So this is finally it? The End?
I would really like to know what brought about this decision; Is the mangaka simply tired? Was Claymore simply not selling as many copies as it needed to to maintain publication?
Or as this all there ever was to the claymore story? Not that it matters, not one of those answers would satisfy me. And that is something I can appreciate about the so Called Holy Shonen Trinity.
That Kubo, Oda and Kishimoto aren’t likely to bring their stories to an end without exploring ever plot, subplot, mystery and myth introduced within the series long run.
Naruto seems to have spent the majority of the war arc doing just this, Edo Tensei acting as the tool through which Kishimoto could reveal all there was to his shinobi world.
One does wonder if Kubo actually had any of the intricacies of his plot planned out; or if some of Bleach’s mysteries won’t simply remain mysteries. One piece on the other will need its ten years to properly put to bed all its plots and mysteries.
One could say that One piece now is where Naruto was at the beginning of Shipudden; Naruto Shipudden has largely been the revelation story, in which Kishimoto took every mystery and inference and subplot hinted at in Part 1 and finally explored them all.
One piece seems to have began its exploration arc, in which all the legends and stories of the one piece arc introduced pre-time skip are ripped open.
Teresa unleashes her awakened form against a seemingly immortal Priscilla; within the throes of their battle, Priscilla comes to life, her wishes, intentions and deepest desires finally revealed.
SO, Teresa is kind of awesome in this chapter, even more than usual.
I cannot help but think back to Naruto and Bleach, reading this, the latest chapter of Claymore; the most recent episodes of Naruto basically came right round, returning to the status quo as it was in the first series, with Team 7 united.
Watching Teresa and Priscilla go at it, I was transported back to the earliest episodes of Claymore, in which Teresa and Priscilla faced off, with Teresa more or less dominating until the very end, when a show of mercy proved fatal.
If Claymore must end, then I guess there can be no better end at the moment, finally bringing to a close a fight that began so many chapters back, with the question of which of these two juggernauts stood supreme and superior finally answered.
Not much happened with Chapter 154 but that is hardly a complaint, claymore providing a hard hitting and visceral battle that showcased Priscilla and Teresa at their strongest, even while subtly telling the Priscilla story and the true reason that forced her to hunt down Clare and the essence of Teresa within her, the only hope Priscilla could see in finally ending her miserable life.
The rumor is this is the end, but I am hoping for a second part to this series like most fans, one that moves off the island to the war on the mainland. With the majority of island related plots finally solved-the organization destroyed, the majority of the most dangerous awakened beings eliminated, Priscilla at her end- there is nothing left to tie our heroes to their homes.
I want more claymore, simple as that; but it seems we will not be getting any more. Maybe there is a series out their that could take Claymore’s place once it finally ends, however I am yet to find it.
Everything we see in this chapter seems to suggest that the winged thing is Clare’s awakened form, with Teresa suggesting that her awakened state was something entirely different- which makes you wonder how the hell she would know what she looks like awakened.
This battle has been raging for quite a number of chapters, now that I think about, ever since the destroyer appeared on the scene. And not once did it get dull-if it did, I am failing to recall.
I guess other shonen battle oriented series should take a leaf out of Claymore’s book of long running fights.
It is possible that I am one of few people that actually care about what is written in the speech bubbles of a manga; to most people a great manga or manhwa is determined by its art, characters and the story.
And to an extent that is true; however with regards to the story, I am as interested in the words of the story as I am with the progress that occurs over each chapter.
Manhwa has a tendency to fail in this regard, so certain that the pictures will tell the story that it puts little effort into refining the words written within the pages and the speech bubbles.
Which I think is a shame because most such manga miss the opportunity to accentuate their plots; I cannot help but appreciate Ubel Blatt and the likes of Vinland Saga, titles that place as much emphasis upon the words that are written as they do on the imagery, this better conveying the emotion behind each scene.
Lord Glenn’s war machine begins to grind as the order of Gugnir is dispatched to make loyal subjects and followers of the confused masses of the empire, reeling from the blood letting of Lord Lebellont’s war.
Ascherit’s will is set to complete his task, to bring the legend of the heroes to a bloody end, Lord Glenn his latest target. Only he might not have to go at it alone anymore.
I feels like it has been a while since I last read Ubel Blatt, to the point where I almost forgot what the hell had been happening in the manga since chapter chapter 123.
Once more, I point out this irritation that Monthly series simply cannot escape, especially when they exceed their four week quota in availing chapter releases. Seriously though, I don’t think monthly manga and manhwa should even be allowed to take breaks. Because waiting for four weeks to read the next manga, only to be informed of a whole other four week break, that is just criminal.
These four chapters of Ubel Blat were released within mere days to a week of each other. And I am somewhat grateful because some of the individual chapters were a little slow and wouldn’t have been the most interesting reads.
+I want to say that these chapters began pushing the Glenn plot towards something resembling progress but that would be a lie. It’s been quite a few chapters since Lord lebellont finally bit the dust and Koinzel disappeared with a pursuing party in toe, even as his crew parted.
And considering the pace at which Lord Glenn was progressing within those early chapters, challenging the other heroes and making his claim on the kingdom, it feels like we spent a little too much time underground with the remnants of Lebellont’s followers.
Granted this perception might come down to the manga’s monthly release schedule; chances are it hasn’t been that long since Lord Glenn first emerged; however counting the months that have past since then, it feels like a damn long time.
Ascherit (I prefer Ascherit over Koinzel-its kind of a dumb name) shows his stuff once more against his former master’s raging student. The order of Gugnir, Glenn’s primary force of attack moves to secure the loyalty of various key elements, a job previously executed by Glenn himself.
And they seem intent upon spreading Wischtech’s will across the empire; indeed it would be accurate to say that the invasion has began, so much more subtly than the magical force’s initial brutal assault several decades back.
Now shrouded behind the name of Glenn, the empire’s most beloved hero, the world as Ascherit knows it seems doomed; and the pessimism is more than justified, specifically taking into account the fickleness of a population that was so quick to raise up a selection of villains as their leaders for the sake of temporary peace.
I don’t know if Ubel Blatt is fulfilling its potential these days; there is a clear attempt to further expand the mythology of the series, develop the cast and interweave their stories together.
These chapters allowed the lines to be further drawn between Glenn and those people that will oppose him, led by Ascherit. Ascherit’s fights were pretty awesome, well illustrated and choreographed to display skill rather than power.
But I am not feeling the excitement and the rush the Ubel Blatt story used to generate in me. And again it is most likely the monthly releases.
Yet this should be the foremost consideration of all monthly manga, telling a story befitting of four whole weeks of waiting, more than four weeks with Ubel Blatt, which these chapters failed to do.
RATING: 6/10, the series just came out of a massive war arc. We don’t necessary need another so soon. But the plot could benefit from accelerated pacing. I want to see more of Glenn’s madness and the infighting between the rest of the heroes continue to intensify.
It’s amusing how Ato seems to have adopted Ascherit’s dead eyed stare.