Claymore, Vol. 1, Paperback Book

Claymore, Vol. 1 Paperback

Part of the Claymore series

3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


A Claymore - a female warrior named for the sword she carries - travels from medieval village to village to destroy Yoma, monsters who disguise themselves as humans and who are almost impossible to kill.

Claymores are half-humans, half-demons who willingly transformed themselves by mixing their blood with monster's blood.

Claire, nicknamed silver-eyed killer, is such a powerful Claymore, she can slay a Yoma using only one hand.

But she must constantly struggle to keep from becoming a monster herself.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Manga
  • ISBN: 9781421506180



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I like anything medieval with swords and warriors. Claymore is definitely this with a fantasy twist. The art isn't all that in my opinion, but every artist is different and I've heard that it gets better (mostly it does the more the artist draws). It's not bad enough that I can't get through it to the story. There's lots of sword fighting and blood and some nudity. but it's not overly gory or explicit yet. I'm sure I'll be reading more of this series soon.

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The plot's not bad, but the way it's written doesn't draw me in, and the art is somewhat monotonous. All the people look exactly the same.

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The premise of this fantasy manga is that there are young women who have ingested demon flesh and so attain some of their superhuman strength, which they use to kill the demons that plague the medieval-type world. The girls are called "claymores" after the huge swords they carry, or "silver eyed witches" because of their demonic eyes. I found <i>Claymore</i> a little bland both in terms of story and art. Yagi has a very particular style of drawing which wasn't really to my tastes and all of the characters had a certain sameness about their features. The story didn't really draw me in either. I think I'll pass on this series.

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I was excited to start reading this manga series. I originally watched the anime series for Claymore. My husband has been reading the manga for a while and kept asking when I was going to read it. This book was an excellent opening to this series, I really enjoyed it. Right now there are 24 volumes in the Claymore series.This volume follows the first anime episode very closely. It is an excellent introduction to Claire and the demon fighting Claymore. The demons are called Yoma, and in this book we learn about the Claymore’s role in society and how the Claymore become these powerful demon-fighters. It is a very engaging world with characters you really care about...and of course some awesome fighting scenes between Claymore wielding women and evil demons.Yagi does an excellent job of humanizing Claire and making us care about her. This isn’t all about kicking Yoma butt (although there is a lot of this). We learn about the sacrifices the Claymore make in their effort to protect humanity and we learn how painful it is for them to leave some of their humanity behind.The illustration throughout is very well done, I really enjoyed it. Some of the scenes are beautifully detailed. I never had trouble recognizing characters or following the story. This is a traditional Japanese manga, so you read from back to front and right to left.Overall I really enjoyed this first installment in the Claymore manga series. Excellent world-building, explosive fight scenes, and characters I actually care about make for a wonderful read. This is highly recommended if you like action-packed dark fantasy manga. I can’t wait to see what volume two holds.

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