Manga Review: Claymore Volume 26

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Claymore Volume 26 is set in a world where humans coexist with sentient creatures called Yoma that feed on human innards. A nameless and secretive organization was created out of half-human, half-Yoma warriors to protect the humans from the Yoma. The humans have called these warriors “Claymores” due to the large, unsheathed swords they carry. The Claymores were created by implanting Yoma flesh and blood into humans. The series focuses on Clare, the lowest ranked of the Claymores. Clare’s goal is to hunt down Priscilla, who killed Clare’s friend Teresa.

Claymore Volume 26
Written by: Norihiro Yagi
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Volume 26 sees Raki, Clare’s traveling companion, coming face to face with Priscilla. The two of them have a swordfight, but Priscilla manages to get the upper hand. But as it’s shown later in the volume, Raki’s situation isn’t as dire as it appears to be. I appreciated the fact that later in Volume 26, we get to see a brief flashback from Raki’s training that explains why his situation isn’t so bleak.

Clare and the group of Claymores traveling with her come upon Priscilla and Raki, and they all try to take on Priscilla. Clare, of course, is more determined than the rest, but she’s not as willing to risk her life as she had been earlier in the series. It’s revealed that Clare had changed after traveling with Raki and the other Claymores. Long time readers of the series understand that this is a major change in character and personality for the formerly distant and quiet Clare.

A lot of fighting and action takes place in Claymore Volume 26 because there are two battlefronts going on. Clare, Raki, and the Claymores try to take on Priscilla, while the Awakened Ones also seem to turn their attention toward Priscilla. But mixed in with the battles are interactions between the Claymores and an emotional scene of them dealing with a loss among their ranks. There’s a good mix of both action and character moments in this volume, which helps to make it an enjoyable read. Even with the non-action scenes included, I still found myself going through the volume rather quickly.

When it comes to the art, Claymore Volume 26 has a crisp look to it. Yagi’s art style complements the fantasy world that’s being depicted in the story, and I find that the designs of the Claymores have an otherworldly feel to them. The look and feel of the art helps to give Claymore a unique atmosphere.

I would recommend Claymore to manga readers who enjoy stories with a fantasy setting that have a dark feel and significant violence. Long time readers of the series will appreciate how the story progresses and the character development that takes place in Claymore Volume 26.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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