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Summary:

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.

Preview

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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).

September 18, 2007 at 7:51 pm
41 comments »
  • September 18, 2007 at 7:54 pmUnknown Voice

    Okay They gone dbz again…

    Its cool to see the Claire’s arm form from manga, but everything else was a biiiig bullcrap :E

    They ruined priscila >.>

    So now its for sure – no second season…

  • September 18, 2007 at 7:55 pmGStrike-

    oh shitz…. damn the the animation for this episode looks amazing

  • September 18, 2007 at 8:23 pmTetsuei

    I totally called it. Saving further awakened Clare for later…
    http://randomc.net/2007/09/04/claymore-23/#comment-160993

  • September 18, 2007 at 8:23 pmShinn Agami

    So Show Spoiler ▼

    .. damn…

  • September 18, 2007 at 8:29 pmKaito

    well… I guess its a nice way to borrow the source material and wrap up at the same time….

  • September 18, 2007 at 8:36 pmtimoshi huang

    wow. go claire!

  • September 18, 2007 at 9:06 pmTyrenol

    In the next episode…

    A big, beautiful castle and a nice boat. :)

  • September 18, 2007 at 9:08 pmclaymorelover

    i hope we’ll get more than 26 eps :((

  • September 18, 2007 at 9:11 pmMax

    this fight is not happen (yet) on manga
    they try to make Claymore ending
    it may no season 2 :(

  • September 18, 2007 at 9:19 pmSom1

    @Tyrenol, shush, don’t give the studios any more ideas…

  • September 18, 2007 at 9:22 pmRaito

    Even though I’m hoping for more than 26 episodes, from the way things seem to be going, they’re most likely aiming for some sort of Claymore ending.

    I doubt that any ending used here, will be used in the manga though, so I’ll still be following the manga after the anime I guess.

    Here’s hoping for a second season. ^_^

  • September 18, 2007 at 10:06 pmGintama

    cool

  • September 18, 2007 at 10:16 pmtritoch

    Kerrigan, Queen of Blades anyone?

    Felt like an ode to Starcraft’s Zerg Queen. :D

  • September 18, 2007 at 10:27 pmTOMA

    SEXY!

    Clare is burning HOT!

    And I still hate all whining manga readers…

  • September 18, 2007 at 10:56 pmMangareaders

    Manga readers, please don’t be so selfish whinning about this anime.please be considerate about anime viewers who dun read the manga.I’m manga readers too, I’m still dissapointed with the plot yet I try to enjoy watching it finnish.

  • September 18, 2007 at 10:57 pmEld

    remember clare can smile like a prostitute

  • September 18, 2007 at 10:57 pmEld

    :)

  • September 18, 2007 at 11:16 pmHarouki

    I almost forgot that clare borrowed Irene’s arm so that right arm is awakening differently than her left.

    So whats gonna happen at the end i wonder, will raki step in? will Jeane? or will Easly show us his almighty centaur form

  • September 18, 2007 at 11:19 pmZanathKariashi

    A little disappointed they’ve taken the ending route, but oh well. At least I can focus on this a purely anime now. But I’m gonna reserve my judgement on it, till the end.

    Picking the wrong way to end it ruins the whole affair, after all.

  • September 18, 2007 at 11:28 pmZanathKariashi

    Oh by the by, since quite a few manga readers post here, can anyone confirm the rumor I heard that Claymore is gonna switch to a weekly release secedule instead of monthly when it starts back. Heard that the side stories were to give them time to get enough material down to keep up with a weekly secedule. Can’t remember where I read though. Was one of the big manga sites though.

  • September 18, 2007 at 11:32 pmbeep

    OH NO!!!! CLARE!!!!!!!! :’(

  • September 18, 2007 at 11:37 pm~REM

    My 1st part was right. Clare get own by Priscilla. Now, Jeanne will die trying to bring Clare back! and Raki will follow Priscilla inorder to protect Clare! and Tada 2nd season! Think about this ending people… It’s quite obvious!

  • September 18, 2007 at 11:37 pmBob

    Manga storyline is still the best, but anime ain’t too bad when comparing all these other anime series we been watching Claymore is above them but less than the manga. So I guess everything is OK for now, and I will continue to follow the manga thats for sure, I just gonna treat this Claymore anime as some parallel universe with same ppl but different story.

  • September 18, 2007 at 11:52 pmDrakron

    Claymore was published on “Monthly Shonen Jump”, that magazine was canceled and it going to be published on “Jump Square”, Currently its being published on “Weekly Shonen Jump” on a monthly base.

    The rumor likely started when Claymore moved to “Weekly Shonen Jump” but chapters are released once per month on that magazine (and are the Claymore ES chapters).

  • September 19, 2007 at 12:22 amShinigami

    Eh!? AT at least claire gets thos kick ass arms from the manga. STill pissed about school days though.

  • September 19, 2007 at 1:23 amRembr

    Priscilla’s power is over 9000!
    And she fucking has GUNDAM POWERS.

    Man it really is hard to watch this after reading the manga. I advise anyone who’s planning on reading the manga to wait it out until after the anime is over…

  • September 19, 2007 at 1:52 amDirk

    it would really be nice to have a second season.

  • September 19, 2007 at 8:58 amandy

    2nd season would take like 5 years come on people

  • September 19, 2007 at 10:15 amDarklynerZ

    Clare’s awakening form looks so freaking awesome….by the way anyone notice how in the episode clare’s powers are blue but in the preview its shown as red…does that mean she’s faster than the speed of light cos at the speed of light blue will look like red and vice versa…

  • September 19, 2007 at 1:19 pmr3d

    wow….clare really does look dbz
    LOL!!

    well….i hope they make a extraordinary ending for this anime!

  • September 19, 2007 at 3:17 pmcraft

    clare kills priscilla.. clare awakens.. cant stop awaken.. follow issley go kill the organisation.. HAPPY ENDING !!! all that cause teresa to die is dead.. woots!!!

  • September 19, 2007 at 8:41 pmewok

    I think it will be the difference between fighting for revenge, and fighting for those you protect that will keep Clare from going Awakened… thats why Raki’s presence is so important (In a way reminds me of my char’s love affair with Aribeth in Neverwinter Nights)

  • September 20, 2007 at 12:35 amFlameStrike

    Heh I knew this was going to happen. Oh well it works. I was wondering if they where going to make Priscilla seem too weak but she is strong enough x.X. I just hope Clare’s DBZ mode power awakening isn’t suddenly going to make her be able to fight on equal terms with Priscilla. Heh and Prisiclla’s mental instability is amusing, the way she want “O.O Youma!” when she saw Clare awaken more heh.

  • September 20, 2007 at 7:08 amOrnehx

    oh yea she finally got her extended multi razor-like arms just like in the manga.

    Coming to think of it, actually the anime has its own fun as well compared to the manga.

  • September 20, 2007 at 8:09 am~REM

    Can u all stop comparing claymore with DBZ? it’s irritating especially for claymore lovers! If you can’t stand it, Don’t watch. Or even give comment on it!

  • September 20, 2007 at 5:17 pmyu

    I can’t wait for the ending!!!! After ENJOYING the ending I can finally begin on the manga. :D

    I was like NOOO when miria was being squeezed :[

  • September 20, 2007 at 6:03 pmTaelrak

    It’s not that the whole powerup one more time and stand there in some sort of pose panting and taunting each other is necessarily bad – it’s just that DBZ was so bad at it that it ruined every other action-shounen show for the next 12 years :p

    That and…you know if they’d gone on to make a 2nd season and diverged from the manga completely, one of the fillers would involve an Awakened Being that looks like a gorilla with a tail and…yea…

  • September 21, 2007 at 2:19 pmewok

    Well, DBZ despite being awful. made entire generation of fans, just like Naruto.
    Anyway Claymore delivers first class shonen goodness…

  • September 21, 2007 at 3:31 pmAnon

    Just random claymore fan…Priscilla awakened makes me horny in a perverse way ;)

  • September 21, 2007 at 3:46 pmUnknown Voice

    @~REM
    The real fans who became “fans of claymore” ~6 years ago, have already abandoned this show ;] IF the episodes 23 and 24 were not enough, 25 made for sure its job on raping a great story…

    If you want it to end in great shonenish fight – here you go, but inserting millions of shonen cliches into the last episodes of story which defied most of them for more than 15 episodes is indeed raping the storyline.

    and the whole “if you don’t like, don’t comment” is sooo old and childish…frankly, if everyone would do so, the coments would be soo subjective ;]

  • September 23, 2007 at 8:24 amPyrotechnic

    Hmm, Claymore has been VERY good so far, but I think its a died down a bit after episode 20. Too much random fighting, without much of a plot. It’s starting to feel like Bleach – albeit in a much darker way. I am wondering how the hell they are going to wrap up this anime in ONE episode. Either the fight is going to be really short or everything is going to be unexplained. eg. Riful, Organisation and also Isley. Meh, Hope the lsat episdoe doesn’t ruin the series as a whole >_