I finally got the chance to watch Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance. This film received quite a lot praise from fans and critics when it was first released in theaters. I really was trying to ignore the hype around this film and to go with my own judgment. Evangelion 2.22 is a masterpiece.
The character development is vastly improved than the original series. The character's personal growth is somewhat realistic, so far. Shinji is portrayed as a normal kid who does not runaway from fear but is angry that he is being used as a weapon. Gendo is a little less cold towards Shinji and the reason why he does it, is to cope with the painful lost of his wife. Rei is more human but suffers from loneliness.
The battles are greatly improved. I'm glad that the problem of here's Angel of the week battle is gone. The battles in this film look like the characters have a slim to no chance of survival. And the Eva take a lot of damage.
I will say it, the last 40 minutes of this film is cinematic perfection. I really would like to talk about how great the ending is but, I don't want to spoil it for those who have not watched it. Let me just say that I was trembling and breathing hard when the film ended. If you're an anime fan, you need to watch this movie as soon as possible to witness pure greatness.