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Tactics

Tactics

Kantaro Ichinomiya has been able to see youkai and befriend them since he was a young child, but there is one particular spirit that he has always wanted to meet. Intrigued by the tale of the legendary demon-eating tengu, Kantaro’s goal for many years has been to make friends with the strongest youkai of all. Now, as a young adult Kantaro works as an exorcist, yet he has never forgotten his true desire, and one day his dreams come true when he breaks a holy seal, releasing the fabled demon-eating tengu. As the spirit’s new master, Kantaro names his new friend Haruka and now the pair work together to solve the city’s supernatural problems.

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cassiesheepgirl cassiesheepgirl says...

Both Tactics and xxxHolic are supernatural-based manga that are heavily rooted in Japanese culture and mythology. Though xxxHolic has more of a mysterious fate-oriented plot, if you like one, it's worth trying the other.

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

Recently died and have unfinished business? The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is your ticket to a worry-free, eternal rest! Made up of spirit communicator Kuro; embalmer Keiko; leader Ao; body dowser Makoto; and Yuji, a boy who communicates with aliens through a hand puppet, the group handles everything from suicides to murders with ease. Whether you need a message delivered or want vengeance for your death, the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service can help you out - for a price. And while the team often has to end up working on a volunteer basis, they'll still get the job done with a sarcastic smile!

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Myrah Myrah says...

Both of these series are steeped in Japanese culture (Kurosagi more modern while xxxHolic more traditional), both concern strongly with the supernatural but take place in a realistic setting, and both are about the fulfillment of wishes.

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service help the dead achieve their last desire, hopefully for a cash payment. In xxxHolic, customers come to the shop of a witch to have their wishes granted at the right cost and usually end up learning hard lessons.

xxxHolic readers, be warned that Kurosagi can be pretty graphic and is definetely meant for an older audience. Kurosagi readers, be warned that xxxHolic is by CLAMP and thus caters (a bit) to yaoi fangirls.

Ga-rei

Ga-rei

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JAhU JAhU says...

The protagonist of Ga-Rei and the protagonist of xxxHolic are quite similar. They both have a ghost problem which is: they can see ghosts and much to their own dismay, ghosts really like to torment them. As the story progresses, both of them end up having a job where they have to deal with ghosts and spirits. Did I mention that both of those manga feature lots of elements take from Japanese lore? Anyway, if you liked one go check the other too.

Let's Fight Ghost

Let's Fight Ghost

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JAhU JAhU says...

The male leads in Let's Fight Ghost and xxxHolic have a similar ghost problem, but they way with dealing with it is vastly different. If you find the "guy sees ghosts" theme interesting, you should give both of those a try.

P.S. Let's Fight Ghost gets strong on tragedy and drama later on which in turn makes those two series more similar.

Tokyo Babylon

Tokyo Babylon

Subaru Sumeragi is a very compassionate, gentle and kind sixteen-year-old who lives with his twin sister Hokuto - but Subaru isn't your average teenager. He's an Onmyouji (spiritual medium) and the 13th head of the Sumeragi clan! Aided by Hokuto and their friend, the kind but mysterious veterinarian Seishirou, it is Subaru's job to calm the spirits and ghosts that haunt the urban decay of Tokyo. But as the incidents escalate, will Subaru's kind heart be able to cope with the darkness that threatens to rip the world apart at the seams?

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AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Another episodic CLAMP manga that blends supernatural themes with an urban setting. Both are a bit moody, have easily-shipped male leads, and balance lots of dark/depressing stories with a sprinkling of silly humor. Additionally, the types of morals in each are often extremely similar.