Most anime has the main character driven by the desire to protect their friends. Claymore’s main character is driven by vengeance.
Clare is a Claymore. A Claymore is a half human, half yoma warrior that protects humanity from the yoma threat. Yoma are essentially demons that feed on humans. Claymores can tap into the strength and power of their yoma side but at a cost to their humanity. If they draw too hard they become an “Awakened Being” which makes them lose their humanity. However, a few rare Claymores can move from this “awakened” state and back to human.
The story of Claymore is pretty simple: Clare wants revenge on an Awakened Being named Priscilla that killed a Claymore become a mother figure. The sub-character, Raki , is a human Clare rescues that falls in love with her and acts as a check when Clare’s yoma side gets out of hand. That’s ...
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Every once in awhile I come across an anime that hooks me from the theme song. I’m a sucker for good characters. Spice and Wolf is one of those anime.
The story follows Holo, a deity of the harvest, and Kraft Lawrence, a merchant. Lawrence stopped at Pasloe one night during their celebrations of the harvest. He finds the one they are celebrating in his wagon. Despite keeping her promise to maintain good harvests, she feels forsaken and unneeded. She strikes a bargain with the merchant to take her north to her hometown. Her 600 years of experience helps Lawrence work closer to his dream of owning his own shop, but her true nature pulls unwanted attention from the ever present and powerful Church.
Oh almost forgot! Here is the opening theme, Tabi no Tochuu, for the first season. Quite a beautiful tune…and hard to find.
Spice and Wolf takes place in a ...
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Kekkaishi begins with cake. Yoshimori Sumimura is a Kekkaishi, a type of caster who can create temporal spaces. This power is used to capture and destroy ayakashi (demons). Of course, other than a few instances, the first several episodes of this anime is focused on Yoshimori’s love for baking. He makes various cakes to win over his neighbor and fellow Kekkaishi Tokine Yukimura. …Way too many episodes were wasted on cake.
But if you are patient this anime gets much better.
Yoshimori and Tokine spend their nights defending Karasumori, a plot of land that has powers that attract and transform ayakashi power. Their school just happens to be built on the site. Yoshimori is the a-typical anime hero. He defends everyone, and particularly Tokine, with all his strength and without regard to himself. Tokine, the responsible one, is a scalpel to Yoshi’s hammer. She comes off as prissy at first.
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Hibiki’s Magic is like eating a cupcake, topped with pink frosting and rainbow sprinkles accompanied by a cool glass of milk. Hibiki is a magician who is terrible at magic, which is rather generic in the world of manga. Hibiki is one of those characters who has a kind and generous spirit. While the characters are sweet and heartwarming the tales they tell are dark. Using magic has a price, whether it be memory loss, rapid aging, or hair loss. I’m just kidding about the hair loss.
Spoiler(You have been warned): For example when Hibiki’s teacher uses magic it causes his memory to deteriorate. Its like he has Alzheimers. End Spoiler
This series is entertaining. I thought it was a good stress reliever. The art is great, the story decent, and the gusks(two tailed white and blue squirrels) are cuddly.I’m just not addicted to it like Tsubasa Chronicles or Hana Kimi.
How would you like to play a game? Alice has been kidnapped and brought to Wonderland against her will. The only way she can go home is to play a game she doesn’t know the rules to. To top it off, the inhabitants of Wonderland have a nasty habit of shooting first and asking questions later. And everyone is slowly falling in love with Alice. Wonderland is not all it seems. The characters appear to be pawns in the game as well.
Because I love Alice in Wonderland I am biased to love all things Alice. I just started reading the manga, Alice in the Country of Hearts. It is only 6 volumes long. My favorite thing about this Alice, is that she is not brain dead. She believes she is in a dream dictated by her subconscious. Will she realize that Wonderland is not a dream? This series puts a ...