Renta! is a Japanese web novel and manga site which ‘rents’ books, primarily romance books aimed at female audiences. You may have seen advertisements for its English counterpart on the web. The way it works is that, in order to read books, you will have to add them to your inventory by trading ‘tickets’ which cost 108 yen (or about $1) each. Most books on Renta! are priced at 1 ticket, though some may cost more.
Furthermore, there are different time limits to books you purchase from Renta!. Most books have unlimited time (you buy them once and you can read them forever), but some have time limits where you can only ‘rent’ the right to access the book, and after that time expires you have to rent it again to reread it.
Fortunately, Picked up a Strange Knight is sold for unlimited time, so after buying any of its volumes you can open it up again whenever you like.
Setting up a Renta! account
The English version of Renta! only sells their English-translated works, so to purchase any Japanese novels or manga you will have to go through the Japanese site.
Congratulations! You have now finished purchasing a book from Renta!
Bonus: Rating a novel
On Renta!, it is possible for members to select some of their ‘thoughts’ on the book by hitting several tags and submitting them. It is also possible to leave reviews, however, if you’re depending on my guide to set up an account then it’s probably not a good idea to leave a review on a Japanese site.
The impressions are easy to submit. All you have to do is select whichever tags you feel are relevant and hit the vote button. Here is a translation of each tag:
神 [Kami]: Amazing, godly
ストーリー重視 [SUTOORII juushi]: Plot-heavy, emphasis on story
あまあま [ama ama]: Sweet, fluffy
病み系 [yami kei]: Literally 病み = to become sick, illness, disease, 系 = system. I assume this tag is something like “edgy” or “chuuni”
オシャレ [OSHARE]: Trendy, possible “mainstream”
初心者向け [shoshinsha muke]: Intended for beginner readers
上級者向け [joukyuusha muke]: Intended for advanced readers
笑える [waraeru]: Funny, comedic
胸キュン [mune KYUN]: Heart-thumping, exciting
アツい [ATSUI]: Hot
ほのぼの [honobono]: Heartwarming
癒される [iyasareru]: Healing, makes you feel healed
泣ける [nakeru]: Tear-jerking
切ない [setsunai]: Painful, heartrending
萌え [moe]: Cute AF
エロい [eroi]: Erotic
ダーク [DAAKU]: Dark
スリリング [SURIRINGU]: Thrilling
スタイリッシュ [SUTAIRISSHU]: Stylish (possibly in a more ‘avant-garde’ sense than the trendy/stylish of オシャレ)
リアル [RIARU]: Realistic, in the gritty reality sense
深い [fukai]: Deep
シリアス [SHIRIASU]: Serious
王道 [oudou]: The infamous ‘Royal Road’ term. Actual meaning is “easy method; simple approach; short-cut“, as in ‘written using the easy method’. Web novel style.
シュール [SHUURU]: Surreal
独創的 [dokusouteki]: Creative, original
男性もOK [dansei mo OK]: Also OK for men to read (Renta! is full of shoujo-like romance and BL, so they even have this tag…)
Once you’ve selected the tags you like, press the Vote button and you will be informed that the votes are updated at 10AM Japanese time.