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Claymore is a dark fantasy anime television series that tells the story of a young lady with a silver eye known as Clare and her encounters and experiences with some scary and deadly creatures known as youma. Humans in this imaginary island where Clare lived were always harassed by these monsters which fed on human bodies.

As a result of this, a group was formed and named The Organization. This group developed female human-yoma hybrids that were trained to be fierce fighters and used them to destroy the actual yoma creatures. These females were part human and part yoma, they were characterised by having silver eyes reasons and they were called Claymores, a term which was used to associate them to their claymore swords which they used as weapons to fight against the monsters.

The Organization was at the service of any town or city that was invaded by the yomas. The cities simply called the attention of the organization and paid a certain amount of money for them to send Claymores to fight for them.

Clare was so determined to take part in destroying these monsters so much so that she joined the organization and started working with them. She willingly became a Claymore to avenge the death of her friend Teresa, who was killed by one of the yoma creatures. She was considered to be the weakest Claymore among all the others. Despite her weakness, she was always sent to very challenging battles.

Clare was not the only one that wanted to avenge the yomas. Raki, was a young boy whose parents and only brother were killed by these monsters and had always been looking for a way to take revenge till he met Clare. Raki started living with Clare and the two formed a rare pair, a Claymore and human living together.

Claymore was written by Nohihiro Yagi who also did the illustrations. It was directed by Hiroyuki Tanaka.

The series is available in several well known magazines and also on CDs and DVD. It is broadcast on NTV.

1 Season, 26 Episodes - Canceled
April 3, 2007
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  • Clare completes her awakening but Priscilla still dominates the fight with apparent ease, until Clare, spurred by flashbacks of Teresa, finally lands multiple hits on her, cutting off her wings. Priscilla reverts to her human form and is about to be beheaded when Raki intervenes but Clare, unable to control herself, attacks him as well. Jean takes the blow instead and, although fatally wounded, convinces her to revert to human before completely awakening. After "synchronizing their Yoki" and thus, bringing Clare back, Jean dies, leaving Clare devastated with grief. Easley appears and takes Priscilla away. In the last scenes, Miria, Helen, Deneve, and Clare announce their wish to leave the Claymore organization and depart on separate journeys (Helen goes with Deneve, Raki follows Clare).

  • While Raki is travelling with Easley to Pieta, Clare continues her fight with Rigardo. After several bouts Rigardo comes to the conclusion that he hasn't had a fight like this since he fought with Easley. Raki departs from Priscilla and Easley after hearing that a lot of Claymores, starting from the lowest ranked ones have been sent to Pieta to fight Awakened beings. Clare in her determination to defeat Rigardo manages to partially awaken. The scene switches to Raki as he makes his way into the now abandoned town and finds the partially awakened Clare fighting against Rigardo. Clare releases her Yoma powers to dangerous levels and eventually slashes Rigardo to pieces. Meanwhile, Jean regains consciousness.

  • Clare and the rest of the surviving Claymores continue their battle against Rigardo. Meanwhile Raki is comforting Priscilla and Easley tells him the horror of her past. Back at Pieta Rigardo seems to be enjoying his fight. Miria does her best to keep up with Rigardo's speed but, due to overuse of her mirages, she slows down and becomes easy prey for him. As he is about to decapitate her, Clare inadvertently begins to release too much of her Yoki. Rigardo surprisingly loses an arm and the fate of Clare's awakening is yet to be determined.

  • Clare and the rest of the Claymores prepare themselves for the next wave of Awakened Beings. Raki, Easley and Priscilla are heading towards Pieta while the Claymores prepare themselves. They find that this time the numbers and the yoki of the Awakened Beings are much more powerful. When they arrive they battle, until the Awakened Beings start taking losses against the Claymores. At this point, the battle between the Claymores and the Awakened Ones changes with the appearance of the Lion-Eyed Rigardo who kills Undine, Veronica, and Flora on sight and fatally injures Jean.

  • The five teams defeat the three Awakened Beings. Some of them suffering serious wounds, such as Yuma who loses her arm, but there are no casualties. Raki is shown wandering in the ruins of a town already destroyed by Yoma, and there he meets Priscilla. Priscilla takes a sudden liking to him, saying he smells good when Easley appears and invites Raki to go home with him and Priscilla.

  • Rubel & Rafaela confront Clare & Jean and explain that the organization could kill them both at any time. Instead of doing so, Rubel gives Clare a mission to go to the Northern lands along with 23 other Claymores to confront a horde of Awakened and the "Dweller of the Deep" Easley. He also mentions that Raki has gone there, giving Clare even more incentive to go. Once there, all four of the Slashers (Clare, Helen, Miria & Deneve) are reunited again and make Jean their fifth member since she too is a Half-Awakened. The 24 gathered Claymores divide into five teams and are soon confronted by three Awakened beings.

  • Clare manages to bring Jean back from an awakened state, gaining her loyalty, and returns to help Galatea. Together, the battle shifts and Dauf is defeated though Riful saves his life. Clare finally lands a hit on Riful and so she explains about the Northern Kingdom and the name of the ruler there, Easley. Galatea returns to her mission objective to return Clare to the organization, but Jean intervenes and so she decides to abandon it.

  • Clare arrives at a cave inhabited by two Awakened: the "Abyssal One" (or "Dweller of the Deep") known as Riful of the West, and her lover and protector Dauf. In her confrontation with Dauf, Clare is rescued by Galatea. They come to learn of a secret arms race between the three Abyssal Ones of the North, West, and South and Riful's intentions to raise as many Awakened troops to join her side as she can before their inevitable confrontation. As Galatea buys time by distracting Dauf, Clare races to save Jean, the only Claymore capable of penetrating Dauf's heavy armour.

  • Unable to contact Clare for three months after Ophelia's awakening and death, the organization decides to send Galatea to track her down. In the meantime, Clare searches for Raki, while disguised and with her yoki suppressed, in a local town. She nearly runs into a party of Claymores on a hunt for an Awakened Being. The next day, a bloody and shredded Claymore limps into the town and tells Clare that the party was captured. She sets off to rescue them as, unbeknown to her at this point, they are being tortured into awakening.

  • With the addition of Irene's right arm and the newly-acquired "Flash Sword" technique, Clare faces off with an Ophelia, who is terrified with the fact that she's awakened and with encouragement from the remnants of Ophelia's own humanity, kills her. Shortly after Clare leaves her, Irene, now completely armless, is confronted by Rafaela.

  • Clare fights Ophelia and loses her right arm as a result. Irene, who was presumed dead, saves Clare and severely injures Ophelia. Frustrated about the untimely demise of her brother at the hands of Priscilla and her defeat by Irene, Ophelia releases too much of her yoki energy and awakens. Clare recuperates and Irene decides to teach Clare her "Flash Sword" technique.

  • The battle against the Awakened Being has finished and as the girls recover from their injuries, Miria hypothesizes on why they were all brought there to fight such a strong opponent. She theorizes that the organization has purposely put them there since they are all troublemakers and believes that they have all half-awakened. Clare, Helen, and Miria watch as Deneve proves this theory to save her own life by releasing all of her yoki to heal her wounds. Miria also warns the group of the top five Claymores: Alicia, Beth, Galatea, Ophelia, and Rafaela, and advises that they avoid ever fighting them as they are too powerful.

  • After Teresa's death, Clare brings her head to Rubel and asks to become a Claymore. Back in the present, Clare is assigned to a party hunting an Awakened Being. Leaving Raki behind at an inn, Clare leaves for the mission together with Miria, Helen, and Deneve.

  • Teresa easily defeats the other Claymores, but leaves them alive. Priscilla snaps and goes after Teresa, releasing too much of her yoki in the confrontation and pushes herself past the point of no return. As she awakens she kills Teresa and her former comrades. Clare is left cradling Teresa's severed head.

  • The Organization's numbers two through five, Priscilla, Irene, Noel, and Sofia, are ordered to kill Teresa. Priscilla engages Teresa in single combat, but is outmatched despite briefly having the upper hand. The other three decide that they must assist her, and the whole team release their yoki in preparation to attack together.

  • In order to save Clare's life from a group of murdering bandits, Teresa breaks the Claymore law against taking human lives. Teresa's overseer, Orsay, then dispatches Claymore digits two through five to execute her.

  • Teresa, the most powerful Claymore of her era, easily kills a group of Yoma including one that had been abusing a young and mute Clare. Having no one else to turn to, Clare follows Teresa through the wilderness.

  • Clare comes close to awakening when she uses too much of her yoki in a fight to defeat the Voracious Eater, but her bond with Raki prevents this.

  • Raki, a young boy whose whole family is killed by a Yoma, befriends a Claymore named Clare.

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