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One  would be hard pressed to call 2014 a terrible year in anime and manga; more mediocre than anything. Which isn’t bad by the way. It just means that very little actually exploded on screen or on page, except for a select few titles.

Rather than dive into another top ten anime and manga series list, I though it more practical to focus on those moments within anime and manga that impressed best.

Why? Well, a manga or anime doesn’t actually need to be great or even good to dish out one or two surprising moments, which, hence, expands the pool of anime and manga to choose from.

It is worth keeping in mind that this list attempts to present moments, events or even chapters and episodes from anime I watched and manga that I read in 2014. As such the list will be subjective (naturally) and restricted to what I actually watched or read, which is only a small portion of the manga and anime that came out in 2014.

But before we get to my list of greatest moments of anime and manga in 2014:

NOTABLE MENTIONS:

+YATO VS RABO (NORAGAMI ANIME)
Cool Fight.

+NATSU/GAJEEL/WENDY (FAIRY TAIL ANIME: DRAGONS

Dragons, dragons and more dragons.

+RAI/MUZAKA (NOBLESSE MANHWA): AWAKENING
Muzaka looks great and might actually give Rai a run for his money. Several months down the road though, not much has really happened, which is a disappointment. 


+KIRITO (SWORDART ONLINE ANIME SN II): KIRITO’S SWORDSMANSHIP
Watching Kirito deflect a hail of bullets exploding out of a bush for close to ten seconds dropped my jaw; it might have had something to do with the animation, especially the fluidity with which Kirito’s acrobatic abilities and reflexes manifested.

Or maybe it was the rotating angles from which the entire scene was presented. Either way. It was a pretty cool showing.


+NARUTO VS SASUKE (NARUTO MANGA): CHAPTER 698
Whether you loved it or hated it, you simply cannot deny the simple fact that Kishimoto really rushed those final chapters of the series. Yes we got the Naruto/Sasuke fight we wanted, but it could have been handled better, possibly after a few weeks break following the fall of the final villain.

Heck, it could have been its own mini arc; alas, there isn’t much that we can do about it now. And the manga wasn’t without its bright spots.

Of the four chapters that constituted the Naruto/Sasuke battle, chapter 698 really stood out; with the big attacks finally out of the way, watching Naruto and Sasuke beat the holy hell out of one another, depending on nothing other than their fists and wits was, well, thrilling. 

The sort of battle that makes ninja fights so interesting to watch; if only the fight had run on for another chapter or two, it could have transformed into something truly great.

TOP 15 ANIME&MANGA MOMENTS of 2014
The criteria I utilized in generating this list was pretty simple and straightforward: I was looking for scenes and events that were particularly memorable from 2014. I am not talking about moments that were simply ‘good’, but occurrences in anime and manga that blew your mind to one extent or another, with my list ranked as such:  


15. SLAINE (ALDNOAH ZERO ANIME): INOHA/SAAZBAUM/ASSEYLUM
Aldnoah Zero had a select few bright spots; not a bad show, but I thought it was simply too reminiscent of Code Geass. 

While far from terrible, I found the anime to be surprisingly average; which is why the role Slaine eventually played in the events of the final episodes of the first season of Aldnoah Zero where particularly unexpected, especially the actions he took against Inoha and even going so far as to get one over Saazbaum, finally finding his place in the grand scheme of things. 


14. HAIKYUU ANIME: EPISODE 16
Haikyuu is not my favorite sports anime; however it has some of the best characters I have ever encountered in a sports anime.

Episode 16 might not have been the most explosive of the season but it was certainly the most poignant in the face of devastation from the team’s defeat.


13. RUKIA/ASNODT (BLEACH MANGA): ASNODT’S DEFEAT
Rukia is the Bleach equivalent of Sakura. Yes, I know what I just said, and some people probably just gasped in horror; but let’s consider this objectively.

Sure, Rukia’s count of noteworthy battles is considerably higher than Sakura’s and she’s probably won more than her fair share of fights without Ichigo’s interference.

Except that I cannot recall a single one of her significant victories; and that’s because Rukia is one of Bleach’s most underused and under developed characters. Love her all you like, if Kubo had cut her out of the manga all together, her absence wouldn’t have impacted Bleach in any major way.

Which is why it was so gratifying to watch her fight and defeat As Nodt,  an enemy that brought her brother, Byakuya, to his knees.

And yes. Everyone one has one these days; yet we all have to admit that Rukia finally earning bankai was very deserved. It was a certainly more convincing power-up than whatever happened to Sakura during the war arc.

It’s too late to hope for anything more from Rukia at this point, but at least she can disappear from the series having garnered some noteworthy achievements following years of running after Ichigo.

12. WHITE HAIR KANEKI (TOKYO GHOUL ANIME): KANEKI VS YAMORI
I will not mince my words; I thought the finale of the first season of Tokyo Ghoul was terrible. It was abrupt and almost felt unplanned, like the studio had suddenly run out of money or something and decided to call it quits for the moment. 

Ignoring its place as the season’s finale though, the last episode in the Tokyo Ghoul anime adaptation had one gem in the form of Kaneki; driven to the brink of despair, broken, bruised and mangled, Kaneki essentially dies.

Or rather the young boy that cowered in the face of his strength, looking to Touka for protection finally faded away, to be replaced by a murderous ghoul driven by his thirst to deliver to Yamori the sum total of every modicum of pain he had endured at the large man’s hands.

Satisfying; that is how one would describe kaneki’s counter attack against Yamori, delivering well deserved vengeance even while giving birth to a new hero.


11. NIMAIYA (BLEACH MANGA)- VS THE QUINCY Nimaiya is the best thing to come out of the Bleach manga in 2014; yes, yes, Ichibei is awesome. But, think about this. Ten years from now, after Bleach has long since ended. Which character will you be able to recall with great detail? Ichibei or Nimaiya?

Yes, that’s right. Nimaiya. This particular shiningami made one of the most impressive entrances we have seen in Bleach since…Ichigo?

The way he casually strode onto the battlefield, so self assured, zanpankutou in hand, before he singlehandedly decimated the small group of irritatingly arrogant quincy.

I want more Nimaiya. But you know what? I don’t think we are gong to see him again. Shame on your, Kubo.


10. KIRITO/SHINON/DEATH GUN (SWORDART ONLINE ANIME SN II): FINAL FIGHT I hated SAO SN II before I even watched it. Then I actually mustered the courage to give it a decent chance and, to my utter shock, ended up enjoying it.

That is until the 13 episode mark, when the Gun Gale Online portion of the season ended, and then it went from  thrilling to mediocre to outright boring the hell out of me. And I think I could make a pretty good argument about how Asuke ruined the second portion of another SAO season once again. Then again it would be more accurate to fault the writer(s). I wish they would simply make their minds up about the kind of story they wish to tell. This business of shifting back and forth between shonen/action and drama/romance/shoujo, in a rather uncoordinated manner just doesn’t work.

For all its faults, Gun Gale Online ended with a bang; yes, Kirito was never in any real danger. Yet that didn’t take the thrill and tension out of his final battle with Death Gun in the desert. The entire scene was beautifully animated, displaying the desperation of both combatants to achieve victory in a fight where a single projectile would permanently end the life of our hero.

It was great stuff, far more than what I expected out of SwordArt Online; fast paced, frenetic and explosive.


9. AOMINE/KOGAMI/KISE (KUROKO NO BASKET ANIME): THE ZONE
For the record, I hate the zone, or at least I thought I did. I understand the spirit of Kuroko no Basuke as a sports show that allows its characters to utilize near superhuman capabilities to play basketball. Yet, the zone feels like a step too far, essentially a power-up designed to deliver victory through the skills of a single individual.

But like I said, I thought I hated the Zone; but further thought revealed that I simply despised the idea of Kogami using the skill to attain victory that one time in earlier seasons.

When it comes to Aomine though, that is a whole other matter; essentially the most badass character of the anime, and possibly most skilled player of the Generation of Miracles ( or rather he will be, with a little more practice), Aomine might  not have carried the first season of the series, but he most definitely lit Kuroko no Basket up.

His performance against Kogami pales in my opinion only because I do not like Kogami; it was the match against Kise, though, that allowed us our first glimpse of this monster of a basketball player.

Thrown against the only other player more naturally talented than him, even while holding back, their match was a sight to behold, especially the effort and ingenuity that Kise threw against the brick wall that was Aomine, failing to overcome the obstacle but no less of a hero for his struggles. 

I have no clue about the contents of the manga; however my only hope is that we get the opportunity to see Aomine in action once more.


8. MIGHT GAI (NARUTO MANGA): VS MADARA
Gai’s awesomeness doesn’t need words to describe. Sufficing to say he is a beast.


7. GON/PITOU (HUNTER X HUNTER): FINAL FIGHT
Pitou is the one character during the Chimera Ant arc that had a presence possibly even greater than that of the Ant King, Meruem; emerging on the screen in a rather explosive manner, proving the threat she posed by putting Kite down rather casually, Pitou was the first sign that the Hunter X Hunter series had reached new heights in the story, and that Gon and Killua would have to strive for new levels of strength to engage with a world that had taken a very dangerous turn.

Even with the threat of Meruem, it was only fitting for Gon to be the one to face Pitou, that arc-long foe who had first struck fear in the young hunter’s heart, revealing to him, in crisp detail, his own weakness.

And their final fight didn’t disappoint, indeed exceeding expectations; watching Gon’s rage compound over a series of several episodes, reducing the young hunter’s typically cheerful demeanor to one of  uncontrollable fury was almost chilling.

Watching that fury explode in one ridiculous burst, with Gon showing us a glimpse of just what makes him special, was…well, enthralling. It was the manifestation of all that is great about HXH (along with Meruem’s death, of course).

Fault the Chimera Ant arc all you want, it had some of the most explosive highlights in anime 2014.


6. DRESSROSSA ARC (ONE PIECE): SABO’S RETURN
I am no One Piece fanatic; yet even I cannot deny the fact that, when it gets good, it gets really good; most people speaking of the greatest arcs, chapters, even episodes of One Piece often look to Marine Ford and all the stories that surround it.

I would be more inclined to highlight the arc that came after MarineFord, during which we were introduced to a much younger Luffy, the story that unfolded around his birth and the events that precipitated his growth into the man he is today.

Energetic as Luffy was though, it was Sabo and Ace that stole that particular arc for me; fun, lively and ultimately tragic, that, in my opinion, has to be one of the best arcs (mini arc?) in One Piece.

And the lynch pin of its greatness was always Sabo’s untimely and shockingly unjust death; as such, watching him return to the fold of One Piece, stronger than ever, determined to carry Ace’s legacy forward was awesome.


5. NARUTO UZUMAKI AND SASUKE UCHIHA (NARUTO MANGA): SAGE.
Naruto and Sasuke’s finest hour. Seriously, Just look at them. How is that not the most awesome thing you have seen in Naruto in a long while?


4. INTER HIGH (YOWAMUSHI PEDAL ANIME): ONODA’S MIRACLE
Yowamushi pedal is such a thrilling anime that you would expect it to be that much more difficult to select one single moment in a season filled with greatness. But that isn’t quite true.

Yes, there is a near saturation of breathtaking races in most episodes of Yowamushi Pedal. But most, if not all of them pale in comparison to the second stage of Inter High, when Onoda dropped out of the top five, slid all the way down to the last position and somehow managed to pass a hundred men to make the leap back to the top.

I am no sports fan; but if I had been in the crowd that day, watching that race, it would have been Onada’s meteoric comeback that would have forced me to my feet, cheering, possibly even singing along with “Hime, Hime”.


3. MERUEM/KAMUGI (HUNTER X HUNTER (2011))- DEATH SCENE
Meruem was essentially a god in his universe; and if there is one problem that often plagues god like villains in anime, it is the manner in which they eventually go out.

Epic as they were in life, the common presumption is that they should meet their death in an equally epic manner; which is what made Meruem’s fall such a shocking, yet moving experience.

Thinking on it, Meruem lived large and indeed, he died in just as grandiose a manner (alongside the equally epic chairman).

However, for all his strength and the imposing threat that seemed to emanate from his being, it could be argued that no other facet of the Ant King’s short lived life was ever more important than that initial meeting with Kamugi, during which the powerful figure learned, for the very first time, to appreciate life and the rationale of mercy, even as he found his spirit slowly but steadily bound to the world of a young blind girl.

It was only fitting that Meruem and Kamugi would perish together in what is arguably one of the saddest villain deaths in anime history. There is little to fault in that final scene, which chose to manifest the essence of Kamugi and Meruem’s relationship to the very end.


2. KAKASHI/OBITO (NARUTO ANIME): RAMPAGE
Say what you will about Obito and Kakashi’s roles; the simple fact is they produced two of the most epic episodes of Naruto in 2014.

Whatever your opinion might be on his role as a villain, it is difficult to watch the events surrounding Rin’s death without experiencing a sliver of sympathy for Obito.

Driven by madness at the passing of the target of his obsession, more thrilling, though, was watching Obito lose control, obliterating his enemies without remorse in a 15 minute festival of blood.

The impact of Obito’s rampage was most likely elevated in the eyes of anime only Naruto fans like me, for whom these events couldn’t have been more surprising.

Yet even these events pale in comparison to the final showdown between Obito and Kakashi; a clash barely  3 minutes long, which saw former teammates meet in a life and death battle, haunted by the ghosts of their pasts, their mistakes and the camaraderie responsible for turning Kakashi into the man he is today.

As a Naruto fan, you cannot watch this fight without getting a shiver or two; the animation was fluid. The Music was haunting.

The effects were explosive and the memories interspersed between each blow heartwarming in reminiscing upon the bonds that once existed between these two shinobi.

Naruto always exceeds expectations when it sticks to hand to hand combat.


1. PRISCILLA/THE GHOSTS (CLAYMORE MANGA): AWAKENING
If you ask me what I think was the most shocking part of the Claymore finale, I would have to mention the death count. The manga has shown such a disregard for the lives of all characters that are not Clare that I was envisioning a brutal slaughter to close the Claymore story, with a number of our favorite characters dying in some memorable fashion.

That the number of deaths in the final battle would be so low is something to marvel at.

Oh, and Teresa is the best character in Claymore. Seeing her return AND THEN AWAKEN made my year. Definitely the best moment I came across in manga in 2014 (at least as far as I can remember).
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So, that’s it then, Clamore is done. Having waited for more than a week, putting off reading this manga for as long as possible, I don’t know if the finale was quite what I expected. 

And I doubt an extra two or three chapters would have changed the outcome by much. Whatever the case, this is the end of an era, what with so many series coming to an end so close to one another.

THE CHAPTER:
With Priscilla defeated, Teresa and Clare share their final words. With the organization now fallen, the remnants of the silver eyed warriors raise their claymore to cleanse the land of Yoma once and for all, in hopes of finding some piece after.

MY THOUGHTS:
But is it really? The end of an Era? Considering the number of cancellation news we have received in the last two months, most of which has been almost immediately rebuffed by rumors of sequels and continuations for popular titles like Tokyo Ghoul and Kuroko’s Basket, can we really truly presume this to be the end of Claymore?

Because it wouldn’t surprise me to hear of a continuation to the series in the works a month or two from now, even though the final page of the chapter clearly suggested that fans of Claymore should start looking forward to the mangaka’s next work.

After a decade or so of Claymore, I can understand the fatigue that comes with drawing the same manga day in, day out for so long, and whatever need might arise to seek out something new. But then again this is claymore. 155 chapters in early a decade is a drop in the ocean compared to most other shonen manga series.

And even if he chose to pour another 155 chapters out for us fans, we could hardly accuse the mangaka of stretching the story.
-THE END.
Satisfying? Not quite. This is how stories in manga end, with friends, family and even enemies exchanging final words of goodbye. I certainly wouldn’t compare Claymore chapter 155 to Beelzebub’s weird final chapter (although considering the series, it was sort of appropriate).

None the less chapter 155 wasn’t the most exciting or entertaining chapter of the series and frankly I expected more. I guess every manga finale aims to produce some sort of heart warming conclusion, which chapter 155 more or less tried to provide.

But…whether it was simply rushed, whether Priscilla’s end wasn’t given the consideration it deserved, whether the series could have taken the time to show us the impact the death of Priscilla and the organization has had on the island, chapter 155 will not go down in history as a noteworthy finale, not in comparison to rivals like Deadman Wonderland.
-MUST IT END?
After the events of this chapter, my answer isn’t quite a resounding ‘NO’. Certainly there is so much story that Claymore could explore with just as much thrill and excitement; however the presence of entertaining plots doesn’t mean Claymore must explore them.

The young claymore in the final panels made a point I hadn’t quite given much thought; they told the man with the dark glasses that the war with the dragons wasn’t their fight, and they had no obligations to fight and die for people and lands they didn’t know.

In which case, yes, it must end; an all out battle against the so called dragons wouldn’t be Claymore in the sense that we know it, but something else all together. As such, maybe it would be asking too much to expect the mangaka to delve into a brand new story.

Because that is exactly what would happen if we ventured across the water; it would be the equivalent of Claymore making a brand new start.

Not that I would complain; but this is more than a fair place for the series to end.

-THE FUTURE.
It would be fun exploring the claymore world in a short prologue, a few chapters to just lay out the future as it might progress, the status of the various characters and whatnot.

Two or three chapters is all it would take to satisfactorily conclude the series. And I am still holding out hope for an anime adaptation.

RATING: 6/10, as far as manga finales go, I am really not going to remember this one.
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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.

THE CHAPTER:

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.

MY THOUGHTS:

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.

RATING: 9/10

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.

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No fair, the heroes always get the best transformations. First Ichigo and his Bankai, then Naruto and his Biju cloak, now Teresa and that awesome abyssal form.

I have to take a minute and think…

Battle chapters do not get better than this. Chapter 153 felt like it was moving right in front of my eyes, the visuals drawn to accurately represented the dynamic battle that was ensuing on the pages.

I have to say it. THIS WAS AAAAASOMEEEEEEE!

THE PLOT:

Teresa. Priscilla. Fight.

MY THOUGHTS:

I don’t always hate battle oriented chapters. But unless I am reading more than one chapter at a go, they can get tiresome (precluding battle oriented series like Breaker), mostly because very little actually happens in terms of story progression.

Unless you are talking about Claymore. All I can say is WOW. I enjoyed this chapter so much more than any other battle oriented chapter in 2014. This is what I have been waiting for, the final clash between titans.

And it doesn’t get any better than this. I was actually slightly underwhelmed by Teresa’s initial clash with Priscilla, which felt a lot like every other claymore/awakened being battle we had seen so far.

Chapter 153 elevated the stakes however, availing to us the Priscilla/Teresa battle we have all been waiting to see for more than a hundred chapters.

Priscilla was even more of a monster this time round, spewing appendages and limbs from all over her body, further morphing her physical form until very little of her former self was left.

Teresa proved why she was number 1, reacting to every one of Priscilla’s attacks with seamless precision, her every sword stroke purposed to bring about immediate and rather accurate destruction.

This is how you initiate a fight between godlike claymore. This has to be the best fight in the series so far. Every time you thought it was done, someone pulled a new trick out of their bag.

These 25 pages of claymore felt more like 50. Norihiro Yagi, this is how you do a dream fight.

And that final panel…am I really expected to wait a WHOLE FOUR WEEKS for the next chapter?

Oh, Claymore, why do this to me? I want more, RIGHT NOW.

REVIEW: 10/10, +10 bonus points. I love chapters that leave me exhilarated and that is what Claymore did for me this week, and I am not a very excitable individual.

HIGHLIGHTS: EVERYTHING.

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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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