5 Most Anticipated New Yaoi/Shounen Ai 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!
The yaoi/shounen ai genre is finally getting the attention it's always deserved, and 2023 is rolling out the red carpet with a great mixture of the yaoi smut we've always loved, as well as beautiful shounen ai to capture the romantics among us!
Get those pre-orders ready and join us today as we discuss 5 New Yaoi/Shounen Ai Manga in 2023!
5. Suzu Hebi Kyuuairon (The Snake Who Loved a Sparrow)
Authors: Natsuo Nna
Genres: Yaoi, Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Published: April 2023
Starting our list today is a steamy yaoi fantasy about forbidden love between predator and prey in Suzu Hebi Kyuuairon (The Snake Who Loved a Sparrow).
In a world of shapeshifting humans, Komazu is a sparrow who fears deadly snakes. When he meets Shiratou--a white snake--Komazu is sure his time has come...but instead, Shiaratou saves him from a stampeding boar. Has the sparrow misjudged the snake? As the two become friends, something more is blossoming between them--a love that might overcome the very laws of nature!
The Snake Who Loved a Sparrow is a standalone arriving--completely uncensored!--in February 2023, courtesy of Tokyopop.
4. Futari de Okashi na Kyuujitsu o (Confessions of a Shy Baker)
Authors: Itou Masaomi
Genres: Shounen Ai, Slice of Life, Romance
Published: February 2023
We've got a delicious slice of life about baking and navigating a world that's slowly becoming more accepting of queer relationships in Futari de Okashi na Kyuujitsu o (Confessions of a Shy Baker).
Toshimitsu owns a real estate agency, and spends his spare time baking up healthy snacks. The opportunity arrives to advertise his business as LGBT-friendly to help people who face discrimination in the industry--but will that decision out him as gay? Concerned about the move, Toshi is joined by his boyfriend Gonta, and together these men navigate the changing world, facing their fears, to help make the world a better place for everyone.
A charming look at being gay in a society moving towards acceptance, Confessions of a Shy Baker is popping out of the oven in February 2023.
3. Yuki no Yousei (Snow Fairy)
Authors: Serizawa Tomo
Genres: Romance, Shounen Ai, Slice of Life
Published: April 2023
A feel-good story that's romantic and cheesy (in the good way!), Yuki no Yousei (Snow Fairy) is a cozy shounen ai slice of life.
When the famous wildlife photographer, Narumi, heads from the city into the wintery wilderness of Hokkaido, he ends up stranded in a storm. He's rescued by Haruki, a born-and-bred country boy who's the total opposite of Narumi's city-boy vibes--but they quickly find themselves bonding over Narumi's photography. When the cute, animal-like Haruki becomes the subject of Narumi's photos, the pair's relationship grows ever closer!
Snow Fairy is a standalone romance about photography and opposites attracting, and will be available at all good bookstores in April 2023.
2. Makotoshiyaka ni Mau Hana wa (The Flower That Seems To Truly Dance)
Authors: Tsukahara Saki
Genres: Drama, Historical, Romance, Yaoi
Published: February 2023
Against the backdrop of World War II, two men with a complicated past seek to reunite and allow their hidden feelings to bloom in Makotoshiyaka ni Mau Hana wa (The Flower That Seems To Truly Dance).
Soutarou once told his childhood best friend, "I hate the way you dance." Years later, after returning from studies abroad, he intends on apologizing to Haroumi, who has now become a renowned dancer. But wounds of the past don't heal so easily, and Haroumi is intent on avoiding Soutarou--or is there another reason that he's avoiding him? This childhood reunion won't be easy, especially in an era that makes same-sex relationships all the more difficult...
The Flower That Seems To Truly Dance is a historical drama and a standalone volume, coming to your local bookstore in February 2023.
1. Manner of Death
Authors: Sammon (Story), Umemoto Yukari (Art)
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Yaoi
Published: May 2023
Our top pick for yaoi/shounen ai releasing in the first part of 2023 is the mystery thriller Manner of Death.
When skilled coroner Bunnakit is called upon to investigate the suspected suicide of his childhood friend, he determines that she was actually murdered. As the mystery around her death grows thicker, he meets a stranger who warns him to declare the death a suicide. Ignoring the warning, Bunnakit confides in his friend--who suddenly goes missing. Facing a dead end, the coroner finds a lifeline in the form of a young lecturer named Tan. The only problem? Tan is Bunnakit's chief suspect...
An intense mystery drama with a tense romance bubbling beneath the surface, Manner of Death has the makings of an incredible series--and the first volume is releasing in May 2023!
These are just five of the many yaoi and shounen ai titles releasing in the first six months of 2023!
As LGBT-focused manga become ever more popular, readers are getting a greater variety of stories--from simple romances to more complex explorations of relationships, and looks at societal views of queer people in general.
Are you interested in any of these titles? Let us know in the comments below, and as always, thank you for reading!
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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