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Releasing Yoma power

Original magazine title

天空の爪[1] Tenkū no tsume (Claws of the sky)

Issue, release date

August 2001, 6 July 2001

Tankōbon title

Same as the original, volume 1[2]

US tankōbon title

Claws in the Sky[3]

New character

Village chief, Rubel, Yoma leader, Winged Yoma


Either it's very hungry... or there's more than one of them.




Unnamed village, village of Strah[5]

Anime arc

Great Sword

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    • Scene 001 link 1: Silver-eyed Slayer
    • Scene 002 2: Claws in the Sky
    • Scene 003 3: Memory of a Witch
    • Scene 004 4: The Black Card

Cold openEdit

At unnamed village, Clare attends meeting with village chief. Suddenly, Clare lops off his skullcap with her sword. Villagers look on in horror.[6]

Preemptive strikeEdit

The dying "man" awakens into a Yoma, his nails lengthening into claws. He confesses thinking he hid his Yoma aura from Clare. And thus was about to attack. But she sensed his true nature and struck first, using his very Yoma qualities against him.[7]

After he dies, Clare tells the villagers that a stranger will come collect the fee.[8]


As Clare bathes at a waterfall, a bespectacled Man in Black, Rubel, advises that she can never wash off the Yoma scent, since her own body produces it.[9] This may allude to the unhealable stigma.

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Clare's uniform

He gives a new assignment—the village of Strah. 27 people have died—sign of a Yoma pack at work. He advises her to wait five days for reinforcements, but Clare expresses concern about deaths in the meantime. She goes alone, despite the dangers. This behavior persists in future scenes.[10]


When Clare arrives, the villagers remain hidden behind closed doors. But a man meets her in the street. [11] Clare knows he is a Yoma. Then four Yoma surround her.[12] Then he mentions a fifth Yoma. Suddenly from the sky, a Winged Yoma strike.[13]

Clare slashes in half three Yoma. She suspects they must be weak if they have to hunt in a pack.[14] She kills the leader, still in human form. Then using a thrown sword technique, she hurls her sword skyward to kill the Winged Yoma.[15]

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The real sky claw

Despite the demise of the Yoma, the villagers stay hidden. Clare repeats her standard line about the fee.[16]


Clare rendezvous with Rubel. He remarks on the villagers' ingratitude, despite Clare risking her life. And that Clare wants to help others, due to her emotional past. But Clare admits nothing.[17]

Additional detailsEdit


  • The Man in Black trope originated in Norihiro Yagi's first one-shot manga, Undeadman
  • The street fight tropes first appear in various fight sequences in Yagi's Angel Densetsu
  • Debut of Winged Yoma
  • The anime (Anime Scene 2) has Raki accompanying Clare in Strah

Cover artEdit

The front panel of the August 2001 Monthly Shōnen Jump depicts the previous month's artwork.

Monthly Shōnen Jump 08 August 2001
August 2001 Monthly Shōnen Jump


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. Monthly Shōnen Jump, August 2001, Claymore, p. 197
  2. Claymore 1, Shueisha, Scene 2, p. 69
  3. Claymore 1, Scene 2, p. 69
  4. Claymore DS Game handbook, p. 28
  5. Claymore DS Game handbook, p. 28
  6. Claymore 1, Scene 2, pp. 69–71
  7. Claymore 1, Scene 2, pp. 72–73
  8. Claymore 1, Scene 2, p. 73
  9. Claymore 1, Scene 2, pp. 76–77
  10. Claymore 1, Scene 2, pp. 78–80
  11. Claymore 1, Scene 2, p. 82
  12. Claymore 1, Scene 2, pp. 83–84
  13. Claymore 1, Scene 2, pp. 85–86
  14. Claymore 1, Scene 2, p. 95
  15. Claymore 1, Scene 2, pp. 98–104
  16. Claymore 1, Scene 2, p. 105
  17. Claymore 1, Scene 2, p. 107
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