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Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 25, 2012 to Mar 19, 2013
Duration: 3 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.451 (scored by 7903 users)
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Dec 23, 2013
To be honest, I have always regarded perfection as something that cannot be attained. However, studio Trigger managed to prove me wrong with this brilliant masterpiece named Inferno Cop. With first glance, Inferno Cop may seem like a generic action hero series, but this gem of show contains many hidden philosophies and messages about the life and hardship of a hero burdened with the task of protecting a society struggling with increasing crime rates. The story deals with themes such as discovery of self, friendship, sacrifices and redemption. The parody filled dialogue also presents the reflection of the corruptions and social injustices of our current world.
The art is simple and serves as a beacon within the industry to prove that you do not need a huge budget and top notch computer generated graphics to create a masterpiece. Not only is this a brilliant way to save budget, it is also a satirical reference to the less enlightened animation studios out there that rely on pretty visuals to grab sales yet have no actual content.
The characters in Inferno Cop are the epitome of anti cliches. Every character is interesting and usually represents a particular theme in the story; especially the protagonist, Inferno Cop himself. Not only is he the epitome of justice, he also serves as a reminder that though society, the world and even you yourself may be changing, the burning flames of passion for justice should never be extinguished. He serves as a role model that each and every one of us should learn from. Though we cannot all be the sort of dashing gun wielding vigilante with rakish charm like Inferno Cop, we can all contribute and create a world with less crime and shoplifting.
The plot is one that is filled with twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Often times, things out of your expectation may happen. The viewer should also beware as there are many heartwarming and bittersweet moments in the series. Inferno Cop's story is one that integrates so well with all other aspects of the anime, that it is a true trinity of superb scriptwriting, fantastic directing and outstanding presentation. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Inferno Cop is worth more than Shakespeare's works; combined.
To all who are reading this review, stop, and go watch Inferno Cop right now because "Without Inferno Cop, life would be a mistake"- Friedrich Nietzsche read more
Jan 21, 2013
is a revolutionary work of art that epitomizes the pinnacle of outstanding animation, deep character interaction, and well-crafted plot development. With thought-provoking themes intermixed with deep, symbolic undertones that would bring greats such as Poe and Kerouac to their knees, Inferno Cop is an instant classic that will make its mark in history.
The story covers such a wide array of dramatic and moral tales of bravery and enlightenment that it puts Homer’s epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey, to shame. From a highly emotional legal drama to a deep, symbolic conflict with an omnipotent cult, Inferno cop includes many classic themes that have lasted the test of time. Moreover, the story perfectly umbrellas its allegorical aspects with a modern perspective: the police genre. Trouncing other works of the same focus, Inferno cop masterfully mends together this atmosphere with social messages regarding the dangers of technology and zombies.
Simply put, the animation is sublime. The attention to detail in terms of angles and movement makes fluidly animated shows like Nichijou seem like rough drafts of the final product. The gritty comic book art style brings the atmosphere to life, and explosions are as grand as those of a Hollywood production.
One word describes the voice acting of Inferno Cop: Passionate. From the deep, borderline-orgasmic voice of the narrator to the riveting dialogue between Inferno Cop and his foes, the voice acting crew poured much more than their souls into creating this jewel. The OST has a great variety of catchy tunes, from a touching piano piece to adrenaline-pumping rock instrumentals. The ending, sung in German by Juriano Hagiwara and composed by Daisuke Horita, is probably my favorite song from this decade, if not of all time.
The characters compliment the story like peanut butter does to jelly. Each character’s role in thwarting Inferno Cop’s endeavors to become the picturesque messenger of justice is well-developed, such as Mr. Judge and his flawless legal jargon or FBI. Even better, characters that are as well planned out as Mr. Judge serve as segues into controversial moral debates regarding the definitions of good and evil or the corruption of the legal system. Ultimately, every character serves their purpose to augment the overall experience.
I’m not going to lie; I probably almost passed out from laughing.
In fact, my friends on skype probably thought I was going mentally insane, which I probably am. And to this show’s credit, I found out that I can laugh in around 8 different ways. I will look forward to every single episode remaining as it skyrockets to the top of my priority list.
Pure fun. Isn’t that what entertainment is all about? Inferno Cop serves its purpose in every way, and I urge, no, COMMAND everybody to watch this masterpiece right now.
Note: I apologize for writing this review before the completion of the series. I couldn't hold back my enthusiasm, so I hope you can forgive me.
Jan 6, 2013
The gist of Inferno Cop is that it’s a hilariously awful exaggeration of manly 2000 AD-esque cyberpunk cop bullshit, where the lead character is some hard-nosed brutal arm of the law in the same vein of Judge Dredd or Robocop. Inferno Cop is taking a step back from these cyberpunk police shows and realising how silly they really are. Inferno Cop drives a flaming police car. That’s totally the kind of thing you’d see in those kinds of shows, but placed in the Inferno Cop setting is where you realise how dumb it really is.
Inferno Cop is entertainment satire in the same vein as Daily Lives of Highschool Boys or Detroit Metal City. It destruction of an entire genre is glorious to behold, and startling considering its complete lack of budget. It's achievements are even better when you compare it to the utter failure of every other short show from 2013. If only they had the same fantastic writing behind Inferno Cop.
Final score: Inferno Cop/Inferno Cop read more
Jan 6, 2013
I do believe for some this show has become the new "Mars of Destruction". For those of you who don't know what that show is, it is a one episode anime that was absolutely appalling in all aspects. But there's one little thing...you can't compare Mars of Destruction to this. Mars of Destruction failed to be what it wanted to be and Inferno Cop succeeded at what it wanted to be. It is a funny, show with a bizarre sense of dark humour wrapped up neatly in 3 minutes.
Inferno Cop isn't meant to be clever nor witty. It doesn't have anything meaningful to say. It is just a comedy taking the piss out of stories set in some crime ridden city involving some dark, brooding vigilante's fight for justice topped with a sprinkle of badassery. It takes the cheesy dialogue out of those and brings it to a new low by making it even more stupid. Just listen to the opening narration; you'll get the idea. If you want a clearer picture, it reminds me of something OneyNG would come up with (but significantly less vulgar).
The animation is 'bad'. I think given the content of the show, they decided not to make it too flashy. The characters don't really 'move' much. Since I don't know much about animation, I don't know what to call it, but it just looks like still images of a characters moving about; no arms, legs head or anything moving at all. The art deviates from the norm as well. I think all of this was a good move itself because it compliments the jokes and the type of humour.
As for my enjoyment, I bloody enjoyed it for what it is. I have not laughed so much at anything for a long, long time. I was even laughing in the shower up until late at night while I was attempting to write my essay.
I know only 2 episodes are out now, and I'm sorry to those who dislike people reviewing incomplete anime. This will be my last and only review.I'm just trying to give an honest review in hopes that one opinion will be at least taken seriously.
Jan 29, 2013
Story - 10
Inferno Cop has a deep, though provoking narrative. Beneath what may at first appear to be a shallow action comedy, resembling something one might find airing on Adult Swim, there is actually an interesting underlying social commentary. This show examines such topics as the criminal jusitce system, the medical care system, and religion. It manages to do all of this in 3-minute episodes.
Art - 10
At first glance the art may seem cheap, and the animation shoddy, but there is more to it than that. The series has a distinct visual style like nothing else out there that fits the series perfectly. It is also a subtle critique of the studios that are killing the industry, like Kyoto Animation, who rely on flashy animation to sell their shows.
Sound - 10
The voice work is top-notch. The cast fit their characters perfectly and deliver moving performances. The brilliant sound track fits the series perfectly and is always used appropriately. There is also a beautiful ending sung in near-perfect German.
Characters - 10
The show mainly focuses on Inferno Cop, who it goes without saying is a fantastic character, but there is also an outstanding supporting cast. There are even some excellent tragic characters that brought me to tears.
Enjoyment - 10
Not only is Inferno Cop such a deep, moving show, but it is also incredibly enjoyable. The exhilarating action, and high brow comedy make the show fun to watch, too. Unlike other attempts at DEEP anime, Trigger didn't forget to also make the show watchable.
Overall - 10
Why are you reading this instead of watching Inferno Cop? This show sets the bar so high that I doubt anything will ever compare. With Inferno Cop Trigger takes charge and ushers in a new era of anime. read more
Mar 22, 2014
Inferno Cop was produced by the now critically acclaimed Trigger, and it certainly shows and fits along their other works. What you're not going to get here is a deep story, thousands of hours of people slaving over frames of animation or the best sounding show to date. What you will get, though, is a piece of work which shines through with spontaneous moments of hilarity and a loosely put together story, not like that's what's going to be holding your attention.
This show is fast, and I mean really, really fast. It doesn't take a moment to breathe, and because of it's quick and jabby humor, you too won't have time to breathe. Throughout the entirety of the show, I was laughing to the point of tears, and even on the second watch through (which happened on a bus ride with a few buddies), I still caught myself laughing so, so much.
I can't describe much of the show, or I'll just spoil it. It's super short, and so is this review. My advice is just to watch the first couple of episodes, and if you enjoy that, finish it. Otherwise, turn around now and leave, because Inferno Cop will just chase you down and turn you into a very sorry person if you don't get your lead now. read more
Mar 19, 2013
To be completely honest with you, I really don't know what to think of this series. The anime viewer in me found it to be a downright hilarious watch, while the critic in me found this to be a mediocre production from a relative new production company. Inferno Cop is brought to us by the production company Trigger in their first production to hit the anime market. To be honest, I can't rip Trigger that much since most production companies first works are never that good. I guess the good news for Trigger is, they never even tried to be good with Inferno Cop.
Inferno Cop is a three-minute anime series that uses still framed characters with linear backgrounds. There is no "animation" in the sense that there are multiple frames in a constant flow, but rather the still frame animations are moved manually within the scenes. It's about the equivalent of cutting out shapes, pasting them to Popsicle sticks and moving them around in the scene. The best way to describe it is "cheap." You can tell the animation budget was extremely low for this series and perhaps that was the intention. The producers of this series intended to make an incredibly goofy, slapstick humor comedy that you can get a laugh at with how cheaply it's made.
So what's Inferno Cop about? Well...it's premise is a little insane. It's essentially about a cop from the bowels of hell that serves justice in a city known as Jack Knife Edge Town. His mission is to take out an organized crime syndicate known as Southern Cross. There is a revenge scheme as Southern Cross killed Inferno Cop's family and Inferno Cop sells his soul to hell for the power to take down the syndicate. However, don't expect that narrative to hold true, since the story takes odd twists and turns and becomes more about the strange situations Inferno Cop falls into. The plot is relatively similar to Ghost Rider, although that is just one thing I'll mention about this series.
The strength of this series was in its humor, especially with the inclusion of pop culture references, anime and non-anime a like. There are subtle stabs at anime, video games, and movies...some include the aforementioned Ghost Rider, Star Wars, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Dr. Who. I could go on-and-on about the pop culture references, but I found it hilarious at the brilliance at how they were used. I found the overall scriptwriting was extremely funny and while I found the seiyuu work to be flawed, I have to give them credit for staying in-character with it's insanely written script.
The biggest weakness with Inferno Cop is essentially skin deep. There was minimal effort put into this series from a production standpoint. The animation is the cheapest I've ever seen in an anime, the voice acting sounded like it was done by a couple guys in their basement...much like Girl-chan In Paradise for those that watch flash animation cartoons, and the music was cheaply produced and lacked variety.
Overall, Inferno Cop is a pretty simple anime to define. It's a series that's made to get a cheap laugh...and if nothing else, it's a nice series to watch if you've got about 5 minutes to kill. While I know I criticized its animation and overall production, the thing is I felt that it in a sense helped with it's dumb, watered down brand of comedy. Part of the laughs with Inferno Cop does come from how cheaply it's produced. This is a series where if you really like the cheap comedies you can watch on Adult Swim, then I'd highly recommend this series. I'd compare it to something like Robot Chicken except it has more of an on-going narrative rather than sketch comedy. It is honestly one of the better anime shorts I've ever watched, if nothing else. At least I got a laugh out of it, that's more than I can say for something like Chitose Get You! If you're looking for an anime short with an amazing narrative, I wouldn't recommend Inferno Cop, but if you're looking for a cheap laugh without taking up most of your time, than Inferno Cop is the way to go and I wouldn't be surprised if you found yourself shouting "Inferno Cop" in Engrish throughout the series. read more
Mar 19, 2013
Back in the early time of this season (Winter 2013) when Scamp, glorious cult leader that will save animedom, hyped this up, I'm suspect that this might be a troll of the highest order. Some felt like they were trolled out of their time, but for me, this is one of the better anime that's just outright intriguing.
Being what it is, i.e. a low-budget web show just to get in the groove of animating for a new studio, it is surprisingly not shit compared to other shorts this season. The animation while incomparable with full-fledged anime production, is still high quality compared to other shorts such as Ai Mai Mi or Ishida to Asakura. If I were to force myself to choose something that comes almost on par with the animation quality that Trigger brought for Inferno Cop is probably "Oosaka Okan". At least that last one is a tourism ploy so it must at least be somewhat decent.
The artwork is something of preference, despite my urge to beat anyone that disagree. For what it's worth, I love the way the characters are drawn in a mixture of western gritty grimdark style and not-so-standard Japanese style. None of that BS bug-eyed stale moe style, which is a refreshing thought. I disagree with anyone that says they are "drawn by a kid" because, lets be honest, kids can draw normal moe derivative style way better than the style Trigger chose to make Inferno Cop.
Also with the budget being downright low and the importance of this anime is no more than "practice", the SFX is also more than decent; I'd dare say very good. While sure it has a lot of explosions and stuff, sometimes there are studios that just can't get even explosions to sound visceral, but for the life of me I can't really give examples from the top of my head. Dialogue is so-so, considering that they probably just hire two or three people to cast the whole lot, from the titular hero to the female characters in the show.
And being quite frustrated with Winter 2013's offering, a short show this weird and hated after the initial trolling is what made me enjoy this show more that what it should be. All the mixture of cheesy crime-ridden town being saved by a hellcop with stupid incoherent plot, the good animation quality given the budget, the cheesy SFX and some well-timed interruption jokes made this show punch well above its "short web series".
I gave it a 9 because 10 is where all the anime that made me abandon all logic, intelligence and reason to go full fanboy on (like JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, etc.). read more
Nov 17, 2013
Mar 30, 2014
There is very little in the way of actual content. The story is absolutely nonsensical, and the animation at times is little more than a slideshow. But the reason you watch Inferno Cop isn't for any of that. The reason you watch Inferno Cop is because it is downright one of the most absolutely ridiculous, unpredictable and hilarious animations ever to exist under the medium called "anime". Yes, a lot of its humor is juvenile in nature and there is a lot of randomness in the show, so if you're not into that, then I advise turning away from it. However, if you're into that at all, Inferno Cop is right up your alley. This is random humor done right; its taken to its logical extreme without being obnoxious or "tryhard".
I was downright in tears laughing at some of the dialogue which goes so far beyond stupid and nonsensical it comes full circle and ends up being comedic genius. Almost nothing in this show is predictable, and the show doesn't even remotely take itself seriously. The voicework is clearly done by a very small cast of people, but that only serves to add to its "zero budget filmmaking" nature that makes it so funny in the first place. The whole show is an affectionate parody of over the top series and cop series, and it takes it to its logical extreme, and it is one of the funniest anime I have ever seen. This is the definition of "so bad it's good", and it clearly was made to be so.
Completely worth the 40 or so minutes it takes to plow through all of episodes.
Also, for a show this low budget, it has a closing theme song which has no business being as catchy as it is, even though it is oddly sung in what I believe is German. read more
Jan 23, 2013
Three minutes per episode isn't a whole lot of time to develop a story. Almost every episode is either a letdown or a ripoff. Among the things ripped off in this show are "Return of the Jedi," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Neon Genesis Evangelion," and of course "Ghost Rider." Creativity and thoughtfulness are low.
The animation is far from good. In fact, it isn't really animation. It's just a puppet show using characters that look like they were cut out of comic books. You can tell it's not animated because the characters' faces never move, they don't move like animated characters should, and they explode when they die.
All of the characters sound like they were voiced by the same person. Most of the sound effects were explosions and the music was hard to hear past the speaking. Apart from some cheesy lines of dialogue, there was barely anything good about the sound.
Several characters get killed off in the anime. The only characters with any real relevance are Inferno Cop, Mecha Cop, Mister Judge, Real God, and Hellfire Boy. The only character with any real development is Inferno Cop.
This really depends on who you are. If you're into nonsense, cops, and explosions, it might appeal to you. If you're more skeptical and want to see something decent, then this might not be what you're looking for.
In all, this anime is not the 'masterpiece' that it's being made out to be. The animation isn't really animation, each episode is mostly 'one part dialogue, one part explosions,' and the whole thing felt like a collaborative project between Marvel Comics, IPC Media, and Michael Bay. It's not very good. read more
Jun 19, 2013
It's a clip art show, where character animation, redeeming story line, charm and wit go out of the window first. Some stale variety of randomness is replacing every vital part of the show, "jokes" and events as told by a six year old. What we end up with, is a sticky piece of crap for drunken weeaboo teens, that love shitty stuff that is "totally random" and have very low standards for their entertainment.
Jan 18, 2013
Never in my life, have I seen something so retardedly stupid that it's awesome...until now.
Studio Trigger brings Inferno Cop to the table as thier first "production," and honestly, they did a good job.
This web-series has over-the-top action with a western comic feel to it, which makes this "anime" all the more better to watch.
You don't watch this for the story. It's VERY stupid..and makes no sense whatsoever.
The gritty western-comic style, and South Park-esque cut-outs are great for a webseries like this...where it is focused on crazy action and black comedy.
The sounds made by characters and their enviorments are ridiculous...and hilarious at times. They are fun to hear.
There is no character development whatsoever...but they are all likable. From Inferno Cop himself to Random Gang member #2253, they will have that one special place in your heart that you never knew existed.
After watching this at 12 AM after a long day of work and school, this is a real treat, and I was laughing like a mad-man the whole time.
After taking all thee factors into consideration (and the fact that this IS a webseries), Inferno Cop by Studio Trigger deserves a 7/10. It is one of those few shows that are so stupid that it's good.
After seeing what insanity ST is capable of (including their work done at Gainax), I can't wait for them to make a full TV Series.
Good Day and Good Night internet, and thanks for reading my first review! read more
Jan 16, 2013
ok so i watched this show because it was recommonded to me on the forums and worse part is i cant tell if i like it or hate it
This is not your tradition anime (and it reminded be of .hack//gift i believe) all the character look like a kid drew them, it also seems like they only have one look for a character so he or she doesnt move only gets turned/angled in another direction the animation is lazy
The storys are short and crap but in a sense the plot, art, characters and everything else doesnt matter it was just made to make you laugh
its dumb stupid but somehow i also couldnt stop laughing after watching each of the 3 min eps so give it a try its really short anyway