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Welcome to Honey’s anime 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! There has never been a better time for Girls Love manga readers, and 2023 looks set to give us everything we love in the yuri and shoujo ai genres. From hilarious rom-coms with setups we only saw in straight romances, to thoughtful examinations of sexuality and gender, there are plenty of new yuri manga coming your way in the first half of 2023! Get those pre-orders ready and join us today as we discuss 5 new yuri/shoujo ai manga coming in 2023!
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5. Android’s Keiken Ninju ni Hairimasu’s? (Does it matter if you lose your virginity to Android?)
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Starting our list today is a steamy yuri comedy about having your “first time” with an alluring robot girl! Beautiful and intelligent at work, Tsuda Akane’s colleagues think she’s got life handled – but at home, she’s a hot mess! Her apartment looks more like a landfill, and she’s always drinking, leading to regrettable impulse purchases… like buying an android maid online. But her new purchase is a sensual hottie who is about to shake up Akane’s life in so many ways… which begs the question, Android wa Keiken Ninzuu ni Hairimasu ka? (Does it matter if you lose your virginity to Android?)! A hilarious yuri comedy brimming with shameless fun, does it matter if you lose your virginity to an android? Will deliver itself to you in April 2023.
4. Just Friends
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A bitter-sweet tale of young romance and “what could have been” unfolds in Ana Oncina’s Just Friends. During a terrible summer in her teens, Erica’s mother pressures her into going to an overnight camp. Antisocial Erica can’t think of anything worse, but despite her reluctance, she goes and meets Amy, a girl with whom she will form a special bond. Now in their 30s, Erica and Amy reminisce about their meeting and not crossing roads. Dramatic and heart-wrenching, the standalone volume of Just Friends will drop in February 2023 via Tokyopop.
3. Kanojo ga Dekinai Onna (The Girl Who Can’t Find a Girlfriend)
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Hiranashi Mirai’s Kanojo ga Dekinai Onna (The Girl That Can’t Get a Girlfriend) is an autobiographical tale of love and heartbreak! An awkward and nerdy college student, Miri secretly longs for a hot bisexual girlfriend, but all of her previous relationships have ended in disaster. Her luck changes when she meets Ash – but when love suddenly ends, Mirai will do anything to get her beloved back! Light-heartedly true-life The Girl Who Can’t Get a Girlfriend is a brilliant exploration of the difficulties of sexuality, dating, and relationships. This standalone volume will be released in February 2023.
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2. Fusoroi no Rainri (Mixed Entanglement)
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A series that highlights different types of girl love, from drunken age-gaps to online gaming dudes! The first volume of Fusoroi no Raineri (Mixed Entanglement) features Iori – a twenty-eight-year-old office worker who broods about his terrible love-life and drowns his sorrows in beer. After a particularly rough night of drinking, he wakes up next to a beautiful girl named Minami – a bar worker who doesn’t want to let Iori slip through her fingers! Mixed Tangles will feature different couples in each volume, so readers get to experience all the drama and squishy feelings of new love again and again! The first volume of Mixed Tangles is coming in February 2023.
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1. Watashi ga koibito ni nareru wake naijaan, muri muri! (*Muri Jankatta!?) [Manga]
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Our top pick of the year is a fantastic manga and light novel series about competitive dating, fake love, real love – and the most chaotic first year of high school ever! Watashi ga koibito ni nareru wake naijen, muri muri, welcome to that genius! (*muri janakatta!?) (There’s no weird way I’ll be your lover! Unless…). After a lonely three years in middle school, shy and introverted Renako intends to transform herself into a popular high schooler. Against all odds, Renako finds herself befriending her polar opposite – the glamorous, wealthy, outgoing Mai. Renako thinks she’s found her new BFF – but Mai’s love confession throws “friendship” out the window! Till then…? The battle between friendship and love begins! You can choose whether you’d like to read the There’s No Freaking Way I’ll Be Your Lover light novel! Unless… which releases in May, or the manga adaptation we featured today, which arrives a month earlier in April 2023!
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These are just five of the many yuri and shōjo ai titles set to be released in the first six months of 2023! The Girl’s Love genre just keeps getting better, offering readers a wide range of experiences from bittersweet drama to light-hearted romantic-comedy. We’ve already got our eyes on several of these entries—and it’s only the first six months of 2023! Are you interested in any of these titles? Tell us in the comments below, and as always, thanks for reading!
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