M: Claymore hmm possibly one of the hardest things I’ve given a review score to my gut feeling going completely ageist what I kind of analyzed. I mean I feel as though I shouldn’t like Claymore, but I really kind of do like it a lot actually. It’s a complexed feeling I’ll try to get across in the review but if you feel my review score is unjustified well you can write your own review now cant you?
The setting of Claymore I actually do like it’s based in a kind of medieval Europe something I generally like from the point of view of anime. However instead of the black plague, War, Vikings, and Mongols to deal with they get nice little man eating freaks called Yomas. They turn into people then lure them away to be tortured and eaten, and no we are not talking about your girlfriend. These monsters are well hidden and can only be killed by beings call Claymores (Grey wardens) they can sense these Yomas (Dark spawn) do to having Yoma blood in their veins. At least we know bioware crypts its stories form interesting stuff. Anyways dropping the completely unfounded assumptions The Claymore are all women having joined the ranks of their fellow warriors for separate reasons and hunt them from town to town. They all share the same blonde hair silver eyes and fair skin that makes them bacisly Hitler’s dream team if he wasn’t to busy being evil and tweaked up on meth. This story fallows one of these
particular bad asses the claymore Clare the lowest ranked claymore.
Ah so much is wrong with claymore but much of it is kind of core to the whole thing. The show claymore suffers from what I call Obsessive compulsive underdogism or as my friend Eric so eloquently puts the bitch factor. This is something seen a lot in tournament based shows or in other fairly long adventures like Naruto and bleach where the main character is forced into the position of the underdog fighting some never before matched enemy and narrowly wining by doing something amazing and never before seen. This of course leaves us with a problem if she now knows this bad ass skill how is she the underdog and how can her allies still keep up? Well good you asked we solved that by making a new set of bad guys that make that skill seem useless and pitiful and if the main character does something awesome everyone she knows and their mothers can do it too now. Rinse and Repeat this process a few more times and that is the bitch factor This keeps Clare from ever seeming like a bad ass till the end and makes the enemies seem more arbitrary and ever accomplishment starts to feel like a step backwards. However this does not always ring true some movements make Clare feel still rather cool, but it feels like a lot of missed opportunity and makes you want to slap some people for always over looking her. Another issue I hear a lot, but didn’t really affect me is that all the characters have the same hair and eye color making it hard to tell them apart. Oh a more personal complain is I really really really hate Raki the main love interest. He is such a useless whine brat with the most annoying voice I had to switch to Japanese before switching back because the Japanese voice for him is even whinier (also the creepy glasses dude has such a great voice in English I couldn’t help but go dubbed.) He serves as nothing more than a love interest no real reason why his character couldn’t be better or more interesting or different in a way with a little storey tweaking. I know romance is important but why not make a more interesting counter part or as my friend F was in favor of make the love interest Jean, but I guess that’s catering to a different audience though I would be totally In favor of it. My last complaint has to do with the ending so I’ll save it for the ending No spoilers of course.
The Positives are kind of superfluous aside from one so I’ll try to get through them quickly. The story feels really interesting especially with a lot of mystery surrounding the inner workings of the claymores, but they never go into that. A lot of story stuff that I was really interested never really got discussed like the scars on the claymores or the true reason behind hiding the truth about half awakening. A lot of promising story treads cut short, but they still pulled me in. The art is really good too and while I don’t really bring it up but the character art like even the clothing is really cool for even the most unimportant stuff like the knights clothing when Clare pretended to be a knight for like one episode was really ornate and thought out. It’s kind of cool like my all time favorite outfit being on shall we say a certain women with one arm. Another thing I’m really glad about is that though the fan service is their it’s done very stubbly pleasing anyone who wants it but letting people like me who find it distracting ignore it easily. A minor thing too that made things easier to deal with no calling out the name of the technique they use which is such a nice head ache reliever. Al this is unimportant when compared to the thing that really really made me like this show, the characters. Each character is so different from each other and aside from Raki they all are kind of cool. Even characters that are seen only once feel well thought out. Specifically characters like Ilena, Teresa, Clare, Jean, The creatures of the abyss, and the creepy guy with glasses all intrigued me, but I don’t really know why. There isn’t something corporeal that can show what I mean by that they just are. Maybe it’s the way thye all interacted more then why they interact with people. A good story technique I almost forgot to mention that I give them credit for is the willingness to pull the trigger on characters rather quickly and without much preparation. Plenty of surviving what shouldn’t be survivable but another good chunk of just well yeah you’re dead and that’s all we got to say about that. It makes everything feel up in the air and makes death kind of have a bigger meaning when it seems permanent and recurrent. Oh and as a final funny note the claymore totally make the star wars tie-fighter blaster noise when they power up which made me laugh for like an hour cause I couldn’t help but think they could totally use a light saber.
The complaint I wanted to address at the end is the ending. The ending feels really out of place and kind of just filled with empty promise. The final fight tries to be extremely epic even including a fucking volcano, but it just feels kind of dull and kind of kills whatever tricks they had in store for the future. They set it up for a sequel much like the start of a video game Ip where it feels more like a just in case then an actually promise. I mean they could go interesting places with the way they ended it, but doubt they will and even if they do make a second I don’t see them actually doing anything interesting which just makes me depressed.
In the end of things I really loved it, but I can’t even figure out why. All things considered I want to give it a 3 or 3.5 but I just can’t make myself do it for some reason no matter what I just know claymore earns a 4 purple blood showers out of 5
Oh as a additional note I feel that I should ask you anime vice consortium or those of you who have read and watched claymore judging from how I felt do you feel I should read it? If so do I need to start off point zero or can I jump in somewhere and if so where? Oh an is Raki any less annoying in the manga?
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