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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?

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Claymore 2001 Original Manga
Name Role
Takahiro UMEHARA Character Design
Hiroyuki TANAKA Director
Masanori TAKUMI Music
Norihiro YAGI Original Manga Creator
Masao MARUYAMA Producer
Manabu TAMURA Producer
Toshio NAKATANI Producer

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Claymore Sheex 7.5/10 Oct 18, 2007

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Kiba

Kiba

Have you ever been sick and tired of the world we live in? So much, that you've tried any means possible to escape it? Zed shares the same feelings as we all do. In the smog ridden, and sunless world of Calm, people manage to scrape by on the bare minimum. Fed up with living in this hellhole, Zed looks for an outlet to another world. Beating down and smashing every door in his sight, he hopes that if he believes strong enough, his gateway will open -- open to a place beyond his imagination, and where his life will have meaning. After finally being transported to another world full of nature and endless battles, Zed soon comes to realize that his life of purpose has just begun.

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Anzelya

Both of those animes are actually quite different, at least about the drawing style. On the other hand the story and ending is quite similar. In both of those series people have a special power with what they fight and that power either swallows them or makes them stronger. The main characters in both of those stories have to go though a tough battle with this power in the end. Of course there is this never ending fight between good and evil. But who can tell anymore what is good and what is evil? People are constantly changing their sides. If watching those series it is going to be a tough decision for you to pick out the good and evil.

inuyasha18009

Both are amazing amazing series, i might be biast because claymore is one of my favorite series but both are full of action, great story line that keeps you involved. Generally good series

Pumpkin Scissors

Pumpkin Scissors

Wars leech the life out of a country in so many ways. They consume lives and resources at an incredible rate, but what is worst is the way they eat away at hope. The Empire, which has survived the years of war, now finds itself with a new conflict to resolve: with the exception of the noble families that managed to hold their wealth during the struggle, its populace is made up of starving citizens and war-damaged soldiers. Section III of the army of the Empire was created to deal with this ongoing problem; however, their progress was been slow on all fronts. The citizens fear and distrust them due to their experiences with other soldiers, the nobles have no use for them, and the other branches of the military mock them for the ineffectual nature. LT. Alice L. Malvin of Section III Pumpkin Scissors won't be defeated, though, even if her newest recruit does have something unusual about him.

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v16

When thinking about Claymore, one thing that strangely comes to mind is the Pumpkin Scissors series, though it is at first glance dissimilar. PS is set in a post-WWI world they are hopelessly trying to restore, while Claymore is featured in a dark and low fantasy world, sliding down to the abyss. In their tone, they are often opposite; PS carrying optimism and trying to be funny at times, while Claymore stays serious, only darkening towards the end. But the main characters share a common archetype: having deep-set ideals, which are worn out by the far imperfect worlds they live in; having sacrificed the greatest gifts their lives have given them, to fight as they can for what ideals they have left. Both characters have little success - nowhere as little in PS as in Claymore - but, perhaps in each other's worlds, their lives would be similar.

Both series develop their characters slowly, but realistically - well, if slow self-destruction in Claymore can be called development. So, while keeping in mind the darker tone and more violence of Claymore versus the comparative naiveness of PS, both series would be worth a glance if you have enjoyed the dramatic parts of one.

neutrino

Both are about a society in turmoil, and those who would try to protect those who can't protect themselves.  They also both involve secret, unexplained organizations who manipulate their members and politics towards their own purposes--even going so far as human alteration.

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Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Hunter D
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Thousands of years in the future, the world is overrun by demons and vampire lords. Doris, a young girl, has become the target of the great vampire lord Count Magnus Lee, who wants her as his plaything. After being bitten by the Count, she seeks the help of D, an elite vampire hunter, who decides he must venture out to slay the Count and his demon underlings to save this girl in despair.

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aboumonkey

If you liked the inner conflict between the yoma and human self of the claymores, you may also like Vampire Hunter D. D, the main hero, is half-human/half-vampire and struggles against his kind (vampires) to save humans and retain his humanity; this is just like Clare (the main character of Claymore) who exterminates yoma and tries to remain her own humanity. Apart from that both D and Clare are feared by the people they help due to their ''evil'' half but are helped by a human who understands their hidden kindness and their fight to control their demon sides. As a side note you may not like Vampire Hunter D due to the outdated visuals which contrasts with the fluid art of Claymore.

tasanime

Both Claymore and VHD follow a sole protagonist who is a part of what they hunt - a demon. Therefore their personal journeys also those of self-discovery and relationships are scarce yet essential to character development. Both are investigative, action-packed, bloody, well-choreographed during action sequences and manage to maintain that original manga feel from which they were both created. These are must sees for fans of the supernatural.

Wolf's Rain

Wolf's Rain

Kiba is a wolf, one of the last of his kind, and his dream is to find Paradise in a world torn asunder by war. Cheza, the legendary Flower Girl, can lead him to Paradise, but there are others who desire her, and help from other wolves at his side may not be enough. Driven by his noble spirit, he will not forsake his quest.

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eaper

Each of these series are rather violent with deep plots, have many important supporting characters, and a very strongly motivated main character. Also, they are both rather melancholic and have a rather epic and long final story arc.

hamletsmage

Both of these anime have a strong-willed lead character who isn't afraid to fight for what they want. The lead is also surrounded by colorful and powerful supporting characters, and a strong adversary. Both have a melancholic atmosphere and show what it is to be human, even if the main cast is far from human. With great action and a intricate storyline, these anime are definitely worth your time. 

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3 x 3 Eyes

3 x 3 Eyes

Yakumo was just a normal boy... until he died in a tragic accident. Now, resurrected by the last of a race of powerful creatures, he has become her Wu, an immortal servant. Together, they must battle against Benares, the all-powerful Wu of the dark lord Shiva. What dark secrets from Pai's past will this battle unearth?

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hamletsmage

Both of these anime center around a woman with strong powers that she only uses if she's in trouble. By her side is a young male chracter who tries to protect her because she saved his life. With some epic monster battles and a splash of blood, these animes are quite similar.