Yoshifumi Kondō

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Yoshifumi Kondō
Born 近藤 喜文
(1950-03-31)31 March 1950
Gosen, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Died 21 January 1998(1998-01-21) (aged 47)
Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Education Tokyo Design College, A Production, Nippon Animation
Known for Anime
Notable work Whisper of the Heart (director), Anne of Green Gables, Sherlock Hound, Kiki's Delivery Service, Only Yesterday, Princess Mononoke

Yoshifumi Kondō (近藤 喜文, Kondō Yoshifumi, March 31, 1950 – January 21, 1998) 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 dissection – alternately aneurysm[1] – in 1998. His death is said to have been caused by excess work, and seems to be the main reason for Hayao Miyazaki's first announcement of retirement in 1998. Although Miyazaki later returned to Studio Ghibli, Kondō's death seems to have influenced Miyazaki to work at a more relaxed pace.

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Listed in chronological order.

1960s and 1970s[edit]




  • Animage Tokubetsu Guidebook: Omohide Poro Poro Roman Album (August 1991, 4197210809)
  • Animation no Hon: Ugoku E wo Egaku Kiso Chishiki to Sakuga no Jissai (January 1978, ISBN 4-7726-0079-5)
  • Animētā Kondō Yoshifumi (September 7, 2003, Niigata Nippō newspaper)
  • Futo Furikaeru to (March 31, 1998, ISBN 4-19-860832-6)
  • Kondō Yoshifumi no Shigoto: Dōga de Hyōgen Dekiru Koto (June 29, 2001, no ISBN, edited by Masashi Andō)
  • Kondō Yoshifumi-san Tsuitō Bunshū: Kondō-san no Ita Fūkei (no ISBN, published by the Takahata · Miyazaki Sakuhin Kenkyūjo)
  • Nihon no Animēshon wo Kizuita Hitobito (January 2001, ISBN 4-948755-78-8, by Seiji Kanō)


  1. ^ "Kondo - passing." Nausicaa.net. Retrieved 2012-09-19.

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