Yes, you are not dreaming! This could very well be the start of an excellent series. Apparently, the author heard the prayers of millions of BL fans and chose to go out of their way to write an interesting story.
It focuses mainly on Satoru, a hatter, and Ryou as the latter came to Japan to die. It starts with their fateful meeting and goes down from there.
The storytelling is one of the best I read in a manga and it definitely makes me want to know more about the characters (and they happen to be well written? yes, they are! very human and deep and realistic!).
Even without the romance it could stand on its own like that. I would even rec it to non-BL fans without hesitation, and it means a lot.
The art is just the cherry on top! It might get you a while to adapt if you are used to the typical yaoi anatomy, because it is very peculiar, but this style is very enjoyable and dynamic.
See, fellow BL fan? You can have quality! read more
This is one of my favorite mangas because of the art and story.
Canis is about the encounter of two individuals from different worlds. One lives as a hat maker and struggles to maintain his store when the other just tries to survive. It's not new that thing of finding a collapsed person on street, but their reasons to do what they do are interesting.
The art makes story flows pretty well with funny moments and a comic look. Their relationship develops slowly and carefully as the character's personalities grow too. I like the fact that fashion industry is relationed to the story and tells some truths about it. So far, Canis is realistic and doesn't put sexy scenes [there'll be some in the future, don't worry ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)] in first place.read more
The story and the way of showing same-sex relationships was definitely far from typical shounen-ai and is hard to find even in western books or films (that tend to avoid stereotypes and categorization more often). This story contradicts every comment about manga or anime, and especially the shounen-ai genre, lacking depth or meaning or creativeness.
The story is sweet and dramatic at the same time, and although it's rather short it makes you feel like you've known the characters your whole life - all the little details we learn in between, later appear to fit perfectly and really complement the careful storytelling. About the story itself, it wasn't overly dramatic, the tension was wisely builded up and perfectly intertwined with comedy parts. What really appealed to me was the ending (no spoilers), the story finished in a good point, leaving a really good impression - it could be felt that the story itself was more important than making another 20 chapters purely for money, as it often happens.
The relationship between the main characters is not rushed and the interactions don't seem forced or fake in any way, if you're someone who isn't a fan of the shounen-ai genre due to the explicit content, I can assure you that you have nothing to fear here - the relationship between the main characters is not sexualized.
What is also worth appreciating is the artstyle, outstanding when compared to most mangas. It's hard to explain what was it about it, but it was definitely memorable and fiting to the story, differing a bit according to the atmosphere.
All in all, I definitely recommend it. I think it may appeal to people that like rather slow-paced stories that show characters who develop and grow - I believe it's also perfect for people who are new to reading manga, but be warned: this story will definitely set the bar high.read more