The story takes up from where the first film left off, with young Shinji Ikari continuing his piloting of EVA-01 against the increasingly bizarre and powerful Angel attacks, while trying to come to terms with his own identity and his relationships with others. His relatively stable existence living with Misato Katsuragi and attempting to figure out the enigmatic Rei Ayanami and her strange bond with his otherwise cold father is thrown into disarray by the arrival of two new pilots called Asuka Langley and Mari Illustrious. A loud girl who lives to fly and fight with her EVA, Asuka immediately unsettles Shinji as she encroaches on his life. If anything, the mysterious Mari seems even more gung-ho, and with tensions between the NERV and STEELE organisations on the rise, it becomes clear that rocky times are ahead. —BeyondHollywood.com
Hideaki Anno (庵野 秀明 Anno Hideaki?, born May 22, 1960 in Ube, Yamaguchi) is a Japanese animation and film director. Anno is best known for his work on the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. His style has come to be defined by the touches of superflatism and postmodernism that he injects into his work, as well as the thorough portrayal of characters’ thoughts and emotions, often through unconventional sequences incorporating psychoanalysis and emotional deconstruction of these characters. He married comics artist Moyoco Anno in 27 April 2002.
Anime directed by Anno that have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award have been Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water in 1990, Neon Genesis Evangelion in 1995 and 1996, and The End of Evangelion in 1997.
Anno was born in Ube City; he attended Wakō Kindergarten, Unoshima Municipal Elementary School, Fujiyama Municipal Junior High School, and Yamaguchi Prefectural Ube High School where he was noted for his interest… read more
I'm really not a fan of the films. They look fantastic but I'm not too sure what they add that the series doesn't and if anything they detract. Sure there's a few less filler episodes but things feel way too rushed, whereas one of the stellar aspects of the series was the moments in between all the chaos where things were brought to a lull and the humanism of each character was able to become better realised.
What I liked best about this was the new characterization of Asuka, along with the new characterization of Rei from the previous movie.The fights are, of course, crazy, and eye gouging, but without the abusive darkness of the series, it all feels very generic. And I want to take off another whole star for the Mari character who parachutes in from what seems like a totally different show, or universe.
I had high hopes for 2.22. My favourite character of the original 1997 series was Asuka Langley Soryu, so I was desperate to see her in her re-animated glory. While Asuka’s personality has been slightly… read review