Meet Kantarou, a folklore scholar living in the Taisho period. Ever since he was a child, he has been able to see and talk to various spirits. But now that Kantarou's all grown up, he moonlights as an exorcist solving the problems of ghosts and demons...all with the help of Haruka, the legendary demon-eating tengu!
Tactics had eight volumes published in English by Tokyopop, from April 3, 2007 to December 29, 2009, before the publisher became defunct. Previous to that, ADV Manga had published the first two volumes, from October 26, 2004 to May 1, 2005, before they too became defunct.
Digitally, A-Net Digital LLC published three volumes from December 15, 2010 to February 23, 2011, while volumes 1 to 12 were briefly available on JManga, until they closed in May 2013.
The adv translation stinks-Tokyopop's version is better(-they also got the sex of the characters correct!). Kantarou is a college graduate, the winged Haruka & Sugino are tengu, Youko is a foxspirit, Muu is ???. The manga is much more complex than the anime & characters are better developed & much more interesting. Kantarou is a devious tough little guy- you're never sure what he'll do next (other than try to avoid real work). Haruka is very complex- emotionally damaged, prone to temper tatrums (he's hard on things like cars, buildings, etc) but rather shy & uncertain of himself. It's interesting to watch him
slowly rediscover himself & try to figure out how to fit in his new world (hey, the guy was sealed 1,000 years, most everything is new & confusing). The villains are properly villainous (& one seems only marginally acquainted with sanity), secrets & general sneakyness abound, lots of hidden depths. To me the best part is the constant evolution of the various relationships between characters -everybody has hidden depths & complexities -sometimes they really surprise you. Plenty of action, lots of plot twists, supernatural doings, bishies, some interesting japanese culture, mythology, and history enjoyably served on the side. A fun read- keeps you wanting more!
By far one of my favorite manga. The series as a whole is totally underrated! The manga is better than the anime by a long shot, as in many cases. The character development on Haruka is so amazing to watch as he deals with his past memories. Kantarou's is even better because we get to see some side of him that he seems to be hiding. And this side is negative. I'm in love with all the characters. Suzu is only in the anime, not the manga, which I am a bit happy about. She took away from the anime. In the manga, we get
to experience a lot more with the two protagonists and Youko. I want the rest of the manga to be published in America so badly!! I've been left on a cliffhanger this whole time!!
Tldr; Liked for its character design and development, disliked for its lack of publication in the U.S.