For those of you who might have missed it, the Resident Evil anime series, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, was released recently on Netflix. Opinions on it are mixed, with some enjoying it, and others finding it lackluster.
All of that aside, however, the series director Eiichiro Hasumi sat down with comicbook.com to talk about the canonicity of the series, all of the fresh faces, and even the possibility of another season.
For starters, Hasumi talks about using Claire and Leon, more specifically a Claire and Leon who have yet to see some of the worst events yet. After all, this is not long after Resident Evil 4.
The series has a very concrete timeline and who the characters are, so when it is or who they are, of course, but also who they have just met or what had just happened,Eiichiro Hasumi
Essentially, given the full breadth of the timeline of the Resident Evil series, one has to consider where a series or game takes place when having certain characters act. After all, a Leon fresh out of Raccoon City would do things differently than the secret agent Leon we see in 4.
Alongside such considerations are also how new characters will interact with these older models. Bringing in new characters, most notably President Graham, means having to weigh their impact on the story and the established characters.
I was given a lot of freedom to do basically whatever I wanted. I hope fans enjoy the fact that I made the President Ashley’s dad, and I even show a picture of [her] in the show. But with characters like Jason, I was completely free to do whatever I had wanted.Eiichiro Hasumi
This is nice because having to tiptoe around existing canon would have likely choked out a lot of potential creativity when it comes to the plot.
Hasumi later would go on to talk about his biggest dream, should he be allowed to work within the Resident Evil universe again: bringing as many characters together as possible.
Obviously, there’s so many characters that the fans absolutely love. As a fan myself, I’d like to see everybody coming together to see everybody in the same story.Eiichiro Hasumi
Thinking on it, he makes a strong point. While many characters have had minor crossover games, a lot of them have never met. Leon and Jill are famously separated in the canon, with not a single game or movie bringing them together. Getting, at the very least, the original 4 together (Chris, Jill, Leon, and Claire) could make for some really good storytelling, with interactions as of yet unseen.
Lastly, the interviewer, Nick Valdez, asked the million-dollar question: will there be a season 2?
I feel like if a lot of people watch Infinite Darkness and ask for a continuation, I think that would be a possibility. And I would love that, for that to happen.Eiichiro Hasumi
With that final word, we get to see how much Eiichiro Hasumi enjoyed working on Infinite Darkness. As for his last point, if you enjoyed Infinite Darkness, or even want to see if it gets better the second time around, make sure to make it known! It would be nice to see Resident Evil grow beyond games and movies.
If you haven’t yet, go watch Infinite Darkness on Netflix. Some spoilers were dodged in the making of this article, and it would be a shame for you to miss them.
Thanks to comicbook.com for a fantastic interview, as well.