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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 7.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-4215-0622-X
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Claymore Vol. #05

By Jarred Pine     November 29, 2006
Release Date: December 05, 2006

Claymore Vol.#05
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Norihiro Yagi
Translated by:Jonathan Tarbox
Adapted by:Jonathan Tarbox

What They Say
The Claymore warrior Teresa has broken the cardinal rule that forbids her kind from killing humans. In time, a group of Claymores comes to kill her, and yet Teresa defeats them all with her superior skill and experience. But rather than slay the powerful ringleader, Teresa decides to spare her instead - an act of human weakness that will have devastating consequences for them all.

The Review
Up until now, Claymore has been a title that has really won me over with its bleak and desolate mood, Norihiro Yagi's low-key delivery for a dark fantasy manga, and doing a nice job of generating an interest in finding out more. That said, Norihiro has also held his cards a little too close; the lack of world and character information often frustrating and leaving me detached. With this fifth volume, Norihiro has decided to play his hand, completely changing the way I read this manga for the better.

It's quite hard to talk about the events in this volume, as the real treat is watching the pieces fall into place as the story progresses. So I will spare you the spoilers and just make it very general.

The multi-volume flashback story arc surrounding a pre-Claymore Clare comes to a close and with it a whole slew of new information and character development fills in the cracks; taking an interesting story and making it an engaging one. There was always a feeling of detachment from Clare, but now she is a bit more multi-dimensional. Secrets from the organization and details of their operation also come to light, adding more depth to the story.

The puzzle pieces are just starting to click together; and when that happens to a story that you already had interest in, it becomes a wonderful reading experience. In fact, I even went back and reread those first few volumes with a new perspective on Clare's character and it was a whole new experience. I have gained a better appreciation for Clare's character and her dynamics with the world and people around her; and not just Clare herself, but the whole Claymore organization as a whole. I'm officially hooked on Claymore.

A side note for all the disappearing nipple watchers; while an earlier volume contained removal of male Yoma organs, this volume contains multiple panels of nudity complete with nipples.


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