Title: Claymore Vol 15
Author: Norihiro Yagi
May Contain Spoilers
Galatea’s plans to eliminate the Awakened former number 2, "Bloody" Agatha, have failed, but the arrival of Clare and her comrades turns the tide of battle. In the aftermath, Miria decides to finally share her shocking discoveries about the true nature of the Yoma, of the Organization and of the Claymores themselves. In a world where monsters called Yoma prey on humans and live among them in disguise, humanity’s only hope is a new breed of warrior known as Claymores. Half human, half monster, these silver-eyed slayers possess supernatural strength, but are condemned to fight their savage impulses or lose their humanity completely.
It’s been a long, long time since I’ve read a volume of Claymore, and I am not sure why. It’s by far one of my favorite manga series, and I love both the art and the slowly unwinding storyline. I still think of it as Berserk-lite, (which is another series that I love, but am woefully far behind on), and so I’m puzzled as to the long break I’ve taken between installments. Maybe I have grown weary of waiting months on end for a new volume? Now that I have four unread volumes, I became excited at the thought of catching up on the action again.
Clare and her friends arrive at Rabona just in time to battle the Awakened former number 2, and man, was it fun watching them kick booty. They have all gotten so strong, and they fight with a precision and unity that doesn’t give their enemies much chance of escape. As their powers have increased, so has their suspicion of the Organization. I’m not sure yet that I buy into Miria’s theory behind the reason for the Claymores, but I am more than a little interested in learning more about descendants of dragons and what might possibly exist beyond the boundaries of the continent.
My favorite plot thread right now concerns Raki and Priscilla. I love Raki! He’s come a long way from being a scared little kid, and now he’s more than capable of looking after himself. He’s still looking for Clare, still believes with certainty that she’s alive, and that she’s somewhere out there looking for him. Even with the years that have distanced them, he still has faith that he’ll find her again. That is something that I am looking forward to. Will they be allowed to have a happy reunion? With the Awakened Ones, the Organization, and the Claymores breathing down both of their necks, I’m not so sure. Plus, Raki has a traveling companion who might just turn on him and eat him! Hope he sleeps with one eye open!
Riful’s storyline is one that I am not so wild about. I feel that she exists only for shock value and as a convenient means to stir things up for everyone else. She is just so one dimensional that she doesn’t make for a memorable opponent, and I find her so predictable and boring. I am hopeful that she gets chopped into little pieces soon, but I don’t think I’m going to be that lucky.
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