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Resident Evil: The Musical? Why The Hell Not?

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chris-littlechild - March 17, 2016

  Now, if there’s any games franchise known for its B-movie craptacular melodrama, it’s Resident Evil. The first game is legendary for its ballachingly bad dialogue delivered in a ballachingly bad way. Jill sandwiches, hoping it isn’t Chris’s blood, masters of unlocking, huge snakes that are ALSO POISONOUS… it’s all here, and it’s all shit. 

The series just hit its twentieth anniversary, and times have changed. The voice acting has improved drastically (the jury’s still out on the writing), sure, but the story’s completely nutso. On an individual game basis, they’re not too hard to follow, but if you try and tackle the whole series’ overarching storyline you’re in for a world of hurt.

It’s like following the plot of some bizarre Romanian soap opera, where the lead discovers they have an evil twin, cruises over to Cuba to visit their half-brother Ramon and finds the world’s biggest diamond. Which is cursed. Then, said lead develops dementia, is murdered by the twin (or is he/she?) and they assume their identity.

Resident Evil, in short, is a prime candidate to become a completely baffling musical. What I’m trying to segue into is Capcom’s announcement that this is exactly what’s coming to Japan this Fall.

It’s cut-through-the-crap-ily named Musical Resident Evil, and will star Reon Yuzuki, well-known for this stage stuff down Japan way. GameSpot reports that the show will tell an original Evil story, and will run from September to October in Tokyo before moving to Osaka in November. It’s all supervised by Capcom bigwig Resident Evil producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi, we’re also told, so it may even have some credibility for fans.

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