Saturday, July 3, 2010

Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance

Evangerion shin gekijôban: Ha (original title)

Starring the voices of Megumi Ogata, Akira Ishida

Directed by: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki

Release Date: Jun 27, 2009

Many people complained that Evangelion 1.0: You are (Not) Alone was nothing more than a recap of episodes 1-6 with new animation, surface changes, and a five minute preview that kept viewers wating for what EVA creators promised another two years. Well, fear no more loyal EVA fans! Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance is the brash, bold change to our familar 2015 you've all been waiting for!

Set in the time line between Angels 8 and 10, Eva 2.0 has a lot of heavy material to get through and lots of new plot twists to cover; not only that, but it's finally time to be reintroduced to our favorite feisty, red-haired Second Child, Asuka Shikinami(?). Also, we are now given a name to go with the mysterious new EVA pilot seen in previews from EVA 1.0, Mari. While continuing the plot thread of Gendo Ikari and Seele's sinister plans regarding Human Instrumentality, we get a great plot dealing with the relationships between the characters, particularly Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Misato, and Kaji. The scenes between Shinji and Rei discussing small fish in a water tank are absolutely fantastic. Personally, I felt that this plotline regarding Romance in the EVA universe brought up recollections of NGE: Angelic Days, a great Alternate universe storyline of the EVA pilots which I highly recommend.

As always, the writing is top notch for both EVA die hard fans and those new to the series. Also, the animation is glowing from the hardcore action sequences down to the smaller scenes, like the detail in the scene between Rei and Asuka in the elevator.

I HIGHLY recommend seeing this film, especially if you're an EVA fan.

Rating: * * * * * of 5

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