Ah yes. While have a 'special' rank, 'multiple special' rank, and 'exception' rank is kinda silly, they should've just started lower, it still does manage to convey the information.
The one issue I have with it is that the Awakened beings universally have stats equal or higher to a number 1, even ones that high-level Claymore have handled solo (Ophie's known for solo-hunting them after all, and Teresa ripped Rosemary apart), though I suppose that can be chalked up to them having the vulnerability of a large, much bulkier body, and no sword.
That was one source of irritation for me, as well.
It's like there's no rhyme or reason to the ranks.
The only "exception" would be Priscilla. She's the only one that could be considered stupid strong in speed and everything else.
Also, of all the characters, Clare should have the highest rank in spirit.
I think all the ranks should have stopped at S, including for abyssal ones.
Also, "leadership" should be completely thrown out as both Claymore AND awakened beings are primarily solo characters. It wasn't until the war in the North that you saw much cooperation among the claymore AND awakened beings.
More on topic. I dislike the fact that the former number ones are soloing a group of people that made single digit ranks look weak. That's just stupid and annoying. It will be believable if they say something like, "these are much stronger than even abyssal ones" due to x. Whatever x is, it had better damn well be a good explanation.
Also, one of the brethern DID remark on how strong Dae made them...so I guess that is the decent explanation for now.
Finally.....BRING BACK CLARE, DAMNI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!11!1111!!1
She's not the smartest Claymore around though Also she didn't start out good at resisting awakening either.
Of all the stats, that's the one that is the least clear from the name. It's obviously not pure willpower.
I believe it's the ability to control one's own yoki and resist awakening- Irene's quicksword was so dangerous because she had such better control than Clare and she stressed her ability to do so, after all, and Jean was incredibly hard to break and make transform, and they both have very high ratings. Alicia and Beth also have A+ despite being emotionless, and that is precisely what their training is about, controlling it.
Priscilla and Ophelia both have very low ratings despite their strength, and both awakened easily.
The problem with that is every high-ranking Awakened will then have strait Ss, telling you nothing about how they compare to each other.
Unless they change the starting point, at least.
I disagree, it's specifically brought up as important during Abyssal hunts where groups are the norm (as well as dealing with big Yoma nests, and taking down high-ranks rogues who don't submit), and stressed heavily Miria's greatest strength, how in group fights she's the best leader the Org has despite only being #6.
It doesn't matter in solo fights, but even before the war in the north it's a factor that comes up reasonable often for higher rank warriors.
Number 1s usually make other single digit ranks look weak, though. These are 3 of the top #1s ever, and recall that Teresa barely had any trouble with an entire group of rather badass single digits (Priscilla excepted). So this is three almost-Teresas they're fighting.
Also remember, Miria is the only one of the Northern 7 there right now. The rest are all current warriors. Lesse... there's #3, 5, and 9 in Single Digits there. All the other single digits are either dead, missing, or with the rest of the Northern Warriors at the northern pass (or in Miata's case, with Galatea).
So it's not exactly a stocked lineup. They're really lucky the twins are there.