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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 »


Hideaki Anno (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kotono Mitsuishi ... Misato Katsuragi (voice)
Megumi Ogata ... Shinji Ikari (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Rei Ayanami / Pen Pen / Yui Ikari (voice)
Yûko Miyamura Yûko Miyamura ... Asuka Langley Shikinami (voice)
Fumihiko Tachiki ... Gendo Ikari (voice)
Yuriko Yamaguchi Yuriko Yamaguchi ... Ritsuko Akagi (voice)
Maaya Sakamoto ... Mari Illustrious Makinami (voice)
Miki Nagasawa Miki Nagasawa ... Maya Ibuki (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Ryoji Kaji (voice)
Motomu Kiyokawa Motomu Kiyokawa ... Kouzou Fuyutsuki (voice)
Hiro Yûki Hiro Yûki ... Makoto Hyuga (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ... Shigeru Aoba (voice)
Tetsuya Iwanaga Tetsuya Iwanaga ... Kensuke Aida (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ... Toji Suzuhara (voice)
Mugihito Mugihito ... Kiel Lorenz (voice)


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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Did You Know?


The release date was pushed back several times from the original announcement of January 2008: first, to a December 2008 release before an update on the official website on October 6, 2008 announced the official English title and a "early summer 2009" release date. A final postponement revealed that the film would be released on June 27, 2009. See more »


Misato is referred to as a Colonel in dialogue, but her rank is displayed as Major in "on-screen" text in at least two scenes. See more »


Unit-01 Dummy Plug System: [during start-up, in reverse] Freedom is an illusion. All you will lose is the emotion of pride. To be dominated by me is not as bad for human pride as to be dominated by others of your species.
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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 »


Follows Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007) See more »


Beautiful World -PLANiTb Acoustica Mix
Performed by Hikaru Utada
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A different approach...
18 February 2021 | by TdotTenzinSee all my reviews

The second movie of the evangelion rebuild. I have to say it was one rollercoaster ride.Though it seemed less "thematic" or less "psychological" the directors certainly took quiet a different approach in this movie and I was really happy with the outcome.

Story was very good and took a interesting turn compared to the series and oh my did I love it. With it somehow a good pacing which was consistent. They added and removed some scenes and changed up the dialouge quiet a bit and these were all changes that I was pretty happy with. The city scenes which just made the world feel so much more alive and real. And they removed some of the "disturbing" scenes which I was fine with. The transitions between atmospheres were well done, one moment they are upbeat and happy and the next they are sad and lost but it's not in an instant, they do it gradually. Also they add some new worldbuilding details.

Asuka's characterization is a bit different in rebuild and I mean a good different she seems far less annoying and has some new traits that make her quiet different from the original. And we are introduced to a new character that wasnt in the rebuild which is Mari and even though she probably had the least screentime she was a very interesting character and the oddball from the rest of the pack. We also get some new background details on some of the characters and some changes to characters's relationships.

The visuals and music were well done. The animation, the lighting it was pretty much in par with the prequel but a bit better especially with the action scenes which were awesome. Though I hate Unit 00's color scheme. The music was quiet different in this movie and it had a more upbeat and chill vibe to it though some of the action scenes's music was just crazy and hype and the songs were well picked.

Overall a very enjoyable movie. Somehow similar yet different to the series. They certainly invested the audience emotionally in a different way compared to the series and they did it excellently.

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Release Date:

27 June 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,157, 23 January 2011

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Aspect Ratio:

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