Inferno Cop can be hard to describe. The synopsis on Crunchyroll only states: “Inferno Cop vs. THE WORLD. The unholy officer’s flame of justice burns!” with no further explanation. Inferno Cop set in fictional town called Jack Edge Knife Town, a place where the weak scream helplessly in the middle of the street, the criminals can wander freely because they are paying their taxes, and the police choose to watch illegal anime rather than fight crime. In that town, coming from the depths of hell, is Inferno Cop, a supranatural being who tries to fight the criminals by literally blowing them up. In his pursuit of saving Jack Edge Knife Town, he has to face many hardship, from fighting a giant crustacean baby monster, abducted by FBI, having a vacation to Egypt, joining a race tournament, and other random things.
In short, Inferno Cop is not an anime that can be taken seriously. And the TRIGGER’s staffs make sure the viewers understand that right from the start
Directed by Akira Amemiya, Inferno Cop is the first anime made by studio TRIGGER, a studio founded by several alumni of Gainax studio. Right from the first episode, it’s not hard for viewers to conclude that this anime never meant to be taken seriously. The animation, for example, probably can be considered “unique” for some viewers, while for others, it can’t even be thought as animation. The characters in this anime are not even moving, or to be precise, not moving their body. They actually more like a static object that move inside the frame rather than a couple of character that interact each other. Moreover, the background used in this anime isn’t hand drawn like other anime, but using photo footage of real background. While this is not the first time anime try to create their animation look weird, Inferno Cop goes even further by intentionally make it as bad as possible, thus creating an impression that this anime is stupid, and can’t be taken seriously.
Or, just watch the short clip below, then you’ll understand
The staff also add more randomness by playing with the story. Viewers can abandon any notion of conventional story writing, like the 3 act structure for example. It’s not because Inferno Cop offers some new perspective of story writing but because they don’t seems to care. They won’t bother create a noble path for main character to be reached. Rather than following some conventional way to tell a story, Inferno Cop choose to throw any random situation to the main character, diminishing his role as a superhero, and make him do stupid things instead saving Jack Edge Knife Town. Some of those things have been mentioned above, but there are still more. Don’t be surprised when Inferno Cop fuse himself with a random character that have never been mentioned before, or when an enemy that has already been defeated comes back to life as a whole new character, or a scene when the anime suddenly turns into a platformer game. The story in Inferno Cop has no content at all, which is understandable since it never meant to take seriously.
But then that is the reason why Inferno Cop is interesting for some viewers. This shows is definitely unique. The staff in studio TRIGGER did not aim to make a good show. Instead, they let their creative urge explode, not restricting themselves with normal-conventional way of anime producing or what the viewers usually prefer to watch. As a comedy, Inferno Cop do not need to create a setup, punchline, or tag. They just need to create what they want and have fun. This is probably what studio TRIGGER’s staff want to state to the viewers. One of the founder of studio TRIGGER, Masahiko Otsuka, already stated that in his interview. And as their first animation project, Inferno Cop is clearly show that studio TRIGGER aims for: To create something interesting and fun.
Is it worth watching? To be honest, it’s difficult to say. The only way to know it is by watching it yourself. It’s only 3 minutes long per episodes and can be streamed legally (with english subtitle too) from Anime Bancho channel on youtube. Try to watch a couple episodes first. If you like it, then prepare to be entertained by some genuine laugh. If you don’t, you won’t miss anything since it is actually never tells anything at all.
The Indonesian Anime Times | by Dany Muhammad