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Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009)
"Evangerion shin gekijôban: Ha" (original title)

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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 ... 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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27 June 2009 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Evangerion shin gekijôban: Ha  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

Goofs

Azuka is cooking, in the scene there is a pot on the stove, Misato comes to see what happens, from the Misato's POV, Azuka is holding the pot, but in the next shot, the pot is in the same position. See more »

Quotes

Asuka Langley Shikinami: [She is looking at the unit - 03] If I like it, paint it red.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

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Beautiful World -PLANiTb Acoustica Mix
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Anno has truly changed Evangelion for the better
13 June 2010 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

The first Rebuild Of Evangelion gave audiences and fans just about the first 6 episodes of the original series with some small differences but showed promise and pointed to the fact that Anno might be heading to a different direction with the Rebuild series than his original Anime show.

You Can (Not) Advance does take the series into a completely new direction and actually changes situations that fans of the original series are familiar with for the better and actually drops the angsty over-philosophical dribble that hurt his original engaging creation. Characters develop new relationships and interact differently from the show. The three EVA pilots from the original series get some great development here and differ a lot from NGE in a very good way. New characters are introduced, stakes are raised and the film has a lot of build up which boils down to one hell of a climax.

The film has a more intense tone this time around and is very fast paced. The action is incredibly engaging and the film is the first in a while that has gotten my heart beating like crazy during the intense action on-screen. The film does give you breathing space with lighthearted interactions between characters and humor and thus makes it less heavy overall than NGE and EOE even though it certainly is more gruesome and still has it's moments of pure nightmare fuel.

The Score of Evangelion is at it's best in this film and truly delivers. It varies from beautifully orchestrated racing score to sweet and engaging J-pop and Anno sure makes the out-of-place songs fit as well as he did in the show and EOE. The entire experience watching this addition to the series is unforgettable and gives me much hope for even more improvement in the next two installments.

Overall the film is a vast improvement for the series and hints at better things to come with it's significant changes and has raised the stakes for the Evangelion universe. Anno seems to have gotten over his depression completely and bloomed into a true crafter of worlds and emotionally charged storytelling.


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