Claymore – And Everyone Lived Happily Ever After
Some of you have probably heard the rumours about Claymore coming to a rather abrupt end. I personally heard it from a tweet by Shonen Beam while I was halfway through the chapter, so there was slightly less surprise then there probably should have been. I understand that this isn’t the actual end of the story and it will be continuing on in a different magazine. Whatever happened, it’s still a lot for readers to suddenly find out at the last possible second. I would have expected some sort of warning from one of the many anime news websites that are out there, or at least for the little “Claymore – End” note to also include “See You In Whatever Other Magazine”.
I’ve been wondering where the series could possibly go after invading the Organization. There are still other plot points that need to be resolved – the war on the mainland, Clare and Raki, Clare and Priscilla – but there never felt like an easy way to incorporate them, especially with Clare currently indisposed. Going after the central authority of the observable Claymore universe is something you would expect at the very end of the series, but we still have a lot of ground we need to cover.
Currently, I have no idea what’s going to happen when the series starts back up again. I’ve heard the new chapters referred to as a spinoff, which makes sense considering that the remaining story doesn’t seem to concern the group of Claymores pictured above. Their whole mission was to overthrow the Organization and gain their freedom, so until someone else from the mainland shows up, there isn’t much for them to do. I suppose part of the purpose of changing magazines could be to start over with the few characters who will still be important, but if that happens, I’m worried about how the quality of the series will be affected by it.
I’m obviously not going to write a finale post for this series yet because it isn’t really over, despite what some people have been worried about. At the same time, this sudden news has brought something to mind that I never really payed attention to before: I don’t know that much about Claymore. It’s an interesting series, no question, but when I try to picture what could happen in the future, I realize how little I understand about the present. Whatever we get out of the new version of the series, I’ll still be keeping up, though I hope some more light can be shed on the state of the world soon.