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Claymore, Vol. 5 Paperback – Dec 5 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 5 provides the following scenes:
Scene 22: Marked for Death, Part 5
Scene 23: Marked for Death, Part 6
Scene 24: Marked for Death, Part 7
Scene 25: The Slashers, Part 1
Scene 26: The Slashers, Part 2
Scene 27: The Slashers, Part 3
For those following along with the anime series, this volume corresponds to:
Episode 8: Awakening (Scenes 22, 23, and 24, and carried over from Volume 4.)
Episode 9: Those Who Rend Asunder, Part 1 (Scenes 25 and 26.)
Episode 10: Those Who Rend Asunder, Part 2 (Scene 27, and carried over into Volume 6.)
This volume finishes the Teresa arc as she faces off against Priscilla, and segues into the Slashers arc with Clare fighting alongside Miria, Helen, and Deneve against the Awakened Being.
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 -- I still think the rounded face in the manga looks very child-like. 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
The book starts in Clare’s past and we watch as Teresa fights her fellow Claymores. The uber-powerful Priscilla uses too much of her power and we find out what happens as a result of this. Then the next story arc starts and we are back in the present with Clare as she journeys with the Slashers to fight a rare male Awakened One.
Probably the most interesting part of this book is the introduction of the Awakened Ones. We learn more history about the Claymore and find out what happened to all of the male Claymore. We also find out what happens to a Claymore who submits to her Yoma power. Previously any Claymore close to losing her humanity has been killed, in this book we see what happens if the process of over-using Yoma power isn’t stopped.
The Awakened Ones are truly awesome and fearsome characters, I loved the illustration of these monsters...it’s so detailed and creepily beautiful. There are some absolutely stunning fighting scenes. I continue to enjoy how well illustrated this series is and how fluid the fighting scenes are.
Additionally I love how we are learning more and more about the Claymore in each installment, it is like the mysteries behind their origins are slowly being revealed as we read from book to book. I also really appreciate that there is a summary of the story up to this point at the beginning of each book, I wish all mangas did this.
Overall I am absolutely loving this manga series. It has an awesome story, interesting characters, and spectacular fighting scenes. I continue to enjoy the illustration style, it is easy to follow and very detailed. I am excited to see what the next installment of this series holds!
It seems that when the half-human/half-Yoma hybrids that Claymores are take on most of the supernatural Yoma powers within themselves, they turn entirely into a hybrid that is even more powerful than either a Claymore or a Yoma. This process is called "awakening" and the person fully emerges as a sort of new species. These creatures are incredibly powerful and even several high-ranked Claymores don't stand a chance against them.
We also find out that most of the early members of these Awakened beings are males. Early on, most of the Claymores were male, as opposed to the current entirely female membership of the warrior group. This is supposedly because Awakening is extremely pleasurable and males gave into it more likely. I don't remember if it is explicitly said so, but it seems strongly implied the "pleasure" involved is sexual in nature.
I don't really have much of an issue here with this story other than that the transition to the origin story a few volumes ago, and back to the main plot now, seemed kind of disjointed. It could have been done more smoothly and fluidly, methinks.
The art was quite good as far as manga art goes. It wasn't the most beautiful I've seen, but it did have it was pleasing to look at. Norihiro Yagi did a very good job on the visuals.
A solid addition to the series. I'm looking forward to more in the future.
To be quite honest, I was put off by the first and second volumes.
I thought Claymore was extremely boring. It's just about a claymore named Clare killing monsters that pop up. Is there even any depth? So what?
Then came the third volume. HUH? So the story is now centered on a new character... wait is it going to keep jumping around to random Claymores? I don't really care for these claymores at this point, all they do is kill monsters... is there even going to be a deep storyline?
Being really bored, I wanted to stop reading Claymore at this point.
Then things kind of picked up in the fourth volume. My reactions changed from being bored to lukewarm.
and YES!! YES YES YES!! The fifth volume was what set everything into motion!! The deep storyline, the motivation, the characters - everything was being pieced together! It finally made sense! Freaking AMAZING!! It gave insight into Clare's character, and what happened in her past that made her become a claymore and Now I was hooked!!
Claymore is such an amazing manga!! The storyline is really quite freaking addicting and deep! Volume 5 really have hit a high point!
Now this is one of my most favorite manga ever! I am addicted!! However, I'm pretty sure if I only had the first and second volumes at hand without reaching to volume five, I would have dismissed this manga and never touched it again. And I would have regretted that!
The rest is history, as I sit here staring at my collection of 10+ volumes of Claymore manga.
** This review contains no spoilers for volume 5, but will have spoilers for previous volumes. **
Volume 5 starts with Marked for Death parts 5-7. Teresa has bested the hunting party sent for her, including the young wildcard Priscilla. She now faces the choice of what to do with them, and how it will affect her new life with Clare. The entire Marked for Death story is unpredictable and incredibly told, with some amazing panels and spreads that give due gravity and consideration to hard hitting dramatic moments. There's a ton in this story that will be echoing through the rest of the series.
The Slashers (parts 1-3) returns us to the present, as Clare is given an opportunity to test her limits by being added to a hunting party to go after the deadliest kind of Yoma - a voracious eater. We have some really interesting new characters and plot reveals here as well as the standard high level of action.
Overall another great, compelling volume in one of my all time favorite manga series. Highly recommended.
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