In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?
In a time of great heroes, the evil Sephiroth and the power of Meteor were vanquished by a warrior named Cloud Strife and his companions. Now, though the life stream of the world has been restored, certain people have become sick with Geo Stigma -- an illness which is as mysterious as it is incurable. Meanwhile, in the shadows, a new enemy has appeared: Kadaj, who holds the key to the destruction of all life. Against insurmountable odds, Cloud, Tifa, Barrett, Cid and the rest of the gang must band together one last time to defeat Kadaj and save the world from annihilation.
Though they may be different but they are kind of same as well. Both series have blood, action, swordplay, and drama in a mature fantasy setting which is completely different. Main characters Cloud and Clare are similar due to the fact that they both went through a terrible past before having their powers passed on by their predecessor (Zack Fair and Teresa) that will lead them to fight their mortal enemy (Sephiroth and Priscilla) in the current story. Both stories go through a perilous journey aided by allies/companions alike to overcome any obstacles ahead of them before meeting the shocking conclusion. If you liked Final Fantasy, then you might like Claymore because Claymore too has the same atmostphere and feeling to that of FF. Either way both are great!
In the lush fantasy world of Earthsea, dragons and humans no longer live together as one due to the greed of humanity. It is in this world that the young Prince Arren lives – a young man who is dejected, tormented, and afraid of the ultimate goal of life: death. After killing his father and stealing an heirloom sword forged by magic, Arren sets forth with his trusty steed into the unknown countryside, experiencing the joys and darkness of mankind. Along with the powerful mage Sparrowhawk, an unlikely friend and his own personal angst, Arren must rediscover his desire to live while evil forces threaten his precious life's existence.
The worlds in both Earthsea and Claymore are full of magic, demons and bloodthirsty revenge and the stories also share some very similar plot lines. The beginnings of each begin with a lonely child who has lost their way in life due to acts of violence, and the introduction of a guiding figure who takes care of that child for at least part of the story. But very soon that child will realise that they have their own journey to undertake in order to become stronger and more respected, not just as a swordsman but as a person.
Both journeys will see the main characters pass through many varying landscapes - densely populated towns, open deserts and ancient ruins - and the variety and scale of the lands and creatures helps in immersing oneself into the story. As the stories unfold, limbs will be severed and demons will be confronted as the characters seek to discover exactly who, and what, they are.
After the event of Junius Seven crashing into Earth, wars and chaos have spread throughout humankind once again. Sven Cal Bayan, a 19 year old natural and a part of the special forces named "Phantom Pain", pilots the Strike Noir to destroy all coordinators. Selene McGriff, a researcher for the Deep Space survey and Development Organization, escapes from Earth and continues her project of Stargazer. Unknowingly, their destiny will cross and new battles will begin.
Both main characters are similar (Clare and Sven) as they became soldiers since childhood and went through inspiration and tragic pasts (the deaths of their parents) in different ways (Clare-Teresa and Sven-Science) and are part of the organization whose goal is to extinct races (Organization with Half Human Half Yoma against Yomas/Awakened Beings and Earth Alliance/BlueCosmos/Logos/Phantom Pain with Naturals and Extended/Biological CPUs against Plant/Zaft/Coordinators) and both would later betray them at the end. Sometime during the story, they form bonds with other beings (Clare-Raki and Sven-Selene) whom will change them forever. Both shows contain dark, suspense, seriousness, gore, and sword fighting. The only difference is that in Claymore, it involves demons, powers, and ancient weapons whereas Gundam Seed CE 73 Stargazer involves Mechas, space, ships, guns, and other mecha melee weapons and with no powers.
Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.
Both Gunslinger Girl and Claymore have young girls/women who are modified to become incredible killing machines. However, the true appreciation for both lies in the ethical and moral dilemmas these modifications have done. These girls/women have their lives shortened, have morally questionable relationships with their handlers (Fratello in GG, The Organization in Claymore), and generally lead bleak lives masked by facade of innocence or indifference.
That being said, these problems are actually what makes both of these series so much better than your typical "girls with guns/swords" shows. GG and Clannad rank among the best anime series I've watched.
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
On the surface, Haibane Renmei and Claymore don't seem very similar, but the main characters are actually very alike. After "rebirth" into a new body with a new role, they must learn to navigate their new life and discover who they are. Amidst this, there is the greater mystery of the group they belong to and the secrets they keep.