When a shapeshifting demon with a thirst for human flesh, known as “youma,” arrives in Raki’s village, a lone woman with silver eyes walks into town with only a sword upon her back. She is a “Claymore,” a being manufactured as half-human and half-youma, for the express purpose of exterminating these monsters. After Raki’s family is killed, the Claymore saves his life, but he is subsequently banished from his home. With nowhere else to go, Raki finds the Claymore, known as Clare, and decides to follow her on her journeys. As the pair travel from town to town, defeating youma along the way, more about Clare’s organization and her fellow warriors comes to light. With every town cleansed and every demon destroyed, they come closer to the youma on which Clare has sought vengeance ever since she chose to become a Claymore. – My Anime List
Based on 32 review scores:
Overall Claymore is a great 26 episodes of fun. You would like it if you watched it.
This is my favorite anime of all time. I do wish they had continued with at least another 26 episodes after this season, but overall I was left speechless the first time I finished watching this series.
With the intricate detail in the story and the animation, you would expect that it there would be an information overload but Claymore does not suffer. This isn’t the kind of Anime where you can skip or miss an episode, each episode interweaves perfectly and missing a single one will cause some confusion. This is a must see piece of work by Madhouse and if you find yourself wanting to learn more about the series then the @rcade recommends you check out the full Manga series.
The Online Anime Store
Claymore was a terrific anime so full of action and drama. I am proud to give this anime 4.5 Stars out of 5 for not only breaking tradition of who should and should not be a warrior but also managing to tug at your heart strings in some scenes. If you are ever in the mood for an action anime then this is one anime that you should definitely watch.
Claymore tells the story of the sad, lonely and terrible fate of Claire, a young woman who decided to become a Claymore, and a boy, who decided to accompany her. This promising theme is supported by an adequate atmosphere and animation quality.
The only real complaint is the ending, which is different from the current direction of the manga, but in consideration of what the creators did, it’s actually much better than you’d expect going in, even worth watching a second time.
Anime News Network
If this is your first exposure to Claymore in anime form or you have not previously bought the series then this Blu-Ray set may be for you, as dark, graphic fantasy anime series don’t come much better than this. Its lack of offering anything new compared to earlier releases, and of blow-away video quality increase, makes a less than ideal choice for those looking to upgrade.
I know I’m very late to the party, but I felt driven to post. Claymore is, to put it simply, AMAZING. If you are debating whether to invest your time and energy into either the anime or manga version of Claymore, PLEASE DO SO. One of my most memorable anime experiences and one that left me wanting more. Great world, characters, art, and story. I also love that Claymore offers adult themes and isn’t afraid to paint the whole picture, however brutal it may be. I am so glad I found this hidden gem!
From the moment i watched the first episode,claymore completely stole my heart.
Nukid101 – Deviant Art
In a genre that is filled with cliches and unoriginality, Claymore is a breath of fresh air. It’s unorthedox in its approach and wasn’t afraid to stray from the norm, becoming at times closer to seinen mangas like Hellsing and Berserk.
This is still a good show to watch for those not that familiar with the Japanese Anime genre. Even though I am not an anime fan, I can still say that it is one of my favorite TV series if not the best. This anime series is definitely not fun and fuzzy like Pokemon or Inuyasha, nor is it full of filler episodes like Dragonball Z where its takes a whole day to watch somebody go super quadruple invincible God Mode. There is action in every episode and you will not be disappointed. Be careful, there is a lot of blood and gore present in the series: it is not a show for the faint-hearted.
D Talks Anime
An excellent series that was somewhat ruined by the poor ending. And also Raki.
Rough stuff, and maybe too rough for some viewers, but that’s dark fantasy for you. For fans who miss this kind of story, and especially those who enjoyed it in a few other anime series (like Berserk), Claymore takes a neglected genre and shows us there’s life left there yet.
Claymore is a step above modern shounen series in both execution and pacing. It has interesting characters and a satisfying plot. On the downside it suffers from slow and cheap animation and has some color issues that weren’t fixed for the Blu-ray edition. Nonetheless it is an entertaining series which will please both newcomers and long-time followers of the franchise. If you are looking for an action series that isn’t afraid to mix a good story with some gory visuals Claymore is definitely for you.
The immediate draw to Claymore might be the action, the gore and the horror aspects of the show, but you will stick around for the story, which is interesting and complex, offering revelations about character and plot that will keep you hooked. The conspiracy theory about the Claymore Organisation and the Yoma that they fight is the strongest element in the story, and it will make you lament that no more was animated. The downside is that the final three episodes take a complete dive in I.Q., the dialogue particularly takes a pummelling, and it might just leave a sour taste in the mouth when the end credits roll on that final episode. You just have to remember the journey to that point, rather than the destination itself, and you’ll realise that Claymore is one of the better action anime to come in recent years.
Claymore is one brutal and bloody adventure worth watching. While it does have its flaws, particularly in its script and dialogue, the combat scenes are mesmerising and it should be applauded for not just its mature and gritty feel, but also for sticking close to its Scottish roots with its world structure and soundtrack.
This is anime as it should be: riveting, energetic, dark, and beautifully animated. Claymore will draw you into its world and you won’t want to leave. Highly recommended.
Road Rash Reviews
Fluffy Bunny PWN
The battle scenes here rival that of Bleach, and I’m willing to bet it gets even better at certain points. There’s a lot of colorless scenes in this movie, depicting lifelessness. Pretty average animation overall, until it reaches the fight scenes at least.
My Anime List
This show only suffers a little bit of cliches from shonen anime – one occurrence of ex deus machina. It also has other classic shonen characters like mentor that takes the disciple for training when the disciple has been badly defeated, sociopath characters, sidekicks, and a couple other smaller ones. But these traits get developed the right way, pile those with good character developments and an intriguing overall plot with good small arcs and you\’ve got an awesome storying that retells the classic revenge in its own way.
Bensam123 – Ani DB
I liked the series a lot. It was a good distraction as I’ve been waiting for some decent anime to come out. If those glaring defects weren’t in the series I would rate it even better, but they were.
The Nihon Review
Claymore is a “nothing special” anime, but it’s a particularly well executed one, especially on the storytelling front, and that’s what redeems it. As far as atmosphere is concerned, Madhouse Studios uses its artistic tools with the poise and balance we’ve become accustomed to, setting a suitably menacing atmosphere with a proficient, unassuming effort (ignoring the fight scenes). But it’s the story that makes this series’ highlight. Don’t expect anything revolutionary (this is a shounen action, after all), but expect to be entertained and, at times, enthralled.
Claymore is an anime that took me a while to get into but upon investing myself into the crafty plot of the series, I was hooked. It became a series that I looked forward to watching. However, as the anime only adapts the manga up to volume 11, the series ends on a cliffhanger without any proper closure. This can be incredibly frustrating as it forces those who have enjoyed the series to simply accept the ending as it is and turn to the manga, which runs up to volume 27 to find out what happens to Clare, Raki and the other Claymores that become integral to the series. Regardless, the anime is an interesting one and one I would recommend, especially to those who enjoy period dramas.
These shows that fall somewhere outside of the shonen genre are rarely seen, but when they show up, they are often something worth taking note of. In the last few years, there have been series like Tokyo Ghoul and Attack on Titan kicking up a resurgence, with even Shonen Jump getting back into the habit recently with The Promised Neverland. While Claymore has its flaws – mostly the divergence from the original story – it has a superb premise, numerous compelling arcs, and plenty of memorable characters. Watch this and then go to read the manga for the real ending!
Cuts a swaths through most modern action shows.
Claymore is a series that was met with a number of trepidations on my part but thankfully they were quickly erased. Studio Madhouse has put together a decent adaptation albeit with a slightly mediocre anime-only conclusion. All the Anime’s release features an upscale that I found to be a little lacking compared to other recent releases of a similar nature but overall not a bad looking release. If you’re looking for a bit of blood and gore and an interesting storyline then definitely give Claymore a look.
All in all, Claymore is a solid show in its genre, with plenty of action, nice artwork, and an interesting story. It’s not the best show in its category, but fans of sword and sorcery won’t be disappointed and even those who prefer sci-fi or drama might be interested in checking this one out.
Ink Black Analysis
A decent diversion for action fans, though it gradually loses its edge to genre trappings.
Chioky – Deviant Art
This anime is really great firstly it is a really good break from an anime that only has male swordsman. This time girls get their spotlight and this anime rarely has any males that do anything else than die and get killed. The plot is great until that rush job ending that ruins everything. The diversity of characters is quite amazing seeing how every claymore looks exactly the same. The animation is easily some of the best you have ever seen. However you have to read the manga after you finish off watching the anime. The manga continues and unveils so much more plot around claymore. Claymore is a nice turn away from all these bright and colourfull animes with flowers and such. In final closing claymore was voted the number 1 best anime of 2007 in a poll with almost 3000 votes with 20000 in total on animesource.com the other animes were Naruto: Shippudin, Gurren Lagann and Lucky Star.
I don’t find much replay value in this series, since the story is too linear, simple, ends openly, and has Raki in it. My enjoyment is also low, as the negatives outnumber the positives. If this series had more animation, less retarded dialogues, a more complete world-building, and Raki would be dead from the first episode, then I would have given it a 10. I am aware that it is still a very famous show, and that lots of people still like it a lot.