Author Reiji Miyajima revealed on Sunday, Feb 27, 2022, that the crowdfunding ad for Kanojo, Okarishimasu (Rent A Girlfriend) reached its goal of 6 million yen ( about $52,000 ) just 25 minutes after it was launched.
The campaign has already hit over 8.1 million yen as of writing the article.
Miyajima launched the crowdfunding campaign on Campfire to pay for an advertisement inside Tokyo’s Shibuya Station to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Rent-a-Girlfriend manga in July 2022 and the upcoming second season of the TV anime adaptation.
Through this, he also wanted to experience the emotions of the main character Kazuya Kinoshita, who ran his own crowdfunding campaign in one of the Rent-a-Girlfriend manga series’ arcs.
The advertisement will run for one week on the Hachiko 2 board, just inside the JR Shibuya Station corridor from Hachiko Square, between July and September of this year. It will feature life-sized illustrations of the four main female characters with a thank-you note for crowd funders.
Since advertising in Shibuya’s key thoroughfares can be highly expensive due to high demand, the author took this opportunity to open his first crowdfunding.
He will not only set up an ad but also produce crowdfunding limited goods and illustrations that he couldn’t put out before.
Rent-A-Girlfriend is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Reiji Miyajima. It has been serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine since July 2017 and has been compiled into twenty-four volumes as of December 2021. The series is licensed in North America by Kodansha USA, which released the first volume in English in June 2020.
An anime television series adaptation by TMS Entertainment aired from July to September 2020 on MBS’s Super Animeism block. A second season will premiere in 2022.