DMP Publishing Yaoi Novels

Digital Manga Publishing are expanding their publication lines with five prose novels (aka light novels). I’m told that these do have some illustrations, but are primarily text. That might be good for fans of the yaoi genre — imagination is a powerful tool, especially when it comes to fantasy stories.

The covers resemble their yaoi manga, a clear appeal to the core audience. As you’ll see from the descriptions below, they’re also trying some “if you like this” style recommendations. I hope there’s no market confusion — I admit, at first I wasn’t clear whether these were graphic novels or not. The books will be out this Fall. Following are DMP’s descriptions.

Passion: Forbidden Lovers cover
Passion: Forbidden Lovers
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Passion: Forbidden Lovers
by Shinobu Gotoh and Shoko Takaku
Available October 21, 2008

Juné Manga celebrates the conclusion of its first yaoi series Passion by Shoko Takaku and Shinobu Gotoh with the release of its original novel, Passion: Forbidden Lovers. Join Hikaru and Shima in their exploration of a forbidden love.

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The Guilty
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The Guilty
by Katsura Izumi and Hinako Takanaga
Available October 21, 2008

Illustrated by Hinako Takanaga (The Devil’s Secret and Little Butterfly) and written by world famous author Katsura Izumi, The Guilty is a four-volume series reminiscent of the DMP best seller Love Recipe.

Toya Sakurai only went into the publishing business to work with his favorite author, Kai Hodaka. And now he’s getting the chance to do exactly that! But the demands of the job are more than he ever expected. When his company wants Hodaka to publish ahead of schedule, Toya has to find some way to persuade the author to cooperate. Hodaka takes cruel advantage of the situation, demanding Toya’s body in exchange for his next book. But the love of a fan is not so easily conquered… Let’s just hope his fiancée understands!

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All You Need is Love
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All You Need is Love
by Jinko Fuyuno and Noboru Takatsuki
Available October 21, 2008

Junya Sawa is an ordinary man–a modestly successful bank employee in Tokyo. But that isn’t the life he wanted for himself. In the eight years since he graduated from high school, he’s been unable to forget the man who could have changed his life–Uzuki Kobayakawa, the heir to a yakuza dynasty in Tokyo. Now, brought together by chance once again, he’s forced to face the choices he made in his youth that tore them apart and to decide whether their differences will keep them apart forever.

Noboru Takatsuki is most famous for the artwork in the popular PC yaoi games Silver Chaos and Hanamachi Monogatari. Jinko Fuyuno has published over 26 yaoi novels in her career. The combination makes for an explosive novel with stunning artwork and a moving plot.

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Dark Walker
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Dark Walker
by Hikaru Yura and Hirotaka Kisaragi
Available November 18, 2008

Tomoki Naruse has just started his freshman year in high school. And as with all healthy, young men at his age, he’s been dreaming of sex. But Tomoki isn’t having normal wet dreams like his classmates! In his nightmares, err… dreams his partner is a man and to make things worse, Tomoki is on the bottom! Aside from Tomoki’s unsettling dreams, high school life is fun — especially with his new, handsome, best friend Yugo Oda. But Yugo is no ordinary freshman; he is involved in mysterious activities that Tomoki can’t even begin to imagine…

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Secret Moon
by Siira Gou and Sato Tomoe
Available December 2, 2008

Akihiro Tomoe has lived been living a lie for decades. A vampire, he has been able to hide his identity and somehow insinuate himself into typical town life. However, this peaceful and somewhat dull life is about to change. One night, he stumbles across a man called Taichi Yamagami. Attracted to the pure but wild Taichi and meaning to cut it off after one night, Akihiro seizes Taichi’s body. But one night of passion isn’t enough to satisfy Akihiro and he finds himself seeking out Taichi again and again. However, Taichi seems to have a few secrets of his own. Whenever the moon shines from the night sky onto the gentle Taichi, his personality transforms…

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