The year 2022 has given fans a slew of new shows to binge-watch and new manga to obsess over and for good reason. Though 2022 is more than halfway finished, the number of new series being introduced has shown no signs of slowing down, much to the delight of fans everywhere.
Among the new series being introduced, the majority of them most likely fall under the shonen genre in some way. However, while the shonen series are surging in popularity, there are new shojo manga series that have also been making their debut. Among the newest shojo manga out there, these titles are ones to definitely look out for.
8 Romantic Dark
Written by Natsumi Shirado and Kana Watanabe, Romantic Dark was released on September 13th, 2022. Only three chapters have been released so far, but this manga blends together the paranormal with the humorous implications and situations that come along with it.
Romantic Dark tells the story of Neo, a young musician who mysteriously keeps getting injured, a phenomenon that has been occurring his whole life and is gradually worsening. When he decides to get himself exorcised, as per his friends’ suggestion, he meets Yomi Yobashira, better known as Yoyo, who reveals that the two of them are seers.
7 Ima Koi: Now I’m in Love
Having made its English debut on March 1st, 2022, Ima Koi: Now I’m in Love is unique among shojo titles in the sense that the main leads, Satomi and Yagyu, start their relationship early on in the series. As a result, the manga explores the tumultuous beginnings of their relationship, from the awkward text messages to Satomi’s overall shyness around Yagyu.
Satomi first meets Yagyu after he saves her from a pervert while riding the train. After thanking him for his act of kindness, the two of them start to meet regularly, which eventually culminates in the start of their relationship.
6 Mitai Mitai
Though this manga is a one-shot, Mitai Mitai is worth reading based on its unique premise. Published on August 12th, 2022, this one-shot was written by Karuho Shiina, the author of the popular shojo series Kimi ni Todoke.
The premise of Mitai Mitai revolves around two high school students who express interest in seeing each other’s faces; the two of them are always shown wearing masks in order to ward off diseases. Over time, however, what starts out as an interest in what the other student looks like eventually turns into a desire to get to know each other.
5 Tonari no Stella
Also known as Stella Next to Me, Tonari no Stella tells the story of Chisaki and her life alongside her famous childhood friend Subaru. Over the course of the story, it is clear that Chisaki has developed feelings for Subaru, but finds it hard to confess her feelings to him due to his popularity in both school and on television.
Conflict-wise, Tonari no Stella explores Chisaki being torn between pursuing a romance with Subaru or finding someone else that will suit her. But amidst all the drama, shojo fans can also expect to find some comedy in the actor and school-boy dichotomy present with Subaru; for example, though he may appear charming on TV, Subaru is actually quite lazy.
4 I My Me Mine
Written by Haru Yuuki, I My Me Mine revolves around the life of Akira Izuki, who is starting high school for the first time. Although she is determined to savor her high school experience to the fullest, things take a turn for the worse when she unwittingly helps out the delinquent Amamiya when he is in a pinch.
From then on, Akira finds herself to be the victim of guilt by association as she is both visited by other delinquents and shunned due to being associated with them. The only person willing to talk to her is Amamiya, who ultimately decides to be Akira’s high school companion, much to her shock.
3 Onee-chan no Midori-kun
Released on March 11th, 2022, Onee-chan no Midori-kun, known in English as Midori Likes My Sister, was first announced and serialized by the magazine Bessatsu Margaret. The series’ author is Amu Meguro, who is also the author behind Hinata Blue, another shojo series that recently came to a close.
The plot of Onee-chan no Midori-kun revolves around middle schooler Sui and her relationship with her Midori, her older sister’s boyfriend. Initially resentful of Midori for his condescending attitude towards her, things take an interesting turn when Midori is suddenly enlisted to be Sui’s tutor.
2 Teikoku no Koiyome
Teikoku no Koiyome, roughly translated as Bride of the Empire, was published on March 24th, 2022. Unlike many entries on this list, this manga series incorporates some isekai elements into it, as Ririel is unwittingly reincarnated as the main villain of one of her internet novels.
Upon finding out about her reincarnation, Ririel wastes no time trying to amend her situation by obtaining a divorce from Rudius, the prince she was originally supposed to marry. For fans of both shojo and isekai series, this is a series that is worth looking into.
1 Kekkaishi no Ichirinka
Originally a novel, Kekkaishi no Ichirinka, or Bride of the Barrier Master in English, received a manga adaptation on March 5th. The series was then serialized by the B’s-LOG Comic magazine and illustrated by the artist Odayaka in collaboration with the original author Kureha.
The main heroine of the series, Hana Ichise, first develops her psychic abilities in order to protect Japan’s five pillars but decides not to use them for the reason of furthering her own education. However, Hana quickly finds herself in a contract marriage when Saku Ichinomiya, the leader of Hana’s clan, claims to have fallen in love with her.