Season 3 of the Rent A Girlfriend anime adaptation has been confirmed, but what date could it potentially release on Crunchyroll?

The 2022 Summer anime slate will be forever remembered as the season of returning fan favourites; including Overlord, Made in Abyss, Classroom of the Elite, Shadows House, Love Live Superstar and of course, Rent a Girlfriend.

The latter series, Rent A Girlfriend, was making its highly-anticipated return this Summer after its infamous broadcast in 2020 and is an adaptation of Reiji Miyajima’s popular manga series by TMS Entertainment.

Sadly, we are now coming to the end of the 2022 Summer anime slate, with Rent A Girlfriend concluding its second TV broadcast around the world last week.

The good news is that only a few hours before the finale aired, Rent A Girlfriend season 3 was officially announced – here is everything that you need to know, including our early release slate predictions for the third date.

Rent A Girlfriend season 3 confirmed to be in the works

As previously noted, Rent A Girlfriend season 3 was publicly announced for TMS Entertainment, the animation studio behind the anime adaptation, last week only moments after season 2 episode 12 concluded its domestic broadcast in Japan.

The announcement was made via the official Japanese website alongside a special YouTube teaser trailer, see the end of this section.

“Production of the third season of the TV anime has been decided! Special Report Video” is now on view! The second season of the TV anime “Kanojo, Oyasama” has finally reached its final episode. The decision to produce the third season of the TV anime was announced after the final TV broadcast at midnight on Friday, September 16!” – via Kanokari-official.

Whilst the renewal is welcomed, not many fans will have been too surprised by news of the production decision. This was because there is plenty of source material available from the original manga series to adapt for TV; often a deciding factor in modern anime renewals.

Season 2 episode 12 concluded by adapting Volume 12 chapter 103 of Reiji Miyajima’s manga series; however, the good news for fans is that the 28th manga volume, comprising of 246 total chapters, was released domestically in Japan on September 16th – the same day as the season 2 anime finale.

This means that, if TMS Entertainment develops the entire manga series, there is potentially enough source material for up to five TV broadcasts of the anime adaptation!

There was a concern prior to the announcement that the anime may not have been popular enough to merit a third TV season. As noted by Anime Geek, season 2 of the anime failed to give a meaningful boost to the manga sales, a common trait of series that never return to TV.

Internationally, the Rent A Girlfriend anime has seen a significant drop-off in popularity from its first season. In fact, the series has only been able to maintain a disappointing 6.86/10 on MyAnimeList, 67% on Anilist and 3.6/5 on Anime Planet – all down from the debut season in 2020.

This sentiment is echoed by the current top-rated review on MyAnimeList, which reads: “I wouldn’t recommend watching second season because nothing has changed so far and I guarantee that it won’t, so if you have already watched the first season, find something that is worth spending time on.”

“There is nothing wrong with it all honestly. It hits its points in each and every scene, and really captures its moments. One thing that Rent a GF has always done super well, is it’s style, reactions, and sound. Always give props to it for that. Rent a GF season two has really hit us with a sweet bang, and if it goes on like such. It’s surely going to be a great anime of the season. No matter how cringy it will get at times, it’s honestly really enjoyable. So I’d say watch for sure.” – User review, via MyAnimeList.

However, the international reviews, the domestic boost and the availability of source material have proved enough to warrant a season 3 renewal – but what date could it potentially release on Crunchyroll?

What date could Rent a Girlfriend season 3 potentially release?

Whilst Rent A Girlfriend season 3 has been officially renewed, there is sadly no public information on a planned release window; however, we can make some predictions based on the production cycles of the two previous seasons.

The anime adaptation was first announced in December 2019 and debuted in July 2020. Season 2 was then actually renewed a few weeks before the season 1 finale in September 2020 – proving just how popular the debut broadcast was worldwide, arriving in July 2022.

However, it is worth noting that the entire anime industry suffered significant internal delays during this period because of the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, it seems that Rent A Girlfriend season 3 will likely be pushed down the priority list at TMS Entertainment, despite the limitations associated with the coronavirus pandemic being eased.

This is because the studio is already set to produce Dr Stone season 3, Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles season 2 and Lupin III vs Cat’s Eye in 2023, which will each take priority over Rent A Girlfriend.

Based on TMS Entertainment’s current schedule and the typical delay after a renewal announcement, fans could see Rent A Girlfriend return with season 3 in October 2023; however, based on TMS Entertainments’ current schedule, arguably a more realistic expectation would be for January 2024.

The good news is that we will likely hear more information on the Rent A Girlfriend season 3 release date in March 2023 during a special livestreamed event, as confirmed in the renewal announcement.

Where to read the original manga

As of September 22nd, 28 complete Tankobon volumes of the Rent A Girlfriend manga have been published in Japan.

However, only 14 of those volumes are currently available in English – volume 15 is set to release on November 29th and volume 16 on December 20th.

Physical copies can be purchased via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Bookshop, Hudson Booksellers, Indiebound, Kinokuniya, Penguin Random House, Powell’s, RightStuf and Walmart.

Digital copies can be acquired via Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Bookwalker, Google Play, Izneo, Kobo, MyAnimeList and Nook.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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