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Claymore  
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Description
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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Клеймор
クレイモア
大剑
大劍
猎魔战记
獵魔戰記
Kureimoa
Mắt Bạc

Groups Scanlating
10sigh
Basement Scan
Binktopia
ChaoScans
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Latest Release(s)
c.155 (end) by MangaStream (306d ago)
c.154 by MangaStream (333d ago)
c.153 by MangaStream (366d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
27 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 11, Chap 59 (Alternate Ending)

User Reviews
Claymore by darknova42

Forum
76 topics, 832 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2763 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.68 / 10.0
10
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9+
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Last Updated
May 1st 2015, 5:52pm PST


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Year
2001

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Gekkan Shounen Jump (Shueisha)
Jump SQ (Shueisha)
Shuukan Shounen Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (26 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #574 decreased(-40)
Monthly Pos #509 decreased(-53)
3 Month Pos #487 decreased(-38)
6 Month Pos #391 decreased(-106)

List Stats
On 7417 reading lists
On 1449 wish lists
On 1974 completed lists
On 238 unfinished lists
On 613 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Claymore to Publish 'Grand Finale' in October 262 days, 8 hours, 24 minutes ago
Ending Discussion 263 days, 22 hours, 12 minutes ago
Isn't there one more chapter left? 283 days, 19 hours, 59 minutes ago
When can I start reading this? 315 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes ago
Is the end near? 338 days, 5 hours, 42 minutes ago

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Interesting   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by hotarusasaki
July 4th, 2015, 3:00pm
This was an interesting read and it felt very refreshing to see a manga with mainly female characters yet no female harems or impossibly large boobs and the like. At first I didn't really like the art and I agree that the eyes are drawn too far apart but it gets better. All the awakened forms were really cool so I guess the mangaka just isn't suited to drawing normal humans. All the characters were unique and likeable, well the villains weren't likeable but they were suitably creepy. The plot was interesting and I was expecting that Clare would have to fight her friend when they met again but thank god the mangaka didn't put friends against friends and betrayal in the mix... Overall great and recommended read !
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Gets very cliche   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by wotonito
June 10th, 2015, 7:10am
The story at the beginning was very suspenseful and engaging, but halfway through it starts getting extremely cliche and by the end it's just a mess of friendship this friendship that. Ending is disappointing.
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I loved it all the way through.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by PaterFrog
May 7th, 2015, 1:51pm
Claymore is my favourite manga. It's a true masterpiece, but it's not a perfect one.
Some (few) of the chapters are barely above average and a few of the plot decisions could have been chosen better, but all in all it's very high quality, unique and very, very enjoyable.
The art is slightly eerie and the world lends the story a certain gritty realism. The fact that monsters like the Yoma and the Awakened Beings live in this world does not actually reduce that realism, instead the realism of the rest of it brings the unrealistic parts to life.
With every single chapter I read, every single page I turned I felt the love of the author for this work.
It was really amazing to read a product that is more than just a professional's way of making a living (not that I'm saying that's bad, but it's special if it's more than just that).

I was there since the start, I read every chapter is it was released and I've read the entire series easily 8 times now. And I will read it again in a year or two. And after that. And again.
This is also the only manga I ever afforded the money to buy. I think that should probably tell you the most about just how much I enjoyed it.

... Last updated on May 29th, 2015, 8:46pm
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Started Awesome, Continued Awesome, Ended Like Cr*p   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Xiximaro
January 5th, 2015, 5:39pm
Most of you may already know, Claymore is a really gory and brutal manga, mix in an awesome captivating, interesting story and you have a masterpiece. The problem is that said qualities are lost in the last volumes.
What started out has a similar manga like Berserk, but with a female cast and a less profound story and plot, ultimately ended with the typical shounen crap. Don't misunderstand I love shounen but what started like Seinen turned in a blink of eye in Shounen, this is a difficult transition to make and doing it rushed like this only spells failure... I rated high because I'm judging the manga has a whole, this just shows how much I enjoyed it excluding the shitty ending.
From the beginning you always have your heart jumping asking when will something bad happen, that suspense that you like disappears for no reason.
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Brutal heartless villains start dying from powers coming out of the ass(shounen), passing the limit meant being transformed in a Yoma, but in what world made sense a Claymore transform into a different Claymore(dead one at that) when in a previous awakening she had monster legs and arm? Raki was trained by Isley to kill Priscilla, why and for what, if Isley didn't tell why he trained Raki in the first place?
There is an even biggest offense! Every single person who reads this is still reading to get to the part where Clare clashs with Priscila to kill her, but what everybody is most looking for get in return, is an irrelevant character slaying her with no logic behind, they just complicated a really simple thing. But no it's always more safe to use that cliché, "good guy confronts bad guy, good guy forgives bad guy and delivers the finishing blow feeling sorry for him and moves on" ending

After half the story they try and try to had plotwists and in each one, the story dies a little. A really big "bomb" information is dropped that changes completely what you thought was the Claymore world, but they don't even care to explain what happens with that next... They had so much volumes to think of a decent conclusion but then the story drags and drags just to a stupid end with no epilogue at least...
Beware there is no "Berserk" here after half the story, if that is you reason to try reading this you should move on.
The art was really good even better later, but the fights weren't so fluid like it should be, probably the mangaka style at play no problems there.

... Last updated on January 8th, 2015, 7:23am
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Only one complaint so far.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by HOLDINtheACES
October 16th, 2014, 5:42am
My only complaint so far is that the art style is a little strange/unsettling. The artist draws the eyes too far apart, and the nose is so barely drawn that it looks like there isn't one. The characters (all of them) are very reptilian looking.

Story is pretty good, and the characters are compelling.

Just a creepy art style.
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Action   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tallrice
September 4th, 2014, 9:03am
I don't usually comment on mainstream series, but I was interested by the comment by chaechaebol.

I think one of the reasons Claymore is so good, is because the special abilities aren't that shounen, like flame of recca or naruto or one piece or bleach or things where the abilities are way too wacky. The straightforward, awesome abilities of speed, illusion, suppression etc are just realistic enough to make it feel gritty and incredible, and varied enough to give it that fantasy and individual special techniques aspect. I guess it really depends on what you like, but for me Claymore's action scenes are what make the series, and they are some of the best in manga.
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Creative and fun   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by chaechaeboi
May 22nd, 2014, 10:30am
This series has a few plot twists and surprises that may blow your mind. I enjoy it for the most part, but the action in it is lacking in appeal to my taste. The claymore pretty much just hack and slash at different speeds when they fight.

... Last updated on May 22nd, 2014, 10:31am
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Excellent series, though degrading lately   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by MatrixM
November 11th, 2013, 10:43pm
How have I not commented or even rated this before!?
I'm kinda sleep-deprived so this will be short. Either that, or I'll keep typing and forget to stop.
First, allow me to raeg at the anime adaptation. They went with a crappy (I mean REALLY crappy) original ending even though there was a PERFECT spot in the manga for the anime to end.

This series starts quite cliche (I mean, how annoying is Raki/Lucky amirite?) but as soon as the first awakened being mission is given, it goes awesome-tier. Later in the series, Clare is much less of a lead character, her friends playing as large or larger roles in the story. But they're such awesome characters I really don't mind this.

I am amazed that the mangaka of Angel Densetsu made another awesome series that is in a completely different genre.
Of course, angel densestsu is better as that's just god-tier comedy but this is still awesome.

What really sets this series apart is the time skip (which is how the anime should've ended). It was executed PERFECTLY. I've never seen a timeskip done this well, that I can remember. Everyone's just so badass. Even
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Raki/Lucky
though that character is still not that important.

The series has been kinda less awesome lately, possibly due to having too many ridiculously powerful adversaries. Also, I didn't like how
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Rafaela's
story ended up. She seemed really interesting and I get the feeling her story had more potential in length and depth. Same thing with
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Isley
too. Who seemed like a great character to explore more of. I guess that's an appeal of the series, though. The chaos. Complete and utter chaos (not at first, but later beginning with the arc before the time-skip. And I guess there's a hint of this in Teresa's story's resolution).
Also, I'm divided over the twist and big reveal of what the larger picture is. Divided because ont he one hand it does seem kinda cool and original, on the other it seems like exactly soemthing I would come up with, which always annoys me :/
Oh! And a reveal in ch137-ish about the
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
half-awakening
, that they were all
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
implanted with someone close to them
Not only doesn't really make sense (if the experiment was discontinued how can the other three [four if you include the character from before the time-skip] have it?), it also very much reduces the awesomeness of those Claymores' accomplishment in achieving the state. And seems like a major coincidence that Clare just so happened to run into another one for the process to work.

Would have formerly rated this a 10 or 9.5, but 9 is the highest I'll go now.

... Last updated on November 11th, 2013, 10:55pm
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An Epic Journey (how appropriate)   
Rating: N/A
by Mecha Mango 003
December 14th, 2012, 1:53pm
Claymore is the best manga I've ever read. There has been no other manga that has captivated my heart and attention quite like this one. This story follows a young girl who be becomes a warrior out of her guardian's flesh in order to take vengeance upon the monster that had slain her. On her personal mission for revenge, she comes across many interesting and badass people on the way as she continues to become stronger in order to defeat her target. Claymore is a dark fantasy that will be enjoyed over and over. While the story progresses, feelings of boredom and repetitiveness may arise and it may feel like the author is just pulling things out of his butt, but Norihiro Yagi always manages to cleverly connect events in the story together. I love Claymore and I don't think I could ever stop loving it (unless he kills off a favorite character). This manga just keeps continuing to be more badass and exciting. Claymore is what defines a shounen manga. Highly recommended for anyone who loves beautiful and badass babes carrying and slaying more than they can handle. Readers will fall in love with the story and characters when they read this delight.
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GREAT   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by MtR_Silver
July 25th, 2012, 5:42am
one of my favorite mangas out there. Great plot, great character development, great art. Just one thought (always had this one), why is this a shounen? i would categorize it as seinen but hey. kick ass manga
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