Posted by psgels on 16 August 2007 with categories: Claymore


So, basically because Eclipse took so long with their release for this week, I got impatient and checked out the raws. At times like these, I’m glad that I can understand them. :)

Anyway, this is one of the few Claymore-episodes without fighting, but it’s definitely one to look forward to, as there’s a really high emphasis on character-development, and this episode may have been one f the best ones of Claymore yet, especially not considering the fights.

There’s only one part I didn’t like, so I’ll start with that one: Raki. We still don’t know how the heck he ended up in the north in the first place. If I heard correctly, he’s supposed to have been victim of slave-trading in the manga, which is a perfectly good explanation, though I never heard any of the sorts in this episode. Either that or I must have missed it.

Okay, now the good stuff: Raki is getting closer to Priscilla and Isley than I thought. I’m eager to learn of the background of the two of them, as they’re definitely behaving unlike other awakened beings I’ve seen so far. Priscilla also is entirely different from the Priscilla we saw in episode eight. The creators will definitely be using this for when Claire runs into Priscilla. I wonder if Priscilla still recognizes Claire, by the way.

The biggest focus of the episode was on Deneve and Undine, though, and I both loved them. Undine proves yet again that she’s more than just a cocky muscle-machine. It seems that she has learned to always activate a small piece of her youma-powers in order to keep her muscles tense at all times. She’s just someone who likes to act tough, afraid that people will find out her true nature. That second sword of hers, it also seems to be from a good friend of hers.

Deneve was the one who found this out, and she acts really mature at this. I think I finally begin to understand why she chose to be a defensive type: unlike Claire, whose loved one was killed by an identifiable enemy (Priscilla), her loved ones (most likely her family) were killed by unknown Youma. Instead of swearing to kill off all youma, like Priscilla did, Deneve swore to protect as much as possible. That’s why she demands perfection from both herself and others.

Flora, meanwhile, shows that she’s been around since Claire’s youth, because she recognized Irene’s arm. That’s not something you do easily, since Miria, who’s a lot stronger than Flora (I assume, at least) couldn’t recognize it. Because of this, she and Jeane become some of the few to hear Claire’s raison d’Être of killing Priscilla. Flora should be getting character-development in the next few episodes.

To add to that, the fina minutes of the episode show Helen, trying to encourage a minor Claymore, who looks surprisingly unique, and it ends as the second wave of Isley’s henchmen are coming. Look forward to the next episode!

11 Responses

  1. Clare says:

    first of all…abandoned boys and girls in the world of claymore is picked up by slave traders…the girls are traded to the east to become claymores while the boys are traded to the north because they are short with people…

  2. me says:

    I think the question is not whether or not Priscilla would recognize clare, but whether or not she would necessarily care…

  3. me says:

    Also, please note that I haven’t read the manga for this, Flora doesn’t necessarily have to be as old enough to recognize Irene’s arm from when she was a Claymore, there could always be a back-plot called filler in which Flora meets Irene while she is in hiding, and is flora the one that has that insane draw and sheath speed thing? Because if so then it would fit…

  4. me says:

    And last repost, I love how they seriously underplay the Flash sword. Let’s see, using the Flash Sword technique’s Idea, one can instantly copy the tech of Clare’s practical slave and Ophelia’s thing as well, not to mention come up with a few grand old ideas of your own, like instead of going, HA, LOOK AT ME, I CAN HIT EVERYWHERE ON YOUR BODY IN UNDER 4 SECONDS to HA, I JUST CUT OFF YOUR HEAD BECAUSE I CHOPPED IN THE SAME EXACT SPOT 27349327749327 TIMES IN 4 SECONDS!!!!

  5. ggpr says:

    I cannot understand understand the raw except for a few things here and there, but what I can say is that this is the first time that this show has seriously deviated from the manga. I was looking forward to the showdown between Flora and Clare even thought it did look a bit cheesy in the manga (the whole thing with Jeane being there is also new). Priscilla and Raki etc weren’t supposed to be in the forest, but rather a run down town etc…, I don’t remember Helen showing up with Deneve and Undine in the stocking barn. Many many other things. As you have stated, the manga a few episodes back explained that Raki was taken as slave trading and also a few episodes back the manga touched on Number 1 and Number 2 which also explains how they know Galatea was lying when she returned. A few more things etc… This is the first claymore episode where I REQUIRE the translation to fully understand what is going on in the scenes. [as I stated before, it doesn’t mean its all bad, but there are a few small things being left out, especially to someone like you (who listens closely and intently to detail)]

  6. PoofyEmulsion says:

    The Latest Info From Newtype seems to confirm that the anime will divert from the manga plot, with the next few episodes being very much different from the manga storyline.

    Looks like they are going to find a way to carry on the story without the manga perhaps.

  7. psgels psgels says:

    I think they’re trying to end the story with 24 and 26 episodes. Otherwise they would have just finished with this arc, before going with their own story. The question now remains whether they’ll succeed. It all depends on how good the creators are in making up their own storyline.

  8. soavifox says:

    why must they divert? thats stupid. they can just end it at the end of the arc like many other good series have. they can make a second season much later.
    Either way I haven’t read the manga past the previous arc as I don’t want to read ahead and be spoiled.
    That said I think the only characters that will die are Undine and Jeane. Anyone else who dies will surprise me.

    Undine will die finally being strong inside and out. Jeane will die saving Claire.
    The only other death I can see is Miria to prove how badass an enemy is. Though I think that one is unlikely.

  9. yoshi927 says:

    I liked this episode- to a point. The first round of conversations was awesome, but they pressed the “random people meet and talk” thing too far. Interesting how Miria’s an atheist, apparently.

  10. soavifox says:

    Claymore the Altering
    They plan to change the Claymore storyline heavily at the end so I’m dropping the anime and watching the manga instead. http://community.livejournal.com/claymore_fans/37815.html

    “How do you watch manga?” You might ask. Easily: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x84FJe-fiCY
    Note thats episode 19 of the series in manga form.
    The series will no longer be faithful to the manga (which I have been watching along with the series).
    So I will drop the series to watch the manga all the way through. I hate that they followed so faithfully and then declared they were going to change it.

  11. yoshi927 says:

    Yeah, I think I’m going to keep watching the series. Changing things isn’t necessarily bad. But, I’ll probably read the manga too. Though that watching-manga thing doesn’t really do it for me.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:54 AM)
    Same with action scenes: I might like realistic grounded sword fights, with the battle settling after a few swings and slashes. Others might enjoy over-the-top sequences, with aerial flips and ridiculous power moves.
    This concept can be expanded to the enjoyment of romance, slice-of-life, historic, and any other subject matter. If someone’s a grownup adult and doesn’t realize such a fundamental concept, than they seriously lack critical thinking and social understanding.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:51 AM)
    @Mike: this became very apparent to me after the initial Space Dandy reviews. Some people hated the juvenile humor and the T&A, while some others loved it for its sincerity and unpretentiousness. Who was right in this scenario? People clearly have different senses of humor, and neither is more correct than the other. People jumped on the positive reviewers’ throats, calling them ‘sellouts’ or ‘retards’, while the fact of the matter lied in different tastes.
  • Mike
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:39 AM)
    @K-Off @Bam I’d have to agree. One glance at any seasonal preview will show that, and psgels certainly didn’t hide his bias when he reviewed Galilei Donna for example. I enjoyed seeing him get upset that the Anime did not accurately portray the architecture in his native Netherlands.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:36 AM)
    It’s the same with review scores. It’s just a relative metric used for comparison. For example, if a reviewer gives a series an 8 and another a 9, it simply means that they thought the latter was slightly better than the former. It’s all subjective, since only hard-boiled facts could be assessed objectively. A person’s enjoyment of a work is purely based on their personal preference.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:32 AM)
    A number score doesn’t imply objectivity tho. When I worked as an EMT we would ask the patients to rate their level of pain from 1 to 10. This wasn’t done so we could compare their rating to some pain database, but rather so we could tell after a procedure if their pain has gone up or down.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:21 AM)
    @Vonter A conversational and opinionated format does not equal inconsistent and shoddy posts, I did not imply otherwise . Also, ratings. I’ve talked to Mario myself and the both of us don’t take it seriously. We’ll criticise and evaluate certain topics, yes. But that does not make us “critics” in the sense of the entertainment journalism industry, that emphasizes objectivism over personal opinion, which is what we specialize in as a blog. Which is the point I was making.
  • Badesh
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:18 AM)
    Guys with no life couldn’t write as eloquently. It’s a thing you learn from actual living. If you stand by your side, loving your self for your own opinion, you will learn that others stand by theirs.
  • Vonter
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:08 AM)
    @K-Off I think that’s cutting it short. There’s a consistency and I suppose effort in putting the posts together. As for conversational, I’ve find the shoutbox to be moreso. As for critic, is a person who judges, evaluates, or analyzes literary or artistic works, dramatic or musical performances. Given the blog gives scores, there’s evidently an evaluation involved.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 08:51 AM)
    @Bam @Kevin Funniest part about this is, that myself, psgels, Mario, Helghast, and Aidan are not even critics. We’re writers of a blog, a format in and of itself purely conversational and opinionated.
  • Kevin
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 08:46 AM)
    @Mike Who’s the one without a life now? You’ve been on this dump for 8 years. Go fuck yourself and go outside for once.
    I’m officially done at this point. Tired of psgels, tired of this bullshit ass circlejerk. As of right now I hope you realize how much of a no life cunt you lot are. Fucking fags.

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