Studio/Creator: Gainax/Hideaki Anno
Distributor: FUNimation (note: also available on Blu-ray)
Suggested Age: 17+
Running Time: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Summary: This movie continues from where You Are (Not) Alone left off. It introduces the Second Child, Asuka Langley Soryu, a red-headed girl with a fiery temper. We also meet Mari Illustrious Makinami, who is new to the story.
Review: I guess now is the best time to say it: if you are going to watch Rebuild of Evangelion, forget everything you know from the TV series. While You Are (Not) Alone changed very little from the original story, it is You Can (Not) Advance that marks the moment the story truly begins to deviate. Asuka is still the same fiery pilot who refuses to cooperate with Shinji (and my favorite of the three), but now there’s a whole new character as well. Mari is a puzzle we know next to nothing about. She seems very willing to sacrifice her mech, if not herself, for the fight. I’m hoping the next movie, You Can (Not) Run Away, gives us more info about her.
The animation is astounding. There’s some great CG-designed Evas and backgrounds.
I found nothing I didn’t like about this movie. I eagerly await the next one.
Sub/Dub: I was only able to watch the dub. I liked it.
Music/Score: Pretty good.
Violence: (8/10) SPOILER!
There’s a pretty gruesome fight near the end with blood actually coming out of an EVA unit.
Nudity: (3/10) There’s a scene where a freshly-showered and nude Asuka attacks Shinji.
Religion: (10/10) I’m just going to go ahead and use this as my standard rating for the religion in the Rebuild movies. That hasn’t changed.
Related Media: There’s also the original TV series, and the two movies that followed it: Death and Rebirth and End of Evangelion. This is the second of the four Rebuild of Evangelion movies. There was also a manga made of the TV series.