Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance (2009)

Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance (2009)

Directed by: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno

Starring: Kotono Mitsuishi, Megumi Ogata, Yûko Miyamura

You might be asking why I watched these Evangelion movies when I basically hated the original series they’re based on, but if you go down that road you might as well ask why I watch all the shitty movies I do in the first place. Oh, you ARE asking that? Well… uh… LOOK OVER THERE!

More giant monster angels are attacking, so they have to call in a third giant robot pilot to fight them. With two girls and a boy main character, the girls are expected to both fall in love with him and catfight over him, despite the fact that it makes no sense whatsoever… and they do. At least, until an angel takes over one of the robots with one of the girls inside and the boy has to kill it (his robot does it without him controlling it instead, because him making a decision one way or another would force some sort of change in his character and that is completely unacceptable). We also introduce the weird concept of god or something, which is a monster they keep in their basement but is also actually God, I think.

The religious subtext of the Evangelion series is one of the most baffling things about it, and there are a few pretty weird concepts they deal with. However, one nice thing about the movie format is that they don’t have as much time to dance around the subject and have to address it more directly. Sure, it doesn’t make all that much more sense, but at least there’s LESS of it.

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