Claymore – 24
Although she senses Ligardes’ death, Priscilla sees Teresa cutting him to pieces instead of Clare. Isley is quite impressed by Ligardes’ defeat, but when he checks on Priscilla to see if she’s okay, she pushes him away and rides off on her horse towards Pieta. Helen meanwhile spreads the word to the other Claymores about what Clare did, but before they can celebrate too much, Clare surges dangerously in power. When she tries to approach Clare, Helen gets slashed in the arm because Clare has lost control of her body, though Clare is still able to ask Helen to cut off her head. By now, Priscilla has arrived in Pieta and is walking past the dead bodies strewn all around when she sees those of a father and daughter. The sight of the two reminds Priscilla of her own past where her dead brother had been lying on top of her, and her Yoma father had been feasting on her sister in the adjoining room. Stepping on a sword on the ground, Priscilla then remembers her mission to kill Teresa and how she had Awakened. Her mind soon returns to the memory of her what happened to her family, but now her father’s face has been replaced by Teresa’s. The melding of these memories causes Priscilla to conclude that everything was Teresa’s fault, and she transforms into her Awakened body.
Still trying to get Helen to kill her, Clare thinks about how she wasn’t able to keep her promise with Raki and how she wants to see him again. Helen prepares to cut off Clare’s head, but a wave of Priscilla’s power interrupts everything. In her Awakened form, Priscilla questions why Teresa is still alive because she thought she had already killed her, and she feels that she has to kill Teresa again, just like she did back then. Clare has also detected Priscilla, and she now calls forth even more power before flying off to fight. Around this time, in a rocky area a ways away, Galatea senses what’s going on, but she’s stopped by Rubel who reminds her that anything past her reconnaissance mission is considered an act of betrayal. Galatea thinks that someone knows who’s Awakening, though Rubel avoid answering her and replies instead that it would be someone like her. Back in Pieta, as the Claymores are recovering, Deneve takes Undine’s sword and decides to go after Clare with Helen and Miria. Before they leave, Helen brings a crying Raki his own sword, but he’s unable to pick it back up because of the frightened state that he’s in.
Going up a nearby mountain, the three Claymores soon encounter Galatea who comments on how she hadn’t thought that they could accomplish such a feat. Realizing that Galatea had been spying on them, the three draw their swords, but to their surprise, Galatea points her own sword at a nearby volcano to show them where Clare’s gone. She then reveals that Clare’s opponent is Priscilla, the woman who killed Teresa, and urges the three to hurry if they want to save Clare. Raki meanwhile is still staring at his sword when Jean approaches him and tells him not to cry if his feelings aren’t significant. She thinks that if they don’t hurry, then Clare will die, but Raki feels that he’s all talk and no action. Thinking of himself as the worst, Raki admits that he was afraid and hadn’t thought of anything but his own survival. Jean, however, questions if that matters and says that she’s going because she wants to save Clare. Watching Jean struggling to walk because of her huge wound, Raki regains his spirit, grabs his sword, and decides to go with her. Back at the volcano, Priscilla and Clare are facing off as Isley watches from a distance.
Well, this starts the completely anime-original material, but it was relatively lacking in action except maybe the Priscilla regaining her memories and transforming part. I thought that Galatea’s appearance was rather frivolous in the context of just this episode, but it’s possible that she could still do something before this is all over. As for Raki, I’m glad that he finally got out of his rut, and the pairing with Jean is interesting since both have the potential to change Clare back to normal, though I suspect it’ll be Raki who’ll do it because he’d otherwise have no role. That’s assuming that Clare does change back after the battle with Priscilla.
Speaking of which, I know that the Priscilla storyline is certainly one of the main things they have to conclude, but I can’t help but think that there’s just not enough time to tie up all the loose ends (particularly with Riful, Isley, and Luciela), especially if you know what happens in the manga. I’ll probably be saying this again in two week when I write my final thoughts for the anime, but this is definitely one of those (all too common) instances where not reading the manga allows you to enjoy the anime a lot more than people who have read the manga. In any case, I hope next week features the Awakened form of Clare that we see in the manga and has some good action sequences.