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.