Claymore, Vol. 4 Paperback – Oct 3 2006
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About the Author
Norihiro Yagi was born in Okinawa, Japan, in 1968. He won the 32nd Akatsuka Award for his debut work, "UNDEADMAN," which appeared in Monthly Shonen Jump magazine and produced two sequels. His first serialized manga was the comedy Angel Densetsu (Angel Legend), which ran in that magazine from 1992 to 2000. His epic saga Claymore has been published in the magazine since 2001. He enjoys the comedic duo Downtown, martial arts, games, driving, and hard rock music, although not as hobbies.
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I've actually watched the complete Claymore anime first before getting into the manga; I'm really liking the manga source material, as it rather closely follows the anime but has a few extra details and world-building information along the way. I definitely love the clean, crisp black-and-white artwork, though I do still have to remember the right-to-left / back-to-front reading.
Volume 4 provides the following scenes:
Scene 16: Teresa of the Faint Smile, Part 5
Scene 17: Teresa of the Faint Smile, Part 6
Scene 18: Marked for Death, Part 1
Scene 19: Marked for Death, Part 2
Scene 20: Marked for Death, Part 3
Scene 21: Marked for Death, Part 4
For those following along with the anime series, this volume corresponds to:
Episode 6: Teresa and Clare (An adaptation of Scene 16 and Scene 17 and carried over from Volume 3.)
Episode 7: Marked for Death (An adaptation of Scene 18, Scene 19, Scene 20, and Scene 21.)
This volume covers the Teresa arc as she leaves the Organization in order to live a life protecting Clare, and introduces Priscilla as the hunt for Teresa begins.
The only thing I don't like about this volume is that I preferred the more angular facial artwork for Teresa that was on display in the anime. If you liked the anime series, though, I am certain you'll like this manga volume; I recommend it for extra detailing and world building.
~ Ana Mardoll
In the fourth installment Teresa has taken in Clare as her charge at least till she finds a safe new home for her. However when an incident with the bandits turns ugly it forces her to break the rules. Teresa slays a human forcing the hand of the claymores to come after her for breaking the rules. When the other claymores show up she has decided that she won’t be like them anymore, but that she wants to live for Clare. Forced to fight her peers Teresa isn’t just fighting for herself anymore but for Clare. Will she survive the attack.
I like Clare she’s a sword carrying slayer who isn’t afraid to die charging in risking her life. She may not survive every encounter but that doesn’t stop her from doing what has to be done protecting the humans. While most Claymore’s wouldn’t allow Raki to tag along she accepts him and maybe it’s partly because they are kindred but he needs her and she him to keep her humanity. I find Clare to be an intriguing character and can’t wait to see more about her back story as well as what’s going to happen next. We are given a little back story on Clare which introduces us to Teresa a Claymore whose life was changed by Clare.
I’ve seen all of the episodes on Netflix a few years ago actually binge watched them over a long weekend. I love the concept for the Claymore the hybrids created using parts from the monsters that they have been created to fight. While I am familiar with the story it’s interesting to see it play out as I read it. The art is great it gives me just enough to create the story in my head as I read each detailed page. This is only my 2nd manga so I don’t have a lot to go on but so far I’m super exited to read the series. Claymore is a fast paced loaded with action series that is captivating right from the start hard to put down till the last page. Can’t wait to start the next one in the series they just keep getting better. I feel like a voracious Reader because I can’t get enough.
Teresa did the unthinkable in protecting Clare, she killed humans. Now Teresa has to deal with the aftermath of that. There is a bounty on her head and other Claymores are tasked with killing the rogue Teresa once and for all. Teresa continually tries to convince Clare to stay in towns along the way, but Clare insists on following Teresa.
Now we are following Clare’s story before she became a Claymore and it is fascinating to read about her background. We watch Clare and Teresa interact a lot. Both of them have changed some; Teresa is starting to feel human emotion and Clare is starting to have more of a sense of self worth.
We meet quite a few new Claymore as well and learn about how they are ranked by ability. There are some absolutely spectacular fight scenes between the Claymore too.
The whole series continues to be well drawn with excellent action scenes, wonderful characters, and a fascinating story.
Overall this was a wonderful continuation to this story. I am excited to see what happens next. I would definitely recommend this whole manga series to anyone who loves action-packed dark fantasy manga.
We open with the end of the Teresa of the Faint Smile story, with Teresa dealing with the changes in herself her new traveling companion is causing. This tale ends strongly, and events hear will clearly have great effect and influence on things going forward.
The remainder of the volume contains the first four parts of the seven part Marked for Death story. Here we see both the consequences of a Claymore breaking the one absolute rule of their organization and the introduction of a young new recruit with staggering potential. The hunt for the renegade Claymore and ensuing battle are very well done and full of both action and compelling character moments.
The art continues to be a perfect compliment to the story (although very unique and non-standard in style) and is clear and easy to follow even when the action gets hectic. There are some incredible, dramatic double page spreads in this issue and the next. Yagi's visual pacing is great.
I love the focus on Teresa and the story threads that follow. Things are progressing well and Yagi's presenting his stories with carefully increasing levels of danger, intrigue and information. Highly recommended.