Watch & Learn: CLAYMORE #9

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 11, 2011. Last post by Doppelgamer 2 years, 11 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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All this time... I had no idea Clare was a sucky N00B.
All this time... I had no idea Clare was a sucky N00B.

If we’re getting to get so caught up in ranking things, I must say that these have got to be the cattiest warrior women I’ve ever seen on screen. As much self-control as these Claymores exhibit suppressing their Yoma sides, I figure they need even more restraint to keep themselves from going “Oooooooooo…!” after every snappy putdown.

Kidding aside, I feel inclined to hold this up to people as a model for anybody trying to properly establish a new mythos. Aside from the catty Claymores’ explanation to Raki running a little on long and expository side, there’s a deft discipline to how each new reveal is parceled out. Not only does each nugget give you a bigger piece of the puzzle, it also flips what you thought you'd already assembled up until that point. In this episode, for instance, all the business about rankings adds up to a pretty incisive shocker about Clare actually being the lamest of the Claymores. Not only did that pretty handily answer my concern that the show might lose any tension if the Yoma are just purple meat for these ladies to slice up, it also underscores her struggle with even more pathos. Then my next question about why there aren’t male Claymores gets answered with a sharp cliffhanger, and the question about the “voracious eater” cover story is addressed before I even think to ask it. This is a show that constantly feels like it’s at least three steps ahead of its viewer.

Also, the way that Clare got her Yoki powers by pulling the juice out of Teresa's head was some intense mythmaking.

To find a complain (lest this become a chorus line of non-stop praise) I’d say that the designs so far haven’t been especially appealing. They’re even a little unpleasant to look at. Relax, I’m not saying that the Claymore should wear the oft-mocked “impractical lady armor” like THE SACRED BLACKSMITH. But… of all the options of real world armor to model the outfits after, I do wish that they’d have chosen anything other than these Joan of Arc the Vakyrie get-ups. That’s not so outrageous an observation, is it?

Watch this episode "Those Who Rend Asunder (Part 1)" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Post by metalsnakezero (665 posts) See mini bio Level 16
What is the point of armor is the damn monsters can already pierce through it like it was nothing? I think the idea is that the Claymores can be more flexible without it.
Post by TheDrake (1 posts) See mini bio Level 3

There is a reason for her low ranking, should be explained later on....kinda

Post by sotyfan16 (1,340 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Oh I'd love to comment with my idea about the armor but then it'd be a huge spoiler and I hate revealing such information; even though it's from the manga due to there not being more of the anime. But at least now you know that Clare is ranked in last place at 47th. Why would such be the case when she took in Teresa's essence? Well, the answers are coming, but not all quickly.
 
As for the show being ahead of the viewer, that's the case for every show. But it's especially true for this one because the anime leaves out some details that the manga provides in the same time frame.
Post by Lurkero (398 posts) See mini bio Level 7
I disliked the similar outfits as well. Not enough to distinguish them besides haircuts.
 
The explanation for the lack of male Yoma was one of my favorites and the revel of Claire being the lowest rank was a good "Oh snap" moment too.
Post by EganTheVile1 (1,511 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Trivia: This episode had Queenie's first appearance, she did not do much else, aside die later in the series LOL
Post by Doppelgamer (7 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Please try to avoid using Hulu in the future, if possible.  (Region specific crap.)
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