OWLS Disruptor Post: Claymore’s 7 Ghosts of the Northern War

Strength, obedience and individuality – three things that make Claymores the most effective combat weapons against the
supposed enemies of the human race – yoma

To establish Claymore as a point of reference for a real-life, practical scenario, it might help to take a quick look at some series facts:

The 7 Ghosts or Survivors of the Northern Warmiria
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The Numbering System

This is perhaps one of the most distinct and solid fact about Claymores. Once they are deemed ready by the ‘Organization’ to fight on the field, they’re automatically given specific numbers (nos. 1-47) depending on their combat strength.

It’s both a hierarchy and warning that keeps all the members in line.

  • Lower numbers obey the higher digits.
  • Single digits command a team on field.
  • And nos. 1 to 5 are kept by the Organization near the headquarters as a sort of protection and for convenience purposes in case something unexpected comes up.

It served its purpose well to maintain order. But it also became the root of envy and jealousy.

A good point of reference would be former  no.2 Roxanne of Love and Hate plotting the downfall of the then no.1 Cassandra the Dust Eater.

Fighting a losing battle – a prelude to revolution

Why fight a losing battle? What’s the point of risking one’s life and spending all your time and energy fighting a war you couldn’t win? The Claymores assigned on the tragic Northern Campaign at Pieta knew that it was a suicide mission.

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They are expendable tools. Still, they chose to fight. Why?

  • Fleeing the battle would mean a lifetime of running away from the Organization
  • Their warrior’s honor is at stake
  • It’s the perfect setup to free themselves from the shackles of their unreasonable mission and finally attain freedom

Phantom Miria, the leader of the mission chose the 3rd – a real gamble. But the 7 of them who managed to survive did carry the will of the majority who died.

Unity in diversity

Fast-forward to seven years after the war and the survivors – believed to be dead, shows up with one common mission – to
bring down the organization in an attempt to rescue the current and soon to be Claymores.

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So much has happened in this arc, and I wouldn’t be spoiling much details. But the crucial point that stood out was the brave decision of the 7 warriors, though stronger than before, still lacked in manpower to defeat an entire organization composed of 47 new Claymores.

But they did. And it’s not just because of brute strength.

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The 7 ghosts individuality might’ve created tension and misunderstanding among themselves at first, but their pursuit of
a single cause eventually brought them together.

Disruption in pre-established norms, challenging the status-quo

Now this isn’t to say that I encourage you to go against your organization, team or company just so you can prove your individuality.

I still believe keeping a peaceful relationship with people you work and live with is a must. However, it’s also important to stay true to the values and principles you uphold.

Using the Claymore analogy might be going over-the-top considering all the blood and lives spilled on the process,
but their headstrong resolve to right the wrong undeniably sends off a strong message – that there will come a point in your life when you have to stop obeying or doing what you know is wrong and start making things right.

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Of course, the decision wouldn’t be easy and you’ll most likely be criticized even by the people you thought would stand by your decision. But that’s part of the risk one has to live with when attempting to disrupt what the majority accepts as ‘the only right.’

The good news is…

You’ll most likely meet people who share your ideologies and beliefs. Just like how Miria found support from the other six, there are people out there who are willing to work with you.

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They may not necessarily be people you’ve met personally but if God wills you to work together on something, it will happen. After all the internet has now made it possible for us to communicate with people from all over the world.

Joining OWLS

Kat’s previous post about Naruto being a positive disruptor resonated with me because I find more people, millennials even, becoming too complacent about almost everything.

There’s this sort of protective bubble that creates the illusion of safety, comfort and basically all good things you can wish for in life.

Unfortunately, not all things are good. Sometimes, you’ll need that positive disruption to realize that and do something better yourself.

When I accepted the invitation to join OWLS, I spent a couple of moments pondering on what this means. Writing is one. Messaging is another. I’ll end this post with this message:

Meeting or being the disruption ourselves may feel uncomfortable, but I hope we don’t totally pry away  from the idea of doing something new, creative and good.

I believe OWLS is walking that path.

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We’re diverse in nationality, time zones, gender and beliefs, but our advocacy keeps us united. (Special mention to Twitter and Gmail for our official modes of communication)

P.S.

This is the 3rd stop for OWLS blog tour so in case you missed the first two, you can visit Matt’s and Kat’s blog:

Of course, I encourage you to stay tuned for Arria’s post on January 13, 2017! To everyone who has followed our tour, thank you and hopefully you’ll soon drop us a message to join!

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41 thoughts on “OWLS Disruptor Post: Claymore’s 7 Ghosts of the Northern War”

  1. Great post, Venus! It’s absolutely true that it’s not easy to stand up against what the majority deems as ‘right’ even if that right is skewed more often than not. But the tiny little idealist in me believes that making a stand is still worth the effort and definitely better than letting the injustice go on.

    Also, I’m tickled that you chose Claymores to base your point on.

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    1. Whahahah! I love Claymore! I was actually about to change the featured anime on this post but then I read your round-up post last time and you somehow mentioned something about Teresa appreciation post and I realized that y es…Claymore deserves the spotlight. LOL! Glad you liked it!

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  2. I adore this post ❤
    I've never seen Claymore before but after reading this I really, REALLY want to. The themes you discuss seem right up my alley! I love how you related it to speaking up against things that are wrong even if that goes against the current systems status quo. Doing the right thing isn't always easy but it is the times that we are able to that are really telling about our characters. I also enjoy how you mention that there are always people that you can relate to and form connections with. We are never alone, and I love that idea ❤

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  3. Excellent post Venus! I haven’t read the Claymore series but after reading this post, I am kind of curious. It is true and I do agree that is hard to go against an organization or group that believes that they believe is right but with the right people, you can create change.

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  4. Great post, it is definitely eye-opening. We as the new generation must decide whether to to accept what is available or to disrupt the order for a greater ideal.

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    1. True. Millennials are seen to be the generation who’s supposed to lead and probably make some beneficial change. But apparently, that’s not the case (for the majority). I’m glad you find this eye-opening. Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. Excellent post, Venus! Very well-written. I’m impressed. I haven’t watched or read Claymore, so I can’t say much about the plot itself but it doesn’t matter since you explained it succinctly here. I love how emphasized the importance of upholding peace but if something doesn’t feel right, it’s more important to fight for your own beliefs and principles instead of enduring a “norm” that goes against what you believe in. And of course, you also emphasized the theme of nakama, which I love in anime/manga series. The chance of changing something alone is very low but if you have people who believes in the same vision that you do, you gain the traction for change even against a great number of oppressors. Excellent post, Venus. Love it! Keep it up. Cheers!

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  6. I think this manga really drove the importance of never giving up despite overwhelming odds into my noggin. Fighting for what’s right is an admirable cause that shouldn’t be underestimated.
    (I still get emotional seeing Miria winning over the Organization’s Warriors with her softness).

    Thanks for sharing! Yay OWLS!

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  7. Awww you chose a great anime for this topic Venus !! I love this anime minus all the gore that occurs. But great example to use the arc of those seven who banded together to fight against everything that would stand in their way. I always felt for Clare she took the weight of the world on her shoulders all the time it was a sad arc to watch. Need to read the Manga. Inspirational post to us owls and other readers wohoo !!

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  8. I haven’t read this series, but your article was very interesting. I agree with what you said about having to stand up for what you believe in. It is very poignant in our world right now. With the current political climate, I feel as though many different people from all backgrounds and walks of life are going to have to stand up for what they believe is right.

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  9. You know, sometimes it takes an over-the-top concept and execution to get a strong and honorable point across. My brother received the anime of Claymore as a gift a long while back and it still irks me that I haven’t watched it! I heard it’s pretty gory, so maybe that’s what has kept me off the trail for a bit.

    Stories about the warrior code and knightly honor have always been favorites of mine. Something about blind loyalty and betrayal of this code to do what truly “feels right” is a trait that, I believe, much of today’s society lacks. It almost makes me wish I could use a huge-ass demon-slaying sword to wake up humanity, haha, but then again, where’s the “humanity” in that? XD

    Awesome write up regarding the disruptor theme over a series beloved by many and, hopefully, myself in due time!

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  10. Reblogged this on grimmgirldotcom and commented:
    Happy Flashback Friday!

    In keeping with my current theme of reblogging OWLS Blog Tour posts we have the second article from the tour by the lovely JapanimeTalks. She posted her Claymore themed disrupter post on January 9, 2017.

    What I LOVE about this post is how JapanimeTalks uses Claymore to discuss how there will be times in your life when you have to stand up and do what is right even when if feels like everyone around you is doing the wrong thing.

    This reminds me a lot of how our governments can sometimes form laws that do more harm then good and it is up to the people to point that out. A great example in American history would be slavery and internment camps. Those were laws making it legal to enslave Africans and confine Japanese Americans to interment camps against their wills and without justification. At the time they were legal. It was up to the American people to realize that these things were wrong and to change things for future generations.

    As you can see I’m a big fan of this post, so I hope you all like it as well! Make sure to check out more of JapanimeTalks articles in the future.

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