As someone who is extremely excited about the upcoming Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness CG-animated series, I have been waiting for plot details ever since the project was announced. Netflix finally decided to share quite a bit of information!
Even though we didn’t get an official release date, the stuff we did get has already made me think of various theories about what to expect.
Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi is producing and supervising Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness (stylized as RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness). Production is being led by TMS Entertainment (Lupin the 3rd, Detective Conan). Quebico, led by Kei Miyamoto (Resident Evil: Vendetta), in charge of 3DCG animation. Make sure to read my review of Resident Evil: Vendetta.
Here are the plot details from the press release:
In 2006, there were traces of improper access to secret Presidential files found in the White House’s network. American federal agent Leon S. Kennedy is among the group invited to the White House to investigate this incident, but when the lights suddenly go out, Leon and the SWAT team are forced to take down a horde of mysterious zombies. Meanwhile, TerraSave staff member Claire Redfield encounters a mysterious image drawn by a youth in a country she visited, while providing support to refugees. Haunted by this drawing, which appears to be of a victim of viral infection, Claire starts her own investigation. The next morning, Claire visits the White House to request the construction of a welfare facility. There, she has a chance reunion with Leon and uses the opportunity to show him the boy’s drawing. Leon seems to realize some sort of connection between the zombie outbreak at the White House and the strange drawing, but he tells Claire that there is no relation and leaves. In time, these two zombie outbreaks in distant countries lead to events that shake the nation to its very core.
In my opinion, Leon not wanting Claire to get involved makes sense. As a government agent, of course, he would keep sensitive information from her. Having said that, I’m not really sure how I feel about Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness taking place in the past. Due to it occurring in 2006, the upcoming animated series will take place after the events of the Resident Evil 4 video game.
I was hoping for a new adventure for Leon and Claire, because the two haven’t been together on a mission since the CG animated movie Resident Evil: Degeneration (which was originally released back in 2008). While Leon and Chris Redfield (Claire’s brother) have crossed paths, their most recent encounter being 2017’s R.E: Vendetta, I really wanted Leon to team up with Claire again in the present timeline.
However, I’m still excited about Leon and Claire sharing the screen together even if said story will take place in the past.
Leon S. Kennedy will be voiced by Nick Apostolides, and Claire Redfield will be voiced by Stephanie Panisello. Apostolides and Panisello voiced the iconic characters in the Resident Evil 2 remake that was released in 2019. (Be sure to check out my review!)
Take note; Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is set to appear on Netflix’s stage at AnimeJapan 2021 via a panel introducing the upcoming show.
Here are the details:
- Date: March 27, 9:45~10:20 Japan Standard Time
- Venue: Infinity RED STAGE
- Livestream: AnimeJapan official homepage
- Main titles: “The Way of the Househusband”, “Eden”, “Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness”
The series will premiere on Netflix sometime later this year.
As for the main games, Resident Evil Village will be available on May 7, 2021. And you all know I’m ready to see what queer-disaster Chris Redfield is up to this time.
Debuting in 1996, the popular Resident Evil franchise will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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