Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2007 to Sep 26, 2007
Producers: Madhouse, VAP, Avex Entertainment, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Nippon Television Network Corporation
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 7.991 (scored by 124540 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction adventure drama fantasy shounen supernatural swords
Jan 27, 2015
Sometimes the animation is very obviously digital (Mostly the camera movements, some of the backgrounds as well. We're not talking well-integrated CGI here, it's obviously a budget thing), and it falls into some of the shonen cliches when someone busts out some badass new super power (though, admittedly, a lot of those really ARE super badass). There are a couple dozen musical cues, so that gets pretty repetitive by the end as well (plus it sounds like they picked a completely wrong cue a few times in there).
And Raki. Oh, Raki. Mostly the character development in this show is perfectly satisfactory, even when it goes into an extended flashback that's... Well, long. But Raki is friggin' annoying. He is consistently a total idiot and then cries about his dumb decisions later. I understand his role as Clare's emotional grounding, but still, what a whiny stupid jerk. A humble hint to my readers: If you, a mere human, find yourself in the company of a badass super-powered part-demon woman and you are determined to follow and help her in her quest, learn to play SUPPORT. Basically, learn some escape art, be bait when that's needed, and do reconnaissance or healing or whatever when you'd be in the way. And please don't cry when you try to pick up a sword and aren't able to protect the girl from beings of godly power. She's protecting YOU, idiot.
All of that said, the fight scenes are brutal and cool as hell, the super powers are very super powered, and the themes are fairly interesting, if nothing particularly new. In the end, the good qualities make me enjoy it more than the flaws annoy me. read more
Nov 5, 2014
In the world of Claymore, monsters called “Yoma” roam around the land disguising as ordinary humans and eating their guts. In order to combat these beings an organization with no name creates warriors that are human-Yoma hybrids, the titular Claymores. Our narrative follows a particular Claymore named Clare as she travels the land, fighting Yoma and completing missions for the organization. You quickly learn that there's a particular Yoma she's chasing after to take revenge for the death of someone she loved. Unfortunately, the one she's chasing is a particularly powerful variety called an awakened being. So, how does the series manage the premise?
Let's start with the problems. The biggest one is the ending. Now, let's be as fair as possible. There's no way they could go through the story of the entire manga, even if you only include the bits that had been released at that point. That being said, the part they do end on is kind of rushed and very much unsatisfying. A lot of the story is also pretty standard action fare. It isn't really bad, but it does nothing new either. Clare goes to a place, fights a thing, gets stronger, lather, rinse and repeat.
Now, there are some good things about the story too. The episodes that deal with Clare's back story are quite brilliant. The series also does build up a world that has a lot of potential intrigue, although it isn't nearly taken full advantage of in the anime. The series is also good about introducing major plot points well in advance of the point in the story that they become really important.
Most of the major characters in Claymore are quite interesting. The Claymores are nicely varied and the best character moments in the series are among them. The biggest issue with them is that most of their basic back stories are all very samey, at least the ones you see. Dead family because of Yoma and then she became a Claymore. I suppose it does make sense given the sacrifices they have to make to become Claymores. Doesn't seem like the thing you'd get into if you had a loving and supportive family but it still gets a bit repetitive when the series wants you to feel sorry for a particular character because of her tragic past that happens to be virtually identical to the tragic pasts of all of these other characters. The antagonists do have some depth to them too, which is nice for an action oriented series. The secondary characters are largely under-developed, but most of them serve well enough for what they need to do.
After all that let's get to the big problem the series suffers from in terms of characters, Raki. Just imagine the most obnoxious, useless sidekick character you can think of and you've probably got a character similar to Raki. He's a young boy who gets rescued by Clare and then starts following her around while contributing nothing of value to anything. As a narrative device, he serves two purposes. The first is to give the series an excuse to explain information about the organization. Which could have been done without him if they'd been clever with their dialogue. The other purpose he serves is to give Clare an anchor to her humanity. Although I would argue that they could have easily made her a stronger character by giving her a more introspective anchor, like her memories of Teresa or her own determination, and dispensed with the twit altogether. But instead we had to have this obnoxious brat with no good dialogue or moments. I don't know what ultimately happens to him in the manga, but I hope it involves death by fire.
There are plenty of positives about the art. The action scenes are magnificent. The backgrounds are vivid and nicely detailed. They also do put effort into making the Claymores look different in spite of them all having the same outfits, hair and eye colours. There are two major problems with the art, though. The first is the way they do blood. This is one of those series where blood frequently spurts from wounds as though it's shooting out of a high pressure hose. Furthermore, the lighting in some scenes makes the Yomas' blood look like a neon purple hue. Which is practically guaranteed to drain the tension given how silly it looks when a liquid that strongly resembles grape kool-aid is spraying into the air. The second problem is the outfit that claymores wear. It's a tight, white bodysuit with a cape and the only armoured bits are around the shoulders, fingerless gloves and making up the skirt. Now, they can regenerate quite a bit of damage but it still makes no sense for them to leave quite literally all of their vitals exposed. Nor does it make sense for them to wear something that's going to ride up in the worst ways into battle.
They did get some really good actors. Kuwashima Houko, who also showed up in last week's review as Kita Michiru, voices Clare. Paku Romi, Mizuki Nana, Orikasa Ai, Takayama Minami and Inoue Kikuko all give great performances. The one weakness is Raki's actor, Takagi Motoki. That isn't to say he's a bad actor, I really haven't heard him in enough roles to make a good judgment, but he plays a character who spends the bulk of his dialogue either crying or being vaguely perky. As such, he doesn't get the chance to demonstrate any real range. The music is pretty standard stuff, except when it comes to tragic or intense scenes. The composition work in those is really good.
There is a bit of les-yay in this series. Clare's attachment to Teresa comes across as a young girl's first crush. Jean and Clare get some subtext laden moments. Several of the other Claymores get scenes with each other that could be read as having romantic undertones as well. Particularly Helen and Deneve. That being said, the series ultimately does nothing with these relationships that's definitive, so it's ultimately left open to interpretation. So I'm going to give it a ho-yay factor of a 3/10.
Claymore does have quite a bit that's good. A lot of the characters are well done, the premise is interesting, the acting is largely good and the action scenes are awesome. However, it also has a lot of issues. It ends at a bad point, Raki exists, there are questionable art decisions, Raki exists, it draws on quite a few cliches and Raki exists. In the end, the series is still decent enough for what it is but it's certainly not a classic or among the best. My final rating for it is a 6/10. If the premise sounds interesting or you're looking for something relatively quick with some good action, check it out, unless you don't want to deal with an annoying sidekick. Next week I'll look at another request, Welcome to the NHK. read more
Apr 17, 2014
In this world,humans coexist with demonic creatures called Yoma,who feast with human innards and can take human appearance.For the reason of killing Yoma,exists an organization,which consists of female warriors called "Claymore".These warriors though are half-human,half-yoma and for that are detested by humanity.
The story is not an extraordinary one but not a bad one either.Following the protagonist,Clare and her path towards her goal develops gradually.From just slaying Yoma it goes on to a much more interesting story and tremendous battles.From some point on though it becomes less promising(because it does not follow the manga) and ends a bit dissapointing,for me atleast.
The art style is very unique and in a way realistic for an anime.The are some elements that differs this style from other art styles of anime.Some of them that I noticed are in the faces mostly,the eyes,the hair,the lips.The shadows and the expressions,even the monstrous forms are ones to be concerned.It may seem weird to some people,but because of this unique style you can indetify Claymore.
I do not have much to say about the sound of the anime.The OSTs were not anything remarkable but fit the "mood" of it.The opening and ending songs are really great too.
The characters in Claymore are exceptional and you can recognise the depth in most of them.They vary and each one of them has a special reason for living and that makes them trully notable.I really like this anime because it portreys strong female individuals with no fan-service.It reflects their powerfull will and does not display their body.I did not really like though the main supporting character Raki.I understood him but I think that he contributed almost nothing.He did not develop much as he was mostly all-talk and nothing more.
I really enjoyed Claymore.It was one that kept me continue without getting bored.The battles were outstanding and the development was intriguing.It was definately worth the time.
Claymore is an anime worth watching.If you want astonishing battles,a touching story and strong but at the same time deep female characters,you have found all you want. read more
Mar 17, 2014
The series begins when a Claymore who saves a young boy, Raki, from a Yoma. That Claymore, named Clare, makes him her companion and goes into different towns for slaying more Yoma. This anime is made up of several short arcs which are very well-written and the whole story proves to be one of the best writings in the saturated shounen industry. Sensible story, highly-developed characters, amazing dialogues and outstanding sword fights are collectively joined to form this fantastic medieval tale.
Madhouse did an excellent job animating this amazing show. Its great art maintains its consistency in each episode and moment especially during the battles. The swords clashing and their movements looked realistic and the wounds and injuries appeared great too. Also the blood in the show is not that exaggerated. There is a lot of blood which matched the real amount of blood a person would lose during a battle. But the character designing in the series may seem a little strange to the viewer as some facial expressions are not very appealing. Overall, its animation is fluent which serves to the charisma of the series according to its sense of atmosphere.
Claymore has some really catchy soundtracks for almost every moment, but the soundtracks during battles are especially outstanding. The opening is not very unique which may be skipped whereas the ending song is magnificent! Voice actors also did a very good job portraying the characters’ personalities. The voices from most of the characters fit them really well. During amazing battle scenes, the characters’ voices are not exaggerated and the sounds of sword clashing and other battle effects are splendid. But the voice acting of Yoma is done poorly which really seemed weird and childish.
There is a less variety of characters in Claymore. The main protagonist, Clare is an extremely-developed character. There are two or three episodes that enlighten the tragic past of Clare and how she became a Claymore. There are also a bunch of supporting cast which is not that highlighted in these 26 episodes. The antagonists are also so prodigious and compelling. Many new villains are introduced as the story progresses. There are so many over-powered characters that use extraordinary attacks like super-fast swinging swords, etc. But Raki (the main supporting character) is an under-developed bland character who may be frustrating some time.
The story changes from the simple Yoma hunting to more entertaining storyline with even more stunning fights. The rapid pacing of the anime decreases the chance for the viewer to get bored and there are no useless flashbacks, extended scenes, etc. However, there is a forced ending with tedious cliff-hanger which marred this ‘well-written story’.
So putting everything together, Claymore is an intelligent mature battle anime with amazing characters and well-thought fights.
Mar 4, 2008
That is the backdrop of what you are going to be experiencing. Fortunately (or unfortunately), that should leave you wanting for more. This story is set in a fantasy land set in medieval times where creatures called Yoma hide within human civilization.
Many (but not all) of the normal humans fear the claymores because they are made of half of what they are afraid of: the Yoma. But they are a necessary evil since they are the only ones strong enough to combat these horrible beasts. Not many people know much about Claymores. Just as mysterious as they sound, you will know very little about the inner workings of their organization, except for a few important rules. This story surrounds one character only known as Clare and basically shows how one becomes a claymore. From human life, to selection, to training, to assignments, and then to tougher assignments... typical shonen anime right? They way they tell Claire's exploits is a pretty good idea. They pretty much Tarantino That is a great way to explain how this universe works, well I enjoy moves told in this fashion too (some folks wont). This shows how emotion plays an important role in the show how their human half creates many internal conflicts with themselves.
Theres mainly one main character and like 40 supporting characters. Unlike most anime out there that keeps EVERY character alive. This one actually does the dirty deed of killing off characters. Which i enjoy very much. Not the killing part but more of the reality of it. Friends live and die just as willingly as the enemies. And that is very refreshing in the sea of Naruto's and Bleach's. You'll actually get a good amount of face time with all the claymores they present to the viewers. You'll still remember who favorite ones are. This is one of the very few anime that i actually remember most of the characters name. Not only does each one have a unique look and attitude, but they also have specific powers that separates them from them all. Half way through the anime, im sure you will find a handful of favorite blond warriors. My personal favorites are Clare and
You cant mention anything about the artwork without talking about the character design. I think this is one of the best character designs I've ever seen in an anime. Not just because it mostly consists of beautiful slender blond haired sxytime warriors but, in the variety of how different each warrior is from each other. From hair style to warrior insignias, to even the swords they carry all have subtle details that u can easily remember or recognize. Even their "alter-ego's" are unique to each warrior. And you cant have medieval fighting giant monsters without great backdrops and this show has those in spades. As many fight scenes there are in this show, the backdrops are just awesome. From abandoned towns, to forest fights at dusk, to even fights in dark dreary caves, they're all situated in different places. Sure they sound very typical but with as many variations in the villains they fight, they all feel very fresh when watching them. The background animations like the random civilians, breaking objects, sparks, and fire embers are all here. They don't look anything impressive but they do add wonders tot he fighting. Most notably the blood... and this anime shows them by the bucket load. It never stays away from violence and thats what makes this show great. Not many current anime shows this much gratuitous violence and its very refreshing after watching a few dozen slice of life school comedies.
If there was anything to complain about the show, it would have to be the sound effects. You can tell most of the stock sound effects were from other shows and movies. Most notably would be the Star Wars laser fire sound when a Claymore "transforms." When i first heard it i was laughing so hard. On top of that other sound effects are just very normal like growling and sword clanging etc. The music is also a little on the weak side. They could have done better with some of the 'theme' songs like when clare 'gets angry' or when she 'learns a new skill' the songs appear pretty weak. But they do break out in some serious guitar riffs and rock instrumentals, which are pretty impressive compared to the other music in here. But the opening songs and closing songs are one of my favorite parts of this show. J Rock is really catchy and seems very fitting for this show throughout. Hell i have it playing in my car as we speak :)
The story was very interesting through the first 20 episodes. Representing a little shonen with Clare's development cycle. But the end sorta feels like they're selling the series a little short. At this ending i felt kind of cheated just like what i felt on the ending of Code Geass. If u want to watch a good story driven show this is a good one to watch, but be wary of Raki and the ending.
oh btw please try to watch the entire show before you go and give it 10's or whatnot. The last 4-6 episodes will disappoint i guarantee. read more
Oct 31, 2014
Summary: Without going into to much detail, this anime had a lot of potential but wasted a lot of time. It's definitely more than your average run of the mill anime and the idea is unique. But it hit a brick wall. I discuss this more in the story.
Story (6/10): Now before I say anything else, I'm going to say that on the basic idea alone the story would have been worth a 9 or higher. The only reason this show fell to a 6 here is because the ending left a gaping plot hole. Of course this ending may resonate with those who enjoy a cliffhanger ending - although it wasn't so much a cliffhanger as they just ran out of ideas. Besides the ending, the story arcs were well done. The introduction of Claire and Raki is nothing special but the decision for the next arc to be a flashback was pretty good. And of course flash forward to the present. It isn't clever but it is well executed, of course besides the ending. The original idea is both unique and interesting. The half demon idea of course isn't unique, but a lot of the elements of this plot are. The Yoma Claymore struggle is good to watch. The dark mood really resonates well with the story and creates a nice path to the final battle with Priscilla. It is a good story and well worth watching until they hit the wall.
Art (5/10): Frankly the art wasn't all that appealing to me. I think the blade and Yoma art appeal well, but the human characteristics were kinda hard to swallow. Of course this was my personal opinion and this changes by viewer. But I found a lot of people who share my viewpoint on this.
Sound (10/10): Raison d'Etre was probably the most perfect fit an opening could have for an anime like this. Nightmare's lead has that really strange and creepy voice that matches the mood so well. This is another in my playlist. Other background noises were acceptable. The opening really is the reason for the 10.
Characters (6/10): On their own, the characters aren't much to look at. We have the weakest (and later strongest) claymore and a weak little human boy who really doesn't do much except maintain Claire's humanity. But, what is really great is that we see growth in Claire. Power is one thing, but through the flashback arc we get to see the transition and explanation of how she became a claymore. It was interesting to see how Claire changed throughout the plot. Raki...I'm not sure how to classify other than wimp. While the parallel with young human Claire is clearly visible, Raki is pretty useless and he stays that way throughout the plot. "Oh but he keeps her humanity. That's so brave." Ummm yeah thats great but this is a battle between badass claymores and Yoma. What can Raki do when he can't even use a sword properly. I think he is a necessary character for the plot, but that doesn't make him an enjoyable one. Other characters are support. Necessary but non-unique.
Enjoyment (7/10): I'm not sure how I should classify my enjoyment. I thoroughly enjoyed everything but my happy meter just dropped like a rock after I hit the brick wall ending. I wouldn't have a problem if there were a second season, but seeing as there is none to explain what happens next, I have to downgrade my enjoyment here. But the battles were enjoyable to watch. It's not as if the battles were unique in any way but watching Claire continue using her yoma powers to the limit was pretty badass. Also the Yoma artwork gets mention here.
Overall (6/10): I think that for many people this rating might seem slightly harsh, but I'm averse to giving this anime more than a 6. The story blew up at the ending and while Claire was valuable, Raki was a pain. Seeing as even my enjoyment here fell from the ending, I have one major complaint about this anime that would have entirely changed my score had it been fixed: GET SOME FRICKIN CLOSURE ON THE PLOT!!! read more
May 14, 2013
To start off in the notion of why I enjoyed it, it was because not of its theme (humans< monsters< half-human half-monster< protagonist) but because somewhere down the line when I was watching the show, it gets interestingly good. Not to spoil the content for the readers but, there are certain times where the show hooks you pretty well because the series of events in the show actually was getting good.
But with that been said, let us go to the bad side of the case. I was mostly disappointed that it, most of the time, leaves the viewers wanting for more than what we came for. The story progression in Claymore is like a roller coaster to begin with, slows start, progressing high during the middle but when you reach the top of the roller coaster to see the climax of the story, so that you can enjoy the ending, it just stops. And that’s the problem I have with the show. It’s like a fisherman catching the interest of the little fish viewers, patiently waiting for us to bite the bait so he can reel us in for the epic kill, but disappointingly pulls up the fishing line before we even got a chance to take a bite.
And to top it all off, it happens in every arc, up until the ending.
But enough of that for now, let’s talk about the character design and development. I’m going to make a point that the character design in Claymore had a similar feel to it with being in a comic book or a particular show where every hero wears a motorcycle helmet for a mask. The good guys have same bland costume and body structure, but different voices and hair style (with the great exception of the protagonist and some supporting characters), while the bad guys, well, they were a bit too similar to begin with, but the design gets progressively good as the story goes on, but they do have this issue that they never seem to run out of, as the saying goes, ‘this is not my final form’, only to get hacked to chunky bits in the end because the story wants the good guys to always win. The personality of the different characters of the story was at least a giver of ways for the same looking characters to shine, so I’m no longer going to point out the fact that there were at least certain elements of moe (personality speaking to be the very least).
Character development in Claymore has been a 50-50 battle of whether or not it’s good or bad because it did well to develop the main characters and the main supporting characters in the story (If you’re wondering, yes, there is such a thing as main supporting character in this story), but it’s a double-edged sword for the other characters because they tried to make every character that way, but ended up failing in that aspect, so the minor support characters ended up looking half-baked. And to top it all off, there was one point in the story, somewhere in the middle, where one of the main protagonist (Claire’s pet human boy), who was supposedly a main character, suddenly became a main supporting character down the line. It was like, Claire, who was once just a main supporting character in the story, became progressively the main character in the end, and her pet human boy, who was once the main character of the story, became a cameo in the middle and made an unsatisfying appearance in the end. The fact that he was there just to drive the protagonist forward and no longer appeal to the viewers, was just irritating when he made his grand appearance in the end. I’m no longer going to mention the other main support characters in the story because, it’s either they were good enough to understand in such a short span of only one arc or that they were too minor to begin with, but the story seemed to revolve around them for some time anyway, so it would be wrong to call them just a supporting character [SPOILER WARNING] (given that most of the supporting characters in the story all end up dead anyway) [END OF SPOILER].
Also, just to let out a bit of frustration out of watching the show, [SPOILER WARNING] CLIFF-HANGGERS EVERYWHERE!!![END OF SPOILER] I mean it’s redonculous to a point that there’s so much more things left unanswered. I mean not to spoil the show in any way but, there is still so much questions that is still hanging. I am no longer going to mention all of it for the fear I might spoil the show to the readers, but you’ll know what I’m talking about when you’re done with the show.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to fly back to another planet before I change into my final fantasy form and fight the most bad ass boss that’ll probably have his own final form as well. KAI!!! read more
Jul 13, 2007
We see that the main character, Clare, does grow throughout the series so far, which means in each episode something happens and she is changed by it, and through out the story arcs, she is either benefited by the events or suffers the consequences whether she wants or not. I can talk about this character as if she were a real life person precisely because the balance of things that happen to her - I don't mean that she gets exactly half good and half bad as she journeys, but I mean she has her good days; she has her awesome days; she has her awful days, and she has her almost dying days. She grows through it all.
She has suffered a ton in her life time, and as a woman, she's seen a lot of dark side in men. Yet she's still on the job, partially because she doesn't want to quit. There are rules bounding her but we can assume that she can leave and go in hiding if she desired. But she doesn't quit her job. Why is that?
I think she has a sense that the rules of the game are to be followed, maybe not completely to the T, as sometimes she goes out and bend some of them, but not breaking them. There are priorities over organizational rules, after all, especially when it comes to saving a life and nurturing it. She learns that from her previous experience when she was in the position of being nurtured. However, at the same time, she nurtured the person who was supposedly the strong one (this happen when she was young and wasn't a Claymore). Something within Clare made her a strong person even before she grew up to become a Claymore - she recognized pain and suffering similar to hers.
Despite all the things happened to her, she's still going strong. She risks her life and being discovered (she's currently hiding) when she sees her comrades desperately need help; even though she's not quite powerful yet and her opponents-would-be are extremely powerful - a classic component of shonen anime. Here, I'll go into the shonen stereotypes.
Claymore is a shonen show with its classic plots - revenge, skilling up/powering up, mentors who train, and someone that comes out and help during the most desperate-to-the-urgency-of-death situation (hopefully only one). The biggest and the most obvious twist here is that all the strong characters are women - all the roles that would've been filled by men in the classic shonen (Saint Seiya comes to mind) are filled by women in this case. What marks it apart from a lot of other shonen is the fact that it doesn't drag on and on and give out mindless battles or tournaments. That means everyone that the main character has to fight has a good reason to be there, and some of them do indeed come back later, like many shonen shows, but not because they just do, or they have some simple reason like they just want to come back for another round, but these characters all have their reasons, some forced, some by choices, and some by both.
What happens earlier definitely affects what happens later. Friends and enemies are made later because of earlier events and encounters (this anime would make a great RPG).
Because the plot doesn't drag - the anime came out when the manga is already on vol. 13 or 14 (I can't remember), which means they have a wealth of materials to work with, the arcs are well developed and I don't see any unnecessary fillers (at least not yet, I can't remember if this is slated to be a 26 eps series), each episode does something to move the story forward. That's what a good storyteller should do. In addition to that, the important characters are distinctive and form deep impressions, the unimportant characters mark their short impression and then they're forgotten and don't take too much of the viewer's attention for too long. All these are important to a good storytelling.
This show only suffers a little bit of cliches from shonen anime - one occurrence of ex deus machina. It also has other classic shonen characters like mentor that takes the disciple for training when the disciple has been badly defeated, sociopath characters, sidekicks, and a couple other smaller ones. But these traits get developed the right way, pile those with good character developments and an intriguing overall plot with good small arcs and you've got an awesome storying that retells the classic revenge in its own way.
As for the other elements such as Art, animation, sound - it's production I.G. and I'll leave those for others to review, because...
this review is too freakin' long! I commend you for reading this far. Good job! =D
P.S. I obviously like it. For the reason see above! =D
Dec 15, 2014
Action: 9/10. This anime is violent and gory and I'm totally fine with that. People get eaten, monsters get cut up, half humans and half monsters ( claymores) get cut up. People getting killed left, right and center. Its perfect from an action point of view. Tonnes of action throughout the series. Won't be disappointed by it either. There's fast paced action. Slow emotional paced action and intellectual action where characters outsmart there opponents or evaluate the battles in detail. It's absolutely wonderful.
Story: 6/10. This story was basic, effective and started of good. Without revealing too much its about revenge and a organization which deploys half human and half monster warriors ( claymores) to exterminate monsters. Relationships get built both between humans and claymores and the series just progresses from there. There's tonnes of emotion and hardship which will get you sucked in and focused on this. The story is great you'll love it. You'll hate the ending though. Many unanswered questions left. This is the type of anime which just didn't end. It needed a season 2 but never got it. I guess a part of that could be because it stopped following the manga at one point. The ending is catastrophic its bad and it ruins the whole series because the story was brilliant. Nevertheless if you like action and character development you should watch this series. Plenty of emotion and character and plot development.
Overall 7/10. The action and massacres are worth watching. The story is very seducing. The ending is heartbreaking it hits me every time i watch it. read more
Nov 14, 2014
It plays out in a medieval world where predators called ,,Yoma'' reign terror over humanity. They are able to hide in a human ,,shell'' and can pop up anytime to kill and eat a human when they see fit.
Humanity though then showed the politely described ,,Go away'' -Finger to the Yoma by the creation of a sub-race.
A secret organisation has brought women together and had let them consume Yoma flesh, or implanted yoma flesh into them. The result to that is that they gain the power to see Yoma even in their human shell, but in exchange -they have to stay emotionless. When those girls unleash their emotions, the yoma in them rises and thus takes over them. If they reach a certain limit then they are not able to revert to their human form.
I will come back to this part in a bit.
The Story brings us Raki, a young boy that that had lost his parents due to a yoma attack and thus was left only with his brother who tries to teach him swordsmanship. Raki is faced with a sudden yoma attack and even that the elder called the famous ,,Claymore'' to their aid. Claymore , is an unfortunately not explained nickname that the citizen gave the cursed women. Some say that they could see nothing behind those eyes , yet when they changed the colour - they were able to see Yoma.
A young woman with short hair then arrives at the city, she was the one called, but then the story does a rushed step where raki gets attacked by the yoma that hid himself as his brother while telling him bit by bit that he was the one that ate his brother back then.
Naturally this wont go unnoticed by the Claymores' Eye, and she saves the little boy Raki. Him having nothing left, he began to follow her and thus we finally hear her name, Claire.
Claire is basically the same like Raki. The story begins to deconstruct her by showing a bit of affection and care for his welldoing while she protects and trains him too. Up to that point where she even gets saved through his will. Despite Claire being clarified well in the story. We unfortunately get little to no more information about Rakis Backstory during the whole series. The Plot goes then further to introduce the main villain, a demoness called ,,Priscilla'' which violently killed Claires guardian and her friends back then. You get a good feel from then on that she seeks only and only to avenge her killed friend.
Coming then to Art. If you are a fan of gore - you will be fine with this. The art is trying to be realistically and creative and when something should look like it hurts - it does look very very very painful. I was also amazed at the competitive fights and the different yoma designs, not to forget that its style its leaned towards older anime maybe bringing even a bit more comic-like features in it. The sound is more medieval oriented and thus also very fitting. Though while the Opening is very fitting, i feel like the battle themes hadnt had the power they should. Theme should make you pumped, should make you excited for the fight..yet it went a little lash, but thankfully the plot makes up for that so it wont get boring midway through.
Characters, as already mentioned, were sometimes left out and not really well fleshed out, leaving you with scenes that hadnt much reasoning attached to them. Like, why did Teresa not kill Priscilla -it is clear that she would have been a threat, why did she hesitate at the moment of Priscilla being overtransformed and begging to be killed. I know that the new Priscilla might have been too fast for her, but ît seemed like she gave time on purpose instead of ending it quickly.
Though some flaws, i mostly had enjoyed Claymore - even looking it in English dub and japanese dub too. (though i ensure you that watching the original jp dub is much better) i issue it a solid : 7.5
If you have read it all up until here, know that im very grateful for that :) and i Hope that my review could have helped you making the choice to watch it or not. read more
Oct 23, 2007
From the beginning the story is very easy to follow. You have Claymores (strong female warriors) and it is the job of these Claymores to slay the Yoma. The story basically follows Clare as she travels to slay these Yoma, which get increasingly difficult to defeat as the story goes on. As a character Clare is developed so well that your opinion of her will change constantly throughout the series. Knowing her past before she became a Claymore and her current self makes it hard to believe that those two are the same person. What's disappointing is that some of the other main characters are not as developed as Clare but at least they produced good enough results. Raki being the main supporting character is really the only annoying character and doesn't really bring much to the story. As the story goes on it changes completely from the original hunt and kill Yoma, onto a more interesting and compelling storyline with amazing battles.
The fight sequences are just amazing and what helps it is the superb animation quality, thanks to "Madhouse" (also producer of "Death Note"). A lot of detail is put into every aspect of animation, with amazing lighting effects, detailed backgrounds and realistic character models. It is great to see all this kept during the bloody fight sequences however I do feel some corners are cut which just loses some of its essence (e.g. when the arms move so fast it does the typical DBZ speed attacking effect).
The music is fantastic with a magnificent orchestral score mixed in with some wicked bass and rockin' tunes. It's perfect in setting the right atmosphere; drama or action, it does well in both however there are times, mostly during fights, that the music can get a little messy.
Overall this ends up becoming an interesting anime that actually brings something new to the saturated shounen anime market. It manages to stay true to the manga storyline throughout however the story ends up moving at a very fast pace but the benefit of this is that every episode counts and there isn't any screen time wasted by: pointless flashback, training episodes, prolong deaths, etc. It's a shame that the anime deviated from the manga slightly near the end, which is bad news to manga fans and it means there's less chance for it continuing.
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Jan 12, 2008
Claymore... simply is an anime about blond haired chicks with bigs swords cutting up demons... or other women with big swords. Lots of decapitations and blood and action. The protagonist Clare is a "Claymore" or a 1/2 demon 1/2 human demon hunter. If these claymore use too much of their demon power they themselves will be engulfed by their dark side never to return.
This anime began as a potential masterpiece, but my expectations were crushed half way. What had started as a unique story line and an awsome character was Infected by stereotypical MAIN STREAM elements that nearly destroyed this anime.
I already gave the Main Plot~ As already said its starts off great and goes downhill in the end. It also has an even pace in the beggining, a perfect blend of plot of battles~ But in the end plot is thrown out the window just for constant battling, Cliche plot twists and complete disregard for story.
I was rather happy with the animation^.^
Mostly darker earthy hues~ but it makes a good contrast with the Claymore shiny swords and armor. The character animation was ok till you find out 90% of them look the same, it becomes hard to tell alot of them apart towards the end.
Both the opening and ending were good, especially the ending "Danzai no Hana" which is perhaps one of the best ending themes of 2007. It completely matched the feeling of the entire anime.
The OST itself is rather good, but it didn't stick out very much when I watched it myself.
Character: As already said, the series starts off with very good characterizations, but in the end throws out their development and makes most of them into stereotype roles that were completely without motive. Besides the protagonist there was hardly any attempt at character development to begin with and they messed that up.
Enjoyment: I can honestly say I did enjoy 3/5 of the series. It had me on the edge of my seat, engrossed in the action and plot twists. The ending 2/5 were a total let down and nearly destroyed the entire anime~ but perhaps someone less picky than me could enjoy it? If all you like is battles and fireworks you will enjoy this anime~
Overall~ I've said all that needs to be said~
This anime is acceptable... but far from a 10/10...
Dec 5, 2014
The premise upon which Claymore is built is actually a very absorbing one, the setting and plot doesn’t seem clichéd and right from the first episode it is likely to have you hooked. The world in Claymore is inhabited by both humans and monsters which are otherwise known as Yoma. They are beings who are always thirsting for human flesh and have a veracious appetite for guts. What makes these Yoma so special is the fact that they can change forms to look just like humans and thus they can reside in villages and towns, getting by undetected and pounce whenever the opportunity presents itself. Humans themselves are unable to fight back as the Yoma are simply too strong and so the humans often call for help in the form of claymores. Claymores are half-human, half-Yoma beings who are controlled by an “organisation” and have the power to slay most Yoma with relative ease. They are however not trusted and feared by the humans due to their Yoma connections despite the assistance they provide.
The first episode introduces the two main protagonists in the show, Raki, a young boy who had lost his parents to Yoma and also Clare, a claymore who is sent to rid the Yoma in Raki’s village. Through various events, Raki eventually tags on and travels with Clare on her journey- very much to Clare’s disdain. Without getting into spoiler territory, I would like to point out that this is initially a very interesting relationship in terms of how the two quite different people start to bond. Raki slowly tries to win Clare over and eventually they start to build a bond over the length of the show which is key to many parts of the story. However, this isn’t the only relationship and in fact there is an arc far better involving a relationship much fuller and richer than that of Raki and Clare.
The show actually has a theme running throughout of brotherhood, togetherness and friendship. These themes are the backbone of so many arcs and sub-plots and the way in which the characters are united can seem to strike up a few emotions. It certainly promotes a very healthy and real sense of camaraderie which means you can really connect and empathise with many of the characters. They use this attraction to the characters to really play with your emotions, not always for the better, in this show you can feel frustrated, shocked, elated all at the same time for almost all of the characters throughout the show. Personally apart from two or three characters, I didn’t find the characters to be amazingly deep and most were average.
There are some deeper questions this show asks too however, which are interspersed frequently in every episode. The main one being- what is it to really be human? What is it within us that keeps us sane? When do we cross the line that turns us into a metaphorically speaking, monster- I’m thinking murderers etc. here. These are just thoughts that will pop up from episode to episode and get you thinking- although the anime itself doesn’t take it upon itself to really answer these questions.
At this point I’ll also mention the amount of guts and gore involved in this show. Basically, I don’t there was a single period of ten minutes where I didn’t see someone’s limbs or head flying off. Every single episode is full of blood and gore, that isn’t to say however that it is off putting, it’s just extremely over the top. The amount of damage some of these people can take just has you thinking “oh c’mon you’ve got to be dead by now!” So you are certainly covered if you are looking for a lot of over the top action!
Now, so far everything seems pretty good. Fairly gripping characters? Check. A storyline and setting that can really go somewhere? Check. Do we end up actually going anywhere? Not really.
There were quite a few problems with this show, which personally I feel stopped it from really going on and becoming a really top rate show. The biggest problem with this show was that it was simply too short, it needed to, HAD to be longer. It could really have benefitted from further episodes, not to keep the story going, but instead to expand on the situations within the initial 26 episodes. The show starts to run out of steam as the show goes and after an extremely strong start, fails to keep it up. As a result by the end of the show you feel as if there loads of details that have been missed out and that the whole thing is just too rushed. The strong premise of the show and the action means you will keep watching-while still enjoying the show- but at some point you will feel as if you have hit some kind of wall and that nothing is really progressing.
A further problem was that the show seems to lose the overall plot over the course of the show and fumbles its way through to the final few episodes. The sense of closure when you will finish the show is missing, you don’t really feel as if the show has ended and you’re left with a sort of “wait what, that’s it?” feeling. After all the plots and storylines which are set up it can feel like a massive let down and that’s where the flaw lies.
The art style was quite good for an anime of the 2007 period and also complemented the style of show that Claymore depicts, although it did seem a little odd at times with the way some humans were portrayed. The Yoma themselves weren’t all the same and were sufficiently different enough to keep you guessing. The music was simply superb, the actions scenes were complemented with the kind of music that really pumps you up and the tense moments really did give you a sense of unease. The OP was very good in my opinion, while the ED was average.
Despite the criticisms, Claymore is still a thoroughly enjoyable show which sadly falls short of its rather massive potential. However if you are looking for fast paced action with loads of over the top fighting and blood and gore, then this is your show.
For recommendations for similar shows, I would certainly recommend attack on titan if you haven’t already seen it since they are both similar in terms of action, although attack on titan in my opinion has a far more even paced and frankly better story line.
Oct 27, 2014
The story is not unique but that ins't a issue because the story although cliche is well executed. the story is also easy to follow so there shouldn't be confusion as to what is going on in the story.
The artwork is great and reminds me much of the anime, Monster's animation, making the characters look like actually people.
I really enjoyed the soundtracks in this anime and have no complaints about the sound
This is the shows Achilles heel, which is not good since the charterers have to carry the show along. It felt as if most of the characters were just lacking in personality, aside for a few select of dynamic characters, most characters could be classified as either cocky, evil, or naive. The characters genuinely were generic and some had zero substance.
Aside from some characters i had a blast watching this anime, It was badass even in spite of its flaws.
Mar 14, 2008
There are these women, Claymores. They are feared across the country, for they are half-monsters. And what do they fight? Monsters. Yes, they save the people from monsters, but are regarded as ones themselves. Irony, huh?
The story follows one of these women. She meets a normal human kid who isn't afraid of her, and they end up as traveling partners. At first, it starts as a standard "good-guys-killing-monsters" show, but it goes deeper. I've always felt that the organization for whom the Claymores are working isn't quite good, but let's just leave it at that. The story, as I said, develops as time passes, and we get to know more characters, maybe a bit about their background, and it all culminates with a real neat final fight.
The animation in this series is simply... just.-... unique. I haven't seen anything like it, and I don't think I will. It gives me this really weird feeling, but that's good. It's really nice, and definitely one of a kind.
I really enjoy the music in this series. It's really, really nice, and it fits perfectly with the current scene.
The characters are also, um... well, not that much, really. They're kind of okay, but I find the male lead to be veery annoying.
Oh and this anime has a realistic power growth and difference. That's something I really like. Kudos to that!
Final thing: This anime seems very unfinished. After watching it, I thought: "Isn't there a season 2?" Well, one has to come. The end was just too open. read more
Feb 4, 2008
Story: As I mentioned, the story started very good. It was simple yet have some depth in it; love, hatred, revenge ... it had all. And slaying demons are never boring, in a good show. But all the potential in the world does not guarantee anything; from episode 20, the series branched off from the manga, and had one of the most disappointed ending ever. It made people feel incomplete. What is going to happen to them, who were the leader of the Claymores ...? The manga is still far from end, and making an anime based on a good yet to end was a bad idea. And the result? A disappointed storyline.
Art, and sound: not much to complain, they are good. Sweet animation; perfectly fit in the classic shonen hack n' slash action. It was just good. The music, awesome. 9 for both Art and Sound.
Characters: amazing and unique characters. All the Claymores were unique; and I loved that. The only thing that held the character point from getting any higher was Raki. He was supposed to be a key main character, but he turned out to be a weak boy who always got into the middle of the battle and Claire had to get him out. And for a long time, he had nothing to do with everything happening in the show. Didin't he supposed to be cool and important? So lame!
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this series from the beginning till' it was 10 minutes before the final episode ended. As I mentioned, the ending left me an overwhelming disappointment. What's the point of such ending? I had the felling that the show had just started, even it was the last episode. Then I decided to burned this anime to DVD and locked it up forever, unless they made a sequel. Rewatch value: 0. Enjoyment before you hit the final: 10/10. Disappointment after you hit the stop button: 100/10. So, 5/10.
Overall: Claymore was supposed to be an extrememly good anime. But the story made a horrible turn at episode 20 and hit disaster at the last episode. I want a sequel or a remake! If it is a remeke, let just forget episode 20 and onward, and make it the way the manga is. 6/10 read more
Jul 19, 2014
1- A large, two-handed sword from the medieval ages.
2- An anti-personnel mine.
But, now that I've completed it, the word Claymore should have forged one more meaning into my own personal dictionary.
3- A GOOD shounen anime with a dark atmosphere and solid storyline.
Claymore is animated by Madhouse, a well-known studio which animated many popular shows, their works which include highly praised anime such as Death Note but also released poop-tier anime such as Mahou Sensou. Let me first say that, Claymore's plot doesn't bear anything too innovative: An Organization with half human, half monster women are hired to get rid of monsters called Yoma who feasts on humans' entrails. These women are given the name Claymores - pretty much named after the greatswords they lug around. Each of them have their own respective emblems and ranks which signify how much experience they have exterminating Yoma. What's Clare's rank in the Organization? I'm not telling! However, if you know the video game Hitman, then you may had already guessed it. Each of the Claymores inherits one or more superhuman abilities giving them feats such as regeneration and/or lightning-fast movement capabilities. Lastly, talking about designs, Yoma don't have the most unique monster designs I've seen, as a matter of fact most of them closely resemble ghouls if not, gargoyles.
I recall reading one chapter of Claymore in a Shounen Jump Magazine, back in 2006? I don't remember the exact details. As I began watching, I only started with the first couple of episodes. My initial thoughts? It's not too bad. Granting, I believe that I wasn't going to enjoy the show very much. Then slowly, I began watching even more, up to 7 or 8 episodes a day. It was definitely getting more better. Before I knew it, I already reached the finale. Claymore clearly went above my expectations - it's pretty solid. About halfway in the series, the pacing accelerates thus the overall storyline becomes even more engaging. Claymore's premise doesn't bring anything far too unique to the table, yet it's the execution, pacing and storytelling which is very nicely done. 26 episodes for a shounen seems more than enough, but there are times where I don't mind having more. I felt a little bit disappointed with the ending though. It doesn't feel entirely "accomplished".
Dismemberment is very common in Claymore. Obviously, the main attraction of typical shounen anime is its action. From my personal view, Claymore doesn't provide the best action entertainment out there, and to be frank, I found even more spectacular and intense action scenes coming from passable anime such as Eiyuu Densetsu - Sora no Kiseki: an anime OVA with poor introduction and storytelling but makes up for its excellent action scenes. In summary, Claymore's action: it does the job, but not close to perfection.
Clare is a solid female protagonist; her past holds several nice twists and is pretty interesting stuff. She also shows good development throughout the anime. While many Claymores are introduced later in the series, but Clare and Teresa are the two most interesting ones. Speaking of Teresa, her actions practically reminded me of Accelerator from Toaru Majutsu no Index; Protecting your helpless loli. Why the fuck not? She's my second best character in Claymore. Lastly, there's Raki, the male protagonist; a character whom I didn't particularly hate or liked.
In terms of visual/animation, Claymore's visuals may take a little time to adapt to, especially for people who have grown accustomed to watching colorful, bright anime. However, I didn't find it repulsive whatsoever. The animation quality is still satisfying, even during this year, 2014. Clearly, it isn't on par with today's anime visuals but fits the dark and moody ambience of the anime. Characters' faces(especially Claymores) have a doll-like semblance and can look semi-creepy at first, but doesn't look too bad.
"Raison d'etre", the opening theme which is performed by Nightmare is pleasing enough - since I'm a dedicated fan of rock and metal themed songs. Also, some nice rocking background music fades in whenever the battles get intense.
In conclusion, Claymore is a solid shounen anime set in a dark universe. The storyline is filled with many interesting twists and is pretty absorbing as well. Action scenes in Claymore are good, however its not outstanding. Visuals are nice but for some people it may take some time to get used to and the first few episodes might be a little tedious to watch. But by continuing, you might actually end up enjoying the way I did. If you're a die-hard shounen fan, then you're missing out. read more
Jun 11, 2013
The story, in the beginning, progresses very slowly. As denoted in the quick overview, the anime focuses on Clare, a Claymore who fights Yoma. I was actually quite bored with the show (for multiple reasons) until I reached episode 7, where things finally started to pick up. But until you reach that far, you're basically just following Clare and Raki with almost no real story background and watching Clare slay basic Yoma; Yoma that are so basic, you can tell they aren't major just by the way they are drawn. The boring monsters, coupled with the lack of story and lame characters in the beginning was a real turn-off for me for this anime. But believe me, it picks up. You eventually learn of Clare's reason for fighting, and that's where the story takes off. It is the classic story of revenge, and from there more interesting monsters get involved too. You learn that the world doesn't revolve around Clare, and there is a bigger picture involved here. For once, as well, we have a protagonist that isn't created to be the most powerful person in existence, which is a nice change of pace. But speaking of pace, that was a problem I had with this anime. The pacing in the beginning was really slow, and I feel it was a waste of a good amount of episodes. Then, out of no where, it picks up and gets very interesting. At the end though, it almost seems rushed and ends with more questions than answers. I feel entirely unresolved now that the anime is finished, and the anime didn't interest me enough to pursue the manga to find out the overall ending. I would almost say I was disappointed in how the story turned out, but the end was still sort of pleasing and I really did love the mini-arc with Teresa. However, it feels like it ended half-way from where it SHOULD have been. It should have been twice as long. Overall, a good story.
The art was different than I am used to. I'd describe it as Victorian art style meets Anime art style. We have the beautifully drawn Claymores, that all look like the could be dolls, and we have the not-so-well drawn humans. They aren't bad, but not as good as the Claymores. The Yoma in the beginning, as aforementioned, were boring and not drawn in a way that caught the eye. However, when the more interesting Yoma get involved, the artwork really displays how good it is! One thing I did notice was a lack of consistency, with eye placement on a face or lip detail and other things that relate to the face. Nothing major, but sometimes distracting if you're overly critical with the art of an anime (as I am). They also don't censor much, and this anime is a bit gory. Overall, the art is one of the more fine points of the anime.
There was nothing particularly good or bad about the sound, voice acting, or music.
At first, I was REALLY annoyed. I actually disliked Raki and Clare as characters, because they had such a lack of depth for the first 6 episodes. Raki was just an annoying cry baby; I haven't even met a girl who cries as much as he did. And Clare was just a plank with no personality at all. Then Teresa's story came up, and I fell for her character first. Then we learn more about Clare, and Raki toughens up and becomes more likable. Clare also manages to be less of a Kristen Stewert and gains some emotion, which is always good for the protagonist of an anime. The other secondary characters also are a very nice touch. The girls we see in the opening credits (Miria, Deneve, Helen, and Jean) are really nice additions and contrast each other well, giving a nice variety to the characters. As it probably seems, my favorite character in the whole mix was Teresa.
Enjoyment and Overall:
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this anime. I liked the story, but it was slow and boring at times and left me wishing there was more (not in the good way, but in a 'this is rushed' way). I liked the artwork at times, but didn't at other times. The sound wasn't specially good or specially bad, and the characters were good but took a while to actually get to that point. I feel very stuck between a 7 and an 8. I'd give this anime a 7.4, but since there are no decimal ratings, I rounded overall to a 7. The anime was a decent watch, and considering how popular it is and the fact that it isn't long, it's worth watching. I wouldn't say it was one of my favorites, but if they were to make a second season I would totally watch it. Overall, a good anime.
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Something that I felt like I could not go without saying for this review was something that might be perceived as a minor spoiler: character death. I feel like this anime is the 'Game of Thrones' of the anime world. Characters die off so casually and often in this show, to the point where I almost never wanted to get attached to a character. It was nice knowing that the suspense of a battle was warranted because they may not actually come out alive, but the characters die so casually that they don't get the epic deaths I wished they would get. In fact, all of the fighting is treated really casually: enemy deaths, limbs being cut off (which happens A LOT), and/or friendly character deaths. Overall: violence is gory in this anime, but treated casually.
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Jul 23, 2007
The plot is great, even if it follows the outline of a typical Shonen: a greater enemy to defeat as final objective. The storyline however is enough original and rich of inusual particulars, for example the presence only of women as main characters to part Raki and Isley, the control of the enormous power, the awakenings, and the Organization that is incumbent every minute.
The design of the characters is enough anticonventional and inusual: some physical features, like lips or the face seen of profile, well, not everybody will like how they're done. However they are enough pleasant to see, and the design in general terms, as of personages as of scenes and of movements is coherent with the type of anime: raw, dry and connoted in the colors.
Door-bells and other sounds similiar to old rhythm can often be felt as a mysterious prefeeling, thus resembles epic scenes. Battles sometimes also have a rock rhythm. Masanori Takumi did a good job on the OST, especially on some songs like Bishou no Teresa (Teresa's Theme), Ginme no Majo, Hateshinaki Tabiji and Fukaki Mori no Naka. The choice of the rhythms is guessed and coherent with the scenes. Other sounds instead are ostensible, for example the sounds heard during the battle: squeaking of blades, cuts, footsteps and blood that exits from wounds. Also the chosen of dubbers have been good, in my opinion.
Splendid characterization of every character! Even if in the first moment nearly every character can seem cold and calculating (Claire for example in the first episode gives so much this feeling), when you learn to know them, to know their feelings and their past, will born an endured empathy, an example is the story of Teresa and Claire, or the Ofelia's one. Every personage has its fundamental characteristics that distinguish she from all the others Claymores (physically, every claymore is similar to the others, therefore is for their qualities you'll love every single character): there is who, like Jean, has one strongly will, who learns to love, like Teresa, who simply loves, as Raki, and who cannot more survive to the pain like Elena.
Every time that I am watching an episode, I always hope that it does not end that way and I hope that it continues not leaving things as they are, I want more and I'm disappointed to have to wait for one week in order to see the continuation. Every minute of the show very is calculated as in converses as in the amazing, never-boring scenes of action, where the spilling of blood is not fine to himself.
There aren't means ways, you love it or hate it. It's a great shonen, similiar to others but also a lot different. I love it, more the story goes ahead the more it becomes interesting... what else? Can't wait to see the showdown! read more
Nov 18, 2014
Now to start off the review, the best way to describe this anime is... an amazing idea, a well executed anime but lacking in certain elements and those elements bugged me a lot. Just to state beforehand, I am not going to stress on it being an adaptation and bringing in the manga to quote everything - I'll consider the anime as an anime, not as a 'meant to be a faithful adaptation to a certain manga.'
The story of Claymore is intriguing. Its start gives off the air of Blood+ or Muv-Luv in that it portrays an issue and gives its solution - defining the universe in terms of those monster/hunter/prey and similar characteristics while the rest of the elements like the time era and the culture remains as secondary. It is a fine approach, nothing wrong with it but it does give the initial vibe of the mainstream anime story progression (won't go into details there) and does not keep attention as did Another, Deadman Wonderland and Mirai Nikki (for me) in their first episodes. However I always say that animes should be given certain episodes to develop - I know many people who dislike Code Geass based only on first episode.
And when the person gives time to this anime, then the culture, the environment, the physics of the universe slowly start to unravel in more detail, and in a more relevant manner. An example is that the initial "Queen's Blade" vibe of all female fighters is slowly shattered and the person emerges from a world of simple monster vs hunter to a much complicated and gripping universe. I do wonder how the story line elements hinted yet left out of the anime were tackled in the manga but the slight graze of the side story isn't a negative, it eventually gives the story a multi-purpose and while the anime concludes on ONE of these 'purposes', the rest are a well thought way to keep the viewer motivated to watch.
So basically the anime is a well developed story, complex and intruiging HOWEVER, the ending retracted back to typical anime-ish. Wish I could give a comparison but it would be near equal to a spoiler.
One of the very big positives in Claymore for me was the art. The art style was very impressive and enjoyable. Let's consider it a little more technically. The background was well managed, with detail where necessary and reflecting the over all ambiance of the time. The color scheme was suitable and the art was fluid especially in many fighting sequences. If we consider character art, the females certainly were similar in most traits, however they had believable proportions... not only in terms of the bust size but thighs, arms and over all stature. Yes, similar but they were all fighters and I suppose they could have varied the height a little but otherwise the physique should be more or less the same. The lips and eyes were designed very well - I loved many characters in how appealing they looked not due to a hanging cleavage but due to a decent art style. The basic monster art was also impressive, the lesser monsters were more or less generic but they still didn't look... bad.
I would say here that an all blonde congregation was not really the best idea.... especially since many gave the first impression of being 'elvish'... but ah well.
The sound however was a... 30/70 for me. 70 in the negative. The sound tracks were certainly unique and some did have quite the appeal but they were executed at very awkward moments making one confused for a moment whether they are interpreting the overall atmosphere in the wrong way. So not really a fan of the music however I enjoyed the voice acting and the sound effects reflecting actions or movement.
Now the character development was a roller coaster for me. Lets see... considering the main prominent characters... Clare, the protagonist, an emotionless warrior, brutal in her fights against the monsters but calm alongside, a balanced character with a clear vision that doesn't waver but needs to be reminded in between since there are slight 'additions' to her goals. There isn't much complex about her, she had a past that carved her present and if there are complexities to her personality that isn't shown in the present story. Her interaction with other characters is also justified and reasonable.
Raki... the... pathetic side kick that has... okay lets tackle him a little properly. When you are alone and helpless and are dependent on someone that has far superior intelligence, exposure, endurance skills than you and is mentally a lot more stable, you are supposed to... what? Depend on them. You stick around, give them company, comfort yourself and them. We see another relationship in the anime comparable to what he and Clare have and THAT was BEAUTIFULLY executed. His wasn't. Why? Raki has to impose his sense of helplessness every other episode, he has to lecture Clare every other episode over what is right or wrong, has to butt into every single situation when he isn't required... I mean... just stop being an annoying pest! I disliked that character a lot and the story line plus a few other major characters kept me watching.
TERESA, a secondary character that does have a huge impact on the story was well handled. The best handled character. You can understand her, see how she thinks and understand how it makes sense. Her interaction with other characters was very believable. I won't go into much details but she was easily my favorite character.
Miria and other characters too have a personality defined yet they are not so constricted to it that you find them completely 1-D. They have certain traits to them that keep them believable characters. Yes, there are certain characters you will be able to identify in other animes as well (like the typical fight crazed guy) but the over character development is good. Just ignore Raki and you'll like the characters.
Now... if we were to sum it up to enjoyment... then it was a certainly enjoyable anime that had me waiting to know more - more than was shown in the anime but it kept me on the edge, it kept me guessing in places and the only part that did piss me off were it being incomplete and where they ended. The way the ended it didn't justify the rest of the anime.
So a good anime over all with decent fighting sequences, a story with various elements and if you ignore the character Raki and just try to get over the ending than a VERY good watch!
Thank you for reading and Feed back is more than welcome! read more