Latest volume in the Claymore series. This is a manga comic about a world where humans live in fear of demon like creatures. The only ones who can fight them are Claymores. Women with big swords and special abilities.
This volume is not a good jumping on point. New readers should begin with volume one. Those who have seen the anime but not read any of the previous volumes should start with volume eleven.
This follows the usual format of the series in being an A5 sized volume of black and white artwork. Which runs for just under two hundred pages. Is divided into six chapters. And is read in the usual manga fashion of right to left and from the back, rather than the western left to right.
This volume picks up right from where the last one left off. Thus this review does contain mild spoilers if you haven't read up to the end of that one....
Miria and the Claymores make their move, and open rebellion against the organisation begins. Deneve and the others are still on their way. But the organisation unleases some of it's latest weapons in defense. And then it's chief researcher has even more of those to use.
The bulk of this is once again nearly all fight scenes. But these avoid being over familiar or repetitive by being absolutely epic. You really feel that you are watching important events in the story happen. One ongoing plotline remains on hold. But we do get back to one character who hasn't been seen in a while, and their appearances are really good.
There are more new Claymores to get used to. One has some quietly powerful character moments. The bulk of the final half of the volume does fill in back story for other new ones. But this also avoids being familiar or spoiling things by being very well written and interesting. There are some excellent character designs also.
The chief researcher, as well, is a very interesting creation and has a very memorable look on the page.
The story still clearly has a way to go by the end of this one, which does end on a cliffhanger that will make you desperate to know what will happen next. At the time of writing, volume twenty two isn't due out till next month. This is a series that manages to remain fresh and keep you hooked, so I look forward to it.
Oh man, how can this series be this addictive? This volume is once again full of epic fights and interesting plot revelations. Yes yes, the plot might not be the deepest but I've fallen in love with the series and the world depicted in it.
As Mira leads the Claymore warriors against them, the Organisation discovers that the rebellion is far more widespread than they had previously feared. In order to save themselves the Organization unleashes those forces that they still control, the Abyssal Feeders as well as their newest untested experiment.
Volume twenty-one of the 'Claymore' manga continues the entertaining action very well and introduces some interesting new characters. The action in this volume is very good with the usual amount of blood for the series and some good techniques on show. The volume also includes some the backstory for the Organization's new weapons, powerful warriors from previous generations resurrected to fight once again and the warriors themselves are all very good characters. We also get to meet the Organisation's head researcher, who is quite interesting. The volume also gives Raki some good action as he fights against the Organisation's men.
Overall I really liked this volume of 'Claymore' and I would give it a full five stars.