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12 Days of Anime #1: This Year’s Best Animated Police Drama

Only one show could possibly outdo Symphogear having one of the best sequences to ever be put to animation, and it’s this year’s best cyberpunk dystopian police drama with gratuitous explosions, sex appeal, and allusions to classic noir films. Only this show, with its layered narrative and unfliching depiction of the corruption inherent in the justice system, deserves to be mentioned at the end of this particularly long list of excellent moments. That’s right, only Inferno Cop deserves Christmas Day billing. Everything else can pack that shit in.


To find one moment to point out as the best is a grueling task. With deliberately crude animation, a plot that moves from conspiracy, to transformation into a hotrod and back again, to time travel, to facing down the angry face of Real God, it’s the kind of show where you have to answer “What was your favorite moment?” with “Everything! Now watch this fucking show!” To actually explain what makes it so good would spoil the magic.

Just know that Inferno Cop is the kind of show where the protagonist can melt a child into fuel (because the protagonist is a car for a few episodes), be inexplicably back to normal an episode later, find a loaf of bread that reminds him of the dead child, and eat it after fitting it with the child’s mask. It’s legitimately one of the funniest things all year.

Trigger made one hell of an introduction when they put this out. Now that we know the studio’s in the hands of people who could bring the epic saga of Inferno Cop to life, I think the quality of their output is assured. I give Inferno Cop an Inferno Cop/10 (the highest Inferno Cop-related score I can give).

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  1. lmm
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Meh. This is not what I want from my chinese cartoons; as unfashionable as it may be, I actually care about animation, and characterization, and plot. Here’s hoping Shinmaru has betrayed the other two.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 25, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Permalink


    • Inushinde
      Posted December 26, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

      One cannot resist the Inferno Cop hivemind.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2013 at 11:00 am | Permalink



  2. Varyn
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Oh come on, I expect a balanced review from you guys, Inferno Cop had some great character development and a poignant message on the nature of the justice system. But that filler arc in the Jurassic was nearly as long as the cell saga, and the ending was clearly a complete rip-off of code geass r2.

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