Watch & Learn: CLAYMORE #5

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 1, 2011. Last post by hitsusatsu11 3 years ago.
Post by No_name_here (855 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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"You are tearing me apart, Teresa!"
"You are tearing me apart, Teresa!"

If any of you lunatics have ever been to Comic Con, you’ll know that it’s basically like a giant marble boulder dropping into the pond of your life. You’re fighting to swim through its ripples before and after it hits. I hope you all enjoyed the video content I set up before I left. Geo and I have actually got some video coming at you from the convention floor. Just be patient and enjoy these renewed Watch and Learns in the meantime.

Anyway, these Claymores are all just big softies. They want to seem so hard and tough, but their hearts melt faster than sugar cubes on a skillet. I was getting some sick amusement out of the abuse Teresa was flinging on lil’ Claire. Annoying kids show up all the time in action adventures, but how often does the heroine get to treat that kid the way everybody the audience really wants to? Of course, the whole “sympathetic character” nonsense means it can only go on for so long, so eventually she had to be take the little squirt on as a sidekick, but it was some sick fun while it lasted.

We get some interesting clues about the Claymores’ true nature, here (how gnarled did Teresa’s boobs have to be to get that kind of reaction?) but I think it’s Teresa’s attitude that’s more revealing. Earlier on, I speculated that Claire might be so weary from the repetition of her grim duties that she was looking for any way - - not matter how slight - - to make it more entertaining for herself. Considering how her mentor’s “faint smile” is such a remarkable part of her M.O., my theory about the Claymore’s ambivalence feels that much more spot-on, now.

I feel like the old trick of neatly slicing a bad guy in half from crown to groin has to be the signature move of the charmingly-shlocky OAVs of the 90s. So the fact that Teresa uses it so often here - - and so well - - reinforces how much this feels like late nite “not your daddy’s cartoons” done right. I’ve already said enough about that, though.

Watch this episode "Teresa of the Faint Smile" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15

A fucking The Room reference in the first image caption?

Jesus. I may just have to try and charge you with crimes against humanity for that.

Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
You'll find out why Claymores' chests are messed. Glad you are returning to this series. Hope my Beginner's Guide was enlightening.
Post by Lurkero (405 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Yeah, the perfect dissection slice gets old kinda fast.
Post by claymore_lover (1 posts) See mini bio Level 4

i havent found out y their chests r messed and ive watched the entire series 15 times
Post by No_name_here (855 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@ZombiePie said:

A fucking The Room reference in the first image caption?

Jesus. I may just have to try and charge you with crimes against humanity for that.

C'mon... you know that was good.

Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@Tom_Pinchuk said:

@ZombiePie said:

A fucking The Room reference in the first image caption?

Jesus. I may just have to try and charge you with crimes against humanity for that.

C'mon... you know that was good.

Oh God...

Don't make me fall in love with you.

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@sotyfan16 said:

You'll find out why Claymores' chests are messed. Glad you are returning to this series. Hope my Beginner's Guide was enlightening.

I'll check it out when I'm done. Want to go deeper into this without any expectations!

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@Lurkero said:

Yeah, the perfect dissection slice gets old kinda fast.

Unless you're quoting THE ROOM while doing it.

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@claymore_lover said:

i havent found out y their chests r messed and ive watched the entire series 15 times

The world may never know?

Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@Tom_Pinchuk said:

@sotyfan16 said:

You'll find out why Claymores' chests are messed. Glad you are returning to this series. Hope my Beginner's Guide was enlightening.

I'll check it out when I'm done. Want to go deeper into this without any expectations!

I want to say that I have a caved in chest a people with messed up chests always makes me feel better about myself....

Not really.

Post by No_name_here (855 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@ZombiePie said:

@Tom_Pinchuk said:

@ZombiePie said:

A fucking The Room reference in the first image caption?

Jesus. I may just have to try and charge you with crimes against humanity for that.

C'mon... you know that was good.

Oh God...

Don't make me fall in love with you.

"Two's great, Denny, but three's a crowd."

Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@Tom_Pinchuk said:

@ZombiePie said:

@Tom_Pinchuk said:

@ZombiePie said:

A fucking The Room reference in the first image caption?

Jesus. I may just have to try and charge you with crimes against humanity for that.

C'mon... you know that was good.

Oh God...

Don't make me fall in love with you.

"Two's great, Denny, but three's a crowd."

See this is why you are my favorite customer.

Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@claymore_lover:
@Tom_Pinchuk:
Understandably so. I hope you or someone you know takes a look at the manga from where the anime ends. There's a lot more there to enjoy.
Post by zaldar (1,253 posts) See mini bio Level 15
hmm need to go see the room.  Go and look back and my comments on your C video if you can Tom.  Glad you enjoyed to con I have heard it really isn't much of a vacation from the few people I know who have gone.
Post by Black_Rose (1,204 posts) See mini bio Level 11

That image shows the ridiculous mentality of censors: "Yeah we'll let the person sliced in half be there, but god forbid there's actual blood! That will really fuck up the kids".

Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@zaldar said:

hmm need to go see the room.

No...no you don't. Don't let any of the Nostalgic critics or meme based blogs fool you. The Room is a fucking goddamn abomination. It isn't funny...it's painful. Sure it's funny for the first twenty minutes but its around 100 minutes long and Jesus Christ is it bad.

Post by EganTheVile1 (1,511 posts) See mini bio Level 20
This was one of my favorite episodes of the series, I did not go into watching Claymore with any knowledge of Teresa's fate, and grudgingly admit I got very attached and emotionally invested in her character.
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@ZombiePie said:

@zaldar said:

hmm need to go see the room.

No...no you don't. Don't let any of the Nostalgic critics or meme based blogs fool you. The Room is a fucking goddamn abomination. It isn't funny...it's painful. Sure it's funny for the first twenty minutes but its around 100 minutes long and Jesus Christ is it bad.

You HAVE to see it at a midnight show full of people who already know all the audience interaction cues. Then it's an experience.

Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@VanTesla:
Dude, put that stuff in a Spoiler box. I know that info is past the anime and only in the manga but come on. But as for the question, I'm not sure.
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