The anime series Claymore reminds me very much of the Marvel Comics’ X-Men, where the protagonists are outcasts of society and yet needed for assistance against greater horrors. The world of Claymore is a dangerous, medieval place where humans are preyed upon by demons or “Yoma.” And a secret organization created half human, half yoma beings called Claymores to fight against these Yoma.
The series follow the adventures of Clare. It starts out by showing the present, and then jumps back to Clare’s past, and resume with the present timeline. The series explain why Clare decided to become a hated Claymore, and her desire to become strong enough to kill a particularly powerful being.
The series faithfully follows the manga (as far as I can tell, since Viz released only up to volume 9). There are 26 episodes in all, with the last story arc giving Clare what she desires.
The last episode finishes the storyline, but doesn’t answer many questions, such as how the Organization came into being, and how Claymores are created. Furthermore, far too many flashback scenes were tossed into this episode, thereby killing the dramatic and momentum during this episode. Episode 26 is an ending, but some fans may not be satisfied with it.
Nonetheless, Claymore is a good, sword action show that will appeal to fans of Berserk and the like. And I think the chance of the license for this series getting picked up for North American is better than 50-50.