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Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

Alternative Titles

English: Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
Synonyms: Evangelion Shin Gekijouban: Ha, Rebuild of Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, Evangelion 2.22
Japanese: ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:破


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 27, 2009
Genres: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Duration: 1 hr. 52 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.651 (scored by 81282 users)
Ranked: #562
Popularity: #192
Members: 130,560
Favorites: 1,391
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In the earliest battles against the monstrous Angels, young Eva pilots Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity's hopes on their shoulders. Now, with the deadly onslaught of the Angels escalating and the apocalyptic Third Impact looming, Shinji and Rei find their burden shared by two new Eva pilots, the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari. Maneuvering their enormous Eva machines into combat, the four young souls fight desperately to save mankind from the heavens—but will they be able to save themselves?

(Source: FUNimation)

Related Anime

Alternative setting: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Prequel: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
Sequel: Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

Characters & Voice Actors

Ayanami, Rei
Ayanami, Rei
Hayashibara, Megumi
Hayashibara, Megumi
Ikari, Shinji
Ikari, Shinji
Ogata, Megumi
Ogata, Megumi
Katsuragi, Misato
Katsuragi, Misato
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Pen Pen
Pen Pen
Hayashibara, Megumi
Hayashibara, Megumi


Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Anno, Hideaki
Director, Script, Storyboard, Executive Producer, Key Animation, Creator
Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Burgmeier, John

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Aug 11, 2009
Every once in a while an anime movie is released to enormous widespread acclaim; the likes of Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Spirited Away were hailed as sublime, game-changing features. Evangelion 2.0 is no exception, a film perhaps not as innovative now as the original series was at the time of its release, but nevertheless an awe-inspiring work that raises the bar ever higher - an anime feature up there with the greats.

While the first Rebuild of Evangelion movie followed the series closely, events are drastically changed in 2.0. The plot vaguely follows episodes 8 to 19 of the series (and picks up from read more
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Mar 28, 2015
Yup, that's a hot row of 10s right there, blatant and unabashed praise for the Evangelion Rebuild series, or as it should really be called; "Anno's Attack on Anime". Here's the truth: as an out-of-context standalone, this movie is a sack of shit. It's essentially harem-shonen-mecha-explosions with shallow characters all defined by their unexplained and nonsensical heart throbbings for Shinji, God of War. It doesn't present itself in this way, though: it's actually incredibly smart about it, sticking close to the original series in regards to content but constantly cutting and changing small things so that the end result is something that appears to be read more
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Jun 27, 2009
Firstly, as if it needs to be pointed out, things in this movie have irrevocably changed from the TV Series. So different are the events in this movie, that, even with the 30 second preview at the end of the film, I have no clue what’s going to happen in the next movie (which will be called Evangelion Q, Quickening). Another thing is that things that were considered mysteries of the original TV series and movies are either gone altogether, changed, or spelled out.

A lot of the visuals were eye popping stunning. However, there were times that it looked a bit grainy, kind of like read more
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Apr 10, 2011
I've been trying to overcome the 'great depression 2.22' that came over me and lasted for over a week now after watching this movie and the only way I can do it is by writing this review. I hope you'll bear with me here, this is going to be a bit of a personal review, but I'll try to be fair. My anger has vanished in most parts although if someone says the words "sabisu sabisu" for a tease I still feel like kicking his butt delinquent-style.

There never was an anime series in my entire life as an anime-consumer that moved, influenced and fascinated me read more
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Post apocalyptic setting, Giant life form (Titan/Angel) and a very dark story....that's all folks  
reportRecommended by Yandere-lover
It may not seem like a mecha movie would be anything like a romantic comedy show but I would argue that both have very similar characters. Also, both stories involve a love triangle that features a tsundere girl (Asuka/Taiga), a sweet boy who can cook (Shinji/ Ryuuji), and a strange girl (Rei/Minori). However, if you like these kind of archetypal characters you might not like the original EVA. The characters in the original anime and older movies are quite different than their Rebuild counterparts and are portrayed with more depth and realism but have a lot more psychological problems. Their portrayal in the End  read more 
reportRecommended by Rosamaria
Both are deconstructions of the Mecha genre, both have a main character who are fighting a near impossible force, and both are all around great. Only issue with Code Geass is R2. For god's sake, avoid it. 
reportRecommended by CIAgent42
Commonalities in the introduction to the story.
Protagonists of both works always judge their value from their actions in the story.
Madoka goes through a time when agent can see the anguish in the expression of the characters, the same thing introduced in the context of Evangelion. 
reportRecommended by Shinya_Kougami
While the overall tone of Evangelion is the polar opposite to that of Gurren Lagann, the action sequences in this second rebuild film are harder, better, faster, and stronger than those of TTGL. If you want similar over-the-top [yet considerably more HARDCORE and GRAPHIC] mecha action, this is the way to go.
...if you're into that sort of thing. :P 
reportRecommended by hiddxnsystxm
Genres and turn of events aside, both share a plot device which, inadvertently, fuel the next steps.
And that would be setbacks. How both series have goals that are wholly attainable given their power and responsibility, but... fall prey to circumstances that no one could have predicted, controlled, or changed.
Seeing that both of their stories were radically altered due to such... a simple occurrence both directly and indirectly showcases both of their ingeniousness when it comes to writing.

Phantom is, outwardly, an assassin show, internally, a serious estranged human one. It's a bit slower, a bit harder to start, even harder to like,  read more 
reportRecommended by Otaking09

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Ending Theme

"Beautiful World -PLANiTb Acoustica Mix-" by Hikaru Utada

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