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First magazine cover


Main title: Клеймор Klyeĭmor (Claymore ru), 獵魔戰記 Liè Mó Zhànjì (Yoma Hunt zh-tw)
Added title: クレイモア Kureimoa (Claymore) (en-us, ja), Claymore (ru), 大劍 Dà Jiàn (Big Sword zh-hk)

Original title


Written by

Norihiro Yagi

Illustrated by

Norihiro Yagi


Shōnen. Alternatively, a synthesis of Sword and Sorcery, Superhero, Science Fiction, Fantasy



Original publication

Monthly Shōnen Jump

Current publication

Jump SQ

Original tankōbon publisher



Weekly Shōnen Jump, Jump SQ 19

Series start date

July 2001 (Monthly Shōnen Jump)

  • Scene 001 link.jpg Scene 1: first scene
  • Scene 140.jpg Scene 140: latest scene

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Contrary to popular belief, Claymore is not a transliteration of クレイモア (Kureimoa). クレイモア is a transliteration of Claymore.

The English language "claymore" is a transcription of the Scottish-Gaelic "claidheamh mór" (Great Sword), pronounced clave- or glave-mor.

Claymore is the official and original title to the manga series. クレイモア is not found on the copyright page of any Shueisha tankōbon volume, only Claymore.[1] クレイモア is only the super-scripted part of the logo of the Japan and US tankōbon editions.

Description[edit | edit source]

A manga written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. Genre: fantasy, action, drama.

History[edit | edit source]

Regular Scenes[edit | edit source]

Start date[edit | edit source]

Claymore first appeared in the July 2001 issue of Monthly Shōnen Jump (月刊少年ジャンプ Gekkan Shōnen Janpu). The May 2001 start date, found on most English-language websites, is apocryphal. The May date may be due to the industry practice of actually releasing publications several days ahead of the official release date, the official release date here being 6 June 2001.

In July 2007, the main narrative ceased temporarily (Scene 73), but eventually transferred to the Jump SQ (ジャンプスクエア Janpu Sukuea), starting with the December 2007 issue (Scene 74).

Tankōbon[edit | edit source]

"Scenes" or chapters are first published in book form (tankōbon) under the Shueisha label, beginning with Volume 1 on 5 January 2002. Other language editions follow the Shueisha volumes, using the Japan tankōbon artwork, which in turn often derives from the magazine that Claymore scenes first appear in.

For example, the July 2001 cover of Monthly Shōnen Jump is the basis of all subsequent volume 1 tankōbon jackets and covers.

Extra Scenes[edit | edit source]

During the 5-month, July–November 2007 hiatus, four "Extra Scenes" appeared monthly in the Weekly Shōnen Jump (週刊少年ジャンプ Shūkan Shōnen Janpu). These are gaiden and not part of the main narrative of the series. No regular Claymore chapter appeared in the Weekly Shōnen Jump. Nothing related to Claymore was published by Shueisha in November 2007.

In the May 2012 issue of a Jump SQ spinoff—Jump SQ 19—a Special Scene appeared.[2] This fifth piece is also gaiden. But the main narrative continues to be published in the regular Jump SQ.

Editions[edit | edit source]

Magazine[edit | edit source]

  • Publisher: Jump SQ (Shueisha)
  • Size: 255 x 180mm
  • Paper quality: 0.5 point out of 5. Pulp yellow
  • Cover: 3.5 points out of 5
  • Details: occasional color cover relating to Claymore

Special[edit | edit source]

  • Publisher: Jump SQ (Shueisha)
  • Size: 255 x 180mm
  • Paper quality: 0.5 point out of 5. Pulp yellow
  • Details: Fragments of Silver Omnibus

Tankōbon[edit | edit source]

See Tankōbon.

Additional details[edit | edit source]

  • A collection of color pages and tankōbon cover art is found in the hardcover Memorabilia
  • The "2 May" date frequently seen as the release or issue date of Monthly Shōnen Jump, in which Scene 1 makes its debut, is historically the release date of the magazine's June issues
  • On reference websites, the "issue" (cover) date of monthly publications (month, year) is often confused with the "release" date (day, month, year), which is the month before the issue month
  • Subscribers and distributors of Monthly Shōnen Jump actually received the July 2001 issue during the last week of May 2001–5 June 2001, per standard industry practice

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 1, copyright page, p. 189
  2. Jump SQ 19, May 2012, Claymore, Special Scene, p. 419

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