Release date: June 27, 2009
Director(s): Hideaki Anno (chief), Masayuki Yamaguchi, Kazuya Tsurumaki
Animation Studio: Studio Khara
Run Time: 108 Minutes
Continuing the story from the Evangelion 1.0, Shinji Ikari and Rei Ayanami are joined by two more Eva pilots, Asuka Langley Shikinami (Pilot of Eva-02) and Mari Illustrious Makinami (Pilot of Eva-05).
Having fought through 3 battles already, Shinji finds himself adjusting to being an Eva pilot well, especially with the help of his best friends, Kensuke Aida and Toji Suzuhara. Shinji even finds that his father, Commander Gendo Ikari, is beginning to open up to him. This, however, changes in the activation of Unit-03, and the testing of the new Dummy Plug system. But, when the 11th Angel attacks, Shinji must return to pilot Unit-01 in order to protect the ones he loves.
In this movie, we see a new side to Rei which we haven’t seen before, at least not too often. Through Shinji’s caring and concern for her, Rei begins to care for Shinji, to the point where she tries to learn cooking. This love for Shinji brings Rei to fight for more than just Commander Ikari’s orders, and she becomes willing to even sacrifice herself in order to protect Shinji, and the things he loves.
Asuka Langley Shikinami
The pilot of Unit-02, Asuka makes her grand entrance into Japan by defeating the 8th Angel. At Tokyo-3, Asuka moves in with Misato and Shinji, and quickly takes over Shinji’s terrain. Although initially brash towards Shinji, after seeing his growing relationship with Rei, she quickly becomes jealous, and a type of rivalry develops between Rei and Asuka. This rivalry won’t last long though, as Asuka is assigned as the pilot of Unit-03.
Mari Illustrious Makinami
A half-English, half-Japanese girl, Mari was originally the pilot of Unit-05, but sacrifices Unit-05 to counter the 7th Angel that escaped capture and attacked AKRON (the European equivalent of NERV). Not much is explained in the movie of Mari’s past (who her mother was, how she was chosen, etc.). After the mysterious destruction of AKRON in an activation test for Unit-04, Mari and Unit-03 are transferred to NERV. Mari makes her “covert” entrance into Japan by parachuting onto Shinji’s school’s roof, and onto Shinji. After the mishap with Asuka and Unit-03, Mari is assigned to become the pilot of Unit-02, and unlocks it to its full-potential in the fight against the 11th Angel.
2.0 really utilizes CGI to its full extent, without making it look out-of-place with the rest of the movie. CGI scenes (like all the action scenes, or the montages of the daily lives of Tokyo-3’s citizens) have a cell-shaded look to them. The only reused “animation” I recall was a scene of the NERV operators as they stare at the screen in shock, which is a scene from the second episode when Unit-01 goes berserk. Oh, and there’s a lot of bouncing boobs and fan-service in this movie, with a promise from Misato that there will be even more in the next movie.
The only voice I’ll touch upon this time is that of the new character Mari, who is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto. To imagine how she sounds like, think of Lal’C’s voice with Nono’s personality. We even get some of Sakamoto’s singing at the beginning of the movie.
The soundtrack from the movie is completely orchestrated, along with a re-conduction of older tracks. Each song during a scene truly captured the emotion of the scenes. The theme to the movie is an acoustics remix of “Beautiful World,” the theme of 1.0.
The audio for the movie was excellent during battle-scenes. The movie theatre really shook during all the battle-scenes, but the audio wasn’t too loud that it deafened me. Each sound was carefully crafted, from the metallic clanks of the rising Tokyo-3 buildings, to the splattering of the bodies of the Angels and Evas.
Take everything you knew about Evangelion, and dump it. This is a whole new movie, and even if you’re an Evangelion expert, you’ll find yourself surprised with all the alterations that have been done to classic scenes.
Final Score 9.5/10
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on Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:00 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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