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Claymore The Complete Series

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Claymore: The Complete Series was released on both DVD and Blu-ray. This review will cover the Blu-ray edition, since that is the version that I own and watched.

The Blu-ray edition was released on three Blu-ray Discs. The first disc contains nine episodes and commentary for episodes four and eight. The second disc contains nine episodes and commentary for episodes 11 and 16. The third disc contains eight episodes, commentaries for episodes 19 and 26, and special features. On the discs, you can watch with either English or Japanese audio, and you can choose whether or not to have the English subtitles.

The first extra on the third disc is labeled as "Cast Auditions." This includes audio from the auditions for the English dub cast for Clare, Teresa, Rubel, Sid and some Yoma, and Yomi. These auditions run anywhere from 34 seconds to one minute and six seconds. Each audition is accompanied by a still image of the character that the audition is for.

Next is an interview with director Hiroyuki Tanaka. This runs for seven minutes, and the interview has Japanese audio with English subtitles. The interview with sound director Yasunori Honda runs for eight-and-a-half minutes, and it's also in Japanese with English subtitles. The interview with art director Manabu Otsuzuki is six-and-a-half minutes long, and is also in Japanese with subtitles. The last interview included is with Nobuhito Sue, who worked on art settings. This interview runs for four minutes and 17 seconds, and is also in Japanese with English subtitles.

The next extra is labeled as "Original TV Commercials." This feature runs for seven minutes, and it is comprised of two lengthy commercials for the Claymore anime series. The textless opening and textless closing don't include any of the credit text, but English subtitles for the song lyrics are included. The final extra included on the third disc are trailers for other properties released by FUNimation: Strike Witches, Darker Than Black, Dragon Ball Z, Gunslinger Girl, D. Gray-Man, Tower of Druaga, Shigurui: Death Frenzy, and Soul Eater.

The Blu-ray edition of this set comes packaged with an extensive booklet. It includes character sketches with descriptions of the characters, interviews with some of the staff members, and drawings of some of the settings. Some of the characters included in the booklet have an explanation for their design concepts given by Takahiro Umehara, the character designer. The staff interviews are several pages in length, and go into some detail on the animation and design process, as well as in the audio and voice acting.

I personally enjoyed the ClaymoreClaymore anime series. Since I have only seen the Blu-ray edition, that is the version I would recommend if you have the ability to view Blu-rays.

In order to write this review, I watched a copy of this Blu-ray set that was given to me as a gift by my husband.


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Great Sword
The Black Card
The Darkness in Paradise
Clare's Awakening
Teresa of the Faint Smile
Teresa and Clare
Marked For Death
Awakening
Those Who Rend Asunder I

Bonus Features
Those Who Rend Asunder II
Those Who Rend Asunder III
The Endless Gravestones I
The Endless Gravestones II
To Be Qualified to Fight
The Witch’s Maw I
The Witch’s Maw II
The Witch's Maw III
The Carnage in the North I

Bonus Features
The Carnage in the North II
The Carnage in the North III
Invasion Of Pieta I
Invasion Of Pieta II
Critical Point I
Critical Point II
For Whose Sake
To The Successors


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