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Tactics - The Complete Series


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  • Actors: Tactics
  • Directors: Yoram Gross
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 598 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZN71G8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Supernatural sleuth and writer, Kantaro Ichinomiya, spends his days fighting demons and writing about his adventures. Accompanied by Haruka, the mysterious Demon-Eating Goblin, and a band of demons and monsters, Kantaro bravely travels the Japanese countryside in search of ghostly mysteries and paranormal adventure

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Of course you read the manga for it, which is also really good.
Monee
The mood is beautifully set with particularly well done backgrounds.
Matchka
Definitely worth the money to own this boxset for your collection!
Mandie

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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lasiuta on February 11, 2008
Format: DVD
Tactics: Supernatural Adventure With A Twist!

Not all Manga is created equal, just as not all Manga is good.

Fortunately, Tactics is not only good, but well executed. The plot line is simple. Supernatural sleuth, Kanato Ichimiya, travels the Japanese countryside, fighting demons and writing about his adventures in hopes of finding the final resting place of the Demon eating Goblin. Once he finds the demon eating goblin, Hakura, joins with Kanato and their supernatural adventures meet the `real' world while struggling with seemingly irrelevant editors deadlines.

This is clearly a series that reflects a different mentality than North Americans live in. The supernatural aspects of the manga culture are familiar to the oriental readers, but we `rational', readers scarcely recognize the spiritual battles that go on around us. Kanato, sees the battles as real, and his experiences with Yoko, the fox demon, Sugino the White Goblin, and the many other demons in the first 25 episodes, leads to an unlikely conclusion in "Unseen Power".

Interesting. Dramatic. Well Animated. Literate. All these descriptions apply to Tactics aptly. This is not your normal manga. This is Sam Spade Meets the Sumo gods, Blade meets Mephisto, or Batman and Ras Al Ghul. It is humourous at times, but that element is meant for the younger audience, but beneath the cute art (character wise), lies something more deadly.

Thematically, we can ask the question, can a demon be good? Or it our word demon too loose a translation from Japanese. Is monster more accurate. What about evil one? We also have to ask the question, by what authority does Kanato fight with?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elysium on October 10, 2008
Format: DVD
This was first a comment on Tim's review, but it sort of grew...

I don't own the DVD, so I don't think it is fair of me to review the DVD itself; I have no insight into the extras, any easter eggs, or the menu utilities, or any of that. However I watched Tactics when it was broadcast on SciFi channel, and again in a fansubbed version online; from this I'd recommend watching in Japanese with subtitles if your household viewership is old enough to read. The Japanese voice acting and casting are better than the English dubs, in which I find the main character, Kantarou, to be a bit whiny.

This is an anime worth viewing, but a bit slow at first. The first episode is a little obscure to western audiences because it features mythological creatures familiar to Asian audiences but not to westerners, and some early episodes are entertaining but not memorable. The series improves as it goes on.

It is aimed at 11-14 year olds, I think, but is suitable for school age kids. There are some mildly suggestive scenes that will go completely over young-kid's heads, as when in the first episode a girl sucks the finger of the icicle-making goddess in fond reference to sucking on an icicle in the winter, but which to adult eyes looks a bit erotic. There's also a two-part episode (10-11, or is it 11-12?) with a pair of creepy 12 year old girls who shock the (20-something) protagonists by attempting to seduce them. But in general the light-spirited ghost stories are fun and suitable for school age and up.

Woven in small bits throughout the 'fluffy' ghost stores there's a very endearing (filial? romantic? platonic buddy? master-pet? who knows...?) love-story between the two male leads that I think is what keeps adults interested.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DynomiteWins VINE VOICE on June 3, 2008
Format: DVD
The high points of this series for me were the visuals and the story's setting. I thought it was decently animated but visually the colors and backgrounds were detailed and very pretty. I particularly thought the setting which portrayed a Japan that was slowly changing based on the influence of Western thought and Western practice making it's way in was very unique and special.

The story itself started off great. I loved the set up and the potential it had. Initially the movement of the story was good and I enjoyed watching stand alone stories as well as watching the progressive storyline develop in the background. I was surprised when the series ended so abruptly - bringing the progressive storyline to a peak and wrapping it all up in two episodes. Rather than a gradual peak and denouement, it was suddenly over before it even began. It was pretty jarring. Also, the English dub is pretty bad - very over-acted -so I'd skip that altogether. There is definitely some "boy love" in this series - although nothing graphic, the two main characters express feelings in a way that is construed as more than just friendship.

In any case, this was an enjoyable and unique series to watch, but it left much to be desired.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Grant on July 27, 2011
Format: DVD
I've seen the anime and it is wonderful! I was actually going to purchase my own copy but I want to watch it in Japanese, does this box set have both languages? I know that it says English but I don't know if that's the only one. Thanks for the help!
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By Mandie on December 25, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I reccently bought this boxset as a collection to my anime. I Love it! Yes, it might be laid out as "monster-of-the-week" type deal, but over all it was very well done. The characters are easy to like, even the weird ones like the guy who's got Muu, this green puffy creature as his 'wife'. And even Haruka, the somewhat mysterious demon-eating goblin.

I only paid about 23$ for a brand new edition of this, and it was well worth my money. The boxset was in mint condition when it arrived and the artwork is stunningly pretty for animaton. The only thing that puzzled me was that it is a 5 disc boxset, but when I ordered it, it had said only 3 discs. Nothing to complain about really, just more for your money!

Overall, I'd give this a 5. The artwork is beautifully done, the characters are loveable. And even some of the storylines are enjoyable. Definitely worth the money to own this boxset for your collection!
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