Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 25, 2012 to Mar 19, 2013
Duration: 3 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.371 (scored by 14,862 users)
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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
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.
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
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.
So, from the studio that would later make the anime about clothing that you may didn't lost your way in, comes Inferno Cop, the first thing they pulled out and released in YouTube. How "so bad it's good" it is? I'll try to be honest...
Story - 7
There was nothing special with the story. This anime is pretty full of rip-offs and references to other TV shows, movies and animes and ranged from funny to thrilling at start to finish. You actually don't need to watch Inferno Cop for the whole story but for it's overall weirdness and twists that get it's plot straight.
Art - 9
To get the "This will change your look of anime forever" comments, what you'll be actually watching on Inferno Cop's graphics is nothing from the overused "normal animated anime character" style, instead, you'll get the refreshing "cut-out" look! For example, characters will not mostly move their legs when they're walking, but their whole body, like if they were jumping. And live-action EXPLOSIONS. Yes, they're a great feature in this show.
Sound - 7
Nothing special with the sound, but it was entertaining. Since it looks like the characters were voiced by 1-3 persons you would at least laugh at the acting or cringe. The music is nothing special, but the ending theme made by "???" as described by the anime's own section is at least catchy.
Character - 8
The characters, while not too developed, add to the enjoyment section of the show and get the job done. They're not in depth but each of them are done in their good ways. The names are lazy and clever, example: you'll expect people like "Mecha Cop", just "Claudia", and the superhero-like "Hellfire Boy" messing around with the titular character.
Enjoyment - 10
This anime is the epitome of so bad it's good. Scenes can range from boring to "explosion time" and the way the whole anime is animated, the misadventures the characters face, the occassional predictability, etc., and even more if you'll know the people who made this were from a studio made by a person who got mad for working at Gainax enhances the anime experience a lot.
Overall - 9
If you want to laugh and take a break from the conventional anime style or just wanted to check something "awful" as I did, watch it. It's not a masterpiece, but it is pretty much what you'll want if you want a somewhat-original nonsense animated story and clever characters. read more
But should I be so harsh on something that was so obviously meant to be space filler on [adult swim]? Eh, probably not. I mean, I like Aqua Teen Hunger Force that show's basically Stoner Logic: The Animation. Of course if we're judging it by the standards set by [adult swim] comedies, Inferno Cop is ranks among the likes of 12 Oz Mouse instead of ATHF and Metalocalypse in terms of how funny it actually is. Come to think of it, Inferno Cop seems to be the most like Robot Chicken given how it spoofs things like Evangelion, Star Wars, and Monty Python, but even worse than that would imply. At least Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, et al took the liberty of making everything stop motion and limited animation, which clearly implies a certain degree of effort was put into the production. Yeah, Robot Chicken has plenty of shitty spoofs and unfunny jokes thrown in, but at least there's some quality control present.
This show is literally "Sliding Comic Book Cut-Outs: The Animation." Whereas 12 Oz Mouse required $5 and whatever leftover paper that was in the copier when Matt Maiellaro pitched the show to [adult swim], it seems like Trigger was able to do that with a budget of $0.50 and some discarded comic books that were found in the trash. The only thing that Inferno Cop has going for it are the shitty production values, and that's purely because of shock value and the shock caused by the shitty production values wears off after 10 minutes and after that, the show just gets unbearably tedious.
When it comes down to Inferno Cop, it's a "worst of both worlds" scenario. We have the shitty production values of 12 Oz Mouse combined with the worst jokes that Robot Chicken has to offer with virtually none of the conviction. I'll admit to having something of a quiet chuckle every now and then but really... how the fuck is anyone supposed to find this actually funny? I get that Inferno Cop wasn't meant to be taken seriously, but even when I don't take it seriously, it just seems like a gigantic waste of time. Why should I bother watching Inferno Cop when I could get the same concept from Robot Chicken but with infinitely better execution and much funnier jokes? If there's one redeeming quality that this show has, it's that it's NOT Ninja Slayer From Animation. Then again, that's like saying that Scream and Shout isn't as bad as the remix of it featuring Waka Flocka Flame and P Diddy. Anyway, feedback's welcome and all that. Peace :) read more
Studio Trigger and a badass cover, I'd bet after that you'd only expect to hear that the main character is comprised of a single frame. When reminding youself this is an ONA, things make a bit more sense. The budget is just about nonexistent with Inferno Cop, and all of the characters generally also only have a single frame which is tilted for motion. There are some basic effects here and there, and plenty of copy-paste explosions. The backgrounds tend to be real-life pictures put through a filter, sometimes with some basic alterations. If a non-comical cool factor is what you're looking for, sadly you'll have to look elsewhere. However, the main character of Inferno Cop's single frame definitely looks cool, and I bet a swarm of people praise him.
This is in no way a serious ONA, but still the sound design wasn't too impactful. What could be heard of the music was decent, but it's possible there are some good tracks in there. The constant voices drown out the music a bit to make it hard to focus on it while also reading the subtitles, but the main theme can certainly be catchy. The sound effects did the job, but were likely ripped from freesounds.org and copy-pasted about.
The technical stuff should be known if one is cautious before entering, but once the style of Inferno Cop is known, that isn't all too relevant to its goals. Inferno Cop is an odd and random journey featuring a Ghost Rider-like character carrying the title's name. The journey basically consists of randomly generated situations and twists. The story is quickly drawn aside from seriousness, but is still one of the strongest entertainment factors here. That should be expected as Inferno Cop throws everything into their imagination keeping interest since their budget is minimal. In a way, Inferno Cop does carry out that goal fairly well.
An issue that arose for me wasn't as much that the humor was stale, but more that Inferno Cop was too long. I'm sure there are people that wish it was even longer and are a fan of the idea, but this type of humor doesn't work as well when it has restricted elements in each new addition/episode. It is blatantly clear that, solo artist, Takashi TaniGuchi was a motivator to Inferno Cop. The humor is identical, but there is a difference. While Takashi TaniGuchi had a bit more work put into some of his pieces that made them feel a bit less restricted visually, the real differing factor between his works and Inferno Cop is the originality and disconnection of each skit. The characters of the last skit are thrown out entirely and a new completely-random situation is generated. When there is a consistent factor in over a dozen pieces, things begin to drag much sooner. Inferno Cop himself isn't a bad character, but the choice of having the length go for thirteen episodes did weaken the effect.
I'm not one to dislike this type of humor and I did find some of Inferno Cop funny, but Takashi TaniGuchi does most of it better by making the humor more awkward and bizarre. Inferno Cop is too basic by not taking things to even further degrees of strange. That is another aspect of Inferno Cop that fails to make things effective. If you really want to see solid comparisons, watch "Mr. Ando of the Woods" and "Mr. Stomach". A live-action movie, "Funky Forest" also carries what seems to be much of that humor to a further degree, but I haven't seen most of it.
Inferno Cop is a bunch of shorts that carry some wild humor that doesn't connect into solid jokes. The humor is driven by the randomness and inconsistencies of basically everything about it. Someone new to this style of humor may enjoy Inferno Cop a lot, but those used to it may find it a tad bland. For those expecting anything being served through the visuals, drop those expectations immediately. This isn't a serious ONA, and Studio Trigger didn't take it seriously like-wise. In-fact, just by me reviewing this seriously I'll likely be shamed, but the truth must and has to be told. Don't watch Inferno Cop in one siting to make it drag less. Also, I recommend Takashi TaniGuchi's works more - but they won't increase your time watched since MAL won't accept them (I tried). In the end, though, it's nice to see that Studio Trigger has some unique creativity. read more
Inferno Cop is a series that inculcates values of justices and relentlessness like any other thing in existance, it should be what every human, alien and whatever use as a guide, Inferno Cop is the real messiah of this world, the one everyone should follow without asking question. Inferno Cop is the answer to all our questions.
But the series goes beyond that, it analyzes what goes through the mind of Inferno Cop while living in a very harsh world full of terryfing demons and babies that threaten the world. Inferno Cop values every life, and through each episode we see him struggling to create real justice, not just a superficial one, he thinks about justice and looks for an answer that can help everyone, for real justice is meant to be for everyone, and not just a few. Real justice has no enemies, but there are poor sheeps that haven't been enlightened.
While being tempted by nihilism thoughts, Inferno Cop's will and trust in the world never falters, and he always has friends like Hellfire Boy, he will keep being the hero the people didn't ask, but need. He knows hell very well, and won't let the world become one by the hand of the evil organization Southern Cross, and won't let himself be defeated by the imposing Mecha Cop (and his Sega Saturn CPU). A beautiful rivalry is born here, and the already epic tale becomes just something else, dwelving in the difficulties of having different opinion, but in the end, everyone is always looking for what they think it's best.
Inferno Cop comes from the depth of hell and isn't looking for glory, his solidarity is unprecedented, he just want the world to be a better place, he wants you, your family and friends to be happy even at the cost of his, and he doesn't even ask for a 'thank you'.
The series analyzes Plato's Theory of Forms, and one-ups Plato by introducing the hell world, a world were everything is the antithesis of their ideal state, the world humanity may one day selfdestruct itself into. Inferno Cop comes from this world, he's the last hope of everyone, he's comes to our sensible world not only to save us from the hell world, but to help us reach the intelligible realm, the only way to achieve true happiness and justice for everyone. And he just might make it, because he's Inferno Cop, he's our hero, he's a superior being with an unbending will and love for every living being. He's what this world needs, and what Trigger somehow managed to make real, while using an OST that might just bring a full pack of emotons from everyone who listens, and an animation full of realism, fluidity and beautiful art.
The series even manages to go into the science world, making an abstract portrayal of combustion, creating an exothermic redox chemical reaction between Inferno Cop's justice (fuel) and will (oxidant), creating the flames that sorround this magnificent character. Not only that, the amazing fight, while never failing to disappoint, it also teaches classic and quantum mechanics, because they just have that level of detail with every shot fired. They say he can control time, and with Laplace transforms, change it into complex frequencies. That is the level we're talking about.
Everyone should always follow Inferno Cop's example, and while it might be impossible for mere mortals to become like him, Inferno Cop teaches us that we must always aim as high as possible, so that even if we can't reach said goal, at least we will know we got as high as possible, that we did our best and probably contributed our grain of salt to the world. At the very least, we should always be thankful about Inferno Cop, because even if we can't see him (well, until Trigger released this anime, that is), he's there helping us, and he came from the depths of hell, which means he climbed much more than any of us to get to where he is. Inferno Cop is the biggest legend of this world, which makes this series, undoubtely the best thing in this world.
Review originally made for my top 100, which you can access here: http://myanimelist.net/blog.php?eid=767350 read more
Inferno Cop is like a combination between Ghost Rider, Strongbad, and the stoner comedy cartoons of Adult Swim. Rather than spoofing a single genre, Trigger decides to spoof a wide variety of media from Shonen to Robocop, from Marvel comics to Evangelion! This is easily the best comedy Studio Trigger has made to date!
I would like to apologize to Hiroyuki Imaishi for all the times I've spoken ill of his work! Normally I find his style of spoof to be extremely tedious, unfunny, and trying to convince people it is a masterful deconstruction when it isn't any more clever than a Setzer and Friedberg movie.
Inferno Cop took EVERYTHING that I had a problem with in his spoofs, and corrected it!
It is fast, funny, and mercilessly spoofs a wide range of media without ever pretending to be more clever than it is. My favorite is the Eva episode. Imaishi spent years of his life working on the numerous Eva series, reboots, and side movies for Gainax and it takes a big man to be able to laugh at himself and make fun of his own work. Please accept my apology from the bottom of my heart. I bow down to you Mr. Imaishi, you insane, glorious bastard! read more
“In a world rife with kid heroes receiving convenient powers out of nowhere…a world overrun with moeblobs and shallow archetypes for characters…a world ravaged by light novels more concerned with otaku references than telling a good story…one man will rise to dispense his brand of ironclad justice.”
(Insert fiery whoosh sound effect)
(start playing Die Hollen Polizei)
“From the studio that brought you Little Witch Academia comes an anime that kicks tiresome clichés to the curb. A dramatic tale of good versus evil unlike any you’ve ever seen, set in the United States of Japan.”
(insert stock explosion sound effect)
“Inferno Cop! Now available at your local Crunchyroll distributor. Rated R.”
(Cut out music)
Alright, given the nature of Inferno Cop, I felt compelled to start off on a silly note, since most of the other reviews here clearly aren’t taking themselves seriously, which makes sense, given that Inferno Cop is impossible to take seriously.
If you couldn’t tell from my text-only trailer, Inferno Cop is a comedy from Studio Trigger. Not too long ago, I reviewed another project of theirs, Little Witch Academia. LWA was made on a large budget. Inferno Cop is the polar opposite.
This series sports less animation than most Flash cartoons on Newgrounds. The Astro Boy anime of the 1960s has more motion than this. Not only that, the backgrounds all look like they were ripped out of old visual novels, none of the speech is lip-synched, several character models are re-used, and none of the episodes are particularly long. This actually works in Inferno Cop’s favor. The comedic timing it employs simply would not work with detailed animation, as drawing articulations of movement would slow it down too much. In other words, this anime is a lean, mean, fighting machine! It has no time for padding! It has no time for lengthy expositions! And it can do jokes most other works of animation can’t. Even if it looks more like a comic book than a proper anime, Inferno Cop takes full advantage of the “less is more” mentality. I’d also like to add that while the visuals are minimalistic, it’s not the worst ever. I like the flame effects, and some of the character designs are well done. No one looks like a typical anime character, but rather, that of American comic books. Whether or not you’ll like that is for you to decide. I personally don’t mind.
Though the budget doesn’t just limit the artwork, oh no. The voice cast is limited too. What do I mean? All of the female characters are done by male actors speaking in falsetto. Not to mention that a good portion of the voice acting is overly hammy. And that many different characters are obviously voiced by the same actor. Given that everything else is already made with the absolute minimum of resources, it fits. I will say the actor for Inferno Cop does some impressive shouting at times.
As for the series itself? It’s about Inferno Cop, a man coming back from Hell to avenge the death of his family at the hands of an evil criminal organization. That’s it. A premised so simplistic, so overdone, that you just roll with it to see how absurd it gets, and boy, does it get absurd. This show makes a mockery of many different things, not just anime clichés, but many things in general. It feels like something that, were it made in America, would air either on Adult Swim or Animation Domination High-Def. Being an ONA, the episodes are very short, and the whole series can be marathoned in under one hour. This would be a perfect thing to show at a late night party with friends.
For all of that said, I do want to emphasize one thing; Inferno Cop is not dumb. Yes, it’s low brow, and feels like the makers made everything up as they went along, but it’s not asinine. You do not need to “turn your brain off” to enjoy it. Part of the fun is trying to make sense of all the weird shit that happens in Inferno Cop, which was hard for me to do, because I was laughing too much to do so. While I wouldn’t quite call it a masterpiece, (Gintama is, on average, even funnier) Inferno Cop was a good way to kill forty-five minutes of my time, and easily the best Japanese ONA I’ve seen thus far.
One last thing: the majority of the budget clearly went into the soundtrack, including the main theme, a rock song sung in German with very thick Japanese accents. According to a quick fact check, the lyrics, while composed of real German words, make no sense. It only serves to make Inferno Cop even more-no, not awesome, I need a bigger word to describe it…stupendously astonishing as a work of gloriousness. read more
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
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
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
A show with basically no budget or animation at all and only one single voice actor voicing every single character. What would an anime like that be able to offer the nowadays demanding audience?
Breath taking action?
Heart warming sweet romance?
Comedy that'll make you laugh tears until your stomach hurts?
I can't even remember how many times I had to pause the episode because I wasn't able to see through my teary eyes anymore. Well, certainly more often than in most standard length comedy anime, maybe Gintama, but thats 200+ episodes of 24 minutes and not 13x3min episodes.
For my rating of the categories:
The story is really just your typical shounen, a hero fighting for justice. Average (5) by all means, not bad though.
The animation one is usually accustomed to is literally non-existent in Inferno Cop. It's basically multiple layers of images being thrown around and some simple explosion effects as you might still know them from very old action movies, yet its pretty fun to watch and fine (6) as is.
The sound is just adding to the comedy and a great fit, overall a good (7).
The characters are what makes Inferno Cop so hilarious. The show takes well known hero and villain traits and pushes their characters to the extreme with names which alone will make you burst out in laughter. (9)
Despite all those pretty low ratings I couldn't have enjoyed this series any more, therefore a clear 10/10 in enjoyment.
In conclusion I think Trigger did one hell of a job with its first anime. They managed to overcome the difficulties of a low budget and certainly made me take note of them as a studio I'm looking forward to see more of. (9) read more
Second, review in Spanish at the end...
And, third, I hope that it will help them and they enjoy it!
Also, forgive me if my English is not very good, I'm not any expert...
Without more, begin:
Plot: It is one of the most crazy and bizarre stories you ever saw in an Anime, the plot itself has no feet or head and makes no sense. To measures that pass chapters appear more and more wefts each one more bizarre than the last, and despite the simple which is this anime, never get it to understand the plot...In general, only focus is to be it more bizarre and crazy possible and forget everything else... I would put him 3 points of 10, going up 2 points only because at the end remember having one plot.
Characters: It is of more decent that you have this anime, they are charismatic and entertaining, although like the plot, they are so bizarre, crazy and does not make any sense. I would put him 6 points of 10, only because, as I said, being charismatic and entertaining.
Animation: It's horrible, so, they are just static images without moving for 3 minutes!. I would put him the minimum, aka, 1 point of 10 possible
Music: Okay, not is neither as good nor bad, simply is good. You would put a 5 of 10...
Voice Acting: About voice acting, I understand that only one made the voice of all the characters, so it did well, it is not the seventh wonder, but it did well.
Overall: Is crazy, it is very bizarre, it makes no sense, but still entertains, it has a couple of good jokes and is something pretty decent in general, if you get used to 1 fps animation, you can enjoy.I would give you 5 points for 10...
Trama: Es una de las historias más locas y bizarras que he visto en un Anime, la trama no tiene ni pies ni cabeza y no tiene sentido. A medida que pasan los capítulos aparecen mas y mas tramas cada una más bizarra que la anterior y a pesar de lo sencillo que es este anime, nunca logre entender la trama...En general, sólo se centra en ser lo más extraño y loco posible y todo lo demás lo olvida... Yo pondría lo 3 puntos de 10, subiéndole 2 puntos solo porque al final recordaba tener una trama.
Personajes: Es lo más decente que tiene este anime, son carismáticos y entretenidos, aunque como la trama, son bizarros, locos y no tienen sentido. Yo le pondría 6 puntos de 10, sólo porque, como he dicho, son carismáticos y entretenidos.
Animación: Es horrible, con tal, son solo imágenes estáticas sin movimiento durante 3 minutos. Yo le pondría lo mínimo, aka, 1 puntos de 10 posibles.
Música: Está bien, no es ni tan buena ni mala, simplemente es buena. Le pondría un 5 de 10...
Actuación de voz: Sobre la actuación de voz, tengo entendido que solamente uno hizo la voz de todos los personajes, así que lo hizo bien, no es la séptima maravilla, pero lo hizo bien.
En general: Es una locura, es muy bizarra, no tiene sentido, pero todavía entretiene, tiene un par de buenos chistes y es algo bastante decente en general, si te acostumbras a la animación de 1 fps, se puede disfrutar.Le daría 5 puntos por 10...
It was just funny nonsense about an "inferno"cop, in the first episode it seemed like some dumb nonsense, but the more you watched, the funnier the nonsense becomes.
I actually take suspicion these creators were using drugs while creating the story, it is pure nonsense, no cliches *bout time*, funny jokes, and funny side characters, this was pure fun
Now, there is nothing to say about the art, it is simple, and it is perfect for a parody, it's just some simple drawn characters, backgrounds, and some simple moving, not even a walk animation, but, as this is a parody, the animation makes it even funnier, if this wasn't a parody, this wouldn't even deserve a single point.
Well, the voice actors were perfectly suited i can say. The MC has a funny voice actor, n so do some side characters, there is nothing much to say about that, since it is mostly about characters, so it was all good.
Well, as i said, funny, and the MC was just pure genius, there were like 3 or 2 companions with the MC through the story with him. Since the anime is too short *or parody we can say* I just suggest you see this for yourself, pure joy i say.
I didn't regret any second, the first episode would seem like a bad parody, but after that, the nonsense intensifies, and you kinda start loving it, so fun 12 episodes of pure nonsense.
-Wuf read more
Inferno Cop follows a simple story about the fight for justice between good and evil. It's a fight between a corrupt justice system and Inferno Cop pulls no punches. It follows a simple yet compelling story that everyone and anyone can relate to. As cliche as that sounds, its ever more present in Inferno Cop. Not only that but its a heartwarming story about a hero and good guy that never gives up no matter how much the odds are stacking up against him.
I enjoyed the direction of the artistry, much like the story is simple yet effective and to the point. Long verbal exchanges and battles that are played out, are thoroughly enjoyable to watch due to the seamless transitions that the illustrator managed to pull together. It may seem rough to some but it shows the amount of battles our hero has pulled through.
The sound was easily my favourite aspects of the anime. From the battle cries to the bustling sounds of the city, to the court room and in water - it was crisp, clean and seemed realistic and easy on the ears. I could only describe it like an orchestra playing live and taking in all the sounds and vibes from it alone.
One thing that did surprise me over everything else was how each character that was introduced managed to remain throughout the course of the series. Within a 3 minute episode, the anime was not only able to cover the story but juggle around the characters and build them up properly providing comprehensive back stories and also maintaining relevancy.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this anime. Be it short and sweet, it should be something that everyone picks up and watches taking you under an hour to complete. If you're looking for a hero and role model you can look up to, if you're looking for a ride of your life and if you're looking for a hellish good time, Inferno Cop is for you. read more
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
Inferno cop looks and sounds like it was a well made high-school computer class final. Complete with clip art that only moves in the simplest fashion, stock sound effects and around two or three voices for all the characters, this is by all rights garbage...
...which makes the fact that it's hysterical all the better. Going beyond the genre of parody or inverted tropes, Inferno Cop simple lets loose a torrent of insanity that continuously tries to outdo itself in the scant hundred and twenty seconds or so that each episode is. I can't stress enough just how stupid and crazy everything that occurs in what might laughably be called the "Plot."
I'm reminded of a vestige of Adult Swim humor at work here, but the concepts don't feel tired or inaccessibly abstract or niche targeted. The show is surreal insanity done perfectly well and it deserves the meager amount of attention that's required to sit through it. As of this writing it can be watched on Crunchy Roll so take a few moments to have yourself a laugh and maybe buy a badass T-Shirt. read more
At a first glance, you might be inclined to think that Inferno Cop looks like Ghost Rider. Appearance wise, the resemblance is understandable, but let’s face it, Nicolas Cage can’t act, his movies suck… and you can’t, no matter the circumstances, compare his works to this unparalleled masterpiece.
An old organization that goes back to the beginning of life. Through centuries, they have been trying to take over the world, and almost succeeded; they had members in every cooperation and organization. However, they were defied by a cop who strives for justice. He would go through hell, literally, to achieve his goals and just objective. On his pursuit, he unravels the truth about the universe and life as we know it.
Inferno Cop deals with very few characters, they reoccur and reappear intermittently throughout the anime. It’s amazing how they managed to fit all these events and spectacular character development in such a short anime, and make you fall in love with every single character. They kept it short yet ample and elaborate, without leaving any important details to pass unnoticed.
The anime provides and prioritizes the shock factor, you can’t help but say WTF –in uppercase letters and lots of exclamation marks- each episode. It’s full of conspiracy and deceit, and once you begin to conceptualize the events, and think you have found the key to the ultimate truth, and that you’re smarter than whoever wrote the script, think again; a plot twist occurs. The creators of the anime refuse to hand it to you that easily. They strictly follow Van Dine’s Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories. Hence, they have to show how superior Inferno Cop is to you, the viewer.
Inferno Cop sets itself apart from your regular cliché anime by mixing lots of genres, and it worked very well for them in the end. You will sit on the edge of your seat waiting in anticipation from the intensity, and you will laugh, and it will hit you right in the feels.
The art is bizarre and avant-garde. However, it’s fluid and dynamic, and it flows quite well with the characters and the environment. They took extra care to make sure the art is consistent and the quality never drops. The OSTs are fascinating and exquisite, and fit the atmosphere of the anime while never feeling out of place. The VAs were splendid; each character felt distinctive. You can feel their anger, their happiness and their emotions pouring out of the screen and hitting you in the face.
I was in a dilemma whether to give it a 9 or a 10. I spent a long time pondering and contemplating until I decided that it really deserves a solid 10 for being the first anime I ever consider to rate, and will probably be the last; I doubt there will ever be any anime that can top it. Highly recommend; a must watch. read more