By Leroy Douresseaux
April 19, 2007 - 17:53
Set during the Taisho period of Japan (1912-26), Tactics is a comedic fantasy from Kazuko Higashiyama and Sakura Kinoshita. There’s not a lot to be said for the story. It’s mildly entertaining, but the art is beautiful and well-drawn. Although many characters are androgynous, Tactics is not totally bishounen manga, and some of the material makes it a bit too old for kodomo manga (for children).
Why is it too old for children? The lead character, Ichinomiya, is a deceitful, manipulative liar. He does it all the time to the point where even the most casual or inattentive reader would notice. Maybe, that’s not the right character for a young reader. He may, however, be an age-appropriate anti-hero for ‘tweens as a sweet-natured go-getter.
Thanks to barnesandnoble.com for the images.