Finally! Here are the reviews of Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, Season 1.
This is a CGI animated series, which premiered on Thursday. It is an adaptation of Capcom’s awfully popular horror video-game series.
Moreover, the name of the series is also same as the video-game series.
It is created by Hiroyasu Shinohara and consists of four episodes. Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield are the protagonists who will be familiar to those who have played the games.
The first season is set between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 and streams on Netflix.
The show opens in the fictional country of Penamstan, where a civil war ends up being the least of people’s worries when a bioweapon, or zombie, starts contaminating everyone.
Later, after several years, the countries across the world are not entirely happy about the US still occupying Penamstan. But when a zombie attack happens at the White House, it exposes layer the layer of conspiracy.
Overall, Infinite Darkness is a perfect zombie story. There’s a lot of history behind politically charged zombie experiments and outbreaks.
You will see the protagonist investigate the depth of this thing, and an action hero caught in the middle of it.
Resident Evil as a franchise has always been hefty on annotation, and Infinite Darkness isn’t any different.
Fans who were hoping to see more horror-centric elements of Resident Evil might get disappointed by the series’ lack of scares.
The official outline of the series reads –
“The landmark survival horror video game series Resident Evil has shipped over 110 million copies worldwide. Popular characters Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield appear in this CG serialized drama, the first in series history! Don’t miss this new epic entertainment on a scale more spectacular than ever before!”
The series has induced mixed critical reaction so far. Some people are praising the animation and action while others criticized the nonexistence of character depth and captivating story.
Furthermore, AV Club’s Sam Barsanti wrote in his review:
“Nobody is going to confuse it for high art, certainly, but what didn’t really work in video games and what didn’t make sense in the Milla Jovovich-led movies surprisingly does work as a CG four-episode TV show.”
Nerd Reactor’s John Nguyen wrote:
“Seeing Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy together is always a treat, but Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness lacks a gripping story and engrossing supporting characters.”
However, CBR’s Sam Stone preached:
“Overall, the anime is a fun side story that offers a chance for Leon to jump back into the spotlight while evoking a past era for the franchise, deviating from horror to deliver global action.”