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Tactics, Vol. 1 (2006)

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F3UAAW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Photo Gallery
  • Motion Menus
  • Textless Opening/ Ending
  • Original Japanese Commercial
  • Original Japanese Merchandise Ads
  • Interviews with Japanese Voice Cast

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Meet supernatural sleuth and writer Kantaro Ichinomiya. Kantaro spends his days traveling the Japanese countryside, fighting demons and writing about his adventures in hopes of finding the resting place of the mysterious Demon- Eating Goblin. During a trip to the countryside, Kantaro finds himself face-to-face with the creature he’s been searching for since childhood. Will Haruka the Demon-Eating Goblin join Kantaro’s band of supernatural adventurers? Can Haruka peacefully coexist with fox demon Yoko, heiress Suzu Etogawa, Sugino the White Goblin and his wife Muuchan? Will Kantaro be able to solve feudal Japan’s growing demon problem AND finish his book by his editor’s deadline? Find out in Volume One of Tactics!

Kantaro, the hero of Tactics, is a writer and folklorist who investigates the supernatural. To help him fight evil, Kantaro frees the mighty Demon-Eating Goblin, who was sealed away ages ago. After releasing him, Kantaro gives the Goblin the name "Haruka," binding the supernatural being to him. With Yoko, a fox-demon servant, and Suzu, the inevitable cute little girl, Kantaro and Haruka roam early 20th-century Japan, exorcising evil spirits. They rescue a prostitute in Tokyo from a specter posing as her dead lover, and save two women whose souls have been stolen by magical photographs. Tactics is a handsome-looking series, however, the narrative never quite gels. The filmmakers try to establish the kind of warmly humorous relationships the characters share in Rurouni Kenshin, but the attitudes and dialogue feel forced. There's also a more-than-hinted-at attraction between Kantaro and Haruka, who takes the form of a winged bishonen (beautiful boy). Unfortunately, Tactics remains less than the sum of its parts. (Unrated, suitable for ages 15 and older: violence, grotesque imagery, suggested sexuality, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Goblins May 20, 2006
Young Ichinomiya Kantaro is a professional writer who writes articles and books about Japanese folklore. He spends his time investigating supernatural occurrences in the traditional Japanese countryside (from supernatural trains to photos that suck the life from people), while also being hired by the public as a "demon-hunter" or exorcist. However, although he exorcises evil spirits, he has the ability to see and communicate with demons. This ability caused him to be ostracised by other children when he was young, but has also given him the ability to be friends with demons and goblins (or tengu).

Throughout his childhood Kantaro become obsessed with the infamous "ogre-eating goblin" who legend has it was an extremely powerful goblin who vanished. While investigating another case in a quiet village he comes across a seal that contains the goblin and he releases and names him "Haruka." Due to demon law because he was named by a human, Haruka now has to treat Kantaro as his master.

Haruka has to cope with his loss of past memories and having to take orders from Kantaro. Meanwhile Kantaro is completely enamored with his new friend. The two live with a fox-demon girl Youko, who has become their unofficial housemaid and is constantly having to help Kantaro write his articles to meet their deadlines. The trio are joined in their adventures by little girl Suzu, who has a major crush on Haruka, and Sugino, a gorgeous pretty boy white-winged tengu who is now a mountain god, and Sugino's wife, Muu, who is a strange looking small green demon who looks more like an alien.

The name goblin always brings forth images of ugly creatures. However goblins in Tactics are treated as beautiful bishounen protectors who have spiritual powers and wings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting glimpse of turn-of-the-century Tokyo December 16, 2006
I've only seen about half of this series so far, but it's an enjoyable supernatural adventure show about a young writer/exorcist and his household of demons. The unusual setting--Tokyo in the period around the turn of the 20th century--and frequently beautiful artwork help distinguish this series from a number of other entries in the ghost hunter/demon exorcist genre.

Though the general mood is upbeat, and the characters are fairly standard--the cute, cheerful young hero; the brooding gorgeous powerful older man; a cute but violent-tempered girl--there are hints of some deeper and darker themes here, particularly as it pertains to the interrelationships between the various characters.

Kantaro, our exorcist-hero apparently led a very lonely childhood as an outcast and the butt of abuse from his peers. Having developed his supernatural powers in early adulthood, he's managed to bind (enslave, actually) several powerful supernatural beings to serve as his friends and helpers (and possibly, in the case of Haruka, a love interest). There are hints that this unequal relationship will become an issue in later episodes--the first seven episodes touch on this theme a little bit, particularly for the winged, broodingly handsome Haruka, who feels like he's been humbled and reduced to the status of a pet and servant, and who clearly resents Kantaro's assumptions of friendship.

All in all, a very well-done genre piece so far. I'm looking forward to seeing how it continues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite animes July 15, 2014
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I love this series. It's funny and yet has something of a dark side to it. And I will admit to shedding a tear or two at the end. Kantaruo can be a bit whiny at times but he has a heart of gold and just wants to be friends no matter what anyone else thinks of monsters or demons. We can all learn a lesson from him. I only wish this series lasted longer than 25 episodes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars seems like a good anime January 5, 2013
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I read the manga and I really wanted to watch the anime...the dvd thing that holds the disc came broke but tje disc was fine....but for the price I think it is worth buying .
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