Intrigue! Betrayal! Deceit! Rebellion! Treachery! The plot thickens like so much stew in a cauldron as we learn that the Organization might actually be setting all these girls up!
I'll bet it’s a scary surprise to realize you’re a rebel when you didn’t actually know it for all your years of rebelling. Maybe there’s interpretative reading to be had in regard to how these Claymores’ awakenings are linked to their sex drives. Calling them “sexual awakenings” wouldn’t be too much of a stretch, really, and maybe there’s some metaphoric allusion here to how ladies reach their sexual primes later or handle such stimulation with evener keels than men….
…but I’ll hold off on getting any further into that, lest this column start sounding like an episode of LOVELINE or a dissertation at Kinsey Institute. Suffice it to say, I think I’ve got a better sense of how this show’s been pulling off the mind trick it’s been playing on my expectations. This is made by people with an actual understanding of the psyco-sexual underpinning of this kind of fantasy instead of the surface-level comprehension of “darkness” that turned so many OAVs into schlock.
On a level that’s closer to the surface, it’s fascinating how these Claymores are wrestling with how to put the little devils of their nature to good use. It riffs on the same chords I saw BROTHERHOOD strumming during the portions where Mustang had to go “over the edge” to defeat the Homunculi because nobody else seemed to be taking them that seriously. Philosophically, I do think that accomplishments are actually better fueled by the sublimation of negativity. That is, a girl who’s been put-down her whole life is going to eventually fly higher than another girl who’s been cheered on all of her's. The first girl wants it more and the anger she feels is a more potent fuel for success than the contentment and complacency of the second girl. To the same effect, I figure the Yoki urges are needed if these Claymore are to be effective police.
Hey, who says CLAYMORE doesn’t get you thinking?
Watch this episode “Those Who Rend Asunder, Part 3” below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.