Sunday, January 31, 2016

Book Review: Claymore Vol 26 - A Blade From Far Away

Title - Claymore Vol 26 - A Blade From Far Away
Author - Norihiro Yagi
Series - Claymore #26
Genre - Horror Manga
Format - Kindle
Published - March 3rd 2015
Publisher - Viz Media LLC

In a world where monsters called Yoma prey on humans and live among them in disguise, humanity's only hope is a new breed of warrior known as Claymores. Half human, half monster, these silver-eyed slayers possess supernatural strength but are condemned to fight their savage impulses or lose their humanity completely.

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 26th Vol the battles continue as the Claymores attempt to take out Priscilla even with the help of the awakened beings they don’t’ seem to be the match. As the battle continues they are pushed to the limits wearing Clare down in the battle as a former 47 she is one of the weakest and just can’t keep up with the others. Things may start going in their favor when they destroy Priscilla t last but it’s short lived because of her regeneration she’s back only this time she’s eaten the Abyssal and is adding the awakened to her body. We do catch a glimpse of what Isley told Raki so maybe he will show up in the last book.   

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 he’s been captured by the organization. Clare and Priscilla have been trapped in a ball of flesh locking them both away from the others.

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 almost done.

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