Monday, March 23, 2015

Claymore by Norihiro Yagi | Manga & Anime Review

According to My Anime List

Alternative Titles
Japanese: クレイモア

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2007 to Sep 26, 2007
Producers: Madhouse, VAP, Avex Entertainment, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Nippon Television Network Corporation
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy,Shounen, Supernatural
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
Manga: 23 Volumes.
Series: Completed
Synopsis: In this world, humans coexist with demonic predators called Yoma. These demonic beasts feast on human innards and can blend into human society by taking on human appearance. As a counter force, a mysterious organization created half-human, half-Yoma warriors known as the "Silver Eyed Witches" or "Claymores," after the huge claymore swords they carry. They are detested by humanity however necessary.

The story begins with a young boy, Raki, who has lost everything in a Yoma attack, and the Claymore, Clare, who is generally detested by society. Throughout the series, Clare and Raki show their deeper qualities, powers and Clare's never ending devotion to the goal she swore to fulfill in her childhood.

My thoughts:

I think I came across this series about the same time I started watching Bleach way back 2007 along with other animes. What I love about it is that it's filled with strong female characters and even the under dogs rise above to prove their foes wrong also the way their eyes change colors to release their limit in order to increase their speed,stamina,strength,powers and all that I think that was pretty amazing! their sword,fighting skills are all different and unique. 

I watched the anime first which was faithful to the manga storytelling and then afterwards read the manga the rest of the way and just recently had closure with it I've been putting it back for quite some time now and I like how the characters evolve and grow.The ending was also pretty nice.

Just in case you don't know what I'm talking about although this happened pretty much early on the series I'm just gonna put a spoiler alert.
Spoiler Alert!
As far as I could recall in the anime/series Teresa of Faint Smile (#1 claymore,the 182nd warrior of the 77th generation created by the Organization.) found Clare when she was still a little girl then she started accompanying Teresa til one day Teresa got killed in one on her mission. Clare got taken in and went to the organization in order to became a claymore herself.

So our main character is Clare she's only a quarter yoma and number 47,the lowest ranking member in the organization (in her batch) became the successor of Teresa of faint smile flesh and blood. She then found a boy named Raki and she doesn't want to get attached to him knowing what she been through with Teresa. Even after knowing this Raki remained and tried to stick with Clare. Along the way Clare hone her skills,met fellow claymores,befriended and even got close to some of them,learn from each other and went through hell and back again in their missions.

Crazy battle ahead

This series has a lot of blood spilled,so many people died and I'm actually a bit surprised when I found out that there are also some male claymores but their creation was stopped by the organization due to their high level percentage of awakening.

example of awakened beings

 Being an awakened being means there's no going back and you'd be a complete monster! although that is quite an understatement and what people mostly believed but as you go on with the story you'll find out about their back stories, how they can switch back and forth in their original and yoma form.Also how a certain awakened being tried to seek out means to end her life.

Great Comeback!

The journey of these claymores are indeed very long and hard but they all endured and persevered til the very end.That's also one of the main reason I love and highly recommend this series. It's action pack,full of epic battles,transformation,coming of age story sort of way their adventure will take you to the next level.

And as for the ending I'll give you a clue and leave you with this picture below it's a Statue of Twin Goddesses if you tuned in to the series/read the whole thing you'd get what I mean.Epic battle! I got a bit emotional in the end and still don't want it to end! so yeah I'll give Claymore Anime/Manga series five out of five stars! I really hope you check it out and if you already did what are your thoughts about it?tell me in the comment section below ^_^

The moment I started compiling all of this I got a bit surprised that it's in the shounen genre which makes it even more awesome you go girls!

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