Crunchyroll has all 14 "episodes" of Inferno Cop for free viewers. Most episodes last less than five minutes, while episode 13 (with credits) lasts close to fifteen.
Have you ever wanted to laugh at something, but instead found yourself gritting your teeth in frustration? Well that's the struggle behind watching Inferno Cop.
The show comes to us from Studio Trigger, and if the name sounds familiar to you, it's because they are a small company that does in-between animation for such popular titles as Akame Ga Kill and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. They also coordinated much of the animation for the short-lived Black Rock Shooter anime series, so you can imagine that dark, bizarre stories are no stranger to Trigger.
But this show is not on their level. Now considering that this was one of the very first shows completely done by Trigger alone, maybe some of the following mistakes might have been forgiven, but considering a chunk of this show came from Trigger founder Hiroyuki Imaishi, who had been an animator and director for several years before Inferno Cop was made, that hardly seems like a worthy excuse.
The story starts off as a simple one. Inferno Cop is a selfish, money-crazed, middle-school dropout, who has become a police officer. He hails from Jack Knife Edge Town, but routinely tells his enemies he is from Hell, where oddly enough, his uncle and aunt reside. Most of his family has been murdered before the start of the series by Southern Cross, a creepy gang meant to parody The Illuminati. Southern Cross is all about world domination, and they frequently deploy monsters and other unsavory characters to kill and maim innocent townspeople, prompting Inferno Cop to chase after them.
And if the story would have stayed right there, we could have had an easy-to-digest show, with a simple plot.
But we're not so lucky.
So *SPOILER ALERT* the most evil member of the gang is a blonde woman named Claudia...... who appears as a severely pregnant woman in most of the episodes. Inferno Cop has to do battle with her, often shooting and kicking her in the stomach, and often, his reward is being sprayed with her newborn children, who usually prove to be as evil or worse than she is. She and her offspring keep being killed, only to return episodes later, completely fine. I really should not have to state everything wrong with this paragraph!!
Aiding Inferno Cop is Mecha Cop, a cyborg with a docile heart, and Hellfire Boy, an eight year old Mulatto boy, who is death-prone until the final episode.
Hellfire Boy's mother is an eye opening character. Just take a look at her:
News reporter Ariel Suzuki, is basically a poor re-tracing of April O'Neil from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Just LOOK AT HER!! They even have her wearing April's 1989 yellow jumpsuit, how lazy can you be??
And lazy is the theme of the show. Outside of the fire special effect, 99% of this show is noting but poor paper cutouts being moved slightly across the screen. No mouth movements, no arm movements, not even a blink. Nothing. Nothing at all is animated. And so much of this show is comprised of tracings over 1980's American comic books, hardly any character is original.
The series is written to be offensive and shocking. Aside from Inferno Cop's war against pregnant cult women, he is also spotted getting into scrapes with God, and eating and re-eating Hellfire Boy. If that doesn't bother you, no worries. There's plenty of placenta and barfing to go around, followed by episode 13, which ends with probably the most lazy "sex" scene ever animated, since Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas hit the PlayStation 2. And by the way, if you don't have the Hot Coffee fan-mod, don't worry. Next time your character is in a car with a hooker, just tilt the camera until you glitch through. Yeah. Clothes are on. Nothing explicit.
Inferno Cop is like sandpaper to the eyes in terms of animation. While it was produced by an anime studio, most of the show is ripped from American drawings, earning it the not-so-coveted status of Cartanime. But the frightening thing, is that with just a minor overhaul of the language used, this could have been on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. But even then, while CN's Adult block is chock full of lazy animations, at least they remember to animate the faces and arms. I can't say the same here.
Inferno Cop is one to avoid. The chuckles are few and far between, and there isn't a whole lot of replay value to be had.
It's not really an anime, but it's not a cartoon either. It's a Cartanime, a hybrid of the two styles, usually incorporating Flash, Anime Studio, ToonBoom or a similar animation program. The series can come from Italy, Canada, Japan, America, Taiwan or Korea, and rarely, India!