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Watch & Learn: CLAYMORE #16

All this time, the Wicked Witch of the West has been the real threat.

The odds aren't good for them.
The odds aren't good for them.

Holy shit, all this build-up and the real enemy’s been the wicked witch of the West the whole time.

C’mon, the pieces fit together, right? Clare’s searching for heart, Raki’s desperately in need of a brain and, while nobody’s especially lacking in courage, the organization’s been steady revealed to be duplicitous in a very Oz-y, hasn't it?

And that’s as far as I’m going to take it. Children’s literature comparisons aside, this episode took the whole concept in a seriously kick ass direction. There are mega awakened beings? And they’re locked in an arms race right now over their monster collections? That’s rad. My mind actually balks trying to imagine how it could get any more rad.

CLAYMORE soldiers on with its habit of reclaiming awful OAV tropes with Dauf's spike spit and I’m starting to realize that this show pulls it off because it has a sense of humor about itself. I don’t give the dub actors as much due as it ought to be, but the people behind Riful and Dauf in particular were just a gas to listen to. The whole exchange where she threatens to break up with him if he doesn’t brutally murder these girls was perfect. The two are actually more fearsome when their threats are delivered with a smartass smirk and, again, that’s the key reason I prefer this over the humorlessness I found in the first chapter of BERSERK. It’s a precarious line between being too camp and being overly serious, but if you can hit just right, you’re getting the best of both worlds (like a warrior with both human and Yoma qualities, right?)

Watch this episode "The Witch's Maw (Part 2)" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Lurkeroon Aug. 26, 2011 at 2:20 p.m.
I can't remember direct dialog, but those characters seemed a little goofy in the fansub I watched of Claymore. I never got the sense that Claymore was campy, so it did tow that line well.
sotyfan16on Aug. 26, 2011 at 2:39 p.m.
Some good action sequences here. The Awakened Being leaders of the North, South, East, and West are something else. Their power is crazy. But you might want to ask yourself: Why are they fighting the Claymores? What is their objective for amassing armies? You see, the Organization is up to something.
EganTheVile1on Aug. 26, 2011 at 6 p.m.
I could not help but make the Wizard of Oz comparison once myself when talking about Claymore, we never see the Abyssal One of the East in the manga, yet anyway. considering that was the good witch in Oz it would be funny if they reveal it to be the good abyssal, though I would tend towards comparing Raki and Dorothy more then Raki and the Scarecrow. 
Riful is not really the main villain of the anime though, next episode will be it for her in the anime, not saying she dies, just that she only appears in this 3 part arc. She plays a much larger role in the manga, and again I am forced to wonder why they launched and finished this series so early on in the manga rather then waiting a little while and making a more satisfactory run of episodes. 
zaldaron Aug. 27, 2011 at 11:08 a.m.
hmm camp..no not a big fan of camp..
Fire Star moderator on Aug. 27, 2011 at 11:24 a.m.

I loved this episode, one of my favorite Claymores was Galatea, she is massively powerful. Plus, the North East and West Beings are always a fun concept to play with.

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