Why is Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness different from other anime?

Netflix anime, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness falls into the subgenre of computer graphics anime, as it features detailed 3D animation; however, it follows the traditional visual style of anime.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is the fourth 3D-animated, non-playable release in the Resident Evil (RE) franchise. Despite being a 3D-animated title, the show is classified as a “computer graphics anime”. Computer graphics (CG) involves any digital image manipulation or digital compositing, or even Adobe Photoshop. The more CG is used, the less it falls in to the definition of anime, which is “developed by using 2D limited animation techniques.”

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is set between the events of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, and it takes place in 2006 after a hacking incident at the White House. Leon S. Kennedy gets the order to investigate the incident, but he faces some zombies when the White House is targeted in a strange attack. Kennedy later meets Claire Redfield, who has been looking at a strange drawing made by a child refugee while working on a TerraSave-led mission to oversee construction of a facility.

Even though the main focus of the franchise is on the zombie-centered video games, it also features a degree of creative flexibility. In addition to the zombies, creatures such as monstrous cerberus dogs, lurker frogs, mutated insects, and half-reptilian hunters populate the Resident Evil universe. This allows RE to cover multiple genres and venture into comic books, manga, live-action movies, and video games. As a result of the franchise’s flexibility, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is able to blur the line between non-conventional animation and live action.

Although anime is essentially described as animation that originated from Japan, it is arguably more distinctly defined by a specific visual style and its own set of narratives. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness comes from a video game franchise that is inspired by the narrative and visual style of anime, however, it features a highly detailed 3D animation. It is also fashioned like a video game cutscene, making it a part of the “CG anime” subgenre.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is set to premiere on Netflix on Thursday, 8 July 2021.