OMG you bet me with one!! I have 1 through 21.. Will get 22 and 23 when they are released and find a copy in my country (way harder than you think as manga fans are not many while anime fans like most of the country now becoming ones!!). Anyway, the manga has it's own feeling when you hold it in your hands and of course I only recommend you to buy it if you really love the manga and the series in general.. Else, it would be a waste of money if you will read if once and then throw it on the shelf like I reread the manga up to now more than 10 times (actually more than 25 but since I don't remember the exact number I would be mistaken and exaggerating).
For recommendations, I have a long list of manga and anime that I personally like and you may like as well:
For the anime part:
Devil May Cry (but way different than the game, keeping this in mind you may enjoy it else it will be crap to you if you are a true fan (not me))
Hunter x Hunter
Jigoku Shoujo (all three seasons are great but the second is my favorite)
R.O.D the TV
Shingeki no Kyojin
Sword Art Online
Witch Hunter Robin (you may get annoyed by the sound of the keyboard as it is of those of late 90s and early 2000s)
Hunter x Hunter
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Shingeki no Kyojin
Some may be way different than Claymore but all worth wasting time on..
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IMO I find these as the best of what I have read/watched
Ya know, Claymore was the manga to get me into manga, and I still haven't read many. But there are a few that stand out and have lead me to supporting them by purchasing.
Blame!- This is a very different type of feel than a majority of manga. The first 2 or so volumes I read were a complete mystery to me, and I ended up dropping it for almost a year. But when I came back to it, I fell in love with it's unique feel. Cyberpunk, not much dialogue, action shows all without holding your hand. Some volumes are extremely expensive...
Shingeki No Kyojin- As many have recommended...it's very similar to the Claymore feel, with it's own flavor. Pretty good.
Berserk- While I haven't purchased any of this yet due to difficulty finding them, it's hands down in my top 5 currently. The world will really pull you in like Claymore's world. But if waiting a single month for a manga chapter is hard...then try waiting a year. T_T
Vagabond- Fantastic artwork, and excellent story. Slam Dunk was also very good, finished, funny, and written by the same author....but the artwork in Vagabond tho!!!
Jojos Bizarre Adventure is good from what I've heard, and one I've been meaning to read. I've only seen the anime and played a bit of the game so far.
As long as people are recommending anime, I might as well toss in just about any Miyazaki movie. While this has nothing to do with Claymore, you can't go wrong with Princess Mononoke or Nausicaa (which also has an excellent manga!).
Any legit anime is difficult for me to say, because I need to revamp my favorites list.
-Yu Yu Hakusho has stayed on that list the longest.
-Legend of the Galactic Heroes was flawless.
-Gundam 00 is a good ride, but Gundam Wing might be a good choice as well(I started out not thinking much of Wing, but the rewatch value made me love it over time).
-Outlaw Star and Cowboy Bebop are fun rides in terms of anime.
-Hajime No Ippo (But it may be much better in manga format).
Other than that, there are many that I both agree and disagree with that others have mentioned so far on each page. But, it's all personal preference at this point. If I can find some character or feeling I can relate to in a story, then that sets the tone for just about everything. I mean, I can't really point out any killer flaw with FMA: Brotherhood, I really enjoyed it, but I don't think it really struck me personally in a way to give a lasting impact. That is typically how things turn out...especially when things are over hyped.
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Princess Mononoke is my favorite Miyazaki film. It is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I would also suggest seeing that along with other Miyazaki movies.Quote:
I thought Outlaw Star was okay, but it didn't stand out to me very much. But I did watch the whole series in one day. I actually watched The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya the same week and it completely overshadowed outlaw star for me. It took me a few episodes to get into Outlaw Star while it only took one episode for me to get into Haruhi Suzumiya.
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Depending on what you're looking for, and for names no one has quoted yet :
Harem/comedy manga :
To Love-ru / To love-ru Darkness (my favourite!)
Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou (found it recently, very fun)
Comedy manga :
Action manga :
Ubel Blatt (overlooked but very good)
Samurai Deeper Kyo (oldie but goodie)
Dragon quest : Dai no Daibouken (starts a bit childish, kind of old Dragon Ball, but is absolutely epic at the end. Great character development throughout the series)
Battle Angel Alita
Already mentionned :
Shingeki no Kyojin
As for anime, if I had to recommend only one name, it would be 'Hataraku Maou-sama' hands down. It was my favourite last season, and is absolutely hilarious.
'Mondaijitachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo' and 'Oda Nobuna no Yabou' were enjoyable too. If you're looking for the 'desperate struggle to survive' kind, 'Muv-luv Alternative : Total Eclipse' has some epic moments, and I watched 'High school of the dead' recently.
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This video right here is what got me interested in Blame! it kinda sucked me in maybe it'll do the same for others.
Also yeah buying all of Blame! and it's prequel Noise really murdered my wallet for awhile lol.
I also enjoyed Biomega so I'll recommend that too.
For the Anime recommendations Here's my list :
Serial Experiments Lain
Evangelion (all of it End of Evangelion and the Rebuild movies 1.11 2.22 and 3.33)
Higurashi When they Cry (guess this should go under manga also)
The Big O
Rin ~Daughters of Mnemosyne
Ghost in The Shell
Spice and Wolf
Welcome to the NHK
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For the people who mention the Elfen Lied anime, you should also try the manga.
Sadly it was never made in an English physical copy
But I did a whole copy and paste job of a translated version of it I found online ...my god that took forever.
What I'd recommend to a Claymore fan really depends on why they like the story.
If you like it because it's got girls who become something other than humans in order to protect humans but risk losing their humanity if they're not careful:
PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA. Be warned: it's maybe a zillion times bleaker and more psychologically devastating that Claymore (I'm still not over Sakaya T_T).If you like it because the win-at-all-costs fight scenes of the first third are cool:
THE HUNGER GAMES (series) by Suzanne Collins. The action in these books is phenomenally well presented and highly realistic. Even more realistic is the psychological development of the protagonist through the three books. The movies are cool too, but I don't think they do Peeta justice.If you like it because female bonding is an interesting theme:
NANA by Ai Yazawa. Claymore is my favourite manga, but Nana is the one I respect the most. It's got superb character development and totally awesome clothesIf you like it because you have a thing for stories about people on revenge quests which
VINLAND SAGA by Makoto Yukimura. Thorfinn's story is really well done and the art is cool. There's gory violence too, if that's your thing.If you like it because you have a soft spot for smart, badass people who are also really nice:
TSUBASA RESERVOIR CHRONICLE by CLAMP. <3 Syaoran and Sakura. The end is kind of disappointing, though.If you like it because people who fight monsters in dark fantasy worlds are awesome:
THE OLD KINGDOM TRILIGY by Garth Nix. Sabriel, the titular character of the first book, is a semi-outcast slayer of the undead in a kingdom that's been overrun by horrors from beyond the grave.If you like it because girls with giant swords are cool:
FATE/ZERO. How awesome was the scene where Saber shoulder-charged Berserker with a car??! That slick black suit was totally win and OMG MOTORCYCLE!!!If you like it because captain Miria is pretty much everything you look for in a protagonist:
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE (series) by George RR Martin. Miria is my hero, Daenerys Targaryen is my god. Book Dany, that is. I've not seen the TV show.
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I have read the last Hunger Games (still last 5 pages left!! I know I want to read them but still holding for the right time to finish it).. Super b story.. Loved it much.. And have high hopes for the movie.
And Number A, I love that avi.. Omg I need a bigger version of it to add it to my collection of pics.
Thats quite a great list you got there Number A, nice how you made specific recommendations based on certain aspects of the series. I zeroed in on a few in particular, I'll have to check out your suggestions some time. It will probably take forever for me to start up an new manga though! So busy and so much going on lately I still havent caught up with Claymore.
@littleangel. Here's a link to a larger version of my signature image
@TStew. People seem to like Claymore for an unusually large range of reasons. Not knowing what you see in it, I sought to be as broad as possible.
Also, there's one more series whose absence from this thread thus far shames us as Claymore fans.
If you like it because you enjoy stories about people who look scary but have hearts of gold:
ANGEL DENSETSU by Norihiro Yagi. A charming slice-of-life comedy about a boy with the face of a
yomadevil and the heart of an angel. It's got a slightly wandering narrative which takes time to develop the numerous members of its ensemble cast, totally badass girls with mad martial arts skills, Yagi's first foray into monster design, and Ikuno Shirataki. If she descends from heaven in the next chapter and defeats Priscilla with the power of hilariously inappropriate deadpan non-sequiturs I totally wouldn't mind.
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