5 Most Anticipated New Romance Manga of 2023

Welcome back to Honey’s Anime’s semi-definitive list of all the best new manga hitting the shelves in 2023. Join us as we uncover new series and exciting debuts across all your favorite genres!

From bittersweet musings about young love to hilarious rom-coms that’ll soothe your aching heart, we’ve searched far and wide for all the best new romance manga coming in the first half of 2023!

Get those pre-orders ready and join us today as we discuss 5 New Romance Manga in 2023!

5. Sora ni Hidamari (Sunbeams in the Sky)

  • Authors: Kaname Monika
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: March 2023

Kicking off our list today is Sora ni Hidamari (Sunbeams in the Sky), a romantic comedy about twins and their hijinks in love and life!

Identical twins Himari and Mio might look the same on the outside, but their personalities are total opposites! When Himari becomes something of a shut-in after an unfortunate accident, Mio comes up with a devilish strategy to make her sister return—by taking her place! What drama will unfold between these identical girls and their definitely-not-identical lives?

Already complete in Japanese at 3 volumes, Sunbeams in the Sky will be making its way to a bookstore near you in March 2023!

4. Toumei Otoko to Ningen Onna: Sonouchi Fuufu ni Naru Futari (The Invisible Man And His Soon-to-Be Wife)

  • Authors: Iwatobi Neko
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, Seinen, Supernatural
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: February 2023

A sweet love story about invisibility and blindness in a detective agency? Sign us up for Toumei Otoko to Ningen Onna: Sonouchi Fuufu ni Naru Futari (The Invisible Man And His Soon-to-Be Wife)!

Tounome is a dapper gentleman with a unique gift for detective work—he’s completely invisible! When he takes on a new hire at his agency, the quiet and bashful Yakou Shizuka, he realizes his ability doesn’t work on her—Yakou is blind, and always knows if he’s around. As their charming office romance takes shape, Yakou is assisted by her quirky coworkers, and Tounome sets about using his many skills to secure a first date!

The supernatural love story of The Invisible Man And His Soon-to-Be Wife is releasing in February 2023.

3. Sweet Poolside

  • Authors: Oshimi Shuzo
  • Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School Life, Seinen, Sports
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: February 2023

From the renowned coming-of-age auteur, Oshimi Shuzo, comes one of his earliest explorations of puberty and sexuality, long before the critical acclaim of Aku no Hana (The Flowers of Evil).

Originally released in Japan in 2004, Oshimi explores puberty and coming-of-age through his blend of sincere romance and deliberately uncomfortable situations in Sweet Poolside.

Sweet Poolside follows two middle school swimming students struggling with opposite problems of puberty. Toshihiko Ota is mocked by his peers for having a hairless body, while Ayako Goto is ashamed of having too much hair on her body. Ayako approaches Toshihiko with a strange proposition—will he shave her body hair for her?

Sweet Poolside’s unique blend of perversion and sweetness will be available in February 2023.

2. Cuprum no Hanayome (The Coppersmith’s Bride)

  • Authors: Namo
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: January 2023

An endearing story about marriage and craftsmanship comes our way in the form of Cuprum no Hanayome (The Coppersmith’s Bride).

College freshman Shiina is enjoying her cozy life in Tsubame-Sanjo, a town full of craftsmen, dating her coppersmith boyfriend, Shuu. Everything is going well, but when Shuu proposes to Shiina out of nowhere, she involuntarily runs away! She’s barely out of high school—can she really consider marriage? And what does it mean to marry into a prestigious family of craftsmen?!

We’ll be putting a ring on it when The Coppersmith’s Bride makes its move in early January 2023!

1. Kimi wa Houkago Insomnia (Insomniacs After School)

  • Authors: Ojiro Makoto
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, School Life, Seinen
  • Volumes: 1+
  • Published: March 2023

Our most anticipated new romance manga of 2023 is the nighttime love story, Kimi wa Houkago Insomnia (Insomniacs After School).

Nakami and Isaki are two complete opposites in high school. Nakami is studious but antisocial, always getting on his classmates’ nerves, while Isaki is charming and popular—but during preparations for the school festival, they discover they both suffer from insomnia. With neither of them able to sleep comfortably, this unlikely duo make a private cubby in the school’s observatory, where they can watch the stars—and maybe find the comfort and sleep they’ve been longing for.

An anime adaptation of Insomniacs After School has been announced by Liden Films for release in April 2023, along with a live-action film at a later date. This sweet romance about insomnia, secrets, and star-gazing, will be keeping us up late (reading) when it arrives in March 2023!

Final Thoughts

These are just five of the many romance titles releasing in the first six months of 2023!

From high school romances about opposite types sharing secrets to quirky supernatural office love stories, the romance genre has something for everyone, no matter what type of love you love!

Are you interested in any of these titles? Let us know 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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