One thing to take into account:
Most males don't have the power within society to be heroes, regardless of whether or not they're cowards and too scared of the consequences, as there will be negative consequences, as our modern society hates heroes, as the heroic male has been nearly made extinct over the many years of human existence. Some males would like to be that heroic "do-good'er" chivalrous knight for females (and anyone for that matter), but society crushes them, even if they get the bravery to accept the punishment by society. Heroism has become the negative label of "Vigilanteism". When did we forfeit over our rights to be heroes, to do the right thing, when did society turn so evil, so oppressive of heroism, so opposed of its members doing the right thing, of us being chivalrous knights. Why are these heroic males now only found in Disney movies, and not the real world's modern society? why have we oppressed the Hero?
Where's the real life Rakis?, as females still desperately yearn and hope for them, for their return to protect and to romantically sweep the ladies off of their feet. Where's the Man, that the woman, the wife, can be so proud of-with?
Where's the "Conan the Barbarian" male?
~"I live, I love, and I slay" (from the new, Conan: the Barbarian, movie)
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Boys like Raki aren't found in Western pop culture.
Raki risked his life to save Clare, merely for the opportunity at procreation and to ensure the continuation of his lineage? If that was the only motive, then he could have accomplished this with far less trouble.
Raki didn't save Clare because of any sexual desire. He saved Clare because he genuinely loved her and appreciated what she had done back in that rabble of a town, in which he lived. Clare took him in, even when his village ostricized and banished him. He saw how she risked her life to save the humans that treated her with disdain and mistrust.
Hormones absolutely do not make you brave. Your discipline, your tenacity an your will to overcome adversity is what makes you brave, in essence it's the quality of your character.
And you're right, Clare is awesome too, she deserves someone like Raki and they'd be a great mum and dad.
Yep, Raki's manly alpha character *squee*... but testosterone is related to bravery. His bravery proves that Raki is a man!Originally Posted by Wickedsmile
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Oh my. Please, keep civil.
faintsmile, it's not about what is scientifically correlated. Work within the range of facts that the mangaka will most likely consider. I doubt he is looking at testosterone or hormones at all. I mean, really? Because fictional characters are created by people, there is going to be a finite scope.
I agree with wickedsmile's analysis. Raki's reasons for being with Claire were near identical to Claire's reasons for being with Teresa. That's why she even kept him near - he was like her when she was younger, and she doesn't want to make Teresa's mistakes. Although I see a lot of amusing moments where Raki seems to have a crush on Claire, when it comes to when he'll lay down his life for her, it's more because she's like a big sister. Platonic, like Claire and Teresa.
Now, as to what fans see? That's a different kettle of fish entirely. Then you're dealing with who wants to see what. As I said, this manga already has a mainly male demographic because of hot blondes in form-fitting suits kicking monster ass. Whenever Raki appears, it takes away from that and gives more to other fans who might be more interested in relationships (not necessarily romantic ones). (Also, to be fair, Raki's dub voice is like nails on chalkboard - hurts like hell.) Take the bellcurves and there'll be more girls than guys who like Raki.
Whenever somone talks about not enough heros in the world. I always remember this famous quote by a famous writer in the 1900s that basically very true and to the point.
"Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy." ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
The point I'm trying to make is, you can't have heroes without tragedies. In the world of Claymore, there are plenty of tragedies that gives opportunities for heroes to appear. In real life, not so much so unless you are living in parts of the world where really really bad things happens all the time, like war, diseases, violent oppression among other things, you're not going to see too many opportunities for people to rise up as heroes in a classical sense.
In todays modern society, the world is moving to a more equal footing for both men and women. Women don't need to be "saved" because they can save themselves in modern society. Also unlike hundreds of years ago in the medieval era, which Claymore seems to resemble. People usually end up dead or worse for trying to be heroes thanks to the invention of personal firearms. In the old days, if you see a few punks beating up another guy, chances are you can fend them off the person if you're big and strong. Today, being big and strong doesn't mean a thing cause any of the punk could be carrying a gun. The risk of being a hero vs the reward of trying to be one are just much higher then the ole days.
Heck even the definition of heroes have been redefined. Modern day heroes arn't defined as the person who goes out to do the "right thing" but the one whom "contribute to society" with everyday work. Teachers, doctors, police, fire fighters and good parents are examples of modern day heroes and they can be both men and women. In the fictional Claymore world, it's much different since it's basically a war zone and the people living there are split between two different roles, heroes whom get stronger or victims that just end up dead without ever doing anything.
In short, there are less classical hero type out there because we have a more peaceful, humane society with greater equality more then ever and I think it's a good thing. Maybe one day, we will have a society that have no need of heroes at all because there would be no preventable would be tragedies, but I seriously doubt it.
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Last edited by Khorr; November 07, 2011 at 06:20 PM.
Well, I'm a man and Raki is one of my favorite character.
I guess, since he's really the only male character on the good side, I always kinda identify to him.
So, I never saw him as a "damsel in distress", but as a boy that would grow up to become strong, as he would want to become Clare's protector.
You can clearly understand that with what he tell her before leaving:
And it seems that he indeed became very strong, with the help of Isley.
And he's known Priscillia as well, so there's no doubt that he will be important in the story.
He might even be forced to choose between Clare and Priscillia!!
Anyway, I'm eager to see what he will do when he see Clare again.
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Clare might have liked Raki like a little brother, but I get the feeling that Raki had feelings for her.
And, we can't just forget about the fact that they kissed right before she order him to leave:
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Raki saw Clare as a big sister, and Clare saw Raki as herself when she was with Teresa, wanting to become like Teresa by caring for Raki, as Teresa had for her.
However, Raki's love and concern-protection of-for Clare, was quickly causing Clare to develop romantic feelings for Raki.
Clare first took notice of it in Rabona, where Raki protected Clare from Cid+Galk, especially Cid's advances upon Clare (ending with Raki kicking Cid in the "groin"). Also, not to mention how Raki stayed by Clare's bedside, as she was unconscious from her first encounter with the SNY. And lastly in the cathedral arc, was obviously Raki protecting Clare from execution by Galk, shield her from decapitation with his own body, gladly willing to die with Clare, he loved her like Romeo&Juliet, if Clare was to die, he'd have to die too (this is also seen by especially Riful and Dauf, but they aren't the only ones either: Alicia+Beth, Deneve+Helen, and etc). Oops, I forgot to mention... we can arguably say that Clare might have already been lewdly-romantically flirting with Raki, by mentioning her "talents", of being able to go from an aristocratic noblewoman to a flirtatious prostitute, and then directly offering to show her flirtatious prostitute's smile to raki... Does this show that Clare already have the "hots" for Raki, offering to show her seductive smile... and heck maybe even was willing-interested in doing more as well... cough cough...
Next we see it with Raki's concern for Clare when she went on the Lido "Spiderman" male AB mission, with Clare's cutely-sweet-loving light punch to Raki's forehead.
Of course then we got the Ophelia battle, with Raki's "Monty Python's defending of Clare from Opehlia, Tis but a flesh wound, you're puny attacks don't even make me itch, you *itch Ophelia!"
Clare couldn't take it anymore, Raki was too perfect, what a hunk! "Emotions of love and romance, flooding out of control, Clare orders Raki to hug her, hug her closely, smothering his face against her chest, yes, that feels good, mmm, and you can see from the suggestive satisfied and lurid smile-smirk on her face."
Also, at the same time, Raki was finally seeing her as a beautiful woman, and not merely a big sister.
Raki, finally has his perberty/hormones kicking in, seeing Clare as a lovely young lady and not a big sister, as seen by his gulping and slight blushing at being ordered to hug her, pressing his face against her soft bosom. Yes, Raki was having his own romantic feelings, timid and shy, in this new feeling of romantic interest, "Your.. your.. asking me to hug you, asking me to press my face against your chest... gulp...I... I... I'm...not.. ready... for this.. gulp... cause I like you... I REALLY like you... you know... romantically like you... Clare... gulp".
Raki's love is proven absolute for Clare, when he's traveling with Priscilla, seeking out his love, CLARE. While Priscilla was merely seen by Raki as a monster-girl to try to help out, while he could do so. We also do see Raki faithfully, pushing away Priscilla and her advances when he was with Isley training. Oh, if only Clare new just how perfect a Man, her Raki was !!! Or, maybe she does already know, he's perfect - he'd never cheat on her, hehe.
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HK has said it so perfectly, except that you'll remember she kept trying to ditch Raki-chan even as she let him travel around with her, until the eents in the Darkness in Paradise arc, where he proved himself both manly and genuinely useful. HK-sama left that bit out, and he should remember that Raki says Clare smiles for the very first time during that arc, when she gives one of those subtle kuudere smiles that mean so much.
As a kid, Clare knew how to use Teresa and turn a situation to her own advantage, so I'm sure she was testing if Raki was old enough to make the first move yet when she offered to smile like a prostitute for him.
I find myself disgreeing with your analysis of thes early chapters. You're losing focus of the overall story by examining individual events without considering its implications on past or future events in the storyline. The beginning chapters that introduce us to Clare and Raki naturally lead up and through Teresa of the Faint Smile. By the beginning of The Slashers arc, you should have realized the parallels between Clare/Raki and Teresa/Clare. Teresa was to Clare what Clare was to Raki. Clare NEVER EVER used Teresa nor did Raki EVER use Clare. All were losts souls that found comfort in each other. Teresa became mother to Clare. For a woman dying ot loneliness, to suddenly be gifted with a child must have been a blessing from the God(s) of Rabona. Likewise for Clare, who was orphaned for so long, to finally have someone to call mother again would have lifted a overwhelming veil of despair.
Did Raki have a crush on Clare, by his reactions to Cid kissing Clare, I would assume that he had one. That's a far cry from the sexual connotations that you depict from either Clare or Raki.
People use one another all the time but they don't like to think about it that way. Raki, Clare and Teresa all had instinctual desires to be fulfilled, and they fulfilled these needs in one another. You'll notice the desires involved were different for Teresa and Clare and the similarity is the presence of a desire at all, and that Clare and Raki were initially pushed away. Teresa had maternal instincts and teenage Clare starts developing mating instincts when she's around Raki once he enters adolescence himself. Until the Darkness in Paradise arc, she tries to abandon him. And she only gets truly attached to Raki as he becomes adolescent.Quote:
If you can't pick up on the subtexts that exist between Raki and Clare, and there' a lot of wierd sexual themes and innuendo in Claymore, then you are very innocent indeed. Even the female AB that says Raki smells good is a toothed vagina monster, and the change in body odour associated with puberty has a place in Japanese culture (ie it means that girls are becoming attracted to Takkun in FLCL).Quote:
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I still disagree with you in regards to Clare attempting to leave Raki. Could you please elaborate with specific examples from the Darkness in Paradise arc? If anything, I found that their bond grew stronger through out the chapter. If you're referring to Clare's request of Father Vincent sheltering Raki, then you error in your thinking. Clare knew that she could die on this mission. She sought to ensure Raki's future, since he had none other on whom depend.
You get the sense that Clare is growing quite fond of Raki by the end of Darkness in Paradise. Raki throwing himself onto her to prevent her from awakening and staying by her side as she lay on her death bed touched Clare deeply. She realized how much Raki cared for her. Raki allowed Clare to open herself emotionally. Do they care for each other by this time? They absolutely do. However, there isn't anything in the graphics or in the text to imply a sexual relationship or even the beginning of one. They do imply the formation of a very strong and heart warming friendship.
In the Endless Gravestones arc, you do see Clare kissing Raki. If you want to imply the revelation of Clare's amorous feelings for Raki, then I won't disgree with you there. Sex is a natural progression of such a relationship. If you want to impose real life psychology at this point and say that Clare "may" have wanted sex, then perhaps you're right. Whether it has relevance to the Claymore story, I don't believe it has.
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Actually part of the appeal of Claymore is the realistic psychology of the characters. Besides my crush on Raki and the general coolness of Claymore in general, Claymore is actually relevant to my life.
Wickedsmile is correct, as we don't know when the "desired beautiful girl" over "big sister" occured with Raki, until the hugging escape from Ophelia.
As Raki could still simply care, loving, Clare as his "big sister".
there's a huge difference between love (like between siblings, parent-child, family including pets, and friends) and lust (romantic/sexual physically intimacy or love).
actually now that I'm thinking about it... Wickedsmile is really correct... as if Raki was interested in Clare as a beautiful girl... he (well most guys would anyways) would gladly see that "flirtatious smile", and probably want to "find a room", as that seems to be Clare's wanting... based on the way she is behaving towards Raki... hehe
notice his response to her "flirtatious smile" vs his response to her "hug me close"
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