Original Release: June 28, 2009
USA Blu-Ray release: March 30, 2011
Directed by: Hideaki Anno
Animation Studio: GAINAX
USA Publisher: Funimation
When Neon Genesis Evangelion came out in 1995, it changed the landscape of anime forever. It was an epic and dark anime using esoteric dialogue with a flawed cast of characters. The anime turned the mecha subgenre on its head with its unique take on the genre. The anime and the ensuing movies left such an indelible impression on the anime market that it still has a very strong and loyal following almost 16 years after it was initially released. In late 2002, work started on the rebuild of Evangelion. In December 2006 the tetralogy was announced, with the original creator saying that he can finally recreate Evangelion the way he wanted it to be. Evangelion 1.0 felt very similar to those who are used to the original TV series, but it had a more cinematic feel. Evangelion 2.0 moves in a completely different direction than the TV series, changing the role of characters, changing scenarios, and introducing brand new ones that will change the dynamic of the future movies. Evangelion 2.0 is a great movie for new fans and for old fans alike, it has great productions, excellent pacing, but it is hampered by its weak musical score and esoteric dialog.