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Claymore, Volume 12

The Souls of the Fallen

By Norihiro Yagi, Norihiro Yagi (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 200 pages
Other Information: chiefly ill
Published In: United States, 01 July 2008
In a world where monsters called Yoma prey on humans and live among them in disguise, humanity's only hope is a new breed of warrior known as Claymores. Seven years have passed since the devastating battle in Pieta, and now a new generation of Claymores carries on the fight against the Awakened Ones. However, the mystery of Claire's fate, and of that of her comrades, resurfaces after a surprising discovery made by a young Claymore.

About the Author

Norihiro Yagi won the 32nd Akatsuka Award for his debut work, UNDEADMAN, which appeared in Monthly Shonen Jump magazine and produced two sequels. His first serialized manga was his comedy Angel Densetsu (Angel Legend), which appeared in Monthly Shonen Jump from 1992 to 2000. His epic saga, Claymore, is running in Monthly Jump Square magazine.

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This nondescript but pleasant manga is set in the generic fantasy landscape where little medieval towns are separated by large tracts of wilderness, and monsters must be dealt with by traveling for-hire monster slayers. The monsters here are Yomas, shape-changing creatures with a taste for human innards; the slayers are Claymores, young women who have been injected with Yoma blood so that they can recognize and kill the monsters-but who then must struggle to keep their own humanity. In the episodes in this volume, a young boy watches one Claymore arrive in his village and do her thing. He sees her as a person rather than a creepy semimonster and follows her after he learns her name, Claire. The rest of the book shows Claire and her naive tagalong going through a series of confrontations with Yomas, in the worst of which Claire is summoned to kill her best friend, who feels herself losing control over her Yoma side. The elements of this story certainly aren't fresh nor is the art especially striking. However, as it goes along, the book does generate sympathy with Claire as slayer/victim, maiden/warrior, savior/fiend, showing that even tired material can still be interesting when presented unpretentiously. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9781421519364
ISBN: 1421519364
Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.1 x 2 centimetres (0.11 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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