Japanese With English and Chinese Subtitles
Director: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki
Cast (Voice): Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara,
Maaya Sakamoto, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Fumihiko Tachiki, Motomu
Kiyokawa, Tomokazu Seki, Tetsuya Iwanaga, Jyunko Iwao
Runtime: 1 hr 49 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films & InnoForm
Rating: NC-16 (Some Nudity)
Official Website: www.evangelion.co.jp
Day: 12 November 2009
Following up on that excitement, the second installment – You Can (Not) Advance – readies once again to leap to the next vista. By deciding to pilot the Evangelion, the multipurpose humanoid decisive combat weapons systems, Shinji Ikari choose a path of struggle and combat. This story of this 14 year old boy, entrusted with the heavy burden of mankind’s fate resting on his shoulders, is about to enter into unchartered territories.
Asuka, along together with Rei Ayanami, is the most popular heroine in the Evangelion world, enters into the fray piloting the Evangelion Unit Two. Joining them is another heroine, previously unknown but very alluring nonetheless. The war between the mysterious entities know as “Angel” and the Eva series heats up even more with the introduction of new Evangelion units.
Scenes of intense battle that no one could anticipate continuously rage across the silver screen. Mind- blowing spectacles will leave the audience overwhelmed with excitement, while ushering the plot into unforeseen realms.
A deliberate decision was made to start the new Eva legend from the very same premise of the television series, but now the 2nd installment makes it all too clear that the paths are diverging from what the audiences were familiar with. What might be gleaned from this divergence as to the true nature and form of the new installment Evangelion epic?
The iconic Japanese anime saga continues
in this second installment of the redux treatment to the beloved
anime series. While the first movie was a largely faithful
adaptation of the first six episodes of the anime series,
this movie marks the start of the drastic change in adaptation
of the anime series.
The changes made in this second installment are mainly characters
swap and revamping of key moments in the anime series. Such
as how the popular Asuka character was introduced into this
series and the change in pilot for the ill fated fifth Eva.
It might appear to be a drastic detour from the original anime
series but it's basically stayed true to the characters and
storyline by retelling the essence of evangelion in another
Perhaps the change in presentation of the
anime series on to the big screen would have to be the range
of scope that this second installment is attempting to cover.
While the first movie only covers the first six episode, this
movie is covering episode seven to twenty of the anime (technically
as that's when one of the major battle end. There's some spill
over to certain aspects of the latter episodes but it will
be hard to identify the actual extend of the coverage.). It
felt as if the filmmakers are trying to rush through to the
end of the original series so they could do a total revamp
of final story arc.
Although this fast forward method of story
telling was skillfully done, there were some bits that felt
rather confusing and questionable. Such as the inclusion of
a mysterious female pilot whom literally fell from the sky.
Her inclusion felt rushed and the manner that she affected
the storyline felt rather forced (as compared to the original
character that she replaced). Perhaps one might hope that
her inclusion would be better defined in the next movie.
The bits about the shadowy organization behind
the evangelion operation felt rather murky too. Instead of
drawing audience into the mysterious men behind the scene,
it could quite tiring for the causal viewers to follow the
It's also obvious that this is not one movie
that one should walk in without any prior knowledge of evangelion.
Although these redux series aimed to make evangelion more
accessible to the non fans, some form of understanding of
this franchise would be essential. At least grab a copy of
the first redux movie's DVD before getting a ticket for this
The effort would be worth it as evangelion
provides a rare insight into the harsh reality of warfare,
religion and self worth. Through the animation medium, viewers
get the viewpoint of a child that forced to battle and kill
"enemies" without ever really knowing and understanding
the real reason.
also touches on the fragile human psyche and how different
people have different ways of handling stress and the problem
at hand. It deals with manipulations and betrayal at it's
worst and how some finds the courage to overcome fears in
the name of love. Pondering at the various aspects that this
movie presents and it not hard to see why this animation series
remained so well loved after so many years.
(The legendary saga continues in fine form)
Review by Richard Lim Jr