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Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance
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The landmark anime Evangelion evolves, reaching new heights of intensity in the feature film: Evangelion 2.22. In this explosive new story, brutal action and primal emotion clash as a group of young pilots maneuver their towering cyborg Eva Units into combat against a deadly and disturbing enemy.
In the battle to prevent the apocalyptic Third Impact, Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity's hopes on their shoulders. Now, as the onslaught of the bizarre, monstrous Angels escalates, they find their burden shared by two new Eva pilots, the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari. In this thrilling experience for fans of giant robot destruction, the young pilots fight desperately to save mankind - and struggle to save themselves.
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First off, Animation : The animation was simply a thing of beauty, the attention to new details In this film was so spot on that I felt like I was there! Seeing the workings of Tokyo III was engaging and awe-inspiring! The Eva x Angel fights In this film was like clock-work.. textbook perfection!
Sound : The film seemed to opt for some Godzilla sound-bites
with the first angel's screams being reminiscent of Megaguirus and Misato Katsuragi's ringtone was King Ghidorah's roar, seems Hideaki Anno had an eye for Gojira long before the plans of Shin-Gojira. Again the sounds of Evas and Angels were fantastic and let off a more animalistic side of the Evas while the Angels were kept at a rather unsettling edge.
Story : The story was heartbreaking, there was loss, blooming love, betrayal & then some. It was hard to watch a few scenes In both the action segments and non action segments, they hit really close to heart and.. honestly It was beautiful.
Characters : I fell In love Rei and Shinji In this film. They both seemed to crack a bit out of their shells and what lead to the ending of the film had me In tears and yelling at the screen "GO GET 'EM SHINJI" I was completely Into the scenes with the two and It left quite the Impression. Of corse we were Introduced to a few new characters as well, such as Asuka Langley Shikinami the hot headed captain Eva pilot which the movie opens up with, she kicks some.. well ALL THE ASS and set the opening of the movie up PERFECTLY. Like to a damn T PERFECTLY. While her character did get under my skin a few times, seeing her evolve under the short amount of time was enjoyable! More so with her than your average "tough as nails" characters & the mysterious Mari Illustrious Makinami who came In out of nowhere! This character, she's Interesting to say the least! And what she was able to do with her Eva (at least before Shinji's final act) was baffling and left me speechless, Mari has guts and the potential to really carry a series all her own.
Over-all : I'm keeping these reviews spoiler free, but leaving enough In them to get those who've yet to watch these films to make the attempt with them! I've honestly found a top 10 favorite movie by my sheer curiosity and holy hell do I mean that.. holy hell does It mean something. It takes a lot for me to like a movie, but to LOVE a movie.. this film managed to get me to that point at the 40 minute mark, both through characters and the action Implemented. Plus It helps that Utada came back yet again to give us the Acoustic Mix of Beautiful World which only added to the tears after the film's end. Evangelion 2.0 Is currently my favorite anime film of all time, yes before AKIRA & ALL of Ghibli's films.. this one just took the cake and ate It too. I can't help but sing It's praises.
Rating : 5/5
Recommendation : Highest I could ever possibly stress. Watch these movies. You will NOT regret It.
I rented the 1.11 from my local library ( shout out to the maplewood public library in rochester) and fell in love with the series. 2.22 carries over all of the elements from the first movie that made it so good. The artwork and design is beautiful and the voice acting is amazing. The action scenes put you on the edge of your seat with intense fights. Evangelion 2.22 is another example of why i love Japanese films. The subtle storytelling doesnt just throw everything at you like most american films today. Some thought is required but you wont get any feelings of being completely left in the dark. The mix of drama and action is perfectly spaced.
The last 30 minutes or so of the movie is extremely intense and ends with a cliff hanger that will make you crave the 3rd installment. This is the only downfall because 3.33 appears to have fallen off the edge of the earth. I have spent much time trying to find out when it will be coming out but have found nothing solid; even the funimation website is scarce on details.
Buy this as well as 1.11 and join the many other fans who are praying for the release of 3.33