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

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Whoa!, Great Fantasy Anime

  • Aug 24, 2010
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 innards like we are Mcdonalds. An organization has created the order of the half-human, half-yoma warriors to protect the humans but still it is not enough to keep the yoma from coming out of them at times.

The more power the claymore use the bigger the chance of the yoma completely taking over. They carry huge swords also known as clamores which is where the beings get their name from. They are also referred to as "Silver Eyed Witches", based on their appearance and seemingly cold nature toward others. Each Claymore has a rank number which is based on their strength and ability. There are 47 ranks corresponding to the number of regions of the land/world. The series main protagonist (Clare) happens to be all the way at the end of the barrel but still something about her seems more powerful than the others especially due to her origins. 

Claymore happened to be a great find for me, an anime that definitely bought me back to the world of anime as I had taken a break from it for some time now. The animation is amazing, very well drawn and the colors well picked and fitting for such a dark series with a bit of light here and there. The characters were perfect, they had their flaws, their strengths, their cold side, and a side of warmth that came out at times and when needed. I think claymore had a plot that did what its supposed to do and thats keep you into the story. Not only did the characters get to you but the story itself took you on a ride. The action itself was cool but I do wish that there could have been a cleaner view and slower scenes to show the exchanging blows. Other than the fights there was one other thing that irked me, there was a character named Raki that follows Clare around who becomes a tad bit annoying at first but you deal with him after a while. He is supposed to be a reminder to Clare of what she once was and they need each other. If you are a fan of anime and the fantasy drama then this is definitely the anime for you, don't miss out on it. Claymore is a damn near perfect series on all aspects. 

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November 22, 2010
Great review, my girl has got me into this one, I in turn got a friend of mine onto it.
November 22, 2010
Im glad to hear that you like it, I liked it so much that I started watching it over today lol. thanks for reading my friend
September 05, 2010
I agree with your headline...I went all whoa with start of  this series! LOL!
November 08, 2010
lmao, I know right, it was a hella good series and I thought the animation was amazing
November 21, 2010
I am so featuring this...
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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
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review by . June 01, 2009
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 …
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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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