Claymore – 22
Although Priscilla has finally stopped eating, the blood around her mouth makes it hard for Raki to look at her for more than a few seconds. When he stands up, she holds him as if she doesn’t want him to go, leaving him no choice but to stay. Priscilla soon falls asleep, and Raki thinks about killing her again, but he’s reminded of how she had cried for her family while eating earlier. Isley soon returns with more firewood and reiterates how Priscilla is an Awakened Being and has to eat. Hearing this causes Raki to question if this was something Priscilla wanted, but Isley claims to only know that she exceeded her limit in a battle, something he thinks is a Claymore’s fate. This surprises Raki, so Isley goes on to explain that Awakened Beings are what become of Claymores, and he reasons that Priscilla calling out to her family is from her human memories. When Raki then asks about her returning back to being human, Isley claims that it’s impossible and says that there’s no need. Wiping a tear from her sleeping face, Isley admits that he doesn’t know what dream she’s having, but having become like this is her fate, so he and Raki can’t do anything about it. As Isley starts to walk away, Raki questions who Isley is, but Isley only replies that Raki will know in a little while.
Back in Pieta, Ligardes passes by Deneve, Helen, and Clare so that he can go straight for Miria, but she jumps out of the way at the same moment that Helen attacks him. Deneve and Clare then try to take him on together, however they’re not very successful because Ligardes slashes them both in the shoulders to force them onto the ground and proceeds to attack them both with his claws. Both are able to avoid getting hit, and Clare even cuts off two of the claws, but when Clare recklessly charges him, it’s Miria who enters the battle and gets Ligardes’ attention. As Miria tries to use her mirages and speed to kill him, Clare also attacks, though Ligardes again bypasses her to continue fighting with Mira. Despite this, Clare doesn’t give up, so Ligardes shoots his claws at her, and although Clare dodges, Deneve – who was standing behind her – isn’t so lucky. Helen quickly rushes to her fallen friend’s side, but Deneve feels that Helen should be more concerned about Miria and Clare – both of whom she feels are vital to the battle – instead of worrying about her. After Helen heads back into the fight, Deneve remembers what she had told Undine the previous day and starts crying about how she wasn’t able to land even a single hit on Ligardes for revenge.
Raki meanwhile decides to set off with Isley and Priscilla again towards Pieta, however when they encounter two fleeing men who mention the battle that involves the lowest-ranked Claymore, he realizes that Clare is there. Priscilla tries to stop Raki from going on ahead, but with all of his memories of Clare, Raki doesn’t want to lose anyone anymore and apologizes to Priscilla before galloping off on his horse. At the place where he’s headed, Clare is watching Miria barely able to match Ligardes with her mirages, and Ligardes soon lands a hit. He notices that her movement speed has dropped and wonders if she’s gotten close to her limit, and the next time he attacks, she isn’t able to fully dodge it. Before Ligardes can finish Miria off though, Clare and Helen attack in unison. He easily shoves them away and hits them a few times to keep them down, and when Miria tries to use the opening to attack him, Ligardes instantly extends his claws so that they puncture through her body while it’s still in mid-air. Wishing that she could move faster, Clare rushes towards them as Ligardes prepares to cut off Miria’s head, and, in a flash, Ligardes suddenly notices that he’s lost his right arm. It has been cut off by Clare, whose legs and face suddenly don’t look human anymore.
Execution-wise, I thought they handled the final scene quite well, from the slow motion running to save Miria all the way to Clare’s creepy eyes in that last shot. Story-wise, the battle parts of this episode followed the manga, while pretty much everything with Raki, Isley, and Priscilla did not. The episode flashbacked a bit too much for my liking though, almost to the point where it felt like they were just trying to buy time so that they could end at the best spot for a cliffhanger. In any case, I would imagine that the anime stops following the manga completely starting either next week or the week after, assuming Raki intrudes on the fight and changes everything. And if Jean’s appearance in the preview is any indicator, then that seems pretty likely to happen.