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 Movie 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)
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
Movie chronology
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"Evangelion 1.0" "Evangelion 3.0"
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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 (formerly "Soryu", and now with the rank of Captain), Ryoji Kaji, and the new character Mari Illustrious Makinami, along with Eva-02, Eva-03, Eva-05, and Eva-06. A combination of familiar (to NGE veterans) and newly-designed Angels appeared over the course of the film. The new locations Bethany Base and Tabgha Base are also featured. Yuko Miyamura and Koichi Yamadera both reprise their roles as Asuka and Kaji, respectively, and Maaya Sakamoto joins the cast to play Mari.

Eva 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.


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"Disposing of the Angel on the surface is so expensive!"
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The movie opens in Bethany Base, a joint U.S./Russian Nerv base. Mari is seen in Evangelion Unit-05. The Third Angel is escaping, and Mari is out to stop it in a series of corridors and tunnels. Kaji is seen along with the head of Bethany base and several English-speaking Nerv personnel. A fierce battle occurs where Mari ultimately has to self-destruct Eva-05 to defeat the Third Angel. She ejects in her entry plug while Kaji leaves by aircraft, taking a mysterious package with him.

Meanwhile, Shinji and Gendo have a conversation at Yui's grave, which is at a memorial for those lost during Second Impact. Shinji tells Gendo that he's happy they could speak together.Misato takes Shinji home in the car, but en route they are nearly crushed by a warship gun turret that comes flying onto the road.

The cause is another new Angel, the Seventh Angel which attacks the red ocean and warships blocking its path. As Misato orders Nerv's Evas to intercept the Angel, Eva-02 arrives and proceeds to easily destroy it .The pilot of Eva-02 and Second Girl, European Airforce Captain Asuka Langley Shikinami, introduces herself to Shinji, Toji and Kensuke in the same distinctive fashion as Asuka Langley Soryu, and takes an immediate dislike to Rei Ayanami.

A newly added scene to the 2.22 edition of the film is Shinji, Toji and Kensuke walking back home after meeting Asuka. They bump into Kaji along the way, who knows about Shinji and Misato living together.

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


Asuka arrives in Misato's apartment, tossing out Shinji's belongings and complaining about the small size of the place in very much the same manner as in the TV series. Like Shinji in Episode 02 and Evangelion 1.0, Asuka has a horribly embarrassing encounter with Pen Pen in the bathroom and comes running out naked. Shinji sees Asuka naked and lands up getting kicked in the face. At night, Asuka talks to herself, playing with a finger puppet.

Kaji takes Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Toji, Kensuke and Pen-Pen to a maritime preservation zone where the last marine animals are kept alive and the red ocean water is purified to make it habitable. Rei, alone with Shinji, compares her existence to that of fish in a tank, with a miffed Asuka seeing them and then playing a videogame in a corner. Shinji has prepared a box lunch for everyone, but Rei declines to eat until Shinji offers her some Miso soup, which she finds delicious.

Kaji tells Shinji of Misato's past and Second Impact. Several flashback images appear: the sky turns red and a black hole appears. Four light bodies with halos appear (the Adams), as well as several red Longinus spears.

Gendo and Fuyutsuki visit a base on the moon. They see Kaworu outside the window sitting shirtless on one of Eva-06 fingers, and while Fuyutsuki says that a human outside is impossible, Kaworu turns (to Gendo?) and says "Welcome, father."

Sahaquiel appears. At first, it is just a rotating multi-eyed ball in space, impervious to N2 attacks. Misato and the rest realize that is a living bomb that will drop at Tokyo-3, and she plans to intercept it with the Evas. Ritsuko argues about how foolish the plan is. Asuka is also not happy because she wanted to do it alone. Sahaquiel unfolds itself and becomes a multicolored eye with big hands. The Evas rush to the impact zone with the help of special buildings (ramps, jumping spots...) and Shinji is the first one to arrive. Eva-01 stops it, but from the center appears a humanoid shape with a Gaghiel-like face which impales Eva-01 with its drill arms. Asuka tries to stab the core, but it begins to move, so she is unable to hit it until Ayanami appears and holds the core with her hands. The Angel is destroyed, flooding the city with blood. Via a voice only communication, Gendo praises his son.

That night, Asuka is unable to sleep beacause she can't do everything alone, and goes into Shinji's room. She asks him why he pilots the Eva and he responds that he doesn't know but he's happy when his father praises him. Asuka says that he's an idiot.

Shinji makes daily boxed lunches for Misato, Asuka and himself, but one day, was unable to do it, and Asuka yells at him. This prompts Toji to joke that they seem a married couple, so Shinji and Asuka blush. The next day he also makes lunch for Ayanami, who thanks him in surprise, while an angry Asuka watches.

Another scene new to the 2.22 version consists of the three pilots during a synch test. Nerv's staff discusses how they should be grateful for peaceful days what with the constant stream of Angel attacks. (after Gendo and Rei meal scene, before Mari crashes into Shinji).

The three pilots during a synch test.

After a session in the LCL tube, Rei and Gendo go to eat together. Rei wants to have a dinner with everyone and asks Gendo to come too. He looks at Rei and for a moment he sees Yui's face, so Gendo accepts. Rei, learning how to cook, cuts several fingers. Asuka sees Rei's cuts and she tries cooking too. Rei sends out invitations to the party to everyone, even Asuka.

Mari comes by parachute to Japan and lands on Shinji. She talks by the phone in English saying that the landing point was diverted and before leaving, tells Shinji he smells nice, like LCL.

Shinji's awkward first meeting with Mari.

Shinji, sitting near the vending machines, is looking at his music player which no longer works after the crash with Mari. Kaji appears and approaches Shinji's face as if he's going to kiss him, scaring Shinji. They go to the watermelon field and Kaji asks if he likes Misato. An ashamed Shinji stammers "yes, no... I mean..." and Kaji asks him to protect Misato because he's no longer able to do so himself.

After Eva-04 disappears along with the American Nerv base, it is decided to bring Eva-03 to Japan. They enclose Eva-02 in what looks like a lava pit because by treaty Nerv is not alowed to base more than three Evas in the same country. This angers Asuka, who meets with Rei in the elevator. After a brief silence, Rei begins to speak about what it means to be an Eva pilot, and an angry Asuka tries to slap her. Asuka stops and asks what she feels for Shinji, and Rei says that she doesn't know, but when she is with him she feels warm. An angry Asuka leaves, calling her an idiot.

Eva-03 arrives and Asuka is chosen as test pilot. She calls up Misato and has a fairly long talk with her on the phone before she heads for the Eva. Inside the Entry Plug, all becomes red, then blue. Asuka is sucked into the depths of the Entry Plug and Eva-03 is taken over by Bardiel, setting off an explosion.

Shinji is on his the way to Rei's apartment for the party when he receives the emergency call; Gendo in his car does a U-turn and Rei, cooking for the party, is interrupted by Nerv employees.

The Bardiel battle is similar to the series, but this time Eva-01 is the only Eva involved. Shinji refuses to fight because Asuka is inside. Being choked, Shinji manages to hold the infected Eva's hands, but another pair of arms grows from the shoulders and begin to overpower Eva-01. Gendo orders the Dummy System activated. Inside the entry plug all monitors are jammed in red, Shinji's arms are locked and a monitor appears in front of his face. A berserker Eva-01 begins to tear Bardiel in a feral way, punching, bitting and shredding, and at the end bites the Entry Plug.

The scene cuts to a crazed Shinji stomping on the top of Nerv pyramid and yelling at his father until Gendo orders the LCL pressure to be increased, knocking him unconscious. In a red chamber with pillars, Asuka is seen in a medical machine similar to the one that enclosed Shinji after the disastrous first encounter with Ramiel, with Ritsuko and Maya looking on. Only Asuka's hair can be seen, the rest is tubes and lights.

A vision scene of Shinji in a train car begins. He talks with Rei and, after a while, with a his younger self. They speak of Shinji's not trying to understand his father, and that the music player that he carries was once his father's. When he awakes, he is handcuffed and brought in front of Gendo. Shinji quits as pilot and leaves Nerv.

In the apartment, Misato tries to convince Shinji to stay, but he leaves. Rei finds the music player trashed in a bin and takes it.

Mari, in a pink plugsuit, releases Eva-02 from captivity and gets into it. Kaworu, on the moon and in a plugsuit of his own, prepares to descend to Earth in his Eva.

During 2.22 battle, new cut of Zeruel casting a huge explosion/Mari upside in Eva-02 before she dodges.

Zeruel attacks, appearing at first as a mummy-like version of the old design. With a single beam it inflicts severe damage to Tokyo-3's defenses. We see Kensuke, Hikari and Toji, the latter trying to protect Hikari as missiles crash into Zeruel and explode ineffectually. Zeruel "unwraps" itself, revealing tentacle-like extensions that can be united to form drills.

Mari and the hijacked Eva-02 confront Zeruel inside the Geofront. Unable to cause any damage, she activates "Beast Mode"; several cylinders emerge from the Eva's back and shoulders, Eva-02 goes berserk and Mari is growling like a beast with glowing green eyes as well. Zeruel nevertheless is quick to inflict crippling injuries to her Eva, cutting one arm and piercing the Eva's body.

Rei appears with a missile that is blocked by the AT-Field. For a moment, we see the music player inside the entry plug. An agonized Eva-02 crawls to her side and bites the field until it breaks. At the last moment, Zeruel blocks it's core with an odd fang-like shield. Rei yells "Pilot of 02, escape!" and throws the body of Eva-02 away as the missle detonates. The nearly destroyed Eva-02 lands in Shinji's shelter, and manages to take an unwilling Shinji outside. He sees the utter devastation all around, with a completely burnt Eva-00 in the middle. A Gaghiel-like mouth emerges from Zeruel and eats Eva-00 knees up, spitting out the helmet.

Zeruel transforms into a a giant naked Rei with Zeruel's face and tentacles that resemble a wig. Shocked, Shinji yells that he wants to save Ayanami and goes to pilot Eva-01. Meanwhile, Gendo is trying to activate Eva-01 with the Dummy System, but is rejected. While he is saying "Why you do this, Yui?", Shinji appears begging to pilot. Zeruel appears in front of Misato and the rest in the main bridge; Eva-01 arrives, and begins the battle, losing an arm in the process and splashing Gendo with blood. Eva-01 drags Zeruel back to the surface with a catapult, and fights until it runs out of power. Zeruel impales Eva-01 and a black silhouette of Shinji spits blood. In a pitch black entry plug, Shinji's eyes glow red and he yells "Give Ayanami back", and Eva-01 goes berserk. Zeruel attacks but is easily blocked by Eva-01's A.T. Field. The missing arm is now a modified A.T. Field, the green stripes became glowing red and a halo appears. Eva-01's eyes spark and Zeruel is cut in half. Eva-01 slowly aproaches the half dead body of Zeruel, while Misato, the main bridge crew, Kaji and a wounded Mari look on in awe; Gendo watches stoically.

The awakened Eva-01.

Both Eva-01 and Zeruel begin to float, and Shinji rips a hole in Zeruel's core trying to save Ayanami. Eventually he finds her crouching naked in the darkness. Rei is reluctant to go, but at the end she gives her hand to Shinji, who drags her to the now completely bright entry plug. They embrace, and Shinji says "Thank you" for her efforts to do a dinner party with Shinji and Gendo. Ayanami apologizes because she was unable to do it at the end. The body of Zeruel, now a completely red giant Ayanami, including the head, fuses with Eva-01. The sky turns red and a black hole appears, sucking the wrecked city into it. Misato and the rest realize that this is the beginning of Third Impact.

The credits roll.

A spear comes from the sky and impales Eva-01, stopping Third Impact. Kaworu descends in Eva-06, saying "Shinji, this time only you will find happiness"[1].

To be continued.

In the pamphlet, there is the full transcription of the preview: "Eva-01 frozen with Shinji and Rei trapped inside. The fortress which is disposed. Nerv personal confined. Eva-06 dropped in Dogma. Quickening (fetal movement?) Eva-08 and his pilot. Children fated to meet gathered at last. Where does the story of people wishing to live lead?"

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 and Eva-03 being air-lifted out of the American base.

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[2].

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[3], 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

A minute-long DVD Promo was released in late March 2010 at the Tokyo Anime Fair.[4] The Official Evangelion website released the Promo online on April 14th, 2010.[5] 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 from 2.0 to 2.22 (including a newly added 2.22 scene of Mari jumping upside down in Eva-02).

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


  1. 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.
  2. Yahoo! Japan. Evangelion New Theater Edition: Breakup. Newsflash. Retrieved 2009/04/28.
  3. Bandai Channel. Evangelion New Theatrical Feature: Division, Trailers. Retrieved 2009/05/09. A Japanese IP or proxy is required to view the trailer.
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See Also

Evangelion 2.0 Promotional Posters

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