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Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009)

Evangerion shin gekijôban: Ha (original title)
Under constant attack by Angels, NERV introduces two new pilots: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami. Parallel to the incursion, Gendo Ikari and ... See full summary »

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Kotono Mitsuishi ...
Megumi Ogata ...
Shinji Ikari (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
Yûko Miyamura ...
Fumihiko Tachiki ...
Gendo Ikari (voice)
Yuriko Yamaguchi ...
Ritsuko Akagi (voice)
Maaya Sakamoto ...
Miki Nagasawa ...
Maya Ibuki (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Ryoji Kaji (voice)
Motomu Kiyokawa ...
Hiro Yuuki ...
Makoto Hyuga (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ...
Shigeru Aoba (voice)
Tetsuya Iwanaga ...
Kensuke Aida (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ...
Toji Suzuhara (voice)
Mugihito ...
Kiel Lorenz (voice)
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Under constant attack by Angels, NERV introduces two new pilots: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami. Parallel to the incursion, Gendo Ikari and SEELE proceed the secret project that involves both Rei and Shinji. Written by Anime News Network

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In The War Between Heaven and Earth, Salvation is Machine.


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Opening Weekend:

$1,185 (USA) (11 February 2011)

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$113,926 (USA) (11 February 2011)
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In the many changes that the original plot had, the most dramatic changes are: In the anime, when the girls are in an elevator, Asuka slaps Rei for their passivity, while in this film, she tries to slap her and Rei stops the slap with her hand. In the series, Shinji only threatens to destroy the Geo-front, in the film, he does manage to meet this threat and he is seen destroying part of the Geo-front. Toji's younger sister is seen fully recovered in the film, but in the series, the fate of her is never know. In the film, Asuka is much more open with Shinji. For example, the scene of the series in which she lies beside him, she falls asleep and Shinji moves away, but the film she stays in bed and they counted each other's fears, with greater harmony between them that at other times. In the series, when the EVA-01 match against Zeruel, EVA-01 goes into Berserk mode alone, while in the film, Shinji does so at their own will. In the the series the EVA-01 also rebuilds the lost arm with a piece of Zeruel's ripped body, while in the film, the EVA 01 creates a sort of "condensed energy arm" which is also used as "cannon momentum" against Zeruel. See more »

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In the scene where Shinji is with Kaji in the garden of watermelons, Shinji and Kaji don't keep the same position, every camera angle place them in different positions. In the first shots, there is a small dirt path between the two characters, but in subsequent shots, there is no path. And in the same scene, Kaji has dirt stains on his face, which change position between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ryoji Kaji: Say, is Colonel Katsuragi around here?
Shinji Ikari: Huh?
Ryoji Kaji: I'm an old friend of hers. I bet we could swap stories about her snoring keeping us up an night. Right, Shinji?
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At the end of the credits, there is a scene where EVA-01 is pierced with the LLance of Longinus, thrown by Kaworu Nagisa piloting the Evangelion Mark.06, who says that he will show Shinji "true happiness." See more »

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Remake of Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) See more »

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Beautiful World -PLANiTb Acoustica Mix
Performed by Hikaru Utada
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A Complete Letdown To An Old Evangelion Fan
15 April 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance does in fact not advance my love of the series. I certainly would not recommend this movie to anyone who has not watched the original series as so much is introduced with little or no explanation. Essentially this movie attempts to cram the original television series into a movie format while simply making minor changes to certain Angels appearance, adding onto Evangelions "modes" and introducing a new pilot. If you're new to the Evangelion series and would like to know: any back story on the events leading up to what happened to the earth, why the Angels are here or what they are, what the Evangelions are, and why kids have to pilot them....Do not expect any of this to be explained. If you have followed the series and would like to know who the pilot is and why she is here or possibly answer questions left from the original series....Do not expect any of this to be explained.

The original series certainly suffered from periods of inactivity, shots that go on for way to long, and confusing sequences which it compensated for with wonderfully done battle scenes. This movie does do away with those unnecessary long scenes and attempts to compress the story in between rapidly occurring battles. However these battles to me simply did not have the intensity that built up in the series nor were as interesting as the ones featured in the other movie. Ultimately the fight scenes came across as rushed copies.

Finally I did not enjoy the music. The orchestrated score fit well into the movie but the translated Japanese pop songs seemed to make certain scenes grind on.

Overall I found this movie to be lacking in Story telling of any sort. Characters are rushed together and their motivations/back story/interactions severely lacking. The plot is paper thin and was only comprehensible due to my knowledge of the series. Nothing new that was introduced made it worth the time of watching.


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