Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award


Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Henry Hughes

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks


This thesis explores the commentary on humanity that is described throughout Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion. Close examination of the patterns of behavior, speech, and respective traumas of the main characters in the series was utilized to decipher the regenerative themes presented through each character’s ongoing struggle to overcome their psychological wounds. This thesis introduces ideas about what it means to be human and how one can bear the weight of such an existence. It is my greatest hope that this work influences individuals to reflect on their own experiences in an effort to become more at peace with themselves. By extension, I hope to increase the level of interest in Japanese animation by depicting the degree of intricacy of which this medium is capable.