5 Most Anticipated New Romance Manga of 2022

The new year brings with it the possibility of new love for us hopeless romantics! It seems like there are more manga being published than ever before, and no matter what genre you fancy, there are bound to be plenty of manga debuting their first volumes in 2022.

Whether you want to be swept away by a sweet romance or have your heart crushed by brutal drama, there are certainly a lot of new series coming out this year! Join us today as we look at our Top 5 new romance manga debuting in 2022!

5. WITCH WATCH

  • Authors: Shinohara Kenta
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: February 2022

Kicking off our list today is Witch Watch, an adorable romantic comedy that has the classic tropes of childhood sweethearts and oblivious male leads. Morihito has the bloodline of an ogre, and his childhood friend is the teenage witch, Nico. When Morihito becomes her sworn protector, they’ll have to live together under the same roof…but he’s completely oblivious to Nico’s crush on him!

We read a few chapters during serialization on the Shonen Jump (Manga Plus) app, and can tell you that Witch Watch is definitely a manga to look out for – it’s sweet, enjoyable, and funny to boot! Nico is utterly endearing in a clumsy-love-interest way, and Morihito is stubbornly dumb and extremely serious about his role. Watch out for your Witch (see what we did there?!) early this year!


4. Kimi no Koto ga Dai Dai Dai Dai Daisuki na 100-nin no Kanojo (The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You)

  • Authors: Nakamura Rikito (Story), Yukiko Nozawa (Artwork)
  • Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, Seinen, School Life
  • Volumes: 8+
  • Published: February 2022

We’ve been anxiously awaiting this series’ publication for a while now, as it sounds like an excellent harem and ecchi comedy. Our main character Aijo is unlucky in love, and after asking out his hundredth girl (and promptly being struck down), he prays for heavenly guidance…only to learn that a god made a mistake, and his rejections were a celestial mishap! To remedy the situation, the god makes each girl Aijo’s destined soulmate, but there’s a catch – he’ll have to return each and every one of their feelings, or else they’ll each die in horrible accidents.

With the added supernatural twist, there’s a more reasonable justification for the harem setup than we usually see – Aijo is not just a lucky protagonist, but an almost unlucky protagonist thanks to the high stakes involved! We’ll definitely be surprised if there’s not an anime announcement sometime soon, given that the series has been selling well in Japan (with eight volumes already published) and has a growing following online!


3. Shin no Nakama Janai to Yuusha no Party o Oidasareta node, Henkyou de Slow Life Suru Koto ni Shimashita (Banished from the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside)

  • Authors: Zappon (Story), Ikeno Masahiro (Artwork)
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen, Slice of Life
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: March 2022

With a huge number of light novels already available, not to mention the rather excellent first season of the anime, Shin no Nakama Janai to Yuusha no Party o Oidasareta node, Henkyou de Slow Life Suru Koto ni Shimashita (Banished from the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside) is now making the customary transition to manga.

The series stars Red, a former hero rejected from the Hero’s party when it seemed like he was holding them back. Disenfranchised with the adventuring life, he journeys to the far-flung frontier and opens his very own apothecary, living a simple life as the resident physician. Despite having overtones of fantasy, this series is best known for the warm and endearing romance between main character Red and his former traveling companion, Rit.

Honey’s Anime called Banished from the Hero’s Party “the best romance anime of 2021”, so if you’re interested in reading the manga adaptation, keep your eye out for the release early this year.


2. Ookami Buka-kun to Hitsuji Joushi-san (I’m a Wolf, but My Boss is a Sheep!)

  • Authors: Shimizu Shino
  • Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Seinen
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: February 2022

Office romance is a growing genre, and Ookami Buka-kun to Hitsuji Joushi-san (I’m a Wolf, but My Boss is a Sheep!) looks to spice things up with a literal take on “wolf among sheep”. Oogami is a salaryman with a huge crush on his supervisor, and he gets his lucky (or unlucky) break when he’s transferred to her department. There’s just one problem – he’s a literal wolf, and his coworkers are sheep!

There are some pretty obvious animal personalities here, and the character designs all have literal animal parts, so this series offers a very unique spin on the ubiquitous phrase. We’re looking forward to some animal-based puns and great artwork in this unusual office comedy-romance!


1. Chitose-kun wa Ramune Bin no Naka (Chitose is in the Ramune Bottle)

  • Authors: Hiromu (Story), Bobcat (Art)
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Harem, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life
  • Volumes: 3+
  • Published: June 2022

Our most anticipated read of the year so far, Chitose-kun wa Ramune Bin no Naka (Chitose is in the Ramune Bottle) is seeing a dual release, with the light novel debuting early in the year and the manga adaptation starting up later on.

The story features Saku Chitose, the top dog of his high school, surrounded by popular kids and enjoying his amazing social life. His life takes a strange turn when he’s asked to rehabilitate Kenta, an anti-social shut-in – but Chitose isn’t one to back down from a challenge. Thus begins his journey to educate otaku nerd Kenta and transform him into one of the popular guys!

It’s pretty rare to see a light novel get illustrated so quickly, but it’s not surprising when you look at the success it’s had overseas – six light novels, three manga volumes, and nearly 300,000 copies of the novels in circulation as of December 2021.

Chitose is in the Ramune Bottle has a catchy title, beautiful artwork, and is set to deliver an introspective look at popularity and perceptions in high school cliques when it arrives in the middle of this year.


Final Thoughts

These are just five of the many titles releasing in 2022, and we don’t have much information on releases in the back half of the year – but there are plenty of new series to start reading in just these first six months! Romance manga tend to fall into either the comedic or dramatic sub-genres, and there’s a good mixture debuting this year to satisfy your reading tastes no matter what you prefer.

Are you interested in any of these titles? Let us know down in the comments below, and as always, thank you for reading!

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Author: Brett Michael Orr

I'm a writer, gamer, and reviewer of manga & light novels, from Melbourne, Australia. When I'm not creating a new world, I'll be absorbed in a good JRPG, watching some anime, or reading up a storm!

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