Claymore is a sword and sorcery dark fantasy manga by Norihiro Yagi. The manga ran from 2001 to 2014. In 2007, it received an anime adaptation, directed by Hiroyuki Tanaka, and produced by Madhouse Studios. The anime has 26 episodes in total, and has only one season. the anime adapts first to eleventh volume for 24 episodes, while the last 2 episodes follow an original story not present within the manga.
The series is set on a fictional island, where humans are plagued by shape-shifting demons called Yoma, who feed on humans. There’s a mysterious group which calls itself The Organization, which creates human-Yoma hybrids. These female warriors have the capability to kill Yoma, and they are called Claymore by the public, for the Claymore swords they carry.
The series follows the adventures of number 47, called Clare, one of the Claymore, and her comrades as they try to save people from Yoma.
Honestly, whenever I watch something from 2005 to 2008, I feel odd. Mostly because it just reminds me of my age. Kids born during that time are hitting their teens, or have started to drive. I suppose it is also a nasty reminder that I could have been doing all those things, but they remain forever out of my reach. Also, a lot of the voice actors are unique to that time. you don’t find them in the current anime.
I really like the opening. It really does a great job of telling the viewer what kind of show it is going to be. But the ending is even better. I don’t know whether it makes sense or not, but I do think that fights in this anime sound really smooth. If the sound is to judge anything by, then I assume the animation quality is also high, though naturally, I leave that for you to decide, if you watch it.
The soundtrack is really something. Honestly, for a show that has only one season, it is very good. Naturally, since the manga ran for longer than the anime, the anime is incomplete. And there are no plans for a second season. I also don’t mind having a female protagonist, as I stated in my Kill la Kill review. But let me tell you, it is an injustice that the anime didn’t keep up with the manga. From what I’ve learned of the story, it is quite good. I believe it could have done fine if they adapted the more of the manga for the coming seasons.
Though there are no plans for a second season, (they would have said something considering it has been close to 15 years,) I do think you should give it a chance all the same.