Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Anime Trailer Reveals Unexpected Setting
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Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Anime Trailer Reveals The Series’ Unexpected Setting

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BY April 19, 2021

Resident Evil is a franchise that has endured the test of time and various multi-media iterations. The series went from game to movie, back to game, and now getting new life as an anime series, as well as a live-action series. This investment into the franchise by Netflix doesn’t look like it will disappoint, given the reveal of a new trailer. The Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness anime trailer provides a glimpse into this new world and the potential new story. And they do this through the lens of a couple of familiar faces in the franchise. 

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Anime Trailer Is Familiar But New

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness anime trailer Leon. Image via Netflix.

The new character trailer, as Netflix calls it, reintroduces the audience to two popular characters in the franchise. As Leon S. Kennedy (Nick Apostolides) arrives at the White House for a debriefing into a hacking incident he runs into someone familiar. And then, some more familiar things. He reunites with Claire Redfield (Stephanie Panisello), who is there for different reasons. The two have a brief exchange where Claire shows Leon a drawing made by a boy of what looks like a zombie outbreak. Dismissing it, Leon leaves for his Presidential briefing, only to be interrupted by a known threat. 

The rest of the trailer is Leon battling a mysterious zombie outbreak with the SWAT team, trying to protect the president. How zombies reached the White House, and how it’s all connected to Claire’s own separate investigation is still a mystery. But changing the setting of Zombies from a destroyed city, to that of the White House, is sure to be a change of pace for fans. 

There’s A Lot Of Resident Evil Coming

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness anime Claire. Image via Netflix.

The Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness anime trailer coincided with the showcase of a new Resident Evil game as well. Not to mention the live-action series that Netflix is developing. The franchise debuted in 1996 as a video game, and since then has been alive in one form or another. The previous live-action movie franchise spanned over 6 films, with a Resident Evil film reboot expected in November 2021. With Netflix doubling down on the franchise, the success of the Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness anime is crucial for the development of the other projects as well. 

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Anime Trailer Has Incredible Graphics

One of the more mind-blowing aspects of this new trailer is its animation style. While many recent 3D CGI anime have drawn divisive reactions from fans and critics, this one looks completely in a league of its own. The CGI animation style in the Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness anime trailer looks more like the cut scenes of video games. The CGI looks incredibly realistic, with attention paid to the little details. The composition and texture of the characters are stunning. Based on the 1-plus minute of the trailer, there seems to be very little to not like from the animation style. 

There also looks like there are some first-person perspective shots, especially when the zombies show up. This feels like an homage to the first-person shooting style of the video games. We still don’t know, however, how interconnected to the Resident Evil universe this new anime series will be. Clearly, the two main characters know each other from previous iterations. But will new fans be able to access that relationship, and thereby invest in these characters for this story, we’ll have to wait and see. 

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness anime poster. Image via Netflix.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness anime release on Netflix in July. 

Are you ready for more Resident Evil content? Let us know in the comments below. 

Feature image via Netflix. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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