Claymore is the latest in a string of Action Girl oriented anime shows on our list. The equation of Girl + Weapon + Kickass = Awesome has led us to some nifty shows in recent weeks. I’ve already reported on Noir and Ergo Proxy, and still have yet to write about Witchblade. This week, the show I’m writing about is Claymore.
Claymore’s premise gets laid down within the first five minutes of the opening episode. It’s a fantasy series. In it, humans are plagued by a species of monster called Yoma. These beasts feed on human flesh and can take the form of people, blending in with their prey perfectly. The only defense against them are a sect of warriors called Claymores – human/yoma hybrids that wield swords and have special Yoma powers to augment their natural strengths. A fairly standard setting. Nothing jumped out at me as unique when I first looked at it.
Yet I took a huge amount of joy from this show. It wasn’t just the protagonist and her struggle that did it for me – although yes, Clare scratches all of those itches in the best possible way. It was the action sequences in general. All the sword-fighting scenes were vastly superior to basically everything I’ve seen in other shows. I found it thrilling. I was genuinely pumped watching them. I couldn’t explain it at first – it was more than just the sharp visuals. It took me a while to figure out why I liked them so much in this series.