|Claymore Manga Chapter 1|
|Romanized title||Gingan no Zansatsusha|
|English title||Silver-Eyed Slayer|
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When a village ("Doga," not mentioned until Scene 56) is plagued by Yoma, the village chief sends for a mysterious, half-Yoma warrior known as a Claymore to detect and kill the Yoma. A boy named Raki takes an interest in her and, being unafraid, he tries speaking with her.
At home, he finds his uncle dead and discovers that his "older brother," Zaki, is the Yoma. The Claymore saves Raki and kills the Yoma. Afterward, Raki thanks the Claymore. At the end of Scene 1, she gives her name: Clare.
Scene 1 opens with a woman with vertical slit-pupils killing a humanoid monster using a claymore (sword) to cut off its head.
The Yoma StrikesEdit
The scene changes to a blood-splattered body lying on a street in a village. This is the sixth victim - the last victim was killed three days ago - and a Yoma is presumed responsible.
A young man, Zaki, attends a meeting at the village chief's house. Citizens argue over creatures that take human form and eat the internal organs of their still living victims, but the chief announces that he's sent for a Claymore. He justifies himself by enunciating that only Claymores can detect Yoma. Including when clad in Human form.
Zaki meets Raki, his younger brother, after the meeting. The boy admits to eavesdropping and asks about Claymores. Zaki, out of ignorance or on purpose, gives misinformation mixed with fact. He defines "Claymore" as an organization that kills Yoma for a fee. Also, he uses the word to define hybrids created with Yoma flesh and blood. Furthermore, he alleges that only females could adapt and every male who tried apparently died. Claymores also have distinctive silver eyes, giving them the names "Silver-Eyed Witches" and "Silver-Eyed Slayers," but when they fight Yoma, their eyes turn gold.
The "Claymore" ArrivesEdit
Sudden commotion in the village—the Claymore appears. Raki hurries to see her. A young woman approaches the village. She has blonde hair done in a pageboy-styled cut, wears armor over a frail-looking body, and carries a claymore (large sword) on her back.
Everyone's afraid, wondering whether the part-Yoma could turn on them. At first she ignores everyone, but stops to stare down one man who speaks too loudly.
At the chief's home, she rejects the offered fee, saying that if she died, there would be no reason to pay. If she succeeds, a man-in-black would collect the fee later. She reassures them, that she will find it and either she or the Yoma will turn up dead.
The Claymore begins her search. Villagers flee at the sight of her. Suddenly, her eyes flash gold—she draws her sword and whirls around. Behind her, a horrified Raki says he was only following her (it later develops that Raki has the smell of Yoma all over him).
During their talk, she reveals that "Claymore" is neither the real name of the Organization nor its soldiers. Only the public uses the term "Claymore." However, Raki is unafraid of her since she looks normal and rather pretty to him. He continues to follow her until they reach the end of the village.
Under an arch, the she sticks her sword into the ground and sits with her back to it, saying she is taking a nap after a three-day walk. Raki sits with her, and she asks why the interest in her. He confides that his parents were the first victims and that he wishes the Yoma dead.
She replies that she did not come here to please him, but a bell tolls and Raki, realizing he is late, hurries to his uncle's house. Before he leaves, Raki says his name and asks for hers. She declines, adding that he will forget it soon enough.
Raki hurries home and finds his uncle's body. Zaki appears, his face distorted, eyes golden, and mouth dripping with blood: Zaki is the Yoma. As he morphs into monster form, he confesses how hard it was to hide among humans and resist the temptation to devour them.
The Yoma admits eating Raki's parents and the real Zaki, taking on Zaki's body form and memories so he could live disguised among humans. When the Yoma cries, he says it's Zaki's resurfacingtemporarily. Raki tries attacking the Yoma, who knocks him down.
The Claymore crashes through the ceiling and lands between them. She explains that Raki carries the scent of Yoma and all she had to do was follow him.
The Yoma lunges, but the Claymore evades and cuts him with superhuman speed and strength. She severs his arm and, when the Yoma attempts to use Raki as a shield, she severs his other arm. The helpless Yoma then begs for mercy, but in one stroke, she splits the Yoma in half from head-to-toe. She shakes the blood from the blade and, after glancing at a traumatized Raki, leaves.
The Day AfterEdit
The next day, Raki is taken to the chief's house, where he's still in shock. The villagers think he could be a Yoma as well and get rid of him by exiling him. He then is found by Clare and taken to the next town to stay in an inn until he wakes.
Later he finds another Yoma dressed like a Claymore and Clare rescues him again. On the village outskirts, he catches up with her and thanks her, saying that he will never forget her. She does not respond but walks away. Again, he asks for her name. At last she tells him: Clare.