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A Deadpan Snarker, a Tsundere Meido, and a Bunny-Ears Lawyer. Hence: your doom.

A shounen manga and anime series by Sakura Kinoshita and Kazuko Higashiyama following a spiritually sensitive folklorist (did we mention he's an exorcist? And has a scar and bells that throb/ring anytime anything evil comes around?), his enthralled servant fox Youko, a bratty little girl who's in love with the final member of the group, a demon eating goblin/tengu who has been named 'Haruka', and their various escapades all throughout demon country, until the major Genre Shift in the anime kicks in and everything gets a whole lot more depressing.

The anime is produced by Studio Deen.

Not to be confused with Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, or other strategy games.


Tactics provides examples of:

  • Anyone Can Die: In the anime, at least.
  • Ax-Crazy: Haruka, when he feels another youkai disrespects him.
  • The Barnum: Youko.
    (talking about Haruka)"He's so...pretty. Maybe I can whore him out!"
  • Bad Boss: Kanatarou. To again quote Youko on this:
    "Welcome to hell, Haruka-chan. Even a badass like you will crumble under that guy."
  • Batman Gambit: Kantarou is quite good at these...
  • Bishounen: Hooo boy... Where to start?
    • Kantaro and Sugino probably take the cake, though - If it weren't for their voices, they could easily be mistaken for girls.
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    • Even Kantaro's voice could be mistaken as a girl's, if he tries hard enough. See episode 4.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT try to take Haruka's rice bowl.
  • Biting the Handkerchief: Well, biting his robes; Sugino does this when he sees Muu-chan clinging to Kantaro.
  • Bleached Underpants: Kinoshita and Higashiyama are also a doujin duo that have notably done Yaoi based off the series.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Suzu could classify, depending on character interpretation.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Kantarou.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Done with Miyabi's death.
  • Chick Magnet: Haruka. There's even a hilarious sound effect played when another girl falls for him.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Kantarou.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Haruka.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: Frequently, seeing as Kantarou is a grade-A money grubber.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Rosalie
  • Emotionless Girl: What Rosalie appears to be at first.
  • Expy: Kantaro and Suzu look like adult Loki and Reiya from Matantei Loki Ragnarok. Of course, since Sakura Kinoshita is the artist, it's hardly surprising.
  • Fangirl: Basically every female character on the show, save for Youko is like this towards Haruka.
  • Fanservice: Female fanservice at that.
  • Gender-Blender Name: When Kantarou names Haruka, he specifically states that his name is to be spelled with the kanji for "spring flowers." (As Haruka can be alternately said as "being distant")
  • Glamour Failure: Despite being humanized by Kantarou, Haruka is a powerful youkai.
  • Miko Kantarou dresses like one.
  • Meaningful Name: Youko's entire name is Kantarou's way of making an Incredibly Lame Pun: Youko is also the name of a type of fox demon, which is what Youko actually is, she is a youko named "Youko", a play on the female name Youko/Yoko.
  • Meido Youko, though her outfit is a rather odd combination of a traditional kimono and French maid apron.
  • Older Than They Look: All of the youkai, obviously, but also Kantaro. At first glance, you think Kantaro must be eighteen-years-old, nineteen at most. But then you read volume three and learn that Hasumi is actually his underclassman, and one has to wonder just how old the money-grubbing priest really is...
    Haruka: Underclassman? How old does that make Kantarou?
    Yakko: ... ... ...
    Haruka: ... Why aren't you answering, Yakko?
  • Only Sane Man: Despite being the show's resident Barnum, Youko seems to be the one with the most amount of sense in her...
  • Parental Obliviousness: Hasumi doesn't really seem to get that Rosalie can hold her own.
  • Powers via Possession: Rosalie.


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