Since he was a child, Kantaro Ichinomiya has had the ability to see demons; but one day, the young Kantaro was told of a goblin so powerful that it could vanquish any foe with ease. Intrigued, his search began. Now, in the present, Kantaro works as an exorcist, banishing demons who have possessed human bodies; yet still he searches – that is, until one day, he touches a mysterious seal and releases the legend itself! His name is Haruka, he's good with the ladies, and he can kick demon butt like no other; but can he help Kantaro raise enough money for his rent?
It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
Although the tone of both anime differs greatly, Mushishi being rather serious while Tactics is more fun and action-packed, the plots are quite similar. Both anime could be considered as the seinen and shonen version of the same topic. If what you liked most about the anime was the underlying Japanese folklore, you will surely like both series.
The main characters in these series aren't mere humans, they can see mystic creatures. Both Kantaro and Ginko don't think these creatures are evil; their attitude seems more similar with the attitude towards nature, neither good nor evil. Besides that these series have the same structure: one episode - one story. If it's not enough for you to put these titles together, you'll definitely enjoy the mystic atmosphere in Mushishi and Tactics.
If you like watching anime about the supernatural then both of these series are for you. Whilst Tactics deals with the more traditional Japanese folklore of demons and ogres, Mushishi focuses on a lifeform completely different to our own. Also both series directly deal with the the effect that these other beings have upon humans and finding the most effective way to deal with it. Mushishi is a totally episodic series, and whilst tactics does have some standalone episodes there is a longer plot running underneath that is unravelled throughout the series. If you like one of these series then it is well worth your while trying out the other.
Far more low key, but also far more sophisticated exploration of human values through the interaction with the spirit world (or in this case, the mushi world).
Tactics and Mushishi are both about dealing with strange supernatural creatures. In Tactics they fight all sorts of strange monsters. In Mushishi Ginko is a Mushi master that finds interesting ways of interacting with strange Mushi creatures. Both have a folklore feel to them and are full of intriguing situations.
Kimihiro Watanuki is cursed with the ability to see evil spirits known as Youkai. Due to this power, the Youkai are attracted to him like a magnet, and each time he is close to being devoured. One day, fate drew him to a strange store and there, he met Yuuko, who was dressed in a very exquisite fashion. As destiny would have it, Yuuko has the ability to save Kimihiro from seeing the Youkai, but for a price: Kimihiro must work for Yuuko by performing chores around the store and other odd tasks, until she deems fit. With his "friend" Doumeki, and his secret crush Himawari, they will discover that the world they live in is nowhere close to ordinary!
The premise of a young man being able to see the supernatural is the same in both Tactics and XXXHolic. Both Watanuki and Kantaro have had this ability form birth and have suffered because of it. When they encounter anything with an evil intent they have a painful physical reaction to it; the difference is that Kantaro has exorcism skills whereas Watanuki does not. Both series examine how the protagonists cope with their strange abilities. If you liked one you will probably like the other.
Both of these series a steeped in Japanese folklore and tradition, so if you have an interest in the Japanese culture of myths and legends then both of these series are a must. Aside from that, both series show people who work to solve the problems of people affected by something other-worldly be they vengeful spirits or ogres. Also both series have a healthy dose of humour so bioth are good for raising a smile. If you like one of these series then try the other as you may just find another series that you enjoy.
If you're looking for a series with a fun perspective over Japanese folklore then you can't go wrong with xxxHolic. It's packed with a lot of useful teachings, interesting adventures and great characters. It's an anime that no ghost lover should miss.
Both xxxHolic and Tactics are episodic in nature and revolve around Japanese folklore and the consequences of humans and supernatural beings interacting with one another. As an added bonus, shounen-ai fans will not fail to notice the highly slashable relationships between the two male leads in both series.
Kasho no Tsuki is a tale of devotion between two companions -- Arimasu, a shunned shaman born of a human father and a demon-fox mother, and the one he saved as a child: Kagetsu, a member of a mountainous feline tribe, who can choose which sex to become once it mates. After years of lost contact, the two meet again, followed by Kagetsu asking to bear Arimasu's child. The problem? Kagetsu is currently in his male form. Things are complicated when Arimasu is set up for murder, causing the duo to escape back to the mountains of Kagetsu's birth.
Both of these series focus on youkai, exorcism, and alienation because of power. The relationship between Arimasu and Kegetsu is very similar to that of Haruka and Kantaro. All four of them have power and yet depend on their partner for comfort, stability and sometimes protection. If you enjoyed one you'll likely enjoy the other.
Tactics and Kasho no Tsuki are soul mates in more ways than one. Both anime have an historical setting in pre-industrial times and rely heavily on Japanese lore as well as traditional Japanese imagery. In these series a border between supernatural creatures and humans is blurred and the main characters in each are isolated from mankind at large due to their connection to the spirit world. Shounen-ai undertones abound in both, more pronounced in the drama driven Kasho no Tsuki than in the more comic Tactics; these shows manage to invoke a typically Japanese atmosphere in an accurate way and make a perfect match.
If you liked Kasho no Tsuki or if you enjoyed Tactics, then you would enjoy the other! Both have shounen-ai undertones. They both deal with exorcism/demons/youkai. Both Tactics and Kasho are both were the time, you will surley enjoy both.
Natsume is lonely; he has an ability that separates him from others: he can see and interact with spirits. Soon, however, Natsume discovers that he’s not alone: his grandmother Reiko also had the gift. But things get hectic and possibly dangerous for Natsume when he finds out that he also inherited the 'Book of Friends', a book that contains the names of all the spirits Reiko defeated and subjugated. He finds himself hounded by his grandmother's underlings and, with the help of a 'cat' charm spirit, decides to free them from the Book's shackles, as well as protect the book from those who seek to misuse its power...
Anyone who loved the early episodes of Tactics will find more of it in the thirteen episodes of Natsume Yuujinchou. From the other direction, anyone who loved Natsume Yuujinchou will find more of it in Tactics as well -- but with more plot development with twice as many episodes (although the sequel of NY will likely close the gap). They both take place in a world of Japanese mythology, each casting a lonely boy who can see ghosts as its main character, which in these two are Kantarou and Natsume. Both of them desire a peaceful life with the monsters (Ayakashi), and they do meet some friendly Ayakashi along their daily lives. The two shows are both close to low-tension monster-of-the-week shows but not quite exactly due to the gradual development of the main characters along the episodes. They are both quite open-ended as well.
While Tactics is more focused on folklore and Natsume more on the Slice of Life aspect, both main characters have the ability to see spirits and befriend them.
Also while Natsume is supposed to be more serious, and Tactics more light-hearted, Both main characters live with youkai and take time to know each other.
Tactics has more development on characters though, as in Natsume the development is mostly on Takashi and Nyanko.
A friendly guy who can see spirits and tries to help them. While Tactics is more focussed on the folklore itself, Natsume is more focuessed on the interaction between spirits
Being the insignificant heir to a talented family is rough, especially for someone who has little of his own talents and honestly desires to live up to the family name. Masahiro is the young grandson of the famed Abe no Seime. Although most consider him to be little in the face of his older male relatives, Masahiro is certain he can not only continue the family legacy but that he can stand in his own right as an Onmyouji. With the assistance of his friend Mokkun, he works to increase his skills and abilities as a spiritual protector and guide. With a great deal of will and the quiet assistance of his insightful grandfather, he will become a force of good in the battle against encroaching evil.
You would like Shounen Onmyouji because its main character is very similar to Tactic's. Both are exorcists who have a male spirit protecting them. Shounen Onmyouji is a bit more light-hearted, but I think if you enjoyed Tactics it's worth a shot.
Both Shounen Onmyouji and Tactics are action-packed and are filled with chanting, demon (youkai) exorciscms, and magic. They are set in ancient Japan. Both main characters are trying to improve their skills, and are accompanied by spirits and friendly youkai who help them along the way.
Both of theses series are about Japanese spiritualists. The main characters in both go around their towns exorcising demons. They both have a second sight, which allows them to see what others cannot. If you like series about onmyoujis, priests or spiritualists and having your home flooded with unwanted mononoke, then these are the series to watch.