Resident Evil 4 Official Anime Trailer Gives an All Too Merry Look at the Horror Remake

By | March 20, 2023

Capcom has released a cute yet unsettling anime trailer for Resident Evil 4, offering an all too merry look at the horror remake ahead of its launch later this week.

The cheerful clip introduces “Leon and the Mysterious Village” in an episode that sees Leon Kennedy approaching various folk while looking for the US president’s missing daughter, Ashley Graham, only to find that his search is – quite literally – cut short in the most unsuspected way.

Acclaimed Japanese studio Nippon Animation produced the short but sweet video in the style of its classic World Masterpiece Theater series, which first aired from 1969 to 1997 before restarting again in 2007 and running through to 2009 with its various animated adaptations.

The minute-long Masterpiece Theater for Resident Evil 4 is just the latest addition to the pre-release marketing push for the game. It follows the launch of a teaser website for the horror remake, packed with puzzles, riddles, and a ton of backstory for the hotly anticipated title.

The Resident Evil 4 Remake is coming to PlayStation 5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on March 24. It follows Capcom’s recent reimaginings of Resident Evil 2 and 3, retaining the original game’s foundational elements while adding updated gameplay and a visual update.

For more about the horror remake, read our 10/10 review of the game and check out our Resident Evil 4 interview with director Yasuhiro Ampo and Capcom producer Yoshiaki Harabayashi, where we learned about the newest weapons, different cosmetics, and finishing moves.

Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance entertainment writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.