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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb sequel (Region A version)
Note: this is a review of the region A (US) version, which technically should be the same disc, just another region code.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is originally a manga and an animated TV-series made in Japan in the 1990s. The basic storyline is set in the future (2015) after the mysterious "second impact" which killed off a large part of the human population...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Evangelion 2.22
As same as Evangelion 1.11, this is not bad not good. I don't know why but I felt so tired after watching, no excitement, no joy, ..... just tired.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb sequel (Region A version), 5 Feb 2011
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MarkusG "Markus" (Stockholm, Sweden) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Note: this is a review of the region A (US) version, which technically should be the same disc, just another region code.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is originally a manga and an animated TV-series made in Japan in the 1990s. The basic storyline is set in the future (2015) after the mysterious "second impact" which killed off a large part of the human population. Some time after the impact Earth was attacked by powerful monstrous beings known as "angels". The story is complex and simple at the same time. The basic plot is a battle between humanity and aliens, with a lot of references to the earlier japanese Super Robot genre (Mazinger Z, Tetsujin) as well as kabbalistic/religious symbols and psychology, which gives it a lot of character (as well as room for interpretations as everything is not explained). There is also the usual anime mix of cuteness and violence, but beware because Evangelion is not for children. Also, the imaginative work is really something.

Evangelion 2.22 You Can Not Advance is the sequel to Evangelion 1.11, as well as a reworking of the original TV-series. If you haven't seen the TV-series nor the first movie (1.11) you should do this before seeing 2.22. In essence the films are a new version of the TV-series with both graphic improvement and changes in the story.

While 1.11 was more like a recapitulation and comprimation of several TV-episodes (with much improved graphics), 2.22 rewrites the original story and introduces new characters and ideas. The result is amazing and psychedelic leaving the viewer mindboggled waiting for Evangelion 3.33.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious, 5 Nov 2012
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Evangelion 2.22 is the second instalment of the Rebuild of Evangelion series.
Of course to enjoy this you'll have to watch the first which is 1.11.
I was delighted with this as I found it to be well-made and an excellent way to continue the Evangelion series, even if it is a reboot.
Before considering this you must watch the first or you'll have no grasp of goings on.
In the collector's edition it's easily worth it since it contains both the Blu-Ray and DVD along with a special booklet that shows the making of, always a nice thing to own.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another massive improvement, 14 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I had a low opinion of the Evangelion franchise before going into this recent 'Rebuild of Evangelion'remake quadrilogy that takes the original anime TV series and revamps and updates it for more modern audiences. Now I have the highest praise for the much hyped franchise, as the first movie in this series, 'You are (not) alone' was a really superb new take on the early goings of the series, but was a tad light on new material for the most part. This second film, subtitled 'You can (not) advance', is a truly phenomenal piece of work that takes the remakes off in an entirely new direction from the original series and features more new story content and material than old this time around, creating something that puts a superb, and in my opinion far superior new slant on the original characters and is a movie that manages to both move and shock in equal measure.

Picking up soon after the first film's climax. 2.22 begins as Eva pilots Shinji Ikari and Rei Ayanami (Who have started to grow closer following the first film's events) are thrown for a loop by the arrival of manic new Eva pilot Asuka Shikanami (Yes, she's had a name change for the remakes) whose bottomless arrogance and open disdain for her comrades causes friction at NERV HQ. But as the EVA pilots live and fight together they begin to find common ground, and as the Angel attacks continue to escalate, a new EVA pilot named Maya arrives in Tokyo 3 under mysterious circumstances, Rei struggles with her growing romantic feelings for Shinji and just when there appears to be a bit of happiness to be found for our protagonists within their horrible, violence filled existences... tragedy strikes... and continues to strike right on through to a truly epic climax that takes established EVA lore to dizzying new heights and provides a truly exciting ride in getting there.

Eva 2.22 is a truly superb movie in what it accomplishes. Not only does it manage to successfully capture the essence of it's source material perfectly, but it simultaneously presents the story in a new and interesting way that is easy to follow without being dumbed down and not falling back on endless scenes of symbolism filled introspection and vague hints about what's actually going on. That's right folks, Evangelion is now ACCESSIBLE. Not only is the story easier to follow, but the characterisation has seen a massive improvement into the bargain. Where in the original series characters like Asuka, Rei, Shinji and most especially Gendo Ikari came off as deeply unsympathetic or even downright unlikeable much if not all of the time for various reasons, in these new movies there is a notable difference in the portrayal of every character. For example, Rei's portrayal in the TV series was that of an emotionless 'doll' with a zealous loyalty to Gendo that led her to follow his will without question, showing a clear disinterest in anything or anyone else around her, even slapping Shinji on at least one occasion for not going along with what Gendo wants. Yet in this movie, she shows genuinely humanity, such as her growing fondness for Shinji leading her to attempt to build bridges between him and Gendo (His dad) through various means and displays of actual friendship between her and Asuka at times makes for a very different experience from the cold, isolated portrayal of each character in the original show, with the running theme being how they were all trapped within their own emotional prisons now feeling like far less of an anchor to the characterisation and overall story. To some this may sound like the remake "dumbs down" the characters and plot significantly, but if that's what it takes to make the story more fun and accessible I say dumb it down good and proper Gainax!

The film of course looks fantastic, with clean, crisp visuals, detailed animation and impressive CGI on occasion as well. There's no faulting the amount of attention given to making this some good eye candy. Voice work is as superb as ever from the veteran Japanese cast and the soundtrack is yet another triumph from the always excellent Saigo Shirasu. Though I gotta say I'm not such a huge fan of his penchant for using cheery, upbeat music for truly horrifying scenes.

If there was one primary complaint I could make about the movie, it's that Gainax maybe didn't need to fall back so heavily on the boob fixation they have been famed for in the past when the first movie was (Mostly) free of such wanton lechery. I might have seen the cute side of such things a few years ago, but I think I've gotten a little too old now to be amused by "gags" about a 14 year old girl having to wear a skin tight see-through uniform to pilot her giant robot. It just feels a bit like it cheapens a story that is otherwise pretty serious about itself aside from SOME light humour scenes occasionally tossed in. Basically, there's a time and a place for more smutty humour, and this sure as hell ain't no Carry On film.

On the whole though, a fantastic movie and easily the best thing yet produced with the 'Evangelion' name attached to it. Yes, it won't please everyone and may very well polarise "purists" of the original story, but this is so much more fun and accessible than what came before it that I could now genuinely recommend Eva to non hardcore anime types. True, it still bears many hallmarks and tropes of it's preceding works and of anime in general that hinder more than help it, but despite that it IS still a fantastic watch. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film that anybody can watch, 31 July 2012
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Rebuild of Evangelion 2.22 is the second of four 're-imaginings' of the Neon Genesis Evangelion universe. It is a direct sequel to 1.11 You are (Not) Alone and should definitely not be watched without having seen 1.11 or at least 1.0 before.

Unlike 1.11, 2.22 takes a huge divergence from the original story of Neon Genesis Evangelion- whereas 1.11 was a retelling of episodes 1-6 with some slightly changed scenes, 2.22 features a new character and new Angels, with a much greater focus on entirely new content, with very little of the film being the same as in the original series.

2.22 is much like 1.11, however, in that it is incredibly well-animated and gorgeous to look at, with excellent voice tracks in both English and Japanese. The film's soundtrack is also incredible, with recognizable themes from the original TV series being brought up to modern standard, and with entirely new songs as well.

Ultimately, Rebuild of Evangelion 2.22 is an incredible film by all standards, perfect for both fans of the original series and for anybody with an interest in Anime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebuild of Evangelion 2, 22 April 2012
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Following on from Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone, Evanglion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance continues the story of a group of teenage mecha pilots in their fight to protect humanity from the giant being called Angel who want to destroy the world.
Unlike the previous film which was basicly a retelling of the original TV series from episodes 1 through 6 with new elements added in, EVa 2.22 is a complete remake with key elements from the series.

Asuka is finally introduced in this movie, with the surname 'Shikinami' instead of 'Soryu' and a slight change in personallity. She still the bitchy red head who goes out to kick butt whenever she can, but she also more anti-social compared to the TV series. She's basicly more of your tipical Tsundare.

A new addition to the Eva cast is Mari Illustrious Makinami, who is introduced at the start of the film as the pilot for the new Eva Unit 05 where sh battles against a new type of Angel.

The series does make use of elements from the series such as Eva 03 going out of control and eventual destruction by Shinji's Eva 01 and the Angel Zerul's attack on Nerv headquaters.

All and all, the film is a must to any anime collection. The animation is top quality,the story telling well paced and the action scenes are outstanding. Eva 2.22 does a great job of reimagining the Eva series, and with the third movie Evangelion: You Can (Not) Redo coming to Japanese cinemas this year, the franchise is only going to get better.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surpasses expectations, 21 Jun 2011
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Having just watched this movie I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed with this reboot. They've taken an excellent series and actually managed to vastly improve it straight across the board. The characters - particularly Shinji - are all more likeable. Shinji was a horrible whining annoyance in the original Evangelion, but now he has some redeeming qualities and strengths of character that enable the viewer to actually relate to him. Asuka is still a brilliant hot-head, but her insecurities have been heightened, making her more human. Rei has more warmth. And the new EVA pilot Mari is set to be an interesting character, although she isn't given much screen time in this installment. The EVAs and the Angels themselves even have a bit more personality, which is quite an accomplishment for great hulking monsters hell-bent on mass destruction. They all look stunning in their own ways too.

The battle sequences are fast-paced, often brutal, off-set or enhanced by an excellent musical score. The story itself has been condensed and rejigged superbly. I cannot compliment the writers / editors enough.

2.22 is more character-and-plot development than action, but there's still plenty of action to keep you entertained. If I had any complaints at all, it'd be that there's too much "fan service". As much as I love the movie it does make me feel a bit creepy when I'm watching a young cartoon girl having a naked rant. But if that's your thing, there's oodles of it as well.

Very much looking forward to 3.33.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 7 May 2011
This film may not be out but I own the region 1 version of the funimation dub on blu ray and I have to say, it is one of the greatest movies ever created. The rebuild of evangelion movies were based of a famous tv series called neon genesis evangelion [ amazing show ] about a world were half the population was destroyed in the second impact caused by giant unstoppable monsters called angels and the series follows the exploits of three pilots of massive machines called evangelions in the fight against the angels and a mysterious organisation called SEELE. The second rebuild movie is were it completely detaches from the original series with brand new characters, new evas and new angels and the original characters have been tweeked to be more likeable.
I will not give spoilers but the ending will have you on the edge of your seat. The fights are bigger, the story is better, the characters are better, the effects are better and the film on a whole is one of the best films ever made [ till the next two are released together ] this film is worth every penny you own because it is a cinematic wonder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing. Simple as., 18 April 2014
This review is from: Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Ok, so I'm a die hard Evangelion fan. Love the NGE to bits. At first, I was disappointed with this film due to how much it missed out from the original. However, once I got over that and came to terms that this was it's own thing, damn is it amazing. Never a dull moment! Even though I have some problems with it, it's just amazing. And the way it ends. Oh how I hated that, in the good way! Definitely worth watching if you like anime, or not.

Now then, the biggest flaw that almost made me give it a 4/5. The characters. My goodness, what have they done. Shinji and Rei? Awesome, they got them down perfectly. Asuka, Misato, Ritsuko, Gendo, Fuyutsuki, Yui, Toji, Kensuke and Hikari? Nope, none of that. Gone is any of Asuka's character and her relationship with Shinji is pretty much non existent. Misato is missing so much. The 2nd impact flash back scene missed a lot and it wasn't even in a scene with Misato. Ritsuko is just Ritsuko minus everything that made her interesting. No hint at a relationship with Gendo, not a word about her mother...nothing. Gendo is just Gendo. Fuyutsuki hasn't had any of that back story with Yui and Gendo (not even in 3.33), Yui has been in one scene. One. Toji (spoiler) no longer pilots Eva unit 3 so he's pointless, Kensuke is just as pointless and Hikari has about 3 lines. Then theres Kaji. Everyone knows about Lilith in 1.0, so he has no point. Him and Misato aren't going anywhere and he wasn't even in 3.33. Yay? So theres the biggest flaws of this film and rebuild as a whole, thus far. An extra 20-30 minutes in each film would have cleared all of this.

But besides all of that, this film is still simply amazing. I can't even remember how many times I've watched it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10, would rebuild, 23 Feb 2014
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Fast delivery, great movie, looks great in 1080p.

Must watch if you're a fan of the original Neon Genesis Evangelion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 26 Sep 2013
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The original Evangelion whilst an incredible anime in its own right really made little sense and the ending was just plain disappointing.
This reboot though redefines animation.
An almost frame for frame remake of the original but with a far more acceptable and polished storyline and animation / computer animation that beggars belief.
A must for any anime fan!
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