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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.

September 25, 2007 at 7:49 pm
  • September 28, 2007 at 4:02 amhell

    100% confirm season 2 (same ending like tokyo majin)

  • September 28, 2007 at 9:22 pmBAKABAKASHI

    for all of you who complained about the anime….i just want to say something…. you’re all suck man …. get real man it’s not impossible to adopt all story on manga to anime ’cause a tight schedule, budget and any other stuff…. but madhause did a great great job to present this so stop bitching around…!!!… for me and may be for other anime freaks out there claymore is one of the best anime this year…

  • September 28, 2007 at 9:38 pmhell

    claymore 100% season 2
    (same ending like tokyo majin)

  • September 29, 2007 at 1:53 amaef

    i hate that stupid homo bitch raki

  • September 29, 2007 at 9:10 amsmbdy

    i hope it would continue… anyway y would isley say that to Raki; I’m sure we’ll meet again.

  • September 29, 2007 at 9:27 amblack

    I hope that there is a second season, because I can’t accept this as an ending, if this was the end they should have followed the manga till the end of Pieta

    anyway, this same ending would have been acheived better and would have made much more sense if Priscila wins the fight against Clare and Raki saves Clare from Priscila (its still weird, but not as weird as wanting to save an unstoppable killing machine who feeds on humans, even if she is just a victim (yeah Raki, many people will die and its your fault, the thing has to eat you know?)) that way they could also have saved Jean

    anyway, if there is a second season I hope it does not follow the manga at all, because then it wouldn’t make any sense the changes they made to this one. so I wish they do something diferent and I would be following both as completely diferent things

  • September 29, 2007 at 10:33 pmyu

    A bit disappointed by the ending… but you know, “Sometimes it’s not just one thing, it’s the whole picture.” and overall, I still like claymore a lot.

  • September 30, 2007 at 11:21 amDanter

    i didnt read the manga, but after a quite good anime like this, a similar ending just left me unsatisfied. not only the story didnt finish, but it closed the series poorly…

    the only two words clare said this episode were: “kill” and “priscilla”… didnt like this…

  • September 30, 2007 at 12:28 pmsmbdy

    i dont think its about that it wasnt a good enough ending, its about that we cant except that that its over… :( THEY MUST MAKE A SECOND SEASON :@

  • October 1, 2007 at 1:26 amHei

    you’ll be a yoma if you kill her…
    what the hell was he talking about >:O
    he better have matured in the time gap in the manga

  • October 3, 2007 at 1:26 amOrigin

    The only joke here is you folks. So what if it deviates from the manga? Who gives a damn? They have artistic liscense. I dont mind seeing two versions of the same thing. As in reality, there are myriad alternate outcomes and realities within a given moment of time. Go cry some more, why dont you. If you like the manga so much more, then so be it. Move on with life.

  • October 3, 2007 at 5:29 pmVampire Warrior Francisco

    Raki was a fool to let priscilla live she will kill people to feed and all those deaths are in rakis head. Then again i never liked him but that decision was stupid beyond words how many people will have to die before raki gets in his tiny little brain priscilla is a monster that kills and eats humans what a moron. Maybe he should become an awakened like them and join up with them cause he is worthless as a human.

  • October 10, 2007 at 10:40 pmhimemiya

    ahhhh i think raki is retarded >_

  • November 10, 2007 at 1:11 pmTerror.and.Love

    I have not read the manga.

    This is one of the best Animes I have seen in a long time. ONE OF THE BEST. See I had to use caps.

    It hooked me after one episode (I started in the Teresa arc). It has been highly addictive and very pleasing.

    Just had to say that. So much negativity around here.

  • November 17, 2007 at 1:05 pmsmbdy

    Best anime ever.
    Does anybody now if there be a second season for sure?
    its veryyyyyyyyyy important.:D

  • December 4, 2007 at 3:55 amtakamachi

    this ending reminds me of trinity blood. pretty much nothing relevant is resolved and they just move on. they really need a 2nd season.

  • December 20, 2007 at 12:04 pmToro

    i thought it was similar to trinity blood too, but at least there is still chances of further production. I guess people who have read the manga first hate the anime, and people who havnt read the manga find the anime cool, i liked the anime and hope for a season 2

  • December 27, 2007 at 1:44 amExevaloN

    I havn’t read the manga though I skimmed the summary of the story on wikipedia just to have an idea on how it goes and how the anime goes. And yeh, they deviated pretty hardcore the last 4 or 5 episodes I would say, compared to the manga. Either way, I liked the anime though the final episode left me wanting so much more. Alot was left unsolved, although the characters said alot of things that would make one think that perhaps that isnt the end. An OVA could fix the final 4 episodes I would say, and if not, they could twist the story a bit to get back on track with the manga. Its quite possible.

  • August 5, 2008 at 2:36 ammaiku

    im kind of disapointed for this ending
    i spected more drama and a lot lees tears from raki
    and the fealings are in a wrong way….
    why did clare was so shoked when she stabed jeane…
    the one to be stabed was suposed to be raki..
    and she did it careless…
    is kinda confusing…
    the production made the girls in a really lesbianic way U_U
    and raki is sush a pussy

  • August 5, 2008 at 2:43 ammaiku

    raki resoaning is good
    because clare is making all the way to be a aweakened
    she only has in his heart, heatred, vengance, pain, suffering etc..
    cant you seee
    all you fucking otakus !!!!
    the only diference between clare and a aweakened is the reason that they made their choices
    one who kills another for plassure cannont be anymore a human being.
    just like number 4

  • April 1, 2009 at 9:51 amAmylase

    Teresa was my favorite. Did she die in manga as well? I found Claymore to be as much a story about Teresa as it is about Clare.

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:19 pmAerisot

    Teresa does die in the comices, the first 20 episodes of the anime are directly from the manga, the last 6 leave much to be desired, Eisley, Prescilla and Raki were all suppose to be in Eisley’s home, and raki was suppose to rake up with Prcilla laying on top of him and when he opens the door he see’s Eisley practicing with his sword and thats when he agree’s to train him FOR 7 YEARS!!!! Clare is not suppose to mean Raki yet, in fact SHE STILL HASN’T MET HIM AGAIN in the manga….

    The last 6 episodes sure did twist the story somthing fierce.

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