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Zaki
Studio illustration of Zaki

VIZ Media name

Zaki[1] (en-us Speaker)

Variant

Zaki[2][3][4][5] (de Speaker, es-es Speaker, fr Speaker, it Speaker), Заки[6] Zaki Speaker (ru), 扎基[7] Zhājī Speaker (zh-hk), 查基[8] Chájī Speaker (zh-tw)

Original name

ザキ[9] Zaki Speaker

Current status

Killed by Clare

Ties

Raki

Quote

Once they take human form, it's practically impossible for us to spot them.[10]

Anime voice

Christoph Banken (de),
Ian Sinclair (en-us),
Paolo De Santis (it),
Akira Ishida (ja)

First appearance

Scene 1, Anime Scene 1

EtymologyEdit

ザキ transliterates from "Zaki," the standard Western transliteration of the Arabic زكيّ (Zaki Speaker), the male version of the feminine "Zaka," both meaning "transparent," "pure" or white.[11]

"Zaki" ironically parallels the Latin origin of "Clare" (clear). Possibly an allusion to character of original Zaki.

AppearanceEdit

HumanEdit

Zaki is a male in his late teens–early 20s. He appears as a slimmer version of the adult Raki.[12] His dress includes tank-top, harem pants and boots.

YomaEdit

Typical Yoma appearance. Zaki's face is an awakened caricature of the human Zaki. The Yoma body is much bigger and muscular than the human original.

Zaki awakened
Studio profiles of Zaki awakened

PersonalityEdit

Zaki appears concerned about the general welfare of the village, but is quick to spread fear about the Yoma being hidden among the villagers.

HistoryEdit

Early life unknown.

Village of DogaEdit

In medieval village of Doga[13] a crowd gathers round a body lying in the street. Someone says a Yoma did it.[14]

At a village hall meeting, Zaki demands action. This was the sixth victim. While he appears concerned about the situation, he spreads suspicion among the gathering that anyone could be the Yoma.[15]

Someone says Yoma eat the organs of their still living victims. Zaki says Yoma are impossible to detect once they take human form.[16] The chief announces that he hired a Claymore. Only a Claymore can detect the Yoma.[17] But the chief's announcement worries Zaki.[18]

RakiEdit

Meeting ends on fearful note, due to Claymores' reputation. Outside, Zaki meets his pre-adolescent brother, Raki, who admits eavesdropping. When Raki asks about Claymores, Zaki gives him a mixture of rumor. He calls both the Organization and its female warriors Claymores, both named after the Claymore sword. Zaki adds that Claymores are half-human, half-Yoma[19]

Claymore Zaki at meeting02:07

Claymore Zaki at meeting


Zaki and villagers at meeting

ClaymoreEdit

Watching the Claymore enter town, Raki races up behind her. She whirls about and nearly decapitates him. But he persists in following her. When he calls the organization she works for as "Claymore," she says the Organization has no name.[20]

When Raki calls her a "Claymore," she says that name was thrust on warriors by humans.[21] At the village's edge, the two sit down.[22] Raki eventually leaves to prepare dinner.

YomaEdit

At home, Raki finds his uncle bloodied body.[23] Zaki shows up. But “Zaki” awakens into the Yoma. The Yoma reveals he killed Raki's parents and Zaki. By eating Zaki's brain, the Yoma was able to take on Zaki's identity. The Yoma says he must have one last meal before leaving town. He attacks Raki.[24]

The Yoma cries before attacking Raki. He confesses that Zaki's memories of Raki are affecting him, due to the strong bond the real Zaki had with Raki.[25]

The ceiling explodes—the Claymore warrior plunges and lands between the two. She reveals that Raki carries the Yoma's scent, accounting for her initial attack on Raki. After that, she only had to let Raki lead her to her target.[26]

The warrior cuts both arms off the Yoma. And splits him in two.[27]

She leaves the house, Raki slumped in shock.[28]

ReferencesEdit

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, Scene 1, p. 11
  2. Claymore 1, Tokyopop, Scene 1, p. 11
  3. Claymore 1, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 1, p. 11
  4. Claymore 1, Glénat Édition Française, Scene 1, p. 11
  5. Claymore 1, Star Comics, Scene 1, p. 9
  6. Claymore 1, Comix-ART, Scene 1, p. 11
  7. Claymore 1, Culturecom, Scene 1, p. 11
  8. Claymore 1, Ever Glory, Scene 1, p. 11
  9. Claymore 1, Shueisha, Scene 1, p. 11
  10. Claymore 1, Scene 1, p. 11
  11. Definition of زكيّ
  12. Claymore 15, Scene 80, p. 100
  13. Claymore 10, Scene 56, p. 145
  14. Claymore 1, Scene 1, pp. 9–10
  15. Claymore, Anime Scene 1
  16. Claymore 1, Scene 1, p. 11
  17. Claymore 1, Scene 1, p. 12
  18. Claymore 1, Scene 1, p. 12; Claymore, Anime Scene 1
  19. Claymore 1, Scene 1, pp. 14–17
  20. Claymore 1, Scene 1, p. 28
  21. Claymore 1, Scene 1, p. 29
  22. Claymore 1, Scene 1, p. 33
  23. Claymore 1, Scene 1, p. 37; Claymore, Anime Scene 1
  24. Claymore 1, Scene 1, pp. 37–39
  25. Claymore 1, Scene 1, p. 39; Claymore, Anime Scene 1
  26. Claymore 1, Scene 1, pp. 42–43
  27. Claymore 1, Scene 1, pp. 54–55
  28. Claymore 1, Scene 1, p. 58

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