In another post on a recommended anime. Claymore is a fantastic fantasy themed anime in a world filled with Yoma, or monsters for us English speakers. I found it by accident when looking for a fantasy anime to watch and soon after found myself watching episode by episode.
Claymore has some very strong characters and rich character development, especially for the protagonist Clare. The lore of the world and backstory is quite deep and takes surprising turns at times, especially if one continues past the show and reads the Manga. It also has some cool combat scenes which don't stretch too long like in many other anime shows. I also appreciate the fact there is practically no fan-service even with all the strong women characters.
The anime follows the story of Clare, a young girl that is part of an organization of mercenaries specialized and exterminating Yoma, they are called Claymores or Silver Eyed Witches by the people and are summoned as a last resort from infected villages.
In-fact people don't like the Claymores as they are half-yoma half-human and as common in stories and real world, people fear those who are different, especially if they somehow relate to a group they already hate.
They story starts with Clare answering the call of an infected village and killing the Yoma inside and saving a young boy named Raki the process. Raki who have lost his family to Yoma is thrown out of the village of fear he may be infected and begins to follow Clare who claims she was only doing her job and have no compassion for him.
Eventually Clare accepts Raki as her cook and takes him with her. Raki and Clare slowly create a bond and help each other survive in the dangerous world.
Claymore is really worth watching but unfortunately it takes a very different turn near the end of the anime from the manga. In-fact I was really interested in the story and characters this is the first anime that got me into reading its manga and I highly recommend picking up after the anime ends and going back a chapter or two.