Claymore 20

August 28, 2012

Norihiro Yagi – Viz – 2012 – 22+ volumes

Again, I’m currently reading this story from two different points. I’m up to volume 5 from the beginning, but I started reading the new volumes beginning with 14. I love what I’ve been reading from the beginning, and it’s helping to inform these later volumes, which are growing increasingly more… political might be the right word, since the Claymores are rebelling against the organization.

I regretted my choice a little bit when a huge plot reveal happened in this volume. I’m still a little confused about the inner workings of the organization, and now that I know more about it, I’m having a hard time remembering if certain facts had been revealed before this volume. But I don’t believe I was aware of the true nature of the yoma before it was discussed here. It’s truly a despicable thing. Even worse, the terrible beings they’ve been fighting lately… it probably was discussed some time ago, but I didn’t realize what those were until it came up here, either.

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, in case this stuff really is new. But it’s pretty evil, and it’s interesting that it’s all out in the open here. There’s not really a good way for the rebelling Claymores to overcome these difficulties, other than forging on and fighting, so I’m curious to see where things go from here.

All the disparate narratives come together here as some monsters flow into the holy city of Rabona. All the characters I’ve been seeing since volume 14 come together here to fight, and they all head out for a common enemy afterwards.

And that’s all straightforward, and well and good. Lots of talking and major plot revelations happen amidst the fighting, and there’s lots of cutting back and forth between the organization and the Claymores. But really, the thing that will make me want volume 21 incredibly badly, is the last page of this volume. All of the Claymores still allied with the organization… turn and look.

It’s creepy. And amazing. I love this series. It’s an excellent fantasy, and there are very few that don’t turn episodic and repetitive this far in. I need to catch myself up with this all the way.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

One Response to “Claymore 20”

  1. Oliver Says:

    You hafta read Claymore Vol. 21! You just gotta! It’s fantastic! I would love to know what you think of it.

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