Genre: Dark Fantasy
Studio/Creator: Madhouse/Norihiro Yagi
Suggested Age: 17+
No. of Episodes: 26
My Rating: 9/10
Summary: On a medieval island, humans are plagued by monsters called Yoma. A mysterious group called The Organization has created female warriors called Claymores to fight them. These Claymores wield broadswords (hence the name) and have enhanced senses, stamina, and strength because they are a hybrid of both Yoma and human. But this comes with a price–the Yoma half slowly consumes the human half. The anime follows one member of this organization, Clare. She is accompanied by an orphaned boy named Raki.
Review: This story is one of my favorite anime that I tried solely on a whim. The animation is very nice.
What I really like about this story is that it brings to mind a quote from Friedrich Nietzche: “He who fights monsters must see to it that he does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into the abyss, the abyss gazes into you.” (from Beyond Good and Evil) While I am by no means a fan of Nietzche, I appreciate the meaning behind the quote: as we strive to defeat evil, we run the risk of it slowly consuming us as well. As we watch Clare progress, we see her struggle with both sides.
The world itself is designed very well. The medieval backdrop works well with the story, because the modern-day resources that would make these monsters a non-issue don’t exist and humans are less adept.
This was a great series that I tried on a whim. If you like lots of action, I highly recommend it.
Sub/Dub: Both are good.
Music/Score: Sets the tone well. The opening isn’t all that great, sadly.
Violence: 8/10–This is an extremely graphic story. Not for the faint-hearted.
Nudity: 6/10–Quite a few bathing scenes that seem to exist for fanservice.
Sexuality: 5/10–The awakening of the Yoma is compared to sexual release.
Religion: 3/10–The Yoma are demonic beings.
Related Media: This is based on the manga and there is a DS game as well.