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In a land overrun by yoma - monsters that feed upon human innards and take on the appearance and memories of their victims - humans are little more than cattle awaiting slaughter. The only opposition to the yoma is The Organization, a group led by a council of mysterious men who send out their all-female warriors (known as claymores) to do their bidding. However, The Organization is not charitable; a town must pay an exorbitant fee for their services. Likewise, many of the claymores care little for those who they protect. Clare, the lowest ranked claymore, lives only so that she may one day avenge her mentor.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Top-ranked student Yagami Light is disenchanted with the world around him. Through a series of events, he comes into possession of the ultimate power over life and death: a supernatural "death note" which can kill nearly anyone at his whim. As Light sets off on a crusade-turned-killing-spree, investigators from a police task force try to stop the mysterious deaths - including Light's own father, a senior policeman.
Although Death Note seems mildly unrelated to Claymore, both encompass very dark themes and twisted views of death. The characters of Light (Death Note) and Claire (Claymore) have a desire to achieve their original goal, which almost blinds them to the fact of everything else. They are simply put in a struggle for survival.
Long ago the world was split in two: the realm of darkness inhabited by demons, and a land of light where humans dwell. When the king of the dark world decided to unite the two lands, a war broke out that was ended by a dark knight named Sparda. Now the legend of Sparda is nothing but a fairytale, and while most have forgotten it, the bloodline still lives on. Dante is Sparda’s half-human son who, using his twin guns Ebony and Ivory, works as a demon-slayer for hire. One day, his friend Enzo tells him of a new job and with a hefty reward on the line, Dante accepts. In order to claim his reward, Dante must locate a missing girl named Alice, but when his search leads him to a nightmarish wonderland, he must confront his past as he becomes involved in a plan to break the seal to the demonic realm and engulf the world in darkness once more...
There is no denying that Claymore and Devil May Cry are similar. The main characters (Claire and Dante) are so much alike in their cool self-demeanor and personalities in dealing with the people around them. Not to mention that they both conveniently happen to be half-demon/half-human. They also have a very pronounced soft side that comes through when they are interacting with the children they seem to pick up along the way.
Claymore and Fight Stay Night both involve a great deal of action and magnificent fighting scenes. The female characters, Saber in Fate Stay Night and Claire in Claymore have similar personalities in their actions towards fighting. They also express the same thoughts concerning their male companions.
Claymore and Freezing are about chicks who in order to fight monsters, become half-monster themselves. While Freezing starts of bad, after a few chapters it becomes evident how similar it is to Claymore. Those ladies in Claymore spend more time fighting the monsters than themselves, on the other hand chicks in Freezing are more pron to beat the s*** out of each other than fighting monsters. Also Claymore is stronger on gore, while Freezing has some annoying ecchi (at times). If you found the fighting series style appealing in one of those two manga, than you might want to check the other one too,
P.S. Freezing isn't that great story wise, but it does improve slightly after the first 10 or so chapters.
For centuries, vampires have lurked in the shadows of England's streets. The Hellsing Organization, currently led by Integra Hellsing, has spent centuries fighting these monsters and keeping their existence a secret from the world. Alucard is a vampire sworn to serve Integra and follow Hellsing under her rule; Seras is a fledgling vampire subservient to Alucard, learning about vampire ways while struggling with her own lost mortality. Together they keep England safe from blood-drinking monsters, until a new breed of pseudo-vampire, the Freak, begins attacking people for fun and not to feed. Where are these Freaks coming from and what will Hellsing sacrifice to stop them?
Fight creatures of the night in these dark times is not as easy as one might think. So how do you get rid of what you can't control? Easy, you get one of those creatures of the night to fight for you. And that is how both organizations fight, but is there more things going on than just fighting against the creatures of the night?