When a claymore unleashes it's full power and reaches it's 'yoki limit' they begin to transform into an incredibly powerful monster called an 'awakened being'. After experiencing her own awakening and having to pull herself back from the brink, tough chick Clare becomes a Claymore on the run and begins her own quest to avenge her beloved Theresa and hunt down the vicious awakened being - Priscilla. However, while this is going on, an all new and even more powerful force is stirring in the north that's going to need an army of Claymore's to stand a chance.
Like the previous release of Claymore, this third and fourth outing succeeds in creating some nice characterisation and excellent storylines, while looking absolutely gorgeous at the same time. However, this middle section of the series shows some signs of fatigue and begins to drag it's feet slightly. This is particularly evident during a fight scene that takes place in a cave over 2 episodes. However, the majority of the show kept me intrigued and hooked throughout. Another small niggle I've got with this show, and especially this particular volume is the fact that the character designs for the Claymores are incredibly similar; so much so that it is often difficult to distinguish them from eachother. This can make the show pretty confusing; especially when characters from earlier in the series make a reappearance and the audience is expected to remember who they are.
Once again, we get the choice of Japanese language track or English dub and as for special features, there are some interviews with the Japanese staff, comentaries with the English cast as well as the complimentary textless opening and closings.
With it's tough chick image, Claymore definetly gives off a 'feminist anime' vibe, making it an action title that you can watch with the girlfriend. However, the excessive dismemberment and evisceration (that seems to be primarily inflicted on the females) may be too much for some people to take, especially if they have a weak stomach. Alternatively, if you like gore then Claymore will be right up your alley. Right from the off, Claymore is a series that hasn't let up the pace in terms of it's great story and plot progression. The final disc of this set concludes in such a way that it shows incredible promise for an epic and explosive finale to come.
This second set of DVDs for the Claymore anime contains episodes eleven to eighteen and, if anything, is even better than the previous set. The episodes in this set again follow Clare as she fights Awakened Beings alongside her fellow Claymores but her special circumstances and those of her friends may put them in danger not just from the Yoma but from their own organisation.
The episodes in this set are all very good being both action packed and managing to advance the plot as well. A number of my favourite characters are introduced in this volume including the brilliantly mad Ophelia and the quite funny Riful and Dauf double act. The animation remains very good and the English dub is respectable, although Flora's voice is a little annoying. Claymore is turning into a good series with some nice action and it looks like the next volume could be even better.