Claymore – 25
Inside the volcano, Clare goes head to head with Priscilla, but her attacks are unable to do any damage. Noticing that Clare has a different symbol on her clothing than Teresa, Priscilla says that she’s not scared, and after the two clash again, Clare powers up further. As he watches intently from his perch above, Isley notes how Priscilla has returned to how she was when he originally met her, and he takes an interest to Clare. Outside, Deneve, Helen, and Miria are still making their way towards the volcano, and Deneve wonders why Clare is so obsessed with Priscilla. Since the other two suspect that she knows something, Miria reveals that Clare isn’t half-human and half-yoma. Instead of having Yoma flesh and blood, Clare has that of a warrior – Teresa’s. Miria thinks that Clare had wanted this, though she also knows the Organization didn’t act out of sympathy. Rather, they saw her as a new experiment. Miria also thinks that in the state Clare is in, she’ll completely Awaken before the battle is decided, and even then, Miria isn’t sure that Clare can win.
Further back behind those three are Jean and Raki who are proceeding slowly because of Jean’s injury. As he helps her walk, Raki asks Jean why she cares so much about Clare, so she tells him about how Clare saved her and how she wants to pay Clare back. She knows that Clare is currently fighting an Awakened Being who took someone precious away from her, and she remembers how Clare once said that she fights for the people she’s lost and those she doesn’t want to lose. Back inside the volcano, Priscilla comments on how weak Clare is after smacking her into the ground and wonders if something happened. Hearing Priscilla refer to her as Teresa, Clare gets angry and attempts to charge with her Quick Sword technique, but Priscilla stops her dead in her tracks by impaling her. Priscilla then blames Teresa for everything that’s happened to her family, as well as to Ilena and the other Claymores. Clare manages to break free of the hold, however on her subsequent attack downward, she gets impaled again, this time by Priscilla’s horn.
Priscilla then tries to finish Clare off by further impaling her with her fingers, but to Clare’s surprise, Helen, Miria, and Deneve suddenly save her. Facing these three Claymores, Priscilla introduces herself as Number 2 of the Organization, making Miria think that her memories stop at the point right before she Awakened. The three try to take her on all at once, but Priscilla remains calm and thinks that they’re all allies of the Yoma. After Helen tells Priscilla that she’s the Yoma, the Claymores work together and are able to cut off one of Priscilla’s wings. This just reinforces the idea in Priscilla’s mind that these enemies are the true monsters, and right as she’s denying being a Yoma because she had only ate guts for a little while, she powers up. Yelling that she’ll kill everyone, Priscilla becomes bigger and stronger than ever, and the three Claymores soon have their hands full trying to deal with her. Priscilla manages to nail Helen with some projectiles shot out from her wings and then grabs Miria despite Miria attempting to use her phantom technique.
Deneve tries to save Miria by throwing her sword, but Priscilla catches it and throws it back, right into Helen’s leg. What’s more, when Deneve tries to pull the sword out, Priscilla cuts off both her hands. Helen manages to pull the sword out before she gets sliced up too, but Priscilla’s subsequent finger attack cuts off one of her legs. Watching as Priscilla then dumps Miria’s unconscious body onto the ground, Clare questions what she’s doing since she’s unable to save her comrades. Remembering Teresa and thinking about how she became a warrior to kill Priscilla, Clare grabs her sword and wants more power. This starts a reaction that ends with Clare further Awakening, much to Raki’s dismay when he arrives with Jean.
I really can’t say much for the story since it feels like a rehash of the Ligardes fight (enemy powers up, Clare’s friends go down, Clare powers up). If you look at it from a high enough level, it sounds very much like any other action-heavy shounen-oriented show, but I thought the way they executed it – mainly the animation quality – was exceptional. Aside from that though, I didn’t find that much to get excited about, though I am quite curious to see what happens to all the characters in the final episode. It doesn’t seem like it’s possible for them to end it in a completely satisfactory manner because there’s too many loose ends in terms of Isley, Riful, and even the sinister Organization. Hopefully they’ll give at least Clare a good end (whether it be death or whatever).