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|Claymore Complete Series Box Set|
Actors: Stephanie Young, Brina Palencia, Caitlin Glass
Genres: Anime & Manga
A brutal scourge stalks the land. Yoma, monsters driven by a hunger satisfied by only one quarry ? Humanity. The dark breed knows but a singular foe: Claymore. Human-Yoma hybrids of extraordinary strength and cunning, the ... more »
Fianlly, Claymore Gets the Box Set Treatment it Deserves
ONENEO | Buffalo, NY | 10/21/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll come right out and confess it; there is much to be excited about when an anime company like FUNimation decides to release a beloved franchise in a single complete collection box set. Not only does it save the buyer money but it makes a given property much more accessible to viewers who would otherwise be reluctant to track down half a dozen volumes to enjoy the show in it's entirety. Enter Claymore the Complete Series, a property of which I've long been campaigning for a complete box set release. The show, which is really unlike any other anime series out there, has been released to the North American market thus far in a pace that could only be described as "trickling" as in six, 4-episode releases that each ran 95 minutes. I've got them all but won't lie about waiting impatiently for each release to come out so that the story could continue.
Coming in at a total runtime of 650 minutes, Claymore The Complete Series release contains all 26 episodes across 6 discs in three thin packs. The set is housed in a cardboard outer slipcase that is minimally artistically decorated (as should be with a show this mysterious). The show wears a very appropriate TV MA (17+) rating due to some rough language, topless female nudity (or maybe topless monster nudity is more appropriate), and a near-endless succession of violent/gory sequences.
Language options are standard fair sub and dub, which of course means dialog presented in either original Japanese (Stereo) or an English dub in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. And, like always, the choice to run English subtitles exists for either spoken language option.
Extras are surprisingly robust and include a pair of nice 24-page full color books highlighting key characters from the series, six commentary tracks from some of the English voice actresses and creative staff, Japanese staff interviews, original TV commercials, cast audition reels, textless songs, and a crop of Funimation trailers scattered throughout.
The story could best be described as a sweeping supernatural epic set in a grim fantasy environment in which an order of pale, blonde-haired girls are humanity's last hope in a struggle for survival against a race of beasts known as Yoma.
Yoma are incredibly powerful and twisted human/monster hybrids that come in many shapes and sizes and are driven by an endless appetite for consuming human innards.
The story primarily focuses on one of the Claymore sisters named Clare who sets off on a mission of bloody vengeance against the Yoma with hints of a disturbing and suffering-laden childhood popping up periodically along the way.
No ordinary pale girls, these Claymores, however as they are in fact only half-human and half Yoma themselves. Their beastie-half provides them with superhuman abilities (among them: strength, endurance, special attacks and healing capabilities), at the cost of a constant threat of accidentally "going too far" in a battle and hence allowing the Yoma portion of their being to forever consume them.
Should this happen, (a process called awakening here) the sister in question is to be slain by their own commanders-in-arms on the spot. As such the show presents a unique tension in the thralls of battle, as the temptation to push the limits of their fleeting humanity is a constant concern and more than a few Claymores will fall to the charms of the Yoma along the way.
Fighting the Yoma can best be described as a physically grueling hack-fest with blurring blades from multiple Claymores chipping away at the oftentimes massive forms of the flesh-eating monsters. The good news for the viewer is that this means some wickedly cool battle sequences where many (and I do mean many) lovely Claymores meet their gruesome demise in the hopes of taking down a few of the enemy with them.
Almost in a video game style of presentation, the show bides its time with the Claymore girls having to dispose of countless lesser beasts (such as the Abyss Feeders) while reserving the major player (think bosses) bad guy battles for the conclusion of the major story arcs. Among these is the wicked cool Silver Eyed Lion King (Rigardo), The White Silver King (Isley), and the Blood Soaked Warrior (Ophelia).
The show's art is fantastically appropriate with shadowy backgrounds, eerie lighting, and clear-cool skies that are sure to inspire a shiver. The character-model art is deliberately pale, bordering on black and white in fact, which goes a long way to provide an almost vampire-like appearance to the Claymore girls.
The soundtrack is made up of intense musical numbers and subtle stray electric guitar notes that are so well integrated that they tumble away into the creepy sounds of the night.
It should be noted that the finalized cover art is actually a bit different from the photo Amazon has shown here. The box is indeed white and features a depiction of lead character Clare but not quite so closely cropped. Rather she is standing to the right of the frame with her silver cape flowing over the title, "Claymore The Complete Series". A small discrepancy, sure, but not to worry, the finished art works just as well.
In all this is a must-have collection that will delight fans of most anime genres. Kudos to FUNimation for putting the fans first with a full boxset release at an asking price of little more than the 4-episode volumes have been going for until now. I simply cannot recommend this collection highly enough."
Great Anime, Horrible Blu-ray
Xeon Negotiator | MA, USA | 04/01/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not going to go into the plot of Claymore, other sites and reviewers have that covered, but here is the deal, Funimation has yet again releases another upscaled piece of garbage.
This release is done in 1080i, which basically translates into "this is a poor quality upscale." For those who don't know what upscaling is, it is basically resizing video or images to a larger size than the original source. This greatly distorts the video and leads to lines that are blurred, artifacting (large squares of ugliness), slow or choppy playback, and all around "eye cancer."
If you own the DVDs, stick with them as they are the best quality available. If you want a HD version of this anime wait for the official release from the studio, not some cheap Funimation weekend project. I'm returning this right away because I am not going to pay for this horrible mess of a release.
EDIT: I added a screenshot to the images section to show how bad this release is. Make sure to look at it full size, as it naturally looks better at a smaller size. Also the screenshot was not altered in any way from the Blu-ray source."
Claymore-Something new, in an old idea.
Dharma | Westchester, NY USA | 10/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I heard about Claymore I was suspicious. I'm usually suspicious of anime. Lets face it, anime is generally either really awful, or really good. The really good series's usually get most of the money giving them the ability to make a good series better, and the bad ones, well they generally don't. Yes, I'm being optimistic. I've seen many bad series get lots of money too, and they have disappointed me over and over again.
I discovered Claymore after trolling Anime forums while home from university about 8 months ago. I decided to watch it because I had nothing better to do. I thought it would be terrible, that the hype would lead me to some "Bleach esque" idiocy filled with filler and poorly voiced characters at best, and at worse, some B-grade movie quality story line with stiff dialogue. I figuered I should watch it though, since it was getting rave reviews. I wanted to know about it, but I went in expecting utter garbage. I was pleasantly surprised!
I was hooked after the first episode. I watched it non-stop until I had watched every single episode. I was shocked. The story is very unconventional. Some reviewers argue that it's weird... well yes, but the best anime's are a little weird, especially when you have to describe them to someone. I take it as a BLESSING that it's weird! Its DIFFERENT! Thank God. There is an underdog hero. Yes, there is NO super-powered for no reason teenage boy who is all angsty and has been some how against his will thrown into a plot to save the world, with the help of buxom anime babes and laughable joking less attractive male side kicks, while the main character broods and nurtures his effeminate looks all the while some how coming out on top of every ill-matched battle that faces him. I am SICK of watching that story over and over, and Claymore is a pleasing departure from the whole cliche anime story line. While I have read on forums that the manga is leaps and bounds above the anime, (well, that's sort of to be expected, right?) I have heard the manga readers claim that it is a very good start to the series, and they expect more from FUNimation. Manga readers are happy with the series? Seriously? that's amazing.
I watched Claymore with no idea what it was about, that made everything very exciting and new. I strongly suggest doing this, I found it made it even more exciting. It's a very unique, very exciting, very unexpected anime. There are so many moments you wont see coming, really, it breaks tons of expectations and cliches. It's really a very amazing series, I can't possibly explain it better, I do not want to give you a summary of the plot, (I hate spoliers) and I don't want to tell you about specifics too much (see above reason) but I do want to help sell you. So I'll say this... I've had this on pre-order for 6 months, and I dont regret it at all! This series is really great, something fresh and new, daring and unique, and I love it for that.
Cons, well I would say it's not as complete as I would like, but I regret to put that as a con, as I've heard buzz (which I dont know whether or not is true) that the anime will have a second season, because of the large volume of story in the manga. People have said that the anime covers the beginning of the manga. I haven't read the manga myself, as I said before, but if this is the case, then I can only be excited. It's a great series, and I can only see it getting better. It's worth the money, its beautifully animated, great voice acting (at least in the original Japanese) and a very unique and interesting story."
Mature Anime with Sweeping Vision
M. Zveris | 07/08/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Claymore is a series for the more serious anime watcher; I think that should be stated first and foremost. There is no jarring change from the plot with ultimately wasteful filler meant to make you laugh nor is there any comedy involved in the series. It is a very good series to start an adult on if you have a friend who is interested in anime and wants both the plot aspect and the violence that comes from the more mature fare. It is the blending of these two factors, along with the fantastic artistic style of this series that makes it so successful in appealing to both the male and female audience.
Claymore does not start gradually, but it builds to a maturity of storyline that should be envied by other animes that attempt to blend the typical violence of a storyline revolving around combating demons, monsters, or other evil forces and balance it with serious dialogue and characters. Claymore is not a cliché series in any way.
The story starts out with the arrival of a Claymore named Clare who has been sent by a mysterious organization to defeat a Yoma (monster/demon) found in a small town. Though the chief of the city has requested the presence of a Claymore that does not mean she is welcome. This is a running current throughout the series. As the Claymore (derogatorily referred to as Silver-Eyed Witches) are both human and Yoma they are almost universally feared and reviled. While they are needed and even sought out for their unique ability to combat the Yoma they are outcasts of humanity. Ironically their own humanity being the greatest thing they have forsaken in order to become these powerful slayers this sacrifice is not truly appreciated by most of the people they save. Anyone that has come into contact with a Yoma is considered tainted, dangerous, and possible of transforming into one of these ravenous beings that adores feasting on entrails.
Raki is one such individual who is forced away from all he ever knew because of his close proximity to a Yoma. Outcast from his people - who feel they are only doing what they must to protect their village - he ends up falling in with Clare who frostily keeps him at arm's length even as she allows him to accompany her. It is from this starting point; the relationship between the young Clare and her even younger companion that the series begins to build.
There is the usual fighting fare, the fast paced and epic battles that we have all come to expect from anime, but there is remarkably little boasting to be found by the characters (which is not typical) unless it is their honest personality as portrayed by the series. As we travel through the episodes, watching Clare and other Claymores going about their duty of dispatching both novice and aged Yoma we understand more and more the painful relationship and the hard choices they have all made. We also learn more about the mysterious organization that created the Claymore and the way they view the world.
This is not a soft and gentle anime, the stories of these women (all Claymore's are female) and the sacrifices that they make are touching and compelling. They provide an earnest reasoning for why the Claymores continue to fight and why some girls become Claymore. Ultimately this is an anime about relationships and the stark dichotomies of society more than an epic battle between the forces of good and evil, which is in itself a murky concept as the series aptly points out.
Aside from the plot this is a stylistic anime with both the dark overtones and the artistic talent to bring that to life. The series can be light and uplifting in both appearance and story when it needs to be, but the pain is palpable throughout even the happiest of moments for the characters.
The box set is a beautiful addition with beefy extras on both the DVD's (textless songs, original commercials, interviews, et cetera) and in the set which comes with two full color booklets detailing all of the characters and several two page art pieces. The dub is not bad, which is a hard thing to say of many anime, and the Japanese language with the subtitles (that are very clear and easy to read) is of impeccable quality in translation. All in all this is a series worth owning and a box set well worth the price.
If you are looking for a more mature anime that doesn't pander to the audience but instead draws it in, this is certainly a must have for your collection."