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CLAYMORE CHAPTER 151-152 REVIEW: SHARINGAN TERESA/ THE TRUE FORM OF HATE.

NOOOOOOO! Those words at the end of the chapter, I simply refuse to believe them. The end cannot be approaching.

The end of this arc maybe, but not of this great series. I want more, and I am willing to believe that the mangaka has a lot more in store for the manga. We cannot go out before seeing the dragons.

THE CHAPTERS:

Teresa hits the battlefield, challenging the former number 1s absorbed by Priscilla to show the pride of their ranks and challenge her in direct combat. Seemingly weakened from the internal rebellion, Priscilla’s hate for Teresa rises to the surface, granting her great power.

MY THOUGHTS:

It’s odd, I hated chapter 151 when I first read it last month; something about it seemed less than the usual Claymore quality. Reading it a second time though gave me pause and a chance to appreciate it for a great battle chapter in contrast to chapter 152.

Great chapters all round; I wanted to see Teresa in action, and these two chapters reminded me of the awe I first felt watching her in action against the Priscilla and Irene, shortly before her death.

I won’t call her a beast, but she is, defeating Cassandra even while faced with a rather odd fighting form and then standing up to chaos that is Priscilla.

Thinking about it though, chapter 152 shined largely due to the emotional aspects of the story, specifically Teresa’s attempts at gaining an understand of this new world and Clare’s friends, allowing them and us an opportunity to understand her place among the ghosts as she saw it.

Some of what she said was a little surprising'; I personally rarely give Yuma any thought and I will sometimes forget her existence; even when she makes an appearance I struggle to remember what she’s all about.

But it would make sense that Clare would find her most endearing, both having struggled with their weak ranking and stature. Surprisingly, I am found these conversations between Teresa and the ghosts quite fascinating to read, even more than the battle scenes, this including Raki’s account of his time with Isley.

Though, I think we all knew that Isley had changed his tune during his days with Raki, becoming less murderous villain and more fatherly figure to two interesting individuals.

Speaking of Isley, it has been eons since we last laid eyes upon those undead things that brought the so called Limitless Isley down; one needs to ask why the organization never considered launching those monsters (and even by Yoma/awakened being/abyssal one standards, those things are monsters) at the juggernaut that is Priscilla. That is a clash I would like to see.

+I thought Priscilla was all about Yoki reading, and that availed her all the advantage she needed against any and all opponents. But she showed superior brute strength as well, on top of speed and an ability to adapt new skills. One has to wonder what the greatest number 1 can truly do when unleashed.

+The art in these chapters lacked some of the finer details of typical claymore, precluding that Teresa/Cassandra fight, which was pretty amazing. I love the effort Norihiro Yagi pours into creating these intriguing claymore and their even more intriguing fighting styles.

RATING: 7/10, watching Teresa finally engage Priscilla was quite exciting, observing as she maintained her usual calm demeanor even in the face of Priscilla’s rage, executing the sorts of techniques others termed ‘special’ with little effort.

One cannot dispute the fact that this fight was simply destined, between the strongest claymore ever and the greatest awaken being in existence. This being Claymore I cannot even begin to guess who will come out on top.

Priscilla is already raging but Teresa is still taking things easy.

These last few chapters do beg the question though. Is Teresa actually Clare’s awakening? Because then one has to wonder if Teresa herself can actually awaken. And if she can’t, then that would be a shame.

Keeping Abyssal Teresa from us is like Bleach’s Zaraki Kenpachi never revealing this bankai (and knowing Kubo that is a possibility).

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Oh Claymore! Why? Why did you do this to me?

Just when this chapter was started to go crazy, it ended…so suddenly that the thought of the four weeks it would take before the next chapter would be released seemed to echo in my brain. Such a long long long long, freakin long time.

AH, CLAYMORE, WHY?

THE CHAPTER:

Teresa and Claire reunite just as her battle with Priscilla commences.

MY REVIEW:

Everything that has happened in Claymore, all the years that I have followed this manga, have been leading up to this one event; the final clash between Priscilla and Teresa.

I love strong villains. I love strong villains that retain their strength, never losing out to irrational decisions on their part or silly nakama power plot holes. I love villains that remain strong despite the advantage the main characters have by being the primary protagonists.

It’s why I love Madara from Naruto, and its why I love Priscilla. Because despite the odds she has had to come up against, rather than write some silly and somewhat easy victory against her by what still amounts to a barely visible threat in the presence of her might, Nagi has allowed the story to follow its logical route.

We knew Clare, even awakened, stood zero chances against Priscilla; and even with their formidable strength, neither did the other ghosts (maybe Miria, in her awakened state).

But Teresa? Now that is a whole other story. Part of my interest in strong villains revolves around my excitement over how they will finally lose their various battles. And knowing Claymore’s rather dynamic approach to story telling, never truly favoring its character’s for story’s sake, these last two chapters have more than satisfied my curiosity over Priscilla’s eventual demise.

My only qualm with chapter 150 is how short it felt; I wanted to see Teresa finally enter the fight. But then again that one panel of action, that one display of her power was more than enough satiate my thirst, at least for today.

Who knows what will happen tomorrow? I will probably start hounding the internet until I find a raw claymore copy of the next chapter somewhere. That is how psyched I am to read chapter 151.

RATING; 20/10, this fight is going to be quite the event. Claymore doesn’t get better than this….well, being claymore it most obviously does. Let’s all pray that this isn’t the end of the show, that we are not slowly winding down to the series finale.

Because Claymore still has so much more to do. If we are lucky we might get a shipudden styled part 2 (or 3, depending on your thoughts regarding the time skip), one that allows the series to finally cross the island’s borders into the war across the sea.

HIGHLIGHT: Clare and Teresa’s reunion, Teresa putting Priscilla down.

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Is this the Claymore Chapter I have been waiting to read for all these years? Well, it is starting to feel like it; I mean here I was wondering how Nagi was planning to fill another 30 pages of ghosts vs. Priscilla without the godlike abyssal one rationally obliterating everything in her sight.

Then it happened, that last page….

THE CHAPTER: What can I say happened in this chapter without giving it all away? Priscilla proves herself to be even more of a monster. Clare takes the battle up a notch.

MY THOUGHTS:

First issue though; where the hell is my Noblesse? It’s been way too long since I last feasted on this Manhwa greatness.

This chapter of Claymore was creepy, at least to me, mostly with the way Priscilla was literally consuming and assimilating her opponents; watching those vines shoot about, with giant human heads attached to their ends was just a little…disturbing for me, especially that scene with Octavia.

The stakes have never been higher and I can appreciate Nagi’s attempts to create an intense atmosphere on a battlefield where death is literally one millisecond away, where characters keep escaping by the teeth of their lives, and only ever really delaying the inevitable…

…Sorry, but none of this matters, not Miria’s speeches or Cynthia’s courage or Raki’s stupidity…THAT ENIDNG…THAT ENDING, the next chapter cannot come soon enough.

RATING: 10/10, THAT ENDING.

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CLAYMORE is the only manga i know that could possibly stand a chance of competing with Naruto for my adoration; dark, violent yet moving seinen manga series do not come as a good as this (though Ubel Blatt is pretty close).

Chapter 148 was amazing, somehow managing to generate more entertainment juices than even the last two chapters; i know, pretty difficult to believe, especially when considering what transpired in chapters 147 and 147.

But chapter 148 actually managed to bring more than chaotic action to the table (of which their was actually plenty of). We got some AMAZING Claire and Raki action-with the pair getting the best panels out of the entire chapter, an emotional death and a foreshadowing of the end.

THE CHAPTER-

Claire and Raki double team Priscilla. A dire situation begins to unfold.

MY THOUGHTS-

There is this nagging voice at the back of my mind that keeps asking me why the hell the manga is choosing to extend the Priscilla conflict across so many chapters; because it is definitely starting to feel like it’s been forever since this battle first began.

But then again that is a voice i can ignore, not when you consider the foreshadowing in that last panel. I mean, if Priscilla is completely revived and is about to go crazy, what the hell can we expect but destruction on a massive scale.

What has set the last few chapters of Priscilla’s battle with the ghosts apart is the nature of her opponents; which is why i spoke of a tiny voice, because you cannot help but appreciate what we have had the opportunity to witness on paper.

Far from a Goku Vs. Freiza scenario, Nagi made the smart decision to keep the roster of combatants dynamic, a rational outcome if you take into account Priscilla’s strength.

Her power is such that any one enemy that faced her would have come under meteoric strength, losing in the most spectacular manner. So of course it made sense to keep her opponents dynamic, throwing at her everything from awakened beings to abyssal ones to ancient male claymores and so on.

It is only because of how brutal the last few chapters have been, the sorts of enemies that she has come against, that we can believe the logic of Clare bringing Priscilla to such a low point. So, i guess, this hasn’t ran too long, just yet.

+I will admit to feeling some anxiety over the logic Nagi would use to explain Raki’s success at striking Priscilla; truth be told this wasn’t the ass pull i thought it would be.

AND WE GOT TO SEE ISLEY, quite a treat, as he could be my favourite character of the series; did anyone else find the means of his passing a little sad, if not harsh?

Speaking of which, what happened to those undead creatures we saw back during Isley’s fall; i believe the organization referred to them as abyssal hunters of some sort, so powerful that even Isley was fleeing from them…just when you think we might have come to the crux of the claymore world, a closer glance reveals how much more we still have to explore.

Anyway i loved that flash back and i could believe Priscilla casting Raki out of her mind once she cut him down, so much so that he could sneak upon her undetected; it is an interesting consideration how much planning and resolve Raki poured into his mission, that all those moves he made after the time skip were aimed not only at finding Clare but placing himself in the most opportune place to put Priscilla down.

Oh and that flash sword panel/panels…EPIC. This is why i love Claymore so much, how visceral and crisp the art feels; and in a way it makes Priscilla out to be more of a monster than we assumed.

Looking at those panels carefully, Clare clearly dissected her into several thousand tiny pieces within that instant; and what, she healed herself? Regenerated her matter? How? And to what extent can she keep it up, because one then has to wonder how anyone can stand a chance against her.

That last panel said quite a lot; with the ghosts exhausted, exactly how will ANYONE stop Priscilla. Keep in mind how crowded the battle field was a mere ten chapters ago, the anti Priscilla army now reduced to a select few fatigued Claymore, most of whom aren’t likely to master the will to fight.

+Admittedly Tabitha’s death in this chapter was better than what i thought would be a quick demise in the last chapter. Rather than fading away instantly, there was greater impact following the opportunity imputed to her to say good bye to her friends.

Nagi orchestrated the scene beautifully, making it look like she was about to heal her self, close all her wounds, rise to fight once more, only to use the last of her strength imparting some words of wisdom to Miria. Epic stuff. Epic death for a truly Epic Claymore, one who probably didn’t receive nearly enough recognition and appreciation ( i will admit to forgetting most characters outside of Clare, Miria, Deneve and Helen).

PREDICTIONS: We still have Miata standing, and everything we have seen so far suggest that she was on a path to transforming into another Priscilla type claymore, equally demented and just as unnaturally powerful.

Though we can all agree that Miata doesn’t fall anywhere within Priscilla’s range, power wise; no one does, besides Dauf and the destroyer both of whom are long dead.

And we still haven’t seen the hunters yet; minus any of these appearances, well, this is the first time we have seen Priscilla go truly crazy, actually losing her self to the monster.

All Hell is about to break loose…again.

RATING: 10/10 perfect chapter, great art, heart warming final minutes for Tabitha and of course the raging demon god (as they called her) that is Priscilla, about to be unleashed.

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You know, for a moment there i thought Claymore had began to lose its shine; chapter 146 didn’t really…inspire the first time i read it last month. Here i was thinking that maybe the series had seen better days, then Boom; Chapter 147 came smashing into my world, dissolving all such false assumptions that this awesome series could really ever lose hold of its position as one of the very best manga series out there.

THE CHAPTERS: The battle with Priscilla rages on. Clare resolves her internal struggles.

MY THOUGHTS:

Fighting, that’s what we’ve been doing for the past several chapters, and what a battle. And here i thought that, with the initial scenes of the conflict, this final Priscilla showdown would fall flat on its face.

Not so and as we have seen in the last few months, no other battle in the series has been anywhere near as dynamic as this one.

Priscilla is a monster, both figuratively and literally, and now she has a sword to play with; one has to appreciate the route the author followed in approaching this battle. Because at no point did any single claymore or group of Claymore ever stand a chance against Priscilla in fair combat.

So instead the mangaka thought it best to throw Priscilla through a series of rumbles, bringing to Miria’s side a myriad of diverse allies, both Claymore and awakened being, male and female, new and old, each throwing their hat into the ring and bringing their fists, claws, swords, teeth against the monstrous Priscilla.

And what could be a better testament to Priscilla’s superiority than her utter domination of what could be the best team of warriors ever gathered, further augmented by a pack of wild and immensely powerful creatures.

-If you didn’t read chapter 146 it might have been that much easier to dismiss its progress for its predictable elements. I mean, were we really expected to believe that one such as Priscilla could go down so easily?

Well, yes. That was the genius of 146, the realism in the tension it created, basically placing its core characters on the line, each time pulling them away from the fire just as you thought they were done for, just when Priscilla seemed completely dominant; then having the team initiate a counter attack so courageous and effective as to bring Priscilla to death’s very door.

…Oh how i wish i was watching all this in anime, because even in black and white my stomach churned as giants blades flashed against my favourite characters, as Priscilla bared her fangs only to have her form destroyed by the flash sword, each time dragging me to the edge with her as she teetered on the edge of destruction.

-And if chapter 146 was anxiety inducing, chapter 147 basically struck like a wrecking ball, dispensing with all pointless tension and allowing us a further glimpse of why Priscilla is the undisputed queen of the Claymore universe.

…if you haven’t read this manga or this chapter then i simply cannot bring myself to spoil it; but for a 28 page chapter, 147 felt so, well, long, like i had been reading it for ages, drawing out the battle, displaying each stroke of the sword, each speed burst, each earth shattering strike with precision and dynamism.

I don’t know how i could have ever been bored with this conflict, thought that this battle was actually taking too long. With every single soldier bringing their all against the might of Priscilla these two chapters, especially when read together, will keep you at the very edge of your seat.

-And that ending, wow; i mean what are the chances. Do we really dare believe that’s its over? And why? How? PRISCILLA IS A BEAST. When you consider the nature of her ability, that she can so casually create her own mater; it wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration to call her immortal, invincible even.

-Is it possible to deny the basic facts? There is no way Clare, Miria and the rest of them are making it out of this alive; which is a shame because Clare was finally emerging from her shell, finally capable of understanding why she could no longer access her former strength, that her cowardice against Priscilla was due to her fear of leaving her friends behind, or really losing any of them to Priscilla.

Claymore is simply killing it right now.

RATING: 9/10- and yes, i thought i would change to a 10 rating star system. A 5 star system doesn’t really allow me to express my verdict on chapters. I didn’t realise until chapter 147 that it was Yuma that stuck Priscilla’s chest with her sword. Pretty impressive for the weakest Claymore among the ghosts, that she actual struck a blow against the mighty Priscilla.

HIGHLIGHTS: Tabitha.

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I wanted to babble on about what a year this has been but truth be told i would be lying if i said i remembered most of what happened in these 12 months, with regards to anime and manga that is.

It took me a while to realise that at the beginning of this year the otaku realm was raving about how big of a hit psycho pass would be; now i barely remember its existence in light of the many series that have emerged as the months have progressed.

Anyway, i thought it would be a novel idea to sit down and critically analyze the year 2013 in anime and manga, but not through that most general of lenses that is ‘best anime and/manga’, instead delineating the best of manga and anime this year into some of its finer points; and because no anime or manga would be worth the hype or loath it attracts without that most important of elements that is the villain, I thought I would kick this little 2013 anime and manga ‘best of’ series off by looking at the best villains anime and manga has produced this year.

So here goes:

1. Uchiha god Madara (Naruto)

Madara Uchiha has somehow managed to reign as total bad ass, not only in the Naruto anime but the manga as well, his initial appearance in the anime, his utter decimation of the shinobi alliance only surpassed by the madness he has unleashed in the manga, his conflict with the kages and consistent ability to bring absolute destruction upon the Naruto world

2. Don Quixotte Doflamingo (One Piece)

it is disturbing to see just how far Doflamingo has come in One piece this year, this initially unimportant warlord some how breaking into the upper echelons of the pirate world as a true threat. No doubt one piece's run this year wouldn't have been the ride it has turned out to be if not for the revelations made regarding Doflamingo.

3. Shogo Makishima (Psycho Pass)

Looking back on it Psycho pass was basically the Kogami/Makishima story, and why wouldn’t it be, these two proving to be some of the most brilliant minds in the series. The reason the show reached its great heights was because of how well the Makishima/Kogami dynamic played out; and the reason this relationship played out so well was because of how devious and down right psychopathic Makishima could be, basically a virus in the perfect system of the Psycho pass world.

4. Juha bach (Bleach)

Juha bach is nothing less than the man credited for bringing soul society to its knees and murdering the man that had led it through the last millennium; and this year he cemented his determination to bring this ancient enemy of his people to its knees by launching an all out assault against the remnants of soul society. Truth be told though, i am crediting Juha bach for the actions he executed last year, as he has been largely unimportant to bleach in 2013. Normally he should have featured at the very bottom of the list, but you do not kill yamamoto Genryusai everyday.

5. Rachel (Tower of God)

There is something about the innocent nature of this character that makes her so damn unlikable; playing the desperate damsel in the early portions of the series, Rachel stands above all the villainous entities we have seen emerge on the scene in Tower of God this year, the woman that took Baam’s heart, ripped it out of his chest, crushed it, pushed the bits back in and did it again, inflicting immense amounts of hurt to her greatest proponent.

I don’t know if i can call Rachel devious; i don’t know if that word fully encompasses how manic she has proven herself to be in the manhwa this year. On the plus side though, she gave us the awesome Viole.

6. Orochimaru (Naruto)

Orochimaru is...well, Orochimaru, the original Naruto devil, his reemergence onto the scene at the beginning of this year not only shaking the structure of events in the Naruto world, but portending great things to come. As a source of great turmoil for Naruto Uzumaki one can only ponder at what his next move will be, following his efforts in resolving the Madara incident.

7. 9arts dragon (The Beaker: New Waves)

Maybe i am jumping the gun here, and maybe Nine arts hasn't yet struck villain status; and truth be told i hope this hero of the first Breaker series never turns to the dark side; but things aren't looking too good for him, especially with all the violence that has been been committed in his name. Whatever the case nine arts is the ultimate good guy turned evil character this year, and i expect events to take an explosive turn in 2014 now that he has chosen to finally come to the fro and take Seoul.

8. Hisoka (HunterXHunter)

Hisoka has been a part of the HunterXHunter world from the beginning; yet despite his early appearance, Hisoka has managed to hold his own against more recent villains more powerful villains as a truly despicable member of the HXH world; or maybe despicable isn’t quite the world to describe him. Creepy maybe…yes, creepy, disturbing, sometimes gross, but in a good way, the sort of manner villains are expected to present.

9. Chrollo Lucifer/Phantom troupe (HunterXHunter)

I don’t know if it is really possible to separate the awesomeness of the phantom troupe from Chrollo’s epicness, a villain that in truth is yet to make his mark on the HXH world, at least in my opinion, but whose presence on screen has the ability to shake the foundation of our heroes. One might go so far as to say that the phantom troupe arc was the pinnacle of the HXH anime.

10. Reiner (Attack on Titan)

The ability to infiltrate and yet remain inconspicuous to your enemy is god-sent, and Reiner did just that! Imagine walking, working, trusting the evil you so much wish to eradicate yet you’re just so blind to it.

Reiner is…well, one of SNK’s many tragedies.

Worthy mention:

-Shiro (Deadman Wonderland)- This manga didn't only have one of the more epic finales i have seen this year, it created quite a monster in shiro while also laying her bare, allowing us to explore the inner workings of her twisted mind.

Really, what allowed Shiro to shine as such a great villain this year was how tortured she seemed even as she unleashed hell against Ganta.

-Priscilla (Claymore)- Priscilla from Claymore was epic this year, especially with the revelation regarding her secrets, the nature of her power as the abyssal one with the power to create her own matter, basically making her a new kind of beast, that and the revelation about her one true weakness.

-Zephr (One Piece Film Z)- my thoughts on Film Z are somewhat skewed by how the series chose to end things, specifically the rather cliché battle between Luffy and Z at the end; none the less i liked Z as a somewhat tragic villain, wronged far too many times and taking the law into his own hands to a bring justice to the world; and his end somewhat helped cement the character in my eyes.

-Bils (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the gods)- i liked Battle of the gods and truth be told that was largely because of Bils, a character that, though irritating initially, began to endear himself to me as the sort of villain the series hasn’t produced since the dragon ball era. More importantly they managed to avoid the clichéd ending that Film Z had with regards to the final battle between hero and villain.

And that’s it from me and this year’s list of best villains; what was your 2013 like in anime and manga? Which villains most rocked your world?

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