Claymore – 26 (END)
Inside the volcano, Clare has further Awakened her body for the sole purpose of killing Priscilla whereas Priscilla continues to see Clare as Teresa and as the Yoma who killed her family. Priscilla opens up this next round of fighting with another wave of the green projectiles from her wings, but Clare avoids it and tries to strike back. The two are relatively evenly matched at first, however Priscilla eventually manages to grab Clare as she’s moving around. Priscilla sees that Clare isn’t Teresa, but since Clare smells like her, Priscilla wants her to die. However, when Priscilla throws her into the air with the intent of finishing her off, Clare rebounds and counterattacks. The sight of Clare as Teresa scares Priscilla into running away instead of defending herself, allowing Clare to almost rip her to shreds. The thought of Teresa scares Priscilla so much that she reverts back to her human form as Clare approaches her to cut off her head. Fortunately for her, Raki steps in between them and begs Clare to stop. He knows that Priscilla probably killed someone important to Clare, but he points out that she lost her family to a Yoma, just like everyone else has lost someone. Since he doesn’t think that they should be killing each other, Raki tells Clare that she’d become the same as a Yoma if she killed Priscilla.
This doesn’t seem to work, so Raki tries hugging her and talking about their promise and how he loves her. These words cause Clare to start crying, but she’s still tells him to run away and is unable to control the Awakened parts of her body. Raki would then have been stabbed and killed by Clare if not for Jean suddenly pushing him away and taking his place. Jean remembers how Clare had saved her last time and wants to return the favor, but Clare realizes that Jean would die as a result of it. However, since she knows that she’s already suffered a mortal wound, Jean wants to use her remaining life for Clare’s sake. Clare still protests because she doesn’t think she has a reason to live anymore if she can’t kill Priscilla, so Jean responds by saying that Clare can find the meaning later. Jean feels that it’s more important for Clare not to forget that there are people who want her to live, and she’s one of those people. Her final words tell Clare that she was glad to have met her, and a back-to-normal Clare finds Jean lying lifeless on the ground after it’s all over. As Clare grieves over Jean’s body, Isley retrieves Priscilla with the intent of leaving. Though Miria, Helen, and Deneve are ready to fight him, Isley addresses Raki about how they’ll meet again, and he soon disappears with Priscilla in his arms.
Some distance away, Galatea reports to Rubel about sensing Isley and how she doesn’t sense the other Claymores. She tells him to go see for himself if he’s worried, but Rubel decides not to. Miria, Helen, and Deneve have left Clare with Raki at Jean’s grave, and Miria thinks that it’s up to Clare to decide whether to stop or move forward. Before Miria goes off by herself, the three of them promise to meet again. Further up the mountain, Clare is kneeling at Jean’s grave and remembers what Jean said before she died. She then turns to Raki and apologizes for not looking for him earlier. Clare reveals that she doesn’t intend to go back to the Organization and thinks that their journey will be more difficult than before, but Raki just wants to stay with her and hugs her. For the first time in a long time, the sky clears and the sun comes out. As she takes one last look back at Jean’s grave, Clare wonders if Teresa would say it’s okay for her to live. She then sees Teresa’s figure standing there and hears Teresa tell her to live as a human among humans.
Ugh. So the only person who ended up dying was the person who was already dead at this point in the manga, for the exact same reason she died in the manga (Jean turning Clare back). I guess you could say that they actually followed the manga in a way, but it wasn’t really satisfying since everyone else is still alive and kicking. By that I mean that not nearly enough got resolved plot-wise since Isley and Priscilla are still out there, along with the other Abyssal Ones plus the sinister Organization. In short, I really didn’t feel like this was an ending since there wasn’t much closure to the story other than the fact that Clare was reunited with Raki and returned to her human form again. The former of those prevents them from directly continuing the manga story in a later sequel (if there ever is one), but it’s not entirely out of the question since Raki could get abducted again or something.
Final Thoughts: Claymore’s been an interesting ride for me because this is one of the only series I’ve ever picked up mid-season. Despite how the ending turned out, I don’t really regret watching this since the animation adaptation overall turned out pretty well. I just wonder how far in advance they production team planned this and if they had considered following the manga up to a certain point and then just ending, especially if they intend to eventually animate the rest of the manga once it gets written. It would have been interesting to see a series end on a big “To be Continued” cliffhanger, but I guess that might not have gone over so well with casual viewers who aren’t familiar with the manga story. For now though, I’m just looking forward to seeing how the manga continues.