more trailers Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

Under constant attack by Angels, NERV introduces two new pilots: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami...

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.9/10 (2,870 voted)

Director: Masayuki

Stars: Kotono Mitsuishi, Megumi Ogata, Yûko Miyamura

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.

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

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

Release Date: 27 June 2009

Opening Weekend: ¥505,045,468 (Japan) (28 June 2009) (120 Screens)

Gross: $44,000,000 (Japan) (2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime: (extended cut)

Did You Know?

Continuing with the tradition of using religious references, in this film is invoked the "Vatican Treaty" where Japan and all other nations are forbidden to possess more than three functioning Evangelions at a time. The Unit-01's dummy plug system is called Golgotha, which is a holy city.

Continuity: 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.

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

User Review

Anno has truly changed Evangelion for the better

Rating: 8/10

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.