So Today I finished watching Claymore. As I expected, I grew to like it in the end, perhaps more than I thought at first.
The art style wasn't my favourite, but I didn't hate it, and the animation was fluid, and the muted colors fitted the general atmosphere of the story. The battle scenes were done ok and didn't feel like cheap flowing frames like in some anime of inferior quality. Still I felt the combat was too unrealistic and wished it had been on a smaller, slower base rather than ultra fast and ultra big.
None of the Claymore characters were weak, though I did wish at some point they would be a bit more easily recognizable. I mean they had 24 blond women with the same attire and silver eyes so I didn't necessarily recognize all the characters that had less screen time, and I got a bit confused as to which group I was actually watching fight.
Raki on the other hand... I wished there would've been a time leap so that he'd grow up from that whiny loser to a man. If I were Clare I'd just kicked him to the gutter the first I saw him. How hard is it to make a good male lead in anime? it's a rare treat I tell you.
The story itself was nice. I enjoyed the pacing of the story, which was usually 2-3 episode arcs that tied the story together without getting too repetitive at any point. It was a bit of a borderline case when it comes to more and more powerful enemies appearing every episode. I did feel it got out of hand a bit, but it didn't bother me very much, the development was explained feasibly enough.
Especially I liked the Theresa arc. Watching it I felt that the story could've been much better with Theresa and Claire rather than Claire and Raki. The absence of comedy and romance didn't actually bother me a bit. Actually I didn't like at all the insinuated romantic feelings between Claire and Raki.
The ending was apparently original content and not out of the manga, and even though it did resolve the arc it left the story incomplete. Now they'll never make another season even though the manga continues. The same case of bad anime ending was with Elfen Lied. There's more great material, but it's doubtfully going to be ever animated now that they made alternate endings.
Since I've basically reviewed most of the aspects of this show I might as well say a few words on the sound. Usually I pretty much ignore the background music, but Claymore had some tracks that managed to get my attention, and I liked them. The OP and ED on the other hand were mediocre at best.
All in all once the Theresa arc came into play I was sold and the rest of the episodes managed to keep me quite entertained. The show did have some things I didn't like, but in the end the positive sides far outweighed any negative. I'll give this show a well earned 4/5.
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