Manga has special chapters not shown in anime. So it's worthwhile to collect.
I thought that the fight scenes were bad because of the multiple sword strokes everyone seems to be using. Episode 20 was better though, in some fights against the Awakens, because you could see how the Claymores were swinging their blades, as compared to when the animators used the "multiple sword strokes where you can only see white lines and blurred hands" attack. The manga avoids such blur-hands-white-lines attack and shows clean cuts, and that's what I liked most about Claymore: the realism of the fights. Unlike Naruto, fights in Claymore are not about whittling down your opponent's HP.
Originally Posted by Elcura
Perhaps awakens have thick armor, perhaps there's some regeneration going on, but usually all blows are fatal. One clean hit can mean a matter of victory or defeat. That's realism there, one clean hit being fatal. But I digress.
It's not that I hate blurry hands attack, I like those. But I also associate them to Clare's and Flora's attack as being super fast that all you can see are blurry hands and white lines - or just cuts without even their hands moving. So I think it's just laziness on the animators part to simply use the same style of representation of attacks for everyone, when clearly that style of art should be reserved for super fast attacks only. I see no distinction for Clare's attack if everyone has the same animation when swinging. Either buff Clare's animation (like in previous episodes, so fast that you don't see her hands moving but nonetheless see the cuts) or stop doing blurry-hands-white-lines for everyone else.
I know I'm nitpicking, but it's the details that get me when I rewatch episodes a few times round.
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