It’s safe to say that this tumblr is officially dead.
I’m writing here (likely for the last time) because I read the latest manga chapter. (spoiler!) Tabitha dies and (spoiler!) the story isn’t over because, well, Priscilla. So, if you don’t want to hear some spoilerish ramblings then you should turn away now.
One of the many reasons why Claymore has always been a (fairly) good story is because of Yagi’s tendency to kill off side-characters, lending a bit of unpredictability to the usual shounen formula. Notice how the main characters never die, but watch their friends, fellow warriors, close ones get cut down. You feel for both the protagonists and the characters who are fodder. In this case, as Claymore fanfic writer for years, I always believed the lesser of the Ghosts - Yuma, Tabitha and Cynthia - were always the most compelling characters because we never got rambling backstories (Clare, Isley) or complication melodrama (Priscilla, Cassandra) and we were not certain when they might disappear. In a manga bloated with forgettable warriors who appear for six chapters then vanish, the three were in a charmed circle but not at the forefront. It’s cool that they were always in the shadows of the plot: there was no need to second-guess them, their intentions were as they were performed, they helped illuminate the main cxharacters and their development helped move the plot along. Yuma’s badass sword-throwing comes to mind, just as we started to see the Seven Ghosts work as a team.
Of these, I thought Tabitha was one of Claymore’s most understated characters. She lacks the multi-dimensional colour of Galatea or Isley, but she’s equally bound to a character like Jean was to Clare, and we get to see her slow development through the story. Most of all, Tabitha’s character is unique because she’s defined by what’s not revealed, a visual question-mark even when it seems she’s making a choice. Reading Claymore, we can gauge a lot of things about Tabitha, but never how much or to what extent. How much patience and endurance did it take for her to not release her yoki after 7 years? How much disappointment at Miria not taking her along to destroy the Organisation? And, of course, how much did she really love (is that even the right word?) her leader? Portrayals of romance aside, the quiet satisfaction is that we will never know for certain - because as a side-character there won’t be a lot of revelation. Rightly so, her last words probably revealed more about her - yet still so elusive - than what we’ve known from the rest of the entire manga combined.
And so, well, Tabitha died.
It was expected. Victories in Claymore are always phyrric, so character deaths are common at each major plot development. This time there’s no sentimentality, no declarations of personal feelings, no reminscing, and instead it’s just a recognition that the battles not over. Also, it’s tragic that after getting duped by Miria, she falls following her leader’s strategy to the letter.
In short, a kind of death befitting a character as vague as Tabitha. It’s the kind of death almost expected for a loyal sidekick, a rumoured lover, whose satisfaction is aligned to another character.
Even though this doesn’t make the story any better (how in the hell did Priscilla beat Cassandra without anyone seeing?), it’s sustained my interest in Claymore for the time being. To at least see how the Seven cope with being Six. It’s reason enough to keep reading after almost 7 years.
(Related Note: This post was originally on the future of this tumblr. I would love to start it up again, but I don’t want to continuously start something and let it flag because of real-life committments. So I will let this tumblr be as it is. I won’t delete it. Keep reblogging (with the attached credits), rereading what you need from it. And thanks to seph from everyone’s favourite Claymore blog for your kind words when I first started. As for me, I had fun. I’ll keep contributing towards the Claymore community by doing what I do best - writing)
Disclaimer: Just repeating what’s floating around on Baidu. None of these are verified.
(Author’s Note: I wrote this because I’m worried about Syria and all the drums beating for war.)
The first thing the team sees when they reach the town are the dogs crowding around a body-shaped mound. They fight over black pieces of flesh, and scatter as the warriors approach.
(Author’s Note: This piece of flash fiction is part of a larger piece about several Claymore characters’ backstories. Since I haven’t seen writers talk about the entire Claymore recruiting process - it’s hinted briefly in canon - I decided to make up my own.)
Among us, we are the daughters of royalty, clergy and folk heroes. Some of us hunted lions when we were still free, or trekked the entire island barefoot and climbed Mount Zakol in the winter. Even more of us had young men (boys, really) who wept over our unexpected, permanent disappearances from our home villages.
I have no concrete links to the cosplayers except their names: Isley is cosplayed by 小轩 and Luceila by 月.