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ef episode 1 – melancholy and the infinite overdoneness

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Raki finds Rei Ayanami at an abandoned station, with texts explaining and highlighting stuff plus strange imageries with sappy piano music playing in the background to heighten the mood.

The director for Pani Poni Dash and Zetsubo Sensei is assisting this time and I frowned as I looked at some of the image switches and wondered about their meanings.

Confused? So was I.

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Claymore 26 – How to die properly and how to live properly as a warrior.

Jeane dies honorably, repaying her debt and dying while helping Clare to change back. Farewell, Jeane, we shall truly miss you this time (manly tears).

Clare learns to move on, realizing that she must, because she can’t just go to the dark side and to hell just because she wants to – there are people who want her to live on.

Raki steps up to the challenge and helps to save Clare in the process. He knows that killing and taking personal revenge is actually the worst solution – it will drive a person over to the demon side. This is something Christians have know for centuries, that hating someone for the rest of your life, plotting or at least fantasizing about revenge will only destroy you.

In Japanese tales, when someone hates another person too much, that someone literally turns into a demon with horns and can never come back. The anime version Claymore seems to use that legend for the its story.

Clare finally gets over herself on her hate for Priscilla, and move on from her vengeful ways. She travels on with Raki and lives on, fully appreciates the meaning of living on. Jeane’s death teaches her that.

Miria, Helene, and Devene part ways. All of them including Clare, will not serve the organization any more.

The story ends fully concluding and closing the Northern Arc and yet it’s not so closed that a possible second season cannot happen. I commend Madhouse for pulling this one off. Congratulations!

The warriors journey on, each grows a lot, learning a lot, and knowing that one day, they shall meet again. Knowing that “Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.” (Samwise Gangee, while trying to encourage Frodo)

Isley and Priscilla goes away like classic anime villains, except they haven’t utterly lost the battle, it’s just that Isley simply decides to leave with Priscilla. This keeps in line with the eccentric characters of the Abyssal Ones.

I screamed like Aragorn when Jeane died. Man that sucked. But once again thanks to Mitsuishi Kotono-sama, the show is lifted up to another level of greatness.

I really have nothing much to say about this episode (I was so touch that I can’t even write anything now) except I’m completely satisfied with the how the TV series ends – it can end here, but it also leaves the possibility of a second season. Without talking too much more about it –

98% recommended for your daily anime diet.