The series tells the story of the Claymore Claire whose history and existence has changed the world that she lives in. Through various encounters and experiences, Claire is changing the lives of the man-eating Youka (demons) and the women-only Claymores who imbue themselves with Youka to combat the Youka. For those of you who followed and watched the Claymore anime in it’s entirety, I am sorry. The last 2 episodes of the series ranks up there (or should I say down there?) with the most horrible in an otherwise solid series. It wasn’t the Evangelion-what-is-going-on, it wasn’t Code Geass-let’s-resurrect-everyone-we-feel-like (for you WoW players out there, the Soul Stone Effect), but it was a horrible let’s manufacture, in the strictest sense, romance where romance had no place being.
That being said, the manga series thankfully remains unaffected by the what-the-hell-happened bug that infected the anime. For newcomers, the anime up to episode 24 more or less corresponds to the manga up to chapter 61. The manga from then on follows the fate of Claire and company, as well as the notable Youkas, and the mysterious Organization. Now at 102, the series is at a crossroads. The recent revelations have massive implications on the plot with a noticeable power gap between the relevant parties, disclosures on the reality of the situation, and the general shift of the series from Claire’s internal and external struggles to other individuals. So this begs the question of whether this series will maintain the quality that we have come to expect. I personally think Claymore will go one way or the other very hard meaning it will be either better or get incredibly ridiculous, but for now just enjoy chapter 102. Oh yeah, Priscilla says hi.
PS – Yes, I know I left out Raki, I wish really he would just die at this point, namely because of the inevitably bad incorporation of his relevance into the future plot.