You can take away a man's gods, but only to give him others in return.
— Carl-Gustav Jung
Case in point: Kimihiro Watanuki of ×××HOLiC. His god, as it were, is his unwanted ability to sense spirits and draw them to himself. Diabolical auras. Impish tengu. Haughty weather spirits. Yes, he’s even heard the mermaids singing, each to each, and he’d rather they not sing to him. He’d rather trade in his gods. He receives a goddess as a replacement instead.
Or, rather, a witch: Yūko, she who runs a strange little shop where wishes are fulfilled but never without a price being paid. She can take away his affinity for the spirit world, but it will cost him. That cost is paid in the form of being her part-time employee: slaving in her kitchen over a hot rice cooker, throwing spur-of-the-moment parties for her and her two childlike spirit-servants and that “black dumpling thing” named Mokona. And every now and then he has to run errands of a supernatural bent, which throw him back into contact with the very things he hates, hates, hates.Read more
Now that all is said and done, the whole of Claymore (or at least its first season) has been a journey towards a single smile. Beyond the bloodshed and severed limbs and all the torment endured by everyone, especially Claire, there’s one moment when that woman finally allows herself a smile not only for having survived but for having found something she hadn’t even set out to look for in the first place. Her original mission was to take vengeance upon Priscilla, the Awakened Being who killed Claire’s big-sister mentor Teresa — but a funny thing happened on the way to the battlefield, and at the end she’s grateful there is now something else in her world other than the prospect of endless bloodshed.
No ongoing manga can be adapted into a TV show without at least some level of compromise. And the ending of Claymore as a show — first season or only season — does deviate from the way the same plotlines have been concluded in the manga. They may not keep the same sequence of events, but what they have reproduces the same kinds of emotional significance for everyone involved. I know people who were upset at the changes, but I’m not one of them. What we see in the show works on its own terms.Read more