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Claymore, Vol. 1 Paperback – April 4, 2006
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I had to snicker at the Publisher's review of the comic being 'pleasant' though. There is hacking, slashing, and a lot of bleeding, but it's stylized enough not to be gory (bloody, yes; gory, no). No cutesy stuff either. No animal side-kicks, no easily packageable fluff. Just great story, great art (trust me, it does get better), and great characters. I only wish the books came out faster.
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Here is my video review on the first volume of Claymore by Norihiro Yagi.
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Description of Claymore by Viz(found on the Back of Volume 1):
In a world where monsters called Yoma prey on humans and live among them in disguise, humanity's only hope is a new breed of warrior known as Claymores. Half human, half monster, these silver eyed slayers possess supernatural strength, but are condemned to fight their savage impulses or lose their humanity completely.
A village is gripped by fear and paranoia when a Yoma claims six lives. The Claymore who is sent to slay the creature isn't what the villagers expect at all. In fact, she seems more monster and human.
I've actually watched the complete Claymore anime first before getting into the manga; when I started deconstructing the incredible anime series on my blog, a kind reader was nice enough to mail me the first five manga volumes as supplemental material. I wasn't sure how closely the anime followed the source material, but so far it's been a very close match, with some extra (and delightful) details available in the manga.
I really love the artwork in this volume -- the drawings are black-and-white, and manage to be very detailed but with a consistently 'clean' simplicity that I find really appealing. The original formatting of the Japanese book was maintained instead of flipped, so you do have to read right-to-left and back-to-front with this volume. The right-to-left reading is a fairly simple adjustment for my eyes (though I do sometimes forget when I drop down a panel), but the back-to-front reading was a bit harder for my hands to get used to -- it's hard to shake years of muscle memory at the drop of a hat, but in this case it's worth it.
Volume 1 provides the following scenes:
Scene 1: Silver-eyed Slayer
Scene 2: Claws in the Sky
Scene 3: Memory of a Witch
Scene 4: The Black Card
For those following along with the anime series, this volume corresponds to:
Episode 1: The Great Sword (An adaptation of Scene 1 and Scene 3 from the manga.)
Episode 2: The Black Card (An adaptation of Scene 4 with an opening shot illusion to Scene 2.Read more ›
The story revolves around Clare, a female warrior whose whole existence is given over to hunting Yoma, shape-shifting monsters who devour human entrails to survive. In the first story arc, we meet Raki, a young boy who encounters and is fascinated by Clare when she comes to his town upon request to eliminate a suspected yoma infestation. During the course of her mission, Clare eliminates the yoma but her actions inadvertently cause the townsfolk to reject Raki. Thus, the two end up journeying together and the true adventure begins.
To say that Claymore is fantasy is incorrect. In later volumes, it becomes clear that Claymore is, in fact, a slipstream story. There are hints in the art and supporting characters presentations that foreshadow this, but the hard facts have only just come out in the scanlated serializations.
As I mentioned, the characterizations are what keep me drawn into Claymore. Clare and Raki's relationship is very endearing, all the more so given Clare's desperate struggle to resist the inhuman "modifications" that she has been subjected to which allow her to fight the yoma. Raki's devotion to Clare and her own tenderness and concern toward Raki (which happens despite her attempts to avoid them), drive the pair down a long road of hardships and separation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Claymore is a manga about Yoma who pretend to be human in order to kill and eat the humans. The Claymore are the hybrid of the two stronger faster but still human with the ability... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mandy
Very good start to the series, made me want to get the rest and keep reading. But I wonder if "yoma" is just an in-series term or a generic Japanese word kept in because it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steven Dobbins
Claymore is one of the best series that I've read in a while with awesome action, beautiful art, and tons of adventure. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michelle Raby
WOW this was so good....i ordered the next 8 volumes..
backstory is slightly generic but still remains really engaging
some mistreated child goes all badass as vengeance... Read more