When you get down to it, true friendship is measured by the willingness to cut a pal’s head off for her.
There are only two episodes left in this show and I’m bracing myself for a lot of my questions to be left unfulfilled. There’s a tall order of matters to resolve, and I know there’s no way they can be covered in the amount of time remaining. Without calling it “filler” the way so many fans do, I’ll still say that the pacing of this latest crop of episodes has felt noticeable more leisurely (we’ve just capped off two arcs in the tundra that might as well have been labeled as one five-episode arc.) Bearing that in mind, I suppose we’ll find out whether or not it’s possible to properly hedge expectations and avoid disappointment and frustration when you know they’re around the corner. In a way, it’s just like a Claymore knowing that she’ll one day awaken and turn into the thing she hates so much.
Just like it.
Something I have inferred (and something I’m sure won’t be adequately addressed) is the attitudes of the Claymores (and have maybe of the Organization, too) have progressed it the years since Priscilla turned. The fact they’ve apparently kept her transformation a secret would be one clue, but the other Claymores also generally seem to be a little more reluctant to execute awakening comrades than they were in Teresa’s day. It seems to be a gradual shift from strict adherence to the letter of the law to a more situational enforcement of the spirit of the law.
Or maybe I’m just projecting too much into the gaps between the broad strokes of the plot?
Some of you lunatics said that the manga offered an actual explanation for why Raki is so “irresistible to the lay-dez” and I’m starting to suspect that he might actually some kind of latent power for counteracting awakenings. It just seems significant that Priscilla would "go monster" as soon as he's separated himself from her. Maybe he's not as useless as he looks and proclaims to be?
Watch these episodes “Critical Point (Part 2)” below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.