Talk about peculiar breeds of nostalgia. This show brings me back to wild days of the American anime video market in the early-to-mid 90s; a time when every VHS had a “WARNING! 18+ ONLY” sticker on it and tape sets were advertised in late night, long form commercials that went on about how “Japananimation” was not those lame kiddy cartoons I grew up. This was the time of M.D. GEIST and, as I learned later, it grew out of schlocky OVAs been easier to import. The real head game, here, is that while CLAYMORE invokes the milieu to me, it actually presents the ultraviolence with some - - GASP! - - quality.
This show’s been recommended to me for a long time, particularly by a friend who’s a pro comics penciler. Of course, the only venue he offered to me was a torrent and Tommy’s not going to dip his vestal C Drive into that nest of vipers. So you can imagine that I’m pretty glad that I can watch CLAYMORE now through such a clean and legal avenue like Hulu.
Simplicity isn’t always a mark of unsophistication. In fact, well-done simplicity might actually be the hardest thing to execute. I can’t quite articulate what precise details made me enjoy this so much more over similarly-themed fare like GUIN SAGA and BERSERK, but maybe that’s the invisible magic. Regardless of the particulars, I got into this mean mythology of shape-shifting Yomas almost immediately and I was pumping my fist when Clare got to slicing and dicing these rat bastards. Kid sidekicks can be get really annoying, really quickly, but the tender and tenuous relationship that forms between her and Raki felt credible. Maybe it’s because he was so bluntly exiled by the superstitious town elders; maybe it’s because she obviously needs some kind of companion and it it’s going to be a cry baby, then so be it.
This show’s definitely on my consideration list. Hell, it’s already educated me. All this time, I thought claymore was just some kind of mud or soil - - hence the famous mines. However, upon researching this show, I discovered it’s a specific kind of Scottish broad sword. A “great sword” even, as this episode’s title spells out. So this stuff isn't rotting my brain, after all.
Watch this episode "Great Sword" below and decide for yourself...
Check out my thoughts on the other shows I've sampled below...
- GUNSLINGER GIRL
- FULL METAL PANIC!
- SCHOOL DAYS
- OTOME YOKAI ZAKURO
- GIANT KILLING
- HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD
- PANTY & STOCKING
- GUIN SAGA
- PRINCESS TUTU
- TATAMI GALAXY