Tactics (タクティクス Takutikusu?) is a Japanese anime series with 25 episodes. Hiroshi Watanabe directed the series and was produced by Studio Deen. Tactics was licensed and distributed by Manga Entertainment for its English release. Tactics is based on the manga with the same name, and follows the life of Kantarou, a man who can see youkai, Haruka, a demon-eating tengu, and Youko, a kitsune. When he was young, Kantarou was ostracized for his ability to see mythical beasts and youkai; for this reason, he decided to seek out the legendary demon-eating tengu to make himself stronger. Kantarou succeeds and names him Haruka, therefore becoming his master. The plot of the series revolves around the various jobs and adventures that, Kantarou, Haruka, and Yoko, three paranormal investigators, have and Haruka's struggle with his returning memories.
Tactics originally aired on TV Tokyo October 5, 2004 to March 29, 2005. In the United States, it was featured on the Ani-Monday program from January 7, 2008 to April 21, 2008 on the Sci Fi Channel. The opening theme for Tactics was Secret World and the ending theme was "Mienai Chikara" (ミエナイチカラ Invisible Strength?). Both were sung by Miki Akiyama, composed and arranged by Kazuya Nishioka, and lyrics written by Yuriko Mori. The series was first released on DVD in English on June 27, 2006. A total of 5 DVDs were released, each containing 5 episodes apiece. On February 12, 2008, a box set with all 5 of the DVDs was released. In Japan, seven DVD volumes were released. In the US, the company Starz began offering Tactics episodes on the Apple iTunes Store.
|EP#||Title||Original airdate||English airdate|
|1|| The Black Goblin Awakes|
"Kuro Tengu Kakusei" (黒天狗覚醒)
|October 5, 2004||January 7, 2008|
|On his way to a temple in the Japanese countryside, Kantaro discovers the resting place of the demon-eating goblin. Kantaro successfully releases the creature and names him Haruka, becoming his master. Together, they must hurry to save a young noble woman from a creature known as the Icicle Woman.|
|2|| Bizarre Love at Yoshimara's|
"Yoshimara Kaiki Bojō" (吉原怪奇慕情)
|October 12, 2004||January 7, 2008|
|Kantaro and Haruka travel to Yoshiwara to investigate odd happenings. While there, Kantaro befriends Kosume, a courtesan haunted by a dark secret.|
|3|| Mountain Fairy Tale|
"Yama no Dōwa" (山の童話)
|October 19, 2004||January 14, 2008|
|Kantaro’s band of supernatural adventurers head to the mountains for a vacation. The team springs into action when they discover the children of the village are disappearing. The disappearances are blamed on the region's God of the Mountain, and the group quickly departs to defeat him.|
|4|| The Forbidden Portrait|
"Kindan no Shōzō" (禁断の肖像)
|October 26, 2004||January 14, 2008|
|In the woods of Japan, a mysterious photographer traps the soul of the young women in pictures he takes of them. Kantaro’s search for the photographer becomes desperate when he traps Reiko’s soul in a portrait.|
|5|| Dancer in the Darkness|
"Yami ni Mau Mono" (闇に舞う者)
|November 2, 2004||January 21, 2008|
|Kantaro returns home to visit and old friend, Yumeyako. However, Yumeyako’s client, the famous doll-maker Shinsuburo, has a dark secret; he wishes to transfer Yumeyako’s essence to one of his dolls.|
|6|| The Ghost Trolley|
"Gogo Kuji Shichibu Hatsu Yūrei Densha" (午後九時七分発 幽霊電車)
|November 9, 2004||January 21, 2008|
|Six months after a horrific accident, a ghost trolley appears in a small village. The supernatural detectives investigate and meet Nene, a young girl who may hold the secret to the mysterious ghost trolley.|
|7|| A Seductive Beckoning|
"Kowaku no Yobigoe" (蠱惑の呼び声)
|November 16, 2004||January 28, 2008|
|When a daughter of a wealthy family disappears from Asakusa, Haruka and Kantaro are called into action. However, the two are constantly bickering, making it difficult to proceed with the case and discover the secret of Lord Katsuragi and the Katsuragi Society.|
|8|| A Foxy Lady|
"Yō Kitsune Teki Kanojo" (妖狐的彼女)
|November 23, 2004||January 28, 2008|
|Yuko keeps the Ichinomiya household running. She cooks, cleans, and washes for Kantaro and the other monsters, with little reward. After Kantaro and Haruka devour a treat she was saving for later, Yoko decides to move out of the house.|
|9|| The Strange Tale of Bride Island|
"Yome Shima Kaiki Tan" (嫁島怪奇譚)
|November 30, 2004||February 11, 2008|
|On Bride Island, people are turning into skeletons overnight. Professor Numata asks Kantaro and his college rival and supernatural skeptic Hasumi to investigate.|
|10|| Will of the Winds, Part 1|
"Kaze no Gen Reizen Hen" (風ノ言霊 前編)
|December 7, 2004||February 11, 2008|
|In part one of a two-part adventure, Kantaro, Haruka, and the team attempt to solve the mysterious deaths on the eve of Suzuku Village’s Festival of the Wind.|
|11|| Will of the Winds, Part 2|
"Kaze no Gen Rei Kōhen" (風ノ言霊 後編)
|December 14, 2004||February 18, 2008|
|In part two, Kantaro and Haruka discover the cause behind the mysterious deaths in Suzuku Village is closer to home than they feared.|
|12|| Of Roses and Goblins|
"Bara to Tengu" (薔薇と天狗)
|December 21, 2004||February 18, 2008|
|After the female president of a trading company hires the team to solve her ghost problem, her gaze turns to Haruka. However, her intentions remain unclear.|
|13|| Woodland Nightmare|
"Jukai no Akumu" (樹海の悪夢)
|December 28, 2004||February 25, 2008|
|An army unit disappears after their discovery of a missing battleship deep in the dense forest. Kantarou is hired to solve the mystery and encounter trap to ensnare Haruka.|
|14|| The Woman Who Loved Books|
"Hon o Itoshi ta Onna" (本を愛した女)
|January 11, 2005||February 25, 2008|
|Kantaro's editor, Reiko, becomes possessed after she is absorbed into an ancient book in the archives. The team’s tactics must be much more subtle in their tactics to save her.|
|15|| The Fading Song of Summer Cicadas|
"Kure Yuku Natsu no Semi Shigure" (暮れゆく夏の蝉時雨)
|January 18, 2005||March 3, 2008|
|Suzu’s memories trigger a series of unusual events. As everyone disappears, the team must decide whether the world is truly reality or if they are stuck inside a dream.|
|16|| O, Lamentations for the Married Couple|
"Aa, Fūfu Aika" (嗚呼, 夫婦哀歌)
|January 25, 2005||March 3, 2008|
|Kantaro faces the spirit of a servant-girl-turned-mistress that haunts the home of her previous employers.|
|17|| The Pretty Little Girl From England|
"Eikokushiki Bishōjo" (英国式美少女)
|February 1, 2005||March 10, 2008|
|A pretty little girl, Rosalie, visiting from England has strange connections to the local haunted church.|
|18|| The Paranormal Research Society|
"Makafushigi Kenkyūkai" (摩訶不思議研究会)
|February 8, 2005||March 10, 2008|
|Kantarou’s arch-rival, Hasumi, creates the Paranormal Research Society to prove through science that monsters do not exist.|
|19|| Maple-Colored Love|
"Momiji-iro no Koi" (紅葉色の恋)
|February 15, 2005||March 24, 2008|
|Yoko meets a new potential love interest and starts to work at his fabric shop. However, a spiritual presence at the shop will not allow Yoko to ruin tradition.|
|20|| The Teller of Demonic Tales|
"Musumegidayū Onigatari" (娘義太夫 鬼がたり)
|February 22, 2005||March 24, 2008|
|Kantaro meets a folksinger who tells tales of a demon-eating goblin, and with it summons multiple demons that Haruka and Kantaro must face.|
|21|| The Door to Memory|
"Kioku no Tobira" (記憶の扉)
|March 1, 2005||April 7, 2008|
|A fun trip to the city takes a dangerous turn when possessed Rosalie unleashes the true goblin sealed within Haruka.|
|22|| Blue Eyes|
"Aoki Me" (蒼き眼)
|March 8, 2005||April 7, 2008|
|With Haruka’s mind thrown into chaos, an ominous rift develops between Kantaro and the troubled demon eater.|
|23|| A Snowy Landscape of Glass|
"Garasu no Yuki Kei" (硝子の雪景)
|March 15, 2005||April 14, 2008|
|Haruka’s sudden disappearance has everyone concerned. However, Kantaro search for his friend leads Yoko into a dangerous trap.|
|24|| A Long Lost Heart|
"Kokoro Haruka ni" (こころ遥かに)
|March 22, 2005||April 14, 2008|
|The transformation of The Black Goblin is almost complete, leading to a brutal and shocking battle.|
|25|| Unseen Power|
"Mienai Chikara" (ミエナイチカラ)
|March 29, 2005||April 21, 2008|
|A tragic passing and a dark secret both come to light as Haruka and Kantaro make the decision that decides their fates forever.|
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- ↑ "Tactics English Release". Manga Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- ↑ "Tactics (Original Run)". TV Tokyo. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
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- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Tactics (First DVD)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- ↑ "Tactics (Second DVD)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- ↑ "Tactics (Third DVD)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- ↑ "Tactics (Fourth DVD)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- ↑ "Tactics (Fifth DVD)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- ↑ "Tactics (Box Set)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- ↑ "Tactics (TV Tokyo)". TV Tokyo. Retrieved 2008-03-28.
- ↑ "Tactics on iTunes". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-01-29.