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?
Tsuzuki Asato is a shinigami: a guardian of death. Acting as an investigator in Juuouchou, the bureau in charge of ensuring that each soul passes through the cycle of life naturally, his job often involves dealing with those who would disrupt this cycle. His life after death is about to change, however, as he is assigned a new partner, Kurosaki Hisoka, for a case in Nagasaki - a case seeming to involve some sort of vampire. But the two shinigami soon find that something deeper lies behind this blood-sucking menace...
Tactics and Descendants of Darkness are detective stories set in a supernatural environment where the culprits are spirits or spirit-like entities. Tactics offers consistent comedy despite a turn for the dark at the end of the series; something similar happens with DoD even if the humorous content is more toned down. On a side note, both are highly slashable in terms of possible shounen-ai relationships: DoD scores higher in this area but Tactics is not exempt of yaoi-like undertones.
Who could ask for more from a shounen-ai show than some beautiful bishies flirting with each other? The magical battles definitely takes a back seat to the gorgeous men who have been lovingly drawn. I think this is the main reason people will watch these shows.
However, there is also plenty of mystic fighting and quite a lot based in ancient asian mythology.
For Niwa Daisuke, turning 14 should be accompanied by romance and the promise of new adventures into adulthood, but instead comes with a surprising revelation: all male children of the Niwa's bloodline inherit the powers (alter ego) of Dark, a phantom thief, upon their 14th birthday! Now, in addition to his ever-present quest to win the heart of his childhood friend Risa, Daisuke must commit acts of thievery (with his doppelganger Dark controlling his body), to steal mysterious pieces of art for unknown purposes. For Daisuke, his growing pains are just beginning!
First of all, both of these anime present a main character that relay (somehow) on a demon-like co-protagonist character. Wich is serious and (allow me to say), sexy.
Somehow, they manage to get close, even when these "alter egos" have something about their past that is really important and dark.
Then comes the plot, both are easy to follow and not really deep; have scenes full of comedy and then angst ones.
Both, also, are on arc of one or two episodes.
The art is pretty close too, pastel shinny colors. Cute faces and elegant customes.
Mai Taniyama is a first year high school student who lives a carefree life telling ghost stories with her friends. One day, she meets Kazuya Shibuya, the head of Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR); and together, she tags along to help him investigate paranormal activities in a haunted school building. His assistant Lin was hurt during an incident to protect Mai from danger, so what more can Mai do than to take the job as Shibuya's assistant? Along with a team of other ghost hunters, they will uncover the mystery of a strange case coming their way, while Mai starts to discover her own abilities.
Both Ghost Hunt and Tactics involve a group who solves supernatural cases. The stories center around one person, and as the story goes along you learn things about each of the characters in the group. The members in the two series however have very different relationships, somewhat different personalities, and different adventures. Ghost Hunt takes place in a more modern day setting than Tactics.
Although different in style and time frame, both Ghost Hunt and Tactics have the same basic story: a group of young people with different backgrounds and special powers investigate mysterious phenomenon and hunt ghosts.
After their protector gods are stolen, a high school girl named Akane descends from the skies to the people of Kyou. She has within her the power of the Dragon God and is welcomed as a savior; but has she come to save Kyou, or destroy it? While she struggles to control her power, her demon summoner works behind the scenes to use her as a tool of vengeance. To make matters worse, the 8 Hachiyou who would defend her have not yet been fully gathered. Even as they come to Akane’s side, they must first fight their own demons before they can help her return Kyou’s gods…
Kantarou, the main character in Tactics, is very similar to the character Yasuaki in Harukanaru Toki no Naka de. Both are able to purify things and exercise demons using a combination of hand signs, chanting, and a beaded necklace. They have also both "tamed" a tengu, though the tengu Haruka from Tactics is an angsty bishounen character, while the tengu from Harukanaru Toki no Naka de is an obnoxious chibi character that provides comic relief.
I'm still not sure myself why these two anime series should be recommendations, because there are so many differences between the two.
However, when watching Tactics, it kept reminding me of Harukanaru... Similar animation styles, a good deep story and a firm base in Japanese mythology.
The characters are beautiful, although I felt both series could have gone a lot more in depth with the back stories.
Harukanaru and Tactics are not going to be the best series you ever watch, but both are good fun and a very enjoyable watch.
In order to bridge the gap between humans and youkai, The Ministry of Spirit Affairs was formed. Military man Kei Agemaki is assigned to the new unit and seems to be the ideal candidate. He’s charming, polite, and a complete gentleman, but there’s just one problem: he’s absolutely terrified of spirits! When he arrives at the new headquarters, Agemaki is partnered up with a cute, yet brash, youkai named Zakuro. Now the unlikely pair must work together to solve the region’s spirit-related problems to help improve relations between humans and youkai, and maybe help Agemaki overcome his crippling fear while they’re at it.
Tactics and Otome Youkai Zakuro are both comic series that depict humans working together with youkai in order to solve various supernatural problems. While the central relationships in each series are different, they both ahve a similar sort of humour to them, which coupled with the deep roots in Japanese folklore makes me think that these are a good match.
Humans working together with demons to solve the demonic problems of humans is the main focus point of both anime. They also both contain a lot of different kinds of demons as well. Fighting is more of a main point in Zakuro, but tactics conatins a fair share of it as well.
If you liked one, you should check out the other.