Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance (Blu-Ray) - Review

Things Get Worse in the Best Way Possible

In Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance, Shinji continues his work as an Eva pilot as NERV tries to quell the onslaught of Angels that are set on destroying humanity. When new pilots enter the Evangelion program, Shinji finds himself forming deep bonds with people he's just met, sharing experiences over being a pilot and being a person. Shinji's father has a deeper plan in effect, and a secret organization called Seele is at the root of it. Danger lurks in the stars and in men's hearts, and a strange child on the moon with Eva Unit 6 seems more than pleased to see the destruction.

This installment of the newly remastered and theatrical cut of the Evangelion story is absolutely breathtaking. I haven't seen a DVD release, but the Blu-Ray is drop dead gorgeous. The colors are so vivid and the sound is so incredible that you find yourself getting pulled in. But enough about the production value, let's move on to the story.

Which is also wonderful.

The story develops the characters much deeper than the first installment, which is to be expected. It finds common threads and problems for the characters to relate to and reveal information about their pasts and motives. The real question that keeps popping up -- Why are we doing this? Why are we piloting these giant machines? What's our purpose?

The story also takes a deeper turn toward the weird. I have to admit I'm still pretty in the dark about the grand scheme of what's going on. I know that it involves the Dead Sea Scrolls and the ascension of man, but other than that it's kind of fuzzy.

All of that can be ignored for now, and I'm sure it'll be revealed in the final chapter. Until then, the monster designs and action sequences are more than enough to keep me coming back for more of this twisted and beautiful animated saga.

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