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Claymore Season 1 Review
Claymore
クレイモア (Kureimoa)

Synopsis

The series is set on a fictional medieval island where humans are plagued by Yoma (妖魔), humanoid shape-shifters that feed on humans. A mysterious group, known as The Organization, creates human-Yoma hybrids to kill Yoma for a fee. These female warriors wear armored uniforms. The public refers to them as "Claymores," alluding to their Claymore swords, or "Silver-eyed Witches," due to their silver eyes. Yoma and Claymore warriors alike are powered by a demonic energy, Yoki, which allows shape-shifting and extreme strength. When warriors use too much Yoki, they "awaken," becoming a super-Yoma called an Awakened Being. The act of awakening is likened to the feeling of sexual climax, so while both male and female warriors existed in the past only the women proved to be successful warriors and so the creation of male Claymores stopped altogether. The story of Claymore follows the adventures of the beautiful Claymore warrior Claire, who fights demons and struggles to hold on to her humanity.

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Animation

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Story

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Overview

Claymore (Japanese: クレイモア Hepburn: Kureimoa) is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. The series initially premiered in the now defunct Monthly Shōnen Jump in the May 2001.

Madhouse adapted the first eleven volumes of the series into a twenty-six episode anime series. Directed by Hiroyuki Tanaka, the series premiered in Japan on NTV in April 2007 and ran until September 2007.

Alternative title

– Claymore
– Клеймор (Russian)
– كلايمور (Arabic)
– Kureimoa (Japanese)
– クレイモア (Japanese)

TL;DR Review

Claymore is a beautiful and dark anime that ended too soon. Though fan had asked for a season two in the past, it doesn’t look like this will ever happen. This is a dark fantasy and intended for mature audiences, as the violence can be somewhat gory.

Despite knowing the anime isn’t complete, I still highly recommend this series to the viewer that love dark fantasy, or just action anime altogether. This is very reminiscent to later anime like Attack on Titan. If you like Attack on Titan, this series is definitely a must watch.

Claymore contains graphic violence and some suggestive themes/dialogs.

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Claymore
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

TV Series

  1. “Raison d’être” (レゾンデートル, lit. Reason for being) by Nightmare

Closing Theme

TV Series

  1. “Danzai no Hana: Guilty Sky” (断罪の花 ~Guilty Sky~, lit. Flower of Conviction~Guilty Sky) by Riyu Kosaka

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Featured Video

Claymore

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Clare
“Number Forty-Seven in the organization, Clare, the successor of Teresa's flesh and blood, the bearer of Ilena's right arm, and the one who will hunt down the head of the one-horned monster, Priscilla.”
Clare
“I promise you. I will not die. I will survive this day and meet you again. So, you can't die either, Raki. I will find you. You need to survive until then.”
Teresa
“It’s hardly profound. The reason is very simple: I’ve found a reason to live. From now on, I’m going to live for the girl.”
Clare
“Don’t be so quick to throw away your life. No matter how disgraceful or embarrassing it may be, you need to keep struggling to find your way out until the very end.”
Clare
“From the moment I first saw you, you've looked so sad. Your face shows so much pain. Your eyes were like mine. They looked so sad, so hurt, so lonely…as if you couldn't stand it.”
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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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