Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance
|Adult Swim (Toonami)|
|August 31, 2013|
Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance is a 2009 Japanese animated film directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masayuki, and written by Hideaki Anno. It is the second of four films released in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy based on the original anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was produced and co-distributed by Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara in partnership with Gainax.
The film continues the story of Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone, with Shinji Ikari continuing his role as a pilot of one of the gigantic "Evangelion" mecha as part of NERV's ongoing fight against the mysterious creatures known as Angels. While replicating many scenes and plot elements from the original series, the film also introduces new ones, including newly designed creatures and new characters, such as Mari Illustrious Makinami, and integrates newly available 3D CG technology. Its ending paves the way for the significant storyline departures from the original series in Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo.
The movie premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on August 31, 2013. The movie is rated TV-14-LSV on Adult Swim, but is edited to remove nudity and some language. The movie also aired on Toonami on one other occassion:
- December 27, 2014 as part of Toonami Month of Movies: December 2014.
The resuscitated skeleton of the Third Angel escapes its confinement and tries to break out of NERV's arctic Bethany Base, but Mari Illustrious Makinami, a new pilot, launches Evangelion Provisional Unit-05 and destroys the Angel by self-destructing the EVA and safely ejecting at the last moment.
Meanwhile, Shinji Ikari and his father Gendo visit Yui's grave. Shortly after, the Seventh Angel attacks, but is quickly dispatched by the newly arrived Unit-02 and its headstrong pilot, Asuka Langley Shikinami. Ryoji Kaji delivers to Gendo a suitcase containing the mysterious "Key of Nebuchadnezzar" and notes that the destruction of Unit-05 went as planned. Gendo and Kozo Fuyutsuki then visit NERV's lunar compound, Tabgha Base, to view the construction of Evangelion Mark.06, which is noted as being different from the other EVAs. They are denied permission to land, but briefly see Kaworu Nagisa sitting in space without a space suit. During Gendo's absence, the Eighth Angel attacks Tokyo-3. Shinji, Asuka, and Rei kill it in an improvised plan devised by Misato Katsuragi. Both Unit-00 and Unit-01 are damaged. Gendo returns and asks to have them both repaired, but SEELE only allows Unit-01 to be.
In an attempt to heal the relationship between Gendo and Shinji, Rei prepares a dinner party. At the same time, Mari arrives in Tokyo-3. Later, Unit-04 and NERV's U.S. branch are destroyed during an experiment, prompting the U.S. government to send Unit-03 to Tokyo-3. Due to an international agreement that allows no more than three functioning Evangelions per country at a time, NERV seals away Unit-02 and schedules a test of Unit-03 on the same day as Rei's dinner party; Asuka volunteers to take Rei's place as the test pilot. Once Asuka activates Unit-03, the Ninth Angel possesses the EVA and goes on a rampage. Shinji pilots Unit-01, but refuses to fight the Angel for fear of harming Asuka, who is still trapped inside. Gendo orders the activation of the Dummy System, which makes Unit-01 autonomous, and allows it to savagely destroy Unit-03, crushing the cockpit in its teeth. Upset over his father's cold decision, Shinji leaves NERV.
Asuka survives, but is grievously injured and placed in quarantine for fear of mental contamination by the Angel. Shinji heads out of the city, but the Tenth Angel attacks, so he flees to an emergency shelter. Gendo fails to activate Unit-01 without Shinji, so Mari hijacks Unit-02 and heads out to fight the Angel alone. She removes Unit-02's restraints and launches an all-out attack, but the Angel severely damages Unit-02. Rei joins the fight with the damaged Unit-00 and charges at the Angel with a missile. The missile detonates, but fails to destroy the Angel. The Angel consumes Unit-00 and integrates it with its own body, allowing it to bypass NERV's defenses.
Upon seeing Rei consumed along with Unit-00, Shinji rushes to Gendo and asks to pilot Unit-01 again. Shinji fends off the Angel, but before he can defeat it, Unit-01 runs out of power and shuts down. Unit-01 reactivates in berserk mode in response to Shinji's rage at the loss of Rei. It easily takes down the Angel, and Shinji uses the EVA to reach inside the Angel's core to save Rei. Unit-01 then starts transcending its physical boundaries to grant Shinji's wish. At the moment Shinji retrieves Rei, Unit-01 pulls Unit-00's core out of the Angel. The Angel explodes and its remains, along with Unit-00's core, are absorbed into Unit-01, fusing them all into one being. Unit-01 then sprouts giant wings of light, and Misato, who has been watching the battle, sees that they are identical to the ones she saw during Second Impact. Ritsuko realizes that the EVA has become a divine being, triggering Third Impact and decleares this to be the end of the world. In a post-credits scene, a mysterious spear shoots down from the Moon and impales Unit-01 in the middle of its apotheosis, neutralizing it and stopping Third Impact. Kaworu then descends from the Moon in Mark.06, saying that this time, he will make Shinji happy.
- Shinji Ikari
- Rei Ayanami
- Asuka Langley Shikinami
- Mari Illustrious Makinami
- Misato Katsuragi
- 3rd Angel
- 7th Angel
- Sahaquiel (8th Angel)
- Bardiel (9th Angel)
- Zeruel (10th Angel)
- Gendo Ikari
- Ritsuko Akagi
- Ryoji Kaji
- Toji Suzuhara
- Kensuke Aida
- Kaworu Nagisa
- Pen Pen
|Character||English Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor|
|Shinji Ikari||Spike Spencer||Megumi Ogata|
|Misato Katsuragi||Allison Keith||Kotono Mitsuishi|
|Rei Ayanami||Brina Palencia||Megumi Hayashibara|
|Asuka Langley Soryu||Tiffany Grant||Yūko Miyamura|
|Mari Illustrious Makinami||Trina Nishimura||Maaya Sakamoto|
|Ritsuko Akagi||Colleen Clinkenbeard||Yuriko Yamaguchi|
|Gendo Ikari||John Swasey||Fumihiko Tachiki|
|Ryoji Kaji||J. Michael Tatum||Kōichi Yamadera|
|Maya Ibuki||Caitlin Glass||Miki Nagasawa|
|Makoto Hyuuga||Mike McFarland||Hiro Yūki|
|Shigeru Aoba||Phil Parsons||Takehito Koyasu|
|Kozo Fuyutsuki||Kent Williams||Motomu Kiyokawa|
|Toji Suzuhara||Justin Cook||Tomokazu Seki|
|Kensuke Aida||Greg Ayres||Tetsuya Iwanaga|
|Hikari Horaki||Leah Clark||Junko Iwao|
|Kiel Lorenz||Bill Jenkins||Mugihito|
|Kaworu Nagisa||Jerry Jewell||Akira Ishida|
|Yui Ikari||Stephanie Young||Megumi Hayashibara|
|Pen Pen||Monica Rial||Megumi Hayashibara|