Anime Scene 2
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Elena on Mount Shire

FUNimation title

The Black Card[1]


Die schwarze Karte[2] (de), La feuille noire[3] (fr), La lettera nera[4] (it)

Original title

黒の書[5] Kuro no sho (Black Book)

New character

Rubel, Elena

Quote's the reason why we exist.[6]




Strah[8] (unnamed), village of Shire, Mount Shire[9]

Manga arc

Silver-eyed Slayer

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Previous scene

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  • Great Sword arc:
    • Anime Scene 01 link.jpg 1: Great Sword
    • Anime Scene 02 link.jpg 2: The Black Card
    • Anime Scene 03 link.jpg 3: The Darkness
    • Anime Scene 04 link.jpg 4: Clare's Awakening

Cold open[edit | edit source]

In the sandstorm-swept village of Strah, Clare kills two Yoma. She spots a Winged Yoma escaping. She uses a thrown sword technique, hurling her sword skyward. It pierces the Yoma and he plunges to earth.

Oasis[edit | edit source]

As Clare and Raki travel through the desert, he admits being hungry. Clare slings her sword backward and kills a lizard.

That night, they camp at an oasis. Raki cooks the lizard over a campfire. Clare only takes a few bites of lizard leg, then leaves to meet her field agent, a Man in Black named Rubel.

He brings a new shirt and leggings to replace the damaged one. He examines Clare's wound—and by implication—warns Clare about exposing her stigma to Raki. Before he leaves, he gives Clare a black card. She recognizes in horror the symbol's owner.

Resigned to the inevitable, Clare returns to camp. She tells Raki they will journey to Mount Shire.

Stopover[edit | edit source]

Daytime. Clare and Raki reach the mountainside village of Shire. At an inn, Clare attempts to keep Raki there, until she returns from Mount Shire.

After she leaves Raki in the lobby, a cowled Rubel speaks to Raki from atop the staircase. As he climbs down, Rubel warns Raki about continuing to accompany Clare. He reminds Raki that Clare is part Yoma.

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Rubel in cowl

When Raki asks how Clare can survive with Yoma inside her, Rubel replies that Claymores fight the Yoma inside them with their remaining humanity. But with each fight, all warriors eventually become Yoma. Then they are "euthanized." Raki interprets this as Clare going to the mountain and becoming a Yoma. He rushes out the inn to catch up with Clare.

Mount Shire[edit | edit source]

The entire mountain is covered with ruined churches and graves. As Clare ascends a walkway through a cemetery, Raki catches up. Under Raki's probing, she finally admits the purpose of their journey—to euthanize a sister warrior.

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Clare reminisce about her only friend at the Claymore warrior school. The dormitory has the appearance of a medieval prison, lit with chandeliers from the cavern ceiling. In their dorm cell, Clare and her classmate had to cling to each other on their cot in order to sleep, so great was the pain from the Yoma implantation.

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Studio profiles of Elena as a trainee

Clare outlines the black card system. She pulls out the sword pummel and takes out a black envelope. She explains how eventually, all warriors are taken over by their Yoma-half. Soon atop the mountain, they meet Elena, Clare's only friend in the world. Elena reveals that despite becoming a warrior after Clare, Elena unexpectedly awoke first.

Elena barely holds back from awakening. Despite Raki's protests, Clare strikes with her sword. Elena thanks Clare for allowing her to die as a human.

Clare meeting Elena on Mount Shire

Burial[edit | edit source]

Clare and Raki stand before Elena's grave, her sword serving as her grave-mark.

Additional details[edit | edit source]

Cast[edit | edit source]

Manga versus anime[edit | edit source]

  • This episode begins with the ending of manga Scene 2—the Yoma suppression in Strah—and segues into Scene 4
  • In the manga, Clare alone goes to Strah before rescuing Raki in the desert[10]
  • In the manga, Shire village never appears, nor does Raki ever meet Rubel
  • Clare wears a pageboy haircut at school in the anime. In the manga, Clare cuts her hair after she already transformed into a Claymore warrior[11]
  • Elena as a trainee never appears in the manga

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

Clare reminiscences about Elena—神秘と深淵 Shinpi to Shin'en (Mystery and Abyss) 1:40

Clare walking up Mount Shire—大きな剣 Ooki na Ken (Great Sword) 1:44

Clare meeting Elena—微笑のテレサ Bishou no Teresa (Teresa of the Faint Smile) 1:53

Video[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Tankōbon Claymore volumes cited are VIZ Media (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted. Manga scenes (chapters) not yet translated cite Shueisha tankōbon (ja) editions. Manga scenes not yet published in tankōbon form cite Jump SQ (ja) editions. Fragments of Silver Omnibus (総集編 銀の断章 Gin no Danshou) 1–3, Shueisha, are only available in Japanese. Anime scenes (episodes) cited are FUNimation (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted.

  1. Claymore, Anime Scene 2
  2. Claymore, Kazé Deutschland, Anime Scene 2
  3. Claymore, Kazé Anime, Anime Scene 2
  4. Claymore, Yamato Video, Anime Scene 2
  5. Claymore, avex, Anime Scene 2
  6. Claymore, Anime Scene 2
  7. Claymore DS Game handbook, p. 28
  8. Claymore DS Game handbook, p. 28
  9. Claymore DS Game handbook, p. 28
  10. Claymore 1, Scene 2, p. 81
  11. Claymore 14, Extra Scene 4, pp. 183–190
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