Yamashita was born in the Gifu Prefecture and is a graduate of the Nagoya University Of Arts.
His representative work in manga is "Dark Whisper" (serialized in Dengeki Daioh). In the field of anime, he is the mecha designer for the Neon Genesis Evangelion series (along with Hideaki Anno) and Sentō Yōsei Yukikaze. The designs for Yukikaze were originally drawn as recreation as well as Sentō Yōsei Shōjo tasuke te! Mave-chan.
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