Sunday, January 10, 2016

Book Review: Claymore Volume 18

Title - Claymore Volume 18
Author - Norihiro Yagi
Series - Claymore #18
Genre - Horror Manga
Format - Kindle
Published - June 7th 2011
Publisher - Viz Media LLC

The Ashes of Lautrec After finding herself mysteriously drawn to the lair of Riful of the West, Clare made contact with the fused form of Rafaela and Luciela, which Awakened and transformed into the terrible being known as the Destroyer. Now, the entire land of Lautrec is subject to its dreadful, relentless assault. It seems that nothing, and no one, can halt the devastation. But there may be one force that is greater still…

Claymore is a manga about Yoma who pretend to be human in order to kill and eat the humans. The Claymore are the hybrid of the two stronger faster but still human with the ability to slay the Yoma which they do for a price. They travel from village to village slaying Yoma with nothing but the sword on their back using the Yoma abilities but slowly turning into a monster that they hunt. When the time comes a Claymore will send a black card to another claymore to be slain before the Yoma takes over and so they die as a human.

In the 18th installment Raki happened to be in a town not too far from where Clare had her encounter the connected now awakened warriors.  With Clare close it draws Pricilla’s attention sending her to leave Raki in the hands of the Organization as she sets out to find her. Together Alicia and Beth attempt to fight off Priscilla both awakened but she makes short work of them heading off after Dauf and Riful. When Clare see’s Piscilla she spins into a rage determined to awaken and slay her for what she’s done but something is blocking her ability. If not for Helena and Deneve she wouldn’t have made it out alive. 

I like Clare she’s a sword carrying slayer who isn’t afraid to die charging in risking her life. She's grown a lot in the last several volumes leading up to the battle in the north. After faking her death along with her fellow claymore's she's returned after seven years to battle the Organization. While she may not be the strongest she's determined and unwilling to give up. She's one of those underdog characters you can't help liking. We've seen a little of Raki having grown up into a man who fights yoma but now he's at the hands of the Organization and Priscilla is off to kill Clare

I’ve seen all of the episodes on Netflix a few years ago actually binge watched them over a long weekend. While it’s been a while I don’t think the anime has gone this far in the series. I don’t remember the girls taking on the organization which is where the story has turned. It’s interesting learning that the organization which has been creating claymores for a long time may not be the good guys after all. I love the concept for the Claymore the hybrids created using parts from the monsters that they have been created to fight against the Yoma that they created. The art is great it gives me just enough to create the story in my head as I read each detailed page. This is only my 2nd manga so I don’t have a lot to base on but I’m super addicted to them. They are perfect for when I have some downtime or when I feel like reading back to back. I already know that the ending is close as I’m about halfway done. I’m anxious to see how it’s all going to play out. 

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