One thing I especially like about CLAYMORE? It cuts through the BS.
Maybe it’s fitting that I’ve watched this episode just after posting my “final thoughts” on FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD and its odd aversion to cooties. It’s also an interesting counterpoint to Shinji and Misato’s relationship in EVA; an example of nearly-inappropriate, aged-gapped sexual tension actually getting fulfilled. They never come out and say what Clare and Raki’s ages are, but I suppose it could be a senior/freshman deal. Either way, if we’re talking about suspensions of disbelief, it’s easier to accept little girls who transform into giant tentacle monsters than it is to believe that a guy’s saying “I want to be with you all the time!” to a girl close enough to his age with only platonic motives.
On simpler terms, it’s probably about time Raki got some action.
I actually appreciate that he does so under such awkward circumstances. One of the many baffling magic tricks this series pulls is off is making the annoying teen sidekick work by, perhaps, just fessing up to how gawky he would actually be. There’s something actually more inspiring about him making a stand against the bad girls here when he’s demonstrating a woeful grasp of trash talk. Ditto for his heart-to-heart with Clare at the end having dialogue that just lets out how desperate and needy the kid actually is. We get conditioned to expect all these conversations to be so cool that it actually does feel sharper when characters are saying things that’d make friends roll their eyes at a dinner party.
Anyway, I’ll give this show kudos for having some genuine unpredictability. I figured Ophelia was dead, for sure. I couldn’t guess how Clare was going to walk away from getting maimed. I didn’t even suspect that we were going to so quickly encounter the big bad Claymores introduced last episode - - even though I should’ve smelled a set-up in what Clare was walking into.
One thing I do some coming - - Raki's going to become a Claymore, ain't he? Maybe he'll even be one of those super sex-charged Awakened Beings, too?
Watch this episode “The Endless Gravestones Part 1” below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.