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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Claymore DVD vol. 3 Impression


The battle with an awakened one continues in Claymore volume 3 on DVD from FUNimation. As Clare and her assigned team unexpectedly take out the awakened one they were not supposed to defeated they come to a realization, they were sent to fail. The common thread between these four Claymore is one of power, or more specifically the fact that each has moved beyond their limit, awakened then come back, something that is not supposed to be possible. The organization does not seem to like this and to prevent any ‘problems’ they look to have sent these four Claymore to their death. Having succeeded in not only defeating their opponent but also coming to this realization puts each of the four hunters on edge and on the lookout for the inner conspiracy. They part, but understanding their need to blend in and avoid the top tier of Claymore for their sense of power could reveal the quartets secret.

If only things were this easy, as Clare learns upon being sent to face another awakened one with number 4 Ophelia, who toys with Clare and begins to hunt her after the death of their assigned hunt. Things go from bad to worse then a few notches up, but things don’t go all wrong. Sure Clare loses an arm and goes into hiding, but she eventually meets with Elaina, trains in the quick sword an gains a new … well arm. A new power and understanding of her place in life leads to a new path for Clare, which will continue in volume 4.

Now this is what I’m talking about. Action, conspiracy, ladies with large swords. The style and art in Claymore continues to mirror the unique design set forth in the manga with subtle colors highlighting the fast-paced action. The action itself leaps off the screen as the movements and special abilities of each Claymore take center stage. Previous volumes introduced the characters, world and history of the characters but now it’s all action all the time. From the realization of their being setup, to the parting of the ways and the encounter with Ophelia, it’s revealed that there are monsters within the organization in the form of leaders and Claymore themselves. Things are not all they seem in this latest volume of Claymore and Clare must adapt to her new surroundings or end up another casualty of this endless war.

Bottom line, action, animation, story in Claymore is solid, an excellent, violent, anime that takes a unique look at some fantasy story telling, monsters, heroes and whatnot and mixes it all together in a must have set that is now up to three volumes. Fans know what I’m talking about and if you like fantasy based epics, then it’s time to pick up Claymore.

2 comments:

  1. Hi!
    You are the first person who reviwed Claymore for me! I am recommending Claymore to my American friends who have watched Berserk by Kentarō Miura. If you have not watched Berserk yet, please try when you have a chance! :)

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  2. I AGREED CLAYMORE IS ONE HELUVA KICK ASS ANIME..IT'S ONE OF MY FOVOURITE.... I HOPE THERE'S SECOND SEASON...ONE LAST WORD TERESA WAS THE STRONGEST WARRIOR EVER IN CLAYMORE WORLD...!!! (EVEN FOR A AWEKENED BEING LIKE PRISCILLA)

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