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Movie Review: Evangerion shin gekijôban: Ha (Evangelion 2.0: You Can [Not] Advance) (2009)

About two years ago we decided to finally get into Neon Genesis Evangelion. As an anime fan it’s hard not to hear about it all the time because it’s one of the bigger series. We started with the new(ish) movie, part one of a tetralogy that condenses and somewhat re-writes the whole series. The second film in the tetralogy, Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, continues this inscrutable story of whiny teenagers who pilot huge semi-organic mechs in a fight against “Angels”, who are huge monster things that attack Earth all the time. Everything is confusing but it’s really pretty. And my favorite character arrives! Well, second-favorite, after the penguin roommate obviously.

Movie Review: Perfect Blue (1997)

Kon’s first feature as a director, Perfect Blue follows mildly-successful pop singer Mima as she attempts to transition into serious acting. After landing a recurring role on a dramatic crime series, her desire to distance herself from her girly bubblegum pop image leads her to more and more drastic action, such as agreeing to act in a graphic rape scene for the show and later posing for nude photos. She is plagued by visions of her former self, eventually sinking into paranoia and confusion as this “Other” Mima tries to take over her own life.