26 April, 2011

REVIEW: Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance.

Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance.

Directed by: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki.

Genre: Action, Drama, Psychological, Mecha

Movie: 112 Min.

Rating: Not Rated.

Format: DVD/Blu-ray disk.


Continuing the story from Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone. Evangelion 2.22 picks up with the introduction of a new character to the Evangelion series, Mari Illustrious Makinami in EVA Provisional Unit-05 fighting against the resurrected skeleton of the third “angel” that attacked Tokyo-3 in 1.11. Also in this the second movie of the Evangelion rebuilds we are reintroduced to one of the main characters from the T.V. series.The fiery red head pilot of EVA Unit-02, Asuka Langley Shikinami. (Asuka Langley Soryu originally) Asuka is airdropped into Tokyo-3 to fight the seventh “Angel” and from here Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance begins…


Ok this movie is everything a movie should be! Anime, Live Action or whatever this is how it’s done! Directors and writers of the world should take note! First off the graphics are amazing, the fight scenes, the scenery, the characters all look absolutely brilliant! The fight choreograph is top notch and beautifully animated. Everything in this movie is beautiful even the bloody parts. I cannot get over how amazing this looks and if you watch it on Blu-ray your eyes may explode. A++ on the graphics!

The soundtrack is superb! Again old fans of the original T.V. series will notice some of the music showing up from Neon Genesis with updated sound. This movies soundtrack and scenes are scored perfectly, the music makes some scenes come to life so much it’s almost painful. I cannot begin to put into words how amazing the music is for 2.22. The original music makes this movie feel like an old friend but it’s anything but that. The English voice over cast is also a bright spot in this. I usually hate the dubbed versions of anime but 2.22’s dub is fantastic! With Spike Spencer reprising his role as Shinji Ikari and Tiffany Grant voicing Asuka Shikinami makes 2.22 feel all the more like home.

Now here is where 2.22 really shines, the story line. This is what I so wanted from 1.11 was a new story and boy did we get it. For the most part Evangelion: 2.22 is an entirely new story line. There are some familiar scenes from the T.V. series but with new twists added. This movie feels brand new even with some of the old mixed in. The Writer/Director and original creator of the Neon Genesis franchise Hideaki Anno has written what I consider a masterpiece! This movie just feels right, almost like this is what we should have gotten from the anime series.

I don’t get very emotional over movies of any kind but 2.22 had me crying a few times. There is something so real about the characters in this story that just grabs a hold of you and will not let go. Their reactions to situations are what you would expect from people, the anger and the sadness are all tangible to the viewer. It amazes me that someone could pen a story like this and have an effect on me the way it has. Even my brother who is not an anime fan was amazed at how good of a movie this is. And that right there should give you some clue at how great a movie Evangelion 2.22 is.

To me this should not just be categorized under animation or anime but as a theatrical movie, no added tags needed. The last movie to have this kind of effect on me was Gran Torino! I cannot tell you how much I recommend this movie! Anime fans and non anime fans alike will love this movie and if you don’t love it go get yourself checked for brain damage, seriously go to a doctor because something is not right in your skull. Anyways otakustew.net gives Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance…
Five out of Five Stars...
I almost made a new rating just for this movie that’s how good it is! Now get off the computer and go out and buy a copy right now! Then watch it a million times and send Mr. Anno a thank you letter for making such a brilliant movie!

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