Posted by psgels on 30 August 2007 with categories: Claymore


I’ve got mixed feelings about this episode. It’s all about one plot-twist that is loved by all kinds of shounen-series as an easy plot device. A character is about to be killed, everything sounds hopeless, but then, at the last possible moment, a character (usually the main one) unlocks some hidden powers to kick the bad guy’s ass. Especially Dragonball Z loved using them.

But on the other hand, at least Claire made sense when she awakened. The sudden power didn’t come from nowhere, and the fight that lead to it was a gripping one. But then again, this fight could have easily been moved into half an episode and it did drag on at times.

In the same way, Raki was a lot less annoying in this episode, and he was actually nice to watch. But then again, I just can’t help but think that the next episode will be incredibly predictable. Claire has finished off Rigardo with her new powers, and Raki arrives just at the right moment to pull her back from being completely awakened.

To be honest, I’m not sure what to think of Claymore at the moment. Sure, the fight was great, but I keep fearing that there won’t be a second season, and that a huge amount of questions and plot-holes will be left unanswered. I mean, there is no way for the creators to stuff enough development about Alicia, Beth, and the three dwellers of the deep in the final four episodes.

There’s one thing about this episode that I’ve been wondering about, though: what the heck happened to everyone? All Rigardo did was kill the four weakest captains. There should be enough other Claymore left without them, besides, Claire, Deneve, Helen and Miria. Why didn’t we even see one single flash of them? Have they fled the battlefield? And if they did, where did they flee to? It’s a bit disappointing, as i actually hoped to see some of the unknown Claymores to stand up and help as well, but it seems that the creators had the intention to let the final end up between the major characters. I admit that I expected something better, with the huge hype that surrounded this arc.

The best part about this episode was Deneve, though. I love her internal struggles, and the fact that she wasn’t able to do anything about Undine’s death, after speaking so confident towards her that they’ll protect each other. Now she also has been badly injured, which will probably take a while to regenerate. I’d actually love it if she ends up saving Claire in the next episode.

8 Responses

  1. hoho says:

    Don’t worry about Alicia, Beth and Abyssal of the south. I think that you may won’t see them in the anime at all. This arc is really the best part in manga. I can say that it’s a masterpiece. It’s not over hype at all. But too bad that MADHOUSE decides to deviate from manga in this arc and make its own ending. They try to drag on the fight in order to fill Raki into the story.

    So no hope for season 2. In the end, it may has many unanswered question left for you to find out on your own in manga. Also including the No.5’s secret.

    Credit in the last episode “Go read manga! It’s better than this!” *_*

    Sorry. Today I feel a bit of headache. But I hope I’m wrong though.

  2. Kite says:

    It looks like Jean was alive and being carried out at the end. I’m glad I saw that. ^^

    Anyways, I haven’t completely given up on the second season. But man it’s not looking good. The end is looking kind of rushed right now. They might end up killing Claymore…with this ending.

    My thoughts are that Clare will transform and need to eat guts to stay alive. Watch Raki eat some of Clare in the end… I pray it won’t happen.

  3. soavifox says:

    just watch the manga >_> I am not normally a manga person but I feel very strongly that they mess it all up at this point and will end the anime badly. PSGELS they wouldn’t be changing things the way they are if they meant to have a second season. give up on it. They are making changes with raki and such to give the series an ending so they don’t need a second season or ovas or anything.
    Claymore is the only manga I watch >_>

  4. Za_Paper says:

    “There’s one thing about this episode that I’ve been wondering about, though: what the heck happened to everyone? All Rigardo did was kill the four weakest captains. There should be enough other Claymore left without them, besides, Claire, Deneve, Helen and Miria. Why didn’t we even see one single flash of them? Have they fled the battlefield? And if they did, where did they flee to?”

    In the manga it didn’t have Rigardo calling off the other AOs, so all the other Claymore were busy trying fighting (or survive) against them. I don’t know what the anime will show happening to them though.

  5. Ad says:

    Dont forget in season 2 in the manga, Clare found some writings of Raki in a town. Maybe, just a maybe, Raki never arrived in Pieta because he got captured by a mob ( who thought he was a yoma or something) and put him in jail. I don’t know, but in my opinion, that is what will happen.

  6. T_I says:

    What the episode failed to convey is the price of Claire’s transformation

    Hint: pay attention to her legs in the next episode

  7. yoshi927 says:

    Sheesh, if they wanted to kill the ending with a deus ex machina they could’ve just brought on Riful. This marks the point where I start reading the manga, I guess. :D

  8. Pluto Maximus says:

    There will be second seasoning nuff said

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:16 AM)
    Keep in mind mature plot elements are different from graphic violence. A lot of times you are shocked because of sympathy for the circumstances of the characters, not their actual vicarious pain which you feel. As things move away from live-action and become animated the less it looks human the less natural respond it elicits. That’s why a lot of anime have emotional deathbed monologues to help hammer home the point.
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    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:03 AM)
    @Aidan: meh … I think Madoka could’ve also been better if it used a more rigid style. I heard a lot that the moe made it more shocking for some people, I guess I can see that even if I don’t personally feel that away at all. I think Madoka was a good series that brought a wider shonen type of audience to more adult themes, but some of the fan-praise to me is a little halfbaked and unfounded.
  • Emma
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    I’m fairly fond of the artstyle sunrise used back in the 90s also.
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    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:46 AM)
    Actually with old artstyles in mind, I watched an old ova called california crisis recently, the character design stood out for me, the ova itself is fairly trashy however, more of a guilty pleasure.
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    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:31 AM)
    I still don’t like the art in madoka regardless though.

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