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Japanese: CLAYMORE
English: Claymore
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 27
Chapters: 159
Status: Finished
Published: May 6, 2001 to Oct 4, 2014
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Fantasy Fantasy, Horror Horror
Theme: Gore Gore
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Jump SQ.
Authors: Yagi, Norihiro (Story & Art)


Score: 8.291 (scored by 8689986,899 users)
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Ranked: #3152
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Popularity: #37
Members: 201,460
Favorites: 13,595

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It is the Middle Ages, and the remnants of mankind are plagued by paranoia and death. Spoken in fearful whispers, the word "Yoma" cuts a clear image into the minds of all: monstrous beings with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. But fear of their gruesome appetite is dwarfed by that of their ability to shapeshift and steal the memories of their last meal. Forever vulnerable to attack, humans live in unease, even among family.

There are few means to kill a Yoma. The Organization, informally known as "Claymore," is humanity's only line of defense, dispatching half-human, half-Yoma female warriors to purify villages of Yoma. A lonely and dangerous existence, death for these warriors comes with each new assignment. What time is found between trying battles and long, arduous travels is spent in ever-intensifying struggle to resist their Yoma blood and maintain their humanity. Villagers, knowing of this, pay for their security reluctantly and have only loathsome regard for their protectors.

Claymore follows the stoic and low-ranking member Clare in her daunting trek as she searches for personal vengeance. Along the way, she encounters many unexpected things about the world, from the camaraderie and hope held fast by her sisters-in-arms to the sinister truth behind the Claymore Organization.

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Claymore was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint from April 4, 2006 to October 6, 2015. A complete box set of the series was released October 20, 2015. It was also published in Spanish by Glenát España since December 2006, publishing 21 volumes until Glénat went bankrupt. The series was continued by Norma Editorial until its final volume in September 2015; and in Italian by Star Comics from June 9, 2005 to June 13, 2015.




Apr 17, 2024
If I could give a piece of advice to people going into this like I did, it would be this: don't expect Berserk. I hyped myself up into thinking that this would be another Berserk, only a lot tamer when it came to violence. That mainly comes from seeing members in the Death Battle community hope for a fight between Clare and Guts (and then being really disappointed when Guts fought Dimitri from Fire Emblem). It's not as good in my opinion, but by no means is Claymore bad.

For starters, and perhaps the largest reason why the Berserk connection was made: this art is PHENOMENAL. ...
Sep 13, 2023
Mixed Feelings
How underwhelming. I really really wanted this to be a great epic story. The premise was fine, Claire's backstory was intriguing, the art was gorgeous, but the manga overall just lacked pazzazz and creativity.

I didn't particularly care about most of the cast and the combats just came one after the other with little sense of stake. Too many of the characters looked almost identical, which did not help in making me root for them. Some of the powers did not make sense and I could let it slide if the fights felt worth it but I was so out of it about the story ...
Nov 17, 2023
Claymore, unfortunately, falls short as a subpar, sub-mediocre, forgettable, and unimaginative read.

Its cast lacks any creativity, and the Claymore organization, which should be the highlight, features more than 40 female monster hunters that look, fight, and act the same. They are praised as great female representation, but the more you grow as a reader, the more you will realize that they are an absolute joke.

-The main character, Claire, fails to stand out, appearing like a recycled character from another story. Her arc revolves around being emotionless but learning to feel while traveling with Raki, who is arguably the worst character in the series. ...

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