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Norihiro Yagi
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23 Jun 2011 Claymore (Book 18)
After finding herself mysteriously drawn to the lair of Riful of the West, Clare made contact with the fused form of Rafaela and Luciela, which Awakened and transformed into the terrible being known as the Destroyer. Now, the entire land of Lautrec is subject to its dreadful, relentless assault. It seems that nothing, and no one, can halt the devastation. But there may be one force that is greater still...

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421539357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421539355
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Norihiro Yagi 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 his comedy Angel Densetsu (Angel Legend), which appeared in Monthly Shonen Jump from 1992 to 2000. His epic saga, Claymore, is running in Monthly Jump Square magazine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ashes of Lautrec 2 July 2011
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After the Awakening of Rafaela and Luciela into the terrifying being known as the Destroyer, the Organisation is on the move and hope that they can use this insanely powerful beast as a weapon. Meanwhile Riful continues her fight against the hunters sent after her while Clare, Deneve and Helen struggle to survive against the Destroyer's spawn. As well as this a new power begins to reveal itself as Priscilla goes on the warpath.

This eighteenth volume of the `Claymore' manga is another very good instalment of this brilliant series. The battles are very nice and some of the plot twists are definitely looking to be very interesting. It is very interesting to see just how powerful Pricilla could be and the Organisation's plans are also looking to be headed in an interesting direction.

This is a very good volume of `Claymore' and I am very much looking forward to the next one, I just wish they were being released quicker.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Girl fights 12 Oct 2012
Volume eighteen in the Claymore series, a manga comics story about a land where people live in fear of horrifying monsters. And the only ones who can stop them are the Claymores. Women with big swords and special abilities who work for a mysterious organisation.

This is not a good jumping on point. New readers should start with volume one. Those who have seen the anime but not read the mange before should start with volume eleven.

This follows the usual format of the series in that it is an A5 sized book of black and white art, divided into six chapters, and it runs to just under two hundred pages. It is read in the usual manga fashion of right to left.

This picks up from where the previous volume finished, with the destroyer having been unleashed. And Riful fighting for her life. And the Claymores caught up in the middle of all this.

But then a familiar face from the past gets involved....

There's an interesting scene at the start involving the organisation. But then the bulk of the volume after that is fight scene after fight scene. And whilst it's all very good and well done, it does feel a little overfamiliar. Plus the main plot doesn't really feel as if it has advanced anywhere by the end.

There are some good emotional character moments for some who haven't been major characters in this series, though. And an excellent cliffhanger. So it's not totally unmemorable.

So whilst it's not the strongest volume in the series, you will still finish it wanting to know what happens next. So it does it's job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Manga 2 Dec 2012
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Claymore, Vol. 18 / 978-1421539355

I'm a very devoted fan of both the Claymore anime and the manga. I love the crisp black-and-white artwork, and while I realize it's not for everyone I personally think it's a perfect style for graphic novels. I find the action easy to follow, and the faces and body language to be surprisingly emotive. The story is complex and compelling, and I'm all in until the series finally finishes. I own this volume as a Nook Book e-book, and I assume it will shortly be ported to other online stores for sale.

Volume 18 provides the following scenes:

Scene 90: The Ashes of Lautrec, Part 1
Scene 91: The Ashes of Lautrec, Part 2
Scene 92: The Ashes of Lautrec, Part 3
Scene 93: The Ashes of Lautrec, Part 4
Scene 94: The Ashes of Lautrec, Part 5
Scene 95: The Ashes of Lautrec, Part 6

Spoilers ahead!

This volume opens with The Destroyer laying waste to the western lands. The Organization studies the creature from afar and wonders how to retrieve it for use in the mainland war. They can't see a way to collect The Destroyer, but they do take into custody a wounded Raki: he has been pierced by the parasitic rods, but has not succumbed to their control.

Cynthia and Yuma come upon a severely wounded Beth, who has been impaled by a parasitic rod and changed completely into an Awakened Being. Priscilla -- who has left Raki seeking the "scent" that had clung to him so long ago -- attacks the Awakened Beth, and Alicia is forced to abandon her fight with Riful in order to save her sister. Priscilla makes short work of both awakened twins, and then destroys Riful.

Clare senses the presence of Priscilla and confronts her; Clare attempts to awaken her body as she did against Rigaldo in the Northern Campaign, but the attempt unexpectedly fails. Clare can only awaken for a moment before her body snaps back to human form. Deneve deduces that Clare has an emotional block against awakening, because she realizes that to do so would be to waste Jean's sacrifice that was made to bring Clare back to human form the first time. Priscilla wounds Clare, and Deneve and Helen attempt to flee while carrying an unconscious Clare.

Meanwhile, Yuma finds that she can synchronize her aura enough to heal Cynthia back from the brink of death, but she is too weak to effectively fight the parasites of The Destroyer. But Number 8 Dietrich arrives, having gathered the unfocused Abyss Feeders in the area and directed them to attack the parasites of The Destroyer.

~ Ana Mardoll
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4.0 out of 5 stars Claire finally meets her nemesis 27 Jun 2011
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In this volume, Claire and two of her buddies finally meet her nemesis. There is a little bit of sword play between the two, but not much really happens in this novel between the two. The rest of the story arc is interesting, and I really liked this one, but I thought both 16 and 17 were better. Anyway if you picked this up without reading any of the previous books, you would be completely lost. Also though I watched the anime before reading 1-11 (which were the books the anime was based on) I would have been pretty lost without actually reading 11-18, there is a major change from 11 and the anime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Claymore 18 5 July 2011
By milly3cat - Published on
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If you like this series then issue 18 is for you.
Characters like Alicia, Beth and Ritful of the West, all are major players and their final fates are learnt in this issue.
Clare, Raki and the seven ghost all have major stories to tell.
It is good to see story move at a faster pace than earlier issues.
A great comic for a cheap price. 5 stars from me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series! 8 Jan 2014
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Amazing story, very clear book.
It is one of my best series of all time, hope the Anime will back again.
5.0 out of 5 stars The series was completely and thoroughly enjoyed by my daughter. 29 Dec 2013
By fireguy - Published on
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the book series was five stars and The series was completely and thoroughly enjoyed by my daughter. She would not put it down and awaited the next in the series to be purchased.
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