Thursday, October 13, 2011

Claymore Manga Review

So this was a long time coming, a review of one of my favourite manga of all time. If you like Berserk then your gonna love he hell outta this book.

Claymore is in fact so much like Berserk that you would be hard pressed not to just call Claire Guts. In actuality they are two different and epic books. Claymore has the violence and gore but also offers a good story that spans many years and generations of its story. So the story revolves around the number 47 warrior Claire. Who is number 47 because she is the weakest claymore (women who are genetically enhanced with creature parts) but it would seem she was the only warrior to want to become a claymore on here own merit. She was also the only warrior to have been implanted with the enhancements from the strongest claymore at the time Teresa. From there the story picks up as a sort of generic revenge tale but its actually quite engrossing as her story kind of resembles what Teresa did to help her. She meets other characters claymore's and monsters a like and through out her adventures finds out about her self and comes to term with her feelings and emotions as well as the boiling rage in her heart.

Anyway onto what really matters and that is the art. This manga is gorgeous, it has some of the best art I have ever seen in any manga I've read (and I've read a lot). The characters are great looking, the landscapes are nice, but what really strikes out are the action scenes which are visceral and chaotic and its impressive to see what an artist can do when they're at the top of their game. It's a good thing to because some issue have a lot of action and while I understand it can't be fights 24/7 its good to see all the blood baths before it gets to the rather dull walking scene or group meeting scenes. I have read each volume a numerous amount of times and I own all the books that have been released so far and I think that just goes to show how much I truly appreciate this story.

In conclusion, this series is a visual treat for anyone who is into this kind of stuff and while it does lack in some areas it makes up for those times with flawless art work and just all round badassery.

Art 5/5
Story 4/5
Overall 4.5/5

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