Rent-A-Girlfriend has a truly unique take on the genre of Rom-Com. With relatable and likable characters, it has made a good impression on its audience.
With girls like Chizuru Mizuhara and Sumi Sakurasawa, there is no limit to how cute and lovely the chemistry between characters can be.
Also, with the setting of modern-day Japan and a college student, this only gets more whimsical. While there are emotional moments in the anime, the heart-melting moments are not missed either.
There are numerous rom-com animes out there. While there are no animes like this one, this list covers the same tone of animes as Rent-A-Girlfriend.
15. Maid Sama
Keeping an embarrassing secret is a big risk when someone is nicknamed ‘Demon President’, especially when a strict person like Misaki, works as a maid in a café to support her family but if she ever were to be discovered, her reputation might get spoilt.
This might happen as she did get discovered by Takumi, a popular boy from her school that just turned co-ed. This rom-com is as hilarious as it is cute.
If one liked Rent-A-Girlfriend, one cannot afford to overlook this work of art.
14. Golden Time
Golden time is a fresh take on what it feels like to experience everything in one’s life.
Amnesia struck Banri decides to start over when he joins a law school, however, this gets interesting and goofy when he meets Kaga, an adorable beautiful girl.
This anime follows him in living his best life which he would never like to forget.
This anime is as good as Rent-A-Girlfriend in many respects.
13. Mayo Chikki
Here comes another gynophobic protagonist in this list. Due to his bizarre family background, Sakamachi has gynophobic tendencies.
If this wasn’t funny enough in his life, his fated encounter with the butler of Suzutsuki, Subaru Konoe, makes it funnier as he discovers that the butler is a female.
Follow him on the ride of his life to uncovering what it is he has yet to experience.
Probably one of the most wholesome rom-com ever.
When Hori, a girl who aces her academics but who is misunderstood to be too cool meets Miyamura, a boy who has killer looks but is misunderstood to be an emo kid, both of them just so happen to show each other their vulnerable sides.
This anime captures some light humor along with some heart-warming relationships among high school students and what it means to experience different aspects of love.
11. Wolf Girl and Black Prince
Everyone knows that lies can come back to bite you, but when Erika makes up a fake boyfriend to impress her new classmates, the results may end up hounding her forever!
Yes, it was dumb, but what were the odds that the random guy whose picture she used would turn out to be a student at her school? Or that said faux-boyfriend’s silence would come with such a horrible price?
Now Erika doesn’t just have to run and fetch at Kyoya Sata’s command, she has to bark too, as he starts treating her like a dog for real.
This takes a really bad turn when she starts developing feelings for him. This anime not only discovers romance in its way but the situation causes many hilarious turns of events too.
It is hard to concentrate when too many cute girls start showing up in life and Nisekoi displays this aspect with peak perfection.
As weird as this might sound, Nisekoi follows the daily antics of this mismatched couple who have been forced to get along for the sake of maintaining the city’s peace.
With many more girls popping up in his life, all involved with Raku’s past somehow, his search for the girl who holds his heart and his promise leads him in more unexpected directions than he expects.
In this anime classic tropes have been utilized very efficiently and the audience should keep an eye out for some very odd characters to remember.
9. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Dorm life is a memorable life and arguably the best life. This is beautifully and hysterically displayed in the anime When abandoned kittens and his good conscience force second-year Sorata Kanda to move into Suimei High School’s infamous Sakura Hall, the satellite dorm and its eccentric, misfit residents turn his life upside down.
Sorata’s friend Nanami, a second-year student and aspiring voice actress, pushes him to find new owners for the many cats so that he can quickly move back into the regular dorms.
However, his desire to escape Sakura Hall wavers when the pet-like and infantile second-year Mashiro Shiina, a world-class artistic savant looking to become a mangaka, transfers in during the spring trimester and quickly latches onto him.
Supported by each other’s quirks, Sorata and Mashiro come out of their shells and trigger change in the lives of those around them. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou explores the fine threads connecting talent, hard work, romance, and friendship with its ensemble cast.
8. The Quintessential Quintuplets
What is better than one pretty girl? The answer is really simple, five pretty girls. With great scores in his class and great family debt, Uesugi is offered to clear his father’s colossal debt in a single go.
He is offered to tutor a classmate who he doesn’t like much.
This takes a bad turn when, along with her, he needs to tutor her four sisters too, and each one has a different personality and problems.
This anime is coming off an age rom-com with defining features. This is nice anime with some memorable personas.
People often are numb to love. Well, Eida is too. Why would he not?
His family complex is evident enough to make him believe the idea of love is a mistake but every Prince Charming finds his romantic princess, and so he does too, just in an accidental way.
Follow his story as he manages to get into a fake relationship with the most popular girl at his Highschool, much like what happens in Rent-A-Girlfriend.
Enter the OG of Tsunderes, Aisaka. This is too obvious, isn’t it?
While this anime doesn’t shy away from being funny, one will say it doesn’t lack on romantic aspect either.
To help each other with their crushes, two of our protagonists make an unruly alliance and this marks the start of a romantic comedy one will never forget.
5. Tsurezure Children
Have you ever had a problem with confessions to respective crushes? While the first love can be hard, it is something truly to hold dear for the rest of your life.
In a similar manner to Rent-A-Girlfriend, where confessions might have been too awkward for a certain someone, Tsuredure Children depicts various scenarios of young love coming to fruition, along with the struggles and joys that it entails.
This show follows some hysterical incidents in the life of some very peculiar high school students.
It revolves around the graduation prom as emotions are poured into the preparations for the event. At the same time, a chance for the Volunteer Service Club members to better understand each other presents itself.
3. Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions
If one has not heard the name, one is aware of Rikka’s influence on the internet. This anime has a slight supernatural twist to it, rendering it all the more fun to watch.
This show has many admirers and there is a reason for that. With Rikka and Yutaa on the scene, there is no limit to how goofy characters can get. With eccentric personas, this is a must-watch show if one liked Rent-A-Girlfriend.
2. Lovely Complex
Nothing beats a relatable story. It is really strange how the basic features of the human body can lead to so many cute and funny moments.
Likewise, Love is unusual for Koizumi Risa and Ootani Atsushi, who are both striving to find their ideal partner in high school—172 cm tall Koizumi is much taller than the average girl, and Ootani is much shorter than the average guy at 156 cm.
To add to their plights, their crushes fall in love with each other as they discovered they have the same taste in fashion and music, leaving Koizumi and Ootani comically flustered and heartbroken.
Follow this story as, amidst all the crazy mishappenings, they might discover a hidden passion for each other.
1. Nodame Cantabile
Music and romance make a heartwarming combination. With lots of laughs, this is a binge-worthy show and a good start if one liked Rent-A-Girlfriend.
Shinichi Chiaki is a first-class musician whose dream is to play among the elites in Europe. The only thing stopping Shinichi from leaving for Europe is his fear of flying. As a result, he’s grounded in Japan.
During his fourth year at Japan’s top music university, Shinichi happens to meet Megumi Noda or, as she refers to herself, Nodame. On the surface, she seems to be an unkempt girl with no direction in life.
However, when Shinichi hears Nodame play the piano for the first time, he is in awe of the kind of music she creates.
Nevertheless, Shinichi is dismayed to discover that Nodame is his neighbor, and worse, she ends up falling head over heels in love with him.