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This nondescript but pleasant manga is set in the generic fantasy landscape where little medieval towns are separated by large tracts of wilderness, and monsters must be dealt with by traveling for-hire monster slayers. The monsters here are Yomas, shape-changing creatures with a taste for human innards; the slayers are Claymores, young women who have been injected with Yoma blood so that they can recognize and kill the monsters—but who then must struggle to keep their own humanity. In the episodes in this volume, a young boy watches one Claymore arrive in his village and do her thing. He sees her as a person rather than a creepy semimonster and follows her after he learns her name, Claire. The rest of the book shows Claire and her naïve tagalong going through a series of confrontations with Yomas, in the worst of which Claire is summoned to kill her best friend, who feels herself losing control over her Yoma side. The elements of this story certainly aren't fresh nor is the art especially striking. However, as it goes along, the book does generate sympathy with Claire as slayer/victim, maiden/warrior, savior/fiend, showing that even tired material can still be interesting when presented unpretentiously. (Apr.)
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Norihiro Yagi won the 32nd Akatsuka Award for his debut work, Undeadman, which appeared in Monthly Shonen Jump magazine and produced two sequels. His first serialized manga was his comedy Angel Densetsu (Angel Legend), which appeared in Monthly Shonen Jump from 1992 to 2000. His epic saga, Claymore, is running in Monthly Jump Square magazine.
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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 1 month 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
When I attended GenCon this year, I discovered that there was anime- and manga-themed programming in the hotel next to the convention center. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brian Whiterose
the anime is really good and so far the manga is even better love it and my new kindle. gPublished 14 months ago by Julia Feast
Excellent book with a interesting main character and premise. I got into this by chance after it was recommended to me. Read morePublished 15 months ago by S. Cowen
I was excited to start reading this manga series. I originally watched the anime series for Claymore. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Karissa Eckert
I chose to purchase this manga series because I have always been a fan of the anime.
I think they should lower the price by a dollar or so, but other than that I would... Read more
I have had a lifetime interest in numerous Japanese martial arts (Judo, Jujitsu, Karate-Do, Kendo, Kenjutsu, Tanto-jutsu) in my more than 60 years of training both as a student and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joseph J. Truncale