Top critical review
on 8 July 2016
Firstly, ending on a high note is the only reason this isn't going to be rated two stars.
Many high school students, at least in my day, and apparently still now, will be drawn to watch programmes they can call "dark" and "edgy" , which they will then insist is the best thing since sliced bread, largely because high school kids are judgemental over such things as what TV shows people watch.
If you think gore, nudity, vulgarity, hopelessly bleak settings and/or the idea that humans are such horrible creatures make something good, you'll enjoy this.
But in truth, this is largely full of, in the early episodes, inane dialogue, often of the variety a writer(s) often use when they apparently need to spoon-feed dialogue to an audience incapable of following what's going on without being told.
Characters often say things everyone present should already know, almost as if they're aware an audience is watching them. In the seventh episode, the one that almost made me stop watching, some super-experienced Claymores are explaining to each other why a city is filled with Yoma. Later on in the same episode one of them starts to monologue about the talents of the people in her group, to the people in her group. Because they really needed to know what their own skills were.
Again, this is only said for the sake of dumping information on the audience, and its done with all the grace of a drunk elephant stomping over packed car park.
The sad thing is they can allude to things without neon signs (e.g. "as long as your guts are inside your body [the monster] will be after you" or something to that effect, answers the question of why Yoma keep leaving such near-intact bodies of their prey). But mostly they didn't make the effort.
Then early on, an origin story is inserted, because, you know, they just hadn't over-explained things enough. In truth it had more substance than most origin stories, but it was still annoying.
Some action scenes may be interesting at first, but inevitably seeing people get cleaved, stand there for a couple of seconds, then spray blood out of the wound gets repetitive.
The organisation behind the Claymores is obviously evil, and none of the Claymores seem particularly bothered about being manipulated by it .They're also imcompetent - for example, when a Claymore is about to turn into a monster, they're supposed to send a message to another Claymore who travels to them and kills them... even though the transformation can be over in minutes.
There are some good points - despite the annoying dialogue, there are some emotional moments, and the voice actors and animators managed to make the characters somewhat endearing. Even though its never as shocking or surprising as it wants to present itself as, it can still get exciting at some points. It managed to a decent sense of scale and such, with various characters being introduced for tiny story arcs and then dismissed.