Posted by: Tiffany | March 25, 2010

Claymore

I have to say, that this was by far my favorite anime I’ve ever seen.

Most little synopsises you find online aren’t very clear about what’s actually going on, so I’ll try to be a bit more clear on the matter.

Claymore takes place in a world (just so we’re clear, I mean moreso an alternate reality of our own world) where demons and humans co-exist. That’s basically how I can sum it up. There isn’t really a whole lot of co-existing going on to speak of, as these demons — or as the show calls them, yoma, tend to eat people. Kinda like your classic werewolf I suppose. They go around and quite literally eat people. They can look just like humans or show their true form, which looks a bit like a really muscular bald guy with some crazy aligator teeth and snake eyes. Basically, these yoma are terrorizing people, feeding on them like, well… food. So, at some point prior to the timeline of this show, an organization was founded from the mixing of the bloodlines. A human and a yoma. From them, came the silver eyed witch half breeds that would become known as Claymores – not by their personal choice, mind you. It was moreso just something they were called because of the huge swords they carry around. They don’t call really call themselves anything. People call them either Claymores or Silver Eyed Witches, because, well… they have silver eyes, and they’re very… very… not human. They may look human on the outside, but they really have a creepy evil presence about them that just scares people, it’s their coldness. They’re also half yoma themselves, so that just adds extra reason for people to fear them. They have the power of a yoma, and the real gift of the Claymores, the gift that makes them so valuable, is those silver eyes of theirs. They can see a yoma even when the yoma is in human form. They are the only ones that can. It is for that reason that they are tasked with killing these yoma to protect people.

Of course, nothing’s free. They don’t go around killing yoma out of the goodness of their heart. Once a request for a Claymore is sent, a Claymore will come and either the Claymore will be dead on the street or the yoma will, but either way, they’ll definitely know the outcome very soon. If the Claymore fails, the town can keep their money. But if the Claymore succeeds, the town must pay a price according to the number of yoma that were slain. But the Claymore never accepts this money. No, a mysterious man wearing black comes by after the Claymore has gone and collects this fee, and they are to give it to them. The Claymore doesn’t care if they don’t pay, that’s up to them. But if they don’t, then the next time that town has a yoma problem and cries out for help, no Claymore will come. It’s likely the town will be wiped out by a horde of yoma quite rather quickly once that fact is made public.

And well, that is the basic premise of the show. There’s a lot more to it than that, and by a lot, I mean a lot! Like I said, it’s the best anime I’ve ever seen. At the time of writing this, I’ve only seen around 70 anime series and I guess that’s a decent number, but out of those, Claymore definitely ranked at the very top. You’ll be excited, you’ll be entertained, you’ll fall in love with the characters, you’ll get angry from time to time and you’ll even cry your eyes out. But… just a bit. Overall, you’re really going to be entertained. There is a ton of action in this anime. If you like fight scenes, this definitely has them. We’re in a medieval type era here, so if you like the whole sword fighting and monsters/demons theme, you’re really gonna like this.

If you do watch it, you really have to at least watch up past Teresa of the Faint Smile’s entire story – it comes pretty early on. Somehow she’s become my favorite anime character and I’m not sure why. There’s just something about her… And her story’s very moving, it really draws you in. You’ll definitely remember it throughout the entire anime.

But, this one, it really has it all. But if you don’t like tons of gore and constant action and fighting, then you probably won’t like it too much. This series revolves around all female leads — there’s one male character, he’s whiny and you’ll hate him (probably… maybe not. I did…), but I really wouldn’t call him a lead. More of a supporting character. Well, he’s sort’ve a lead at some points… But the story’s really about Clare.

I think that’s enough to give you an idea if you’re going to like it or not. Obviously I give this anime 10/10 all the way. But, if you’re into this sort’ve thing, then give it a shot. If not, then don’t worry about it. I could go on forever about Claymore, but I’d be getting into some major spoilers real fast if I got any deeper. 😉

Oh as another little point I just thought of adding… Claymore does have a definite ending, unlike some animes. And while watching it, you definitely feel like it was well made. The fight sequences were all beautiful and amazing, and the animation was superb. The animation itself also makes it seem like you’re not really watching an anime per se, but somehow it felt kinda more… “American” to me. I don’t know what I mean by that, it just looks really good I guess, and maybe a bit more realic than most. There’s no ecchi, chibi, or anything over the top, there’s nothing added in for humor. It keeps a very serious tone throughout. The dub is amazing, and I watched it with the dub, so that probably further attributes to that. But, even if you don’t really like anime, you could probably get into this. It just kinda has that kinda feel to it for me.

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