Yoshifumi Kondō

Animator, Film director

1950 – 1998

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Who was Yoshifumi Kondō?

Yoshifumi Kondō was a Japanese animator who worked for Studio Ghibli in his last years. He was born in Gosen, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. He worked as an animation director on Anne of Green Gables, Sherlock Hound, Kiki's Delivery Service, Only Yesterday and Princess Mononoke. Kondō directed the animated film Whisper of the Heart, and was expected to become one of the top directors at Studio Ghibli, alongside Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and to become their eventual successor.

Kondō died of Aortic dissectionalternately aneurysm – in 1998. His death is said to have been caused by excess work, and seems to be the main reason for Hayao Miyazaki's announcement of retirement in 1998. Although in the end Miyazaki didn't retire for another 15 years, Kondō's death seems to have influenced Miyazaki to work at a more relaxed pace.

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Born
Mar 31, 1950
Gosen
Also known as
  • Yoshifumi Kondo
Nationality
  • Japan
Profession
Lived in
  • Niigata Prefecture
  • Gosen
Died
Jan 21, 1998
Tachikawa

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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