Claymore 19

December 24, 2011

Norihiro Yagi – Viz – 2011 – 21+ volumes

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this volume, since the bulk of what happens here is a rather lengthy fight scene. On the plus side, two of the story threads converge towards the end of the fight scene. Unfortunately, the fight is still ongoing as of the end of this volume.

Briefly, the action switches over to Miria and her forward progress in confronting the organization. Her fight is with twin trainees while high-ranking members of the organization look on. They offer commentary about Miria’s strengths and the twins’ weaknesses, but reveal their trump card at the very end of the volume. It seems like a bit of a low blow in a series that seems all about physical strength, but I suppose you have to shake things up every now and again.

The larger fight is with the mess in the forest and… uh, Clare’s opponent from last volume (who may be spoiler-y, but I also can’t remember her name, and they don’t mention it here). Deneve and Helen do successfully take Clare out of the fight she can’t hope to win, but her opponent begins chasing them, then turns her sights on the monument in the forest that seems to be wreaking unbeatable havoc. This goes all sorts of wrong, and Deneve and Helen basically take a backseat as a massive, bizarre biomass fight takes place. It’s pretty epic, but it also means the volume moves very fast without advancing the story much. Still, the art is quite good, and the fight is really worth looking at.

Yuma, Cynthia, and the third Claymore in their group join up with Deneve and Helen at ground zero, but that’s where that storyline leaves off for next time.

I know I say this every time, but I do enjoy this sort of slow-paced sword and sorcery comic, and I really need to go back and start with volume one. I haven’t had any trouble following the story for the last six or so volumes I’ve been reading, but with the disparate storylines going on, I have a hard time distinguishing between anyone who isn’t Clare or Miria, since character development has taken a backseat to the fight scenes that (eventually) advance the plot. I’d love to go back and find out what makes them tick, and the significance of the numbers they all had. Claymore is good stuff, and it deserves that.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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