Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

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Rebuild of Evangelion
Title 1: ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:破
Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Ha
Evangelion New Theatrical Edition: Break
Title 2: Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance
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Written By Hideaki Anno
Directed By Hideaki Anno (chief director), Kazuya Tsurumaki, Masayuki
Theatrical Release June 27, 2009 (Japan)
Streaming Release August 13, 2021 (Amazon Prime Video)
Video Release Date 2.22: May 26, 2010
Angel Appearances Third Angel, Seventh Angel, Eighth Angel, Ninth Angel, Tenth Angel
Eva Sorties Eva-05, Eva-02, Eva-01, Eva-00, Eva-03, Eva-06
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Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:破) is the second film in the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series. It premiered in Japan on June 27, 2009. The film was released to Japanese DVD and BD as Evangelion 2.22 with new scenes and dozens of modified cuts.

The movie introduces Asuka Shikinami Langley, Ryoji Kaji, and the new character Mari Illustrious Makinami. A combination of familiar and newly-designed Angels appeared over the course of the film, with new locations Bethany Base and Tabgha Base.

Evangelion 2.0 departs from the original much more extensively than 1.0, with a greater emphasis on new material. The first half of the film adapts "Action Arc" episodes 08 through 12. The second half adapts the primary conflicts of 18, and 19, while incorporating material up through 23.

Theatrical Poster


Mari piloting during the Third Angel battle.

The movie opens in Bethany Base, a joint U.S./Russian Nerv base, where Mari is introduced in Evangelion Unit-05 fighting the Third Angel as it tries to escape. After a fierce battle, Mari is forced to eject and self-destruct the Eva to defeat the Angel. Kaji, who had been in communication with Mari during the fight, is then seen leaving the base via aircraft.

In a graveyard, for those lost during Second Impact, Shinji and Gendo have a conversation infront of Yui's empty grave; something which Shinji expresses his appreciation for. Misato takes Shinji home in the car, and en route they witness a battle between warships and the Seventh Angel. As Misato orders Nerv's Evas to intercept the Angel, Eva-02 arrives and proceeds to easily destroy it. The pilot of Eva-02, European Airforce Captain Asuka Langley Shikinami, introduces herself to Shinji, Toji and Kensuke, though she takes an immediate dislike to Rei Ayanami.

At Nerv Kaji hands a package to Gendo, the contents of which look like a human nervous system. Gendo calls it the "Key of Nebuchadnezzar," the Key to Human Instrumentality.

Asuka arrives at Misato's apartment believing herself to be replacing Shinji, but Misato reveals that both pilots will be living together as they are in need of learning teamwork. Something which neither child is pleased to discover. At night, Asuka is shown telling herself that she's special and she'll always be alone, while she plays with a doll.

Shinji and his classmates are taken to the maritime preservation zone where the last marine animals are kept alive and the red ocean water is purified in order to make it habitable once more. Kaji reveals to Shinji Misato's past and the events of Second Impact. Meanwhile, Gendo and Fuyutsuki visit Tabgha Base, located on the moon. They see a topless Kaworu sitting atop Eva Mark.06, who turns to Gendo and says "I'm pleased to meet you, father."[1]

The Eighth Angel appears. Identified as a living bomb that will drop on Tokyo-3, Misato plans to intercept it with the Evas, despite Ritsuko's objections to the practicality of the plan. The Eva units rush to the impact zone and catch it with the use of their A.T. Fields. After the Angel is destroyed, Gendo praises his son via a voice only communication.

That night, Asuka is unable to sleep because of her inability to face the 8th Angel alone. She enters Shinji's room and lays behind him. Asuka decides they should refer to each other by their first names and asks why he pilots the Eva. Shinji replies that he isn't sure, but is happy that his father praised him - indicating that this might be the reason.

The three pilots during a synch test.

While Rei and Gendo eat a meal together, she requests that she arrange a dinner party for Shinji and the others and that Gendo himself attends. Gendo agrees after being reminded of Yui. Soon afterwards, Mari arrives in Japan by parachute, landing on top of Shinji at his school's rooftop. She speaks in English on her phone about her landing point being diverted, then tells Shinji before leaving that he's interesting and she likes his smell of LCL.

Shinji's awkward first meeting with Mari.

Meanwhile, Rei is learning how to cook in preparation for the dinner party, cutting several fingers in the process. Asuka also attempts to learn how to cook, so that she may impress Shinji. Rei sends out invitations to the party to everyone, even Asuka, although Shinji has no idea that Rei invited Gendo.

Somewhere in the United States Eva-04 disappears along with the American Nerv base. Eva-03 is airlifted to Japan as a result. Nerv headquarters encloses Eva-02 because of the Vatican Treaty, which states no more than three active Eva units are allowed in the same country. Asuka, angered over the decision, runs into Rei in the elevator. Rei explains what it means to be an Eva pilot and Asuka tries to slap her in frustration. She notices Rei has more cuts from cooking than she does and asks Rei what Shinji means to her. A jealous Asuka storms out of the elevator.

While having some drinks and dinner with Kaji, Misato asks him to tell her the details of Seele and the Human Instrumentality Project, though he only claims that he isn't sure. Misato broods about the pilots having to shoulder the burden of the Evas, and how testing for Eva-03 happens on the same day as Rei's dinner party. Eva-03 arrives and Asuka decides to be the test pilot to skip Rei's dinner party. During the testing Eva-03 is taken over by the Ninth Angel, setting off an explosion at Matsushiro. Bringing an end to Rei's arrangement.

In Eva-01 Shinji is faced against Eva-03 alone, but refuses to fight for fear of harming the pilot, despite being choked. Due to Shinji's refusal to retaliate, Gendo orders the Dummy System to be activated, forcing shinji to watch in horror while his Eva-01 brutalises Eva-03 and its core. When he regains the controls, Shinji begins attacking Nerv HQ and threatening his father. Gendo, unmoven, orders the LCL pressure to be increased disabling Shinji inside the Evangelion. Asuka is shown to be alive, but in urgent care.

Upon awakening in his hospital room, Shinji is brought before Gendo for his attack on Nerv. Gendo concludes that his son needs to grow up, and he responds by quitting as a pilot. Misato attempts to convince Shinji to stay, revealing that Rei held the dinner party so that he and his father might grow closer, but Shinji resolves to leave regardless.

While Shinji is leaving Tokyo-3 the arrival of the 10th Angel is reported. At Nerv, Mari hijacks Eva-02 and launches into the Geofront, while on the Moon, Kaworu prepares his descent to Earth, standing atop the Mark-06. Confronting the Tenth Angel in Eva-02 Mari can not harm it. She inputs a secret code that causes the Eva to enter the "Beast Mode" state, but it proves futile as she is severely damaged by the Tenth. In Eva-00 Rei arrives with an N² Missile. Together the Eva units remove the Angel's AT Field, but Rei pushes Eva-02 away to safety before a the missile detonates.

Mari crash-lands into a shelter, that Shinji had taken refuge in, and together they witness Eva-00 being devoured by the Tenth Angel, who begins to match Eva-00's identification signal. After urging from Mari, Shinji rushes to Nerv and insists that Gendo allow him pilot Eva-01. In the Eva he manages to stop the Tenth Angel from destroying the bridge and triumphantly battles with the angel until the Eva runs out of power - losing an arm in the process. Becoming increasingly angered In the darkened entry plug, Shinji's eyes begin to glow red as he yells "Give me back Ayanami!" at which Eva-01 suddenly reactivates. The Eva blocks the Angel's attacks with a strong AT Field and regrows its missing arm. Eva-01 proceeds to slice the Tenth Angel in half with eye beams, opening up the core that Shinji then enters.

The awakened Eva-01.

Inside, Shinji sees Rei cowering. Reaching out his hand, she tells him that she can be replaced. Shinji denies Rei's claim and continues to enter the Tenth Angel, causing it to fuse with Eva-01, determined to rescue her. As Shinji embraces Rei they begin to dissolve, Shinji thanks Rei for her efforts of bringing him and his father together. Rei apologizes that she couldn't do anything, but Shinji says things are okay the way they are.

Eva-06 descends from the sky after lancing Eva-01.

The body of Tenth Angel, now a giant, red naked Rei, is fully fused with Eva-01's core. The sky turns red, the Eva forms a halo and a black hole appears; sucking the damaged Tokyo-3 into it. Misato and the rest of Nerv realize that this is the beginning of Third Impact.

After the credits, the Lance of Cassius impales Unit-01 from the sky, appearing to stop Third Impact as Unit-01's AT-arm disappears and the doors to the Chamber of Guf close. The completed Mark-06, with the same halo as the awakened Unit-01, is shown descending from the sky. From the cockpit, Kaworu announces "The promised time has come, Shinji Ikari. This time, I'll be sure to bring you happiness." [2].

Different Versions: Evangelion 2.22

Eva 2.0 skipped the DVD-only "X.0X" treatment of its predecessor and was released straight to a DVD & BD 2.22 version supplemented with new scenes and dozens of modified cuts. New scenes include Shinji meeting Kaji at a Tokyo-3 train terminal[3] and Eva-03 being air-lifted out of the American base.

Evangelion Q: Next Time Preview

Rei during the Q Preview.

Misato announces the following for the Next Time Preview of Evangelion Q/Quickening: "Eva-01 is frozen with Shinji and Rei still trapped inside. The fortress city is abandoned. Nerv personnel are held in confinement. Eva-06 is dropped into Dogma. The quickening Eva-08 and its pilot. And finally, the children fated to meet are gathered at last. Where will this story of people wishing to live lead?" Along with a promise of more fan service next time. However, none of the scenes from the next time preview make it into the final cut of Evangelion 3.0 that was released.

See more:Theory and Analysis:Evangelion "2.5"

Trailer Summaries


The "ADAMS" during the Second Impact flashback.
Mari looks at an array of glowing crosses (altered in the actual film).

A preview following the credits of Eva 1.0, structured the same as the "Next Episode Previews" in Neon Genesis Evangelion, complete with the same musical theme, voice-over by Misato, and promise of more fan service.

It opens with an introduction to the Evas scheduled to appear: The "provisional" Eva-05 on an underground rail, Eva-02 being air-dropped (outfitted with the new "S-type Equipment"), Eva-04's explosion, Eva-03 (infected by Bardiel), and Eva-06 descending from the Moon. The text "ADAMS" and a cryptic image of several ghostly, vaguely humanoid figures are flashed on the screen. The text "LILIN+?" then appears, followed by several shots of the "human" cast: Kaji and Gendo (as seen at the end of Episode 08); Misato slapping Ritsuko (recycled from Episode 16); Asuka, Rei, and Shinji (from the Zeruel battle in 19); and Kaworu (smiling against a dusky sky). Finally, the new character Mari is seen from behind, looking up at multiple giant glowing pink crucifixes, followed by a close-up of her face, a fleeing flock of birds reflected in her glasses.

Theatrical Trailer #1

Released in Japanese cinemas on March 14, 2009, set to "FLY ME TO THE MOON (IN OTHER WORDS) 2007 MIX" by Hikaru Utada (same as 1.0's theatrical trailer). Yahoo! Japan subsequently released a 27 second long "special version" edit, which rehashed some of the clips to a remix of the "Next Episode Preview" theme, along with hosting the original theatrical trailer[4].

Shinji at the maritime preservation zone with Kaji (off-screen).

Fans get their first glimpse of Mari in Eva-05, some Angel attacks, and several character shots. The trailer ends with an aerial shot of Shinji standing at his mother's grave, watching Gendo fly away. He walks off-camera and 2.0's title comes onscreen, thus ending 2.0's theatrical trailer much the same as 1.0's ended.

Theatrical Trailer #2

Released to Japanese cinemas on April 25, 2009, the Bandai Channel on May 8, 2009[5], and set to a bombastic choral/instrumental piece, "The Final Decision We All Must Take" by Shiro Sagisu. Various Angel battles and character shots are shown throughout the trailer.

Mari during the Eva-05 versus 3rd Angel battle.

DVD Promo

Rei, before Shinji rescues her from the 10th Angel's core.

A minute-long DVD Promo was released in late March 2010 at the Tokyo Anime Fair.[6] The Official Evangelion website released the Promo online on April 14th, 2010.[7] The promo clip was set to a variation of Megumi Hayashibara's version of "Tsubasa o Kudasai" (entitled "Wings_HayashibaraNew_FullCD") while the images consisted of various spoiler scenes and examples of touch ups for 2.22 (including a new scene of Mari and Eva-02 jumping upside down as well as Eva-03 being air-lifted).


  1. Evageeks.org: Kaworu calling Gendo "father". Retrieved 2011/02/19.
  2. There's more than a little confusion as to whether Kaworu's line must be translated as "at this time" or "this time around," both of which have very different implications for the rest of the story.
  3. This was done to correct a continuity error from the original cut where Shinji and Kaji would talk without a prior meeting, according do CRC interviews.
  4. Yahoo! Japan. Evangelion New Theater Edition: Breakup. Newsflash. Retrieved 2009/04/28.
  5. Bandai Channel. Evangelion New Theatrical Feature: Division, Trailers. Retrieved 2009/05/09. A Japanese IP or proxy is required to view the trailer.
  6. Tokyo Anime Fair. Retrieved 2011/02/19.
  7. Eva 2.22 Promo. Retrieved 2011/02/19.


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See Also

Episodes & Films
Television Series Episode 01 | Episode 02 | Episode 03 | Episode 04 | Episode 05 | Episode 06

Episode 07 | Episode 08 | Episode 09 | Episode 10 | Episode 11 | Episode 12 | Episode 13
Episode 14 | Episode 15 | Episode 16 | Episode 17 | Episode 18 | Episode 19 | Episode 20
Episode 21 | Episode 22 | Episode 23 | Episode 24 | Episode 25 | Episode 26

Movies Death | Rebirth

The End of Evangelion: Episode 25' | Episode 26'

Rebuild of Evangelion Evangelion 1.0 | Evangelion 2.0 | Evangelion 3.0 | Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0