There’s a popular thing online for a fan to take a beloved show, movie or video game and remake it into, say, an 80s comedy or a 90s drama. Ahead of the Resident Evil 4 remake being released March 24, Capcom, the company that owns the franchise, decided to make its own video in this vein with Nippon Animation.
Here is Resident Evil as a wholesome, 70s anime from World Masterpiece Theater. Just think about anime like Heidi or Anne of Green Gables, think about the horror that is Resident Evil, and then check out this video titled “Bio Masterpiece Theater: Leon and the Mysterious Village!”
Of course this amusing video is part of the advertising process for the Resident Evil 4 remake. The game’s official English website gave this description:
“Resident Evil 4 is a remake of the 2005 original Resident Evil 4.
Reimagined for 2023 to bring state-of-the-art survival horror.
Resident Evil 4 preserves the essence of the original game, while introducing modernized gameplay, a reimagined storyline,
and vividly detailed graphics to make this the latest survival horror game where life and death, terror and catharsis intersect. . .”
Here is the plot:
“6 years have passed since the biological disaster in Raccoon City.
Leon S. Kennedy, one of the survivors of the incident,
has been recruited as an agent reporting directly to the president of the United States.
With the experience of multiple missions on his back,
Leon is sent to rescue the president’s kidnapped daughter.
He tracks her to a secluded European village,
where there is something terribly wrong with the villagers.
And the curtain rises on this story of daring rescue and grueling horror.”
So, you know, just like a wholesome anime from the 70s.
The game can be played on PlayStation5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series XS, and Steam, and is currently available for pre-order.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.