Department or Program

Asian Studies


This thesis is an exploration of how the popular 1995 anime series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, portrays what it is like for Japanese teenagers to grow up and find their place in the world. It is a close look at two of the main characters’ identity and relationship developments through the lens of research in the cultural psychology of Japanese youth. In the analysis, special emphasis is placed on the characters’ concrete struggles, movement in identity development stages, and the role of relationships and interdependence in their identity development.

Level of Access

Open Access

First Advisor

Konoeda, Keiko

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Open Access

Available to all.