapless freshman Kazuya gets just desperate enough to give it a try. But he quickly discovers how complicated it can be to “rent” an emotional connection, and his new “girlfriend,” who’s trying to keep her side hustle secret, will panic when she finds out her real life and Kazuya’s are intertwined in surprising ways! Family, school, and life all start to go wrong, too… It’s sweet but na?ve boy meets cute but ruthless girl in this 21st-century manga rom-com!