Fresh off the shelves, comes Tactics Volume 1 that follows Kantaro
Ichinomiya, a young man living in the Taisho times who has the
uncanny ability to see the “other world” such as demons and goblins.
Although similar to some other tales, Kantaro uses his unique gift
to write books and attempts to befriend these legendary creatures
plus a little bit of exorcism on the way.
Best of all, the story is steeped in Japanese mythology which makes
this story quite unique to Western readers. The stories revolve
around Kantaro investigating various sightings of these creatures,
however the first story is probably the most momentous as he
befriends Haruka, a demon goblin.
However as the story progresses, the characters become more open and
interesting and as this is a light hearted Manga, the humour is
quite entertaining to say the least. The writing has been translated
well to English and Higashiyama has created a unique setting for
these characters and the artwork by Kinoshita is adorable to say the
Even though the artwork is that clichéd Manga style, it suits the
light hearted story perfectly and will definitely put a smile on
your face, especially the banter between the characters only adds to
the experience. The power Haruka has some great lines!
the end of the day, Tactics Volume 1 is a good read and it's great
that this title does not try to set itself in the West or some other
mythical renaissance period but rather with good old fashioned story
telling and Japanese mythology to boot, Tactics is ideal for those
looking for some light hearted entertainment.