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Anime/Manga about half human/half yoma(monster) female warriors

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The female version of BERSERK

  • Jun 1, 2009
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So after watching the latest episodes of bleach and naruto, I was wondering what other anime out there was good.  So I asked a friend for some suggestions.  He recommended a few comedies that I would like but I asked him if there were any with a nice plot and very serious without that "bulging eye" humor stuff in it.  So he said try Claymore.  So I added into my queue on netflix and waited for it to be delivered.  When it finally arrived, I put it aside without much excitement of watching it since I've never heard of it before.  Then on a late friday night after coming back from an outing with the friends, I popped it on to catch a few episodes before I went to sleep.  Lets just say, I didn't end up sleeping all night.  I was hooked after the first few episodes.  It was everything that I could ask for in an anime.

Claymore turns out to be an anime about hybrid female warriors who are half humans, and half yomas(monsters).  In this fantasy world, humans are tormented and hunted by monsters called yomas(maybe the word for monsters in japanese?).  The yomas are just way too powerful for these humans so the only way they could combat them was to engineer their own warriors.  So they started creating hybrid yomas/human warriors called "claymores", mainly females since they failed with the male versions apparently.

These new claymore warriors turned out to be much more powerful than the yomas they hunt, but there's a catch.  All claymores, or at least thats what they lead you to believe in the beginning, will eventually mutate completely into yomas themselves.  In fact, they mutate/transform into a more powerful yoma called awakened beings.  These awakened beings are super powerful and only the strongest claymores stand a chance against them.

The story starts out with a young claymore named Clare.  A village has a yoma hiding within it as a human and only claymores can see with their eyes if someone's a yoma or not.  Clare is sent to this village to kill the yoma, which she pretty much easily does (sorry to spoil the first episode for you, but lets face it, you didn't think she'll get killed in the first ep did you?) and eventually befriends a kid there named Rocky(raki in japanese).  From there on, the adventure continues.

All I can tell you is that after watching the first 3 discs, I'd have to say this is one of the best animes I've ever seen.  I'd say the storyline is great, and the character development is awesome too.  I think everyone would like the main character, Clare.  Just the sad life she's been through, which they'll explain in the later episodes, and her ultimate goal makes you addicted in following this anime.  To give you an idea of how much I liked this anime, the very next day after watching the first 3 discs, I went on amazon and bought all the mangas.  And to give you a better idea of what that means, the only other mangas I've EVER bought were Berserk.  That just tells you how great I think this one is.

The only downside to Claymore is that it looks like they ended the anime after one season and the story, from what my friends tell me, takes a totally different path from the manga.

So my final notes are, if you loved Berserk or serious horror animes, you'll definitely love this one.

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June 25, 2009
is the version from netflix subtitled or dubbed?
June 25, 2009
Both. You get to select. But I highly suggest you go with the original japanese voices and english subs. For some reason, 99% of the time when they dub animes in english, it just sounds weird compared to the original japanese voices.
June 25, 2009
totally agree. nice review. thanks for sharing!
June 03, 2009
great review! I'll be waiting for the whole collection--I hate paying $ 24.99-29.99 per volume. I can wait.
June 03, 2009
Yea I know what you mean. Thats what I did with the Berserk series whre they had the cheaper multidisc cases for the whole season for like 56 bux(each individual was about 25.00. all 6 discs = 150).
June 01, 2009
nicely done!
June 02, 2009
thank you
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review by . August 24, 2010
posted in ASIANatomy
This type of anime while attractive to most is not the typical genre I am drawn to but no doubt can it pull you into the fantasy genre of anime. I actually ran into this series on the 5th episode on a Tv station and went looking for the beginning and it was surely worth it. Claymores are humans mixed with beasts or monsters called Yoma and they are trained to seek and destroy the Yoma that feed on human innards. The Yoma are quite creepy, often going completely bananas over human …
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2012
posted in ASIANatomy
Forget those times your parents told you "It's not about the destination, it's about the journey." because a quality anime has a quality journey AND destination.  Claymore, on the other hand, has a fairly solid journey but a TERRIBLE destination, and it's that terrible ending that's made me rate this quite lower than I initially did.      Ignore all the gushing praise for Claymore and go for Shigurui:  Death Frenzy and Ergo …
review by . July 04, 2011
posted in ASIANatomy
I got interested in Claymore some months back because the premise looked really good since I'm into entertainment about inner conflicts, which is essentially what this anime is about. I got this one as a birthday present last year and after finally finishing up the semester, I watched it in the last several days. Claymore started off well, but as you can tell by my rating, it had an unpleasant fate in my eyes.      STORY      The plot to Claymore is that …
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Claymore is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. The series initially premiered in the now defunct Monthly Shōnen Jump in the May 2001 issue. When the magazine was canceled in June 2007, the series was temporarily moved to Weekly Shōnen Jump. When Jump Square was introduced in November 2007, the series was moved to it and is still on-going. The individual chapters are published in tankōbon volumes by Shueisha, with 18 volumes released as of July 2, 2010.

Madhouse adapted the first eleven volumes of the series into a twenty-six episode anime series. Directed by Hiroyuki Tanaka the series premiered in Japan on NTV on April 3, 2007 and ran until September 25, 2007. A CD soundtrack for the anime series, and a CD of character songs using the anime voice actresses were released on July 25, 2007 and September 27, 2007, respectively.

The Claymore manga is licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media, which began serializing the title in its Shonen Jump manga anthology in the April 11, 2006 issue. It released the first volume of the series on April 4, 2006 and has released 16 volumes as of June 1, 2010. The anime adaptation is licensed for release in North America by Funimation Entertainment, which has released the first DVD for the series in Fall 2008 and released the entire series on Blu-ray in Spring 2010. Madman Entertainment has licensed the anime for release in Australia and New Zealand and the anime is sub-licenced ...

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