Katsuya Kondo

Katsuya Kondo

  • Birthday: 1963-06-02
  • Place of birth: Ehime Prefecture, Japan
  • Also know as: Katsuya Kondoh

Biography

Katsuya Kondō (近藤 勝也, born June 2, 1963, in Ehime Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese manga artist, character designer, animator, and animation director. He is best known for his character design work on the Studio Ghibli films Kiki's Delivery Service and Ocean Waves, as well as the PlayStation game Jade Cocoon. His character designs are considered the epitome of the Studio Ghibli style. After graduating from high school, he began working for Osamu Dezaki and Akio Sugino at their Studio Annapuru. Under the direction of Shinji Ōtsuka, Kondō worked as a key animator of the TV anime series Cat's Eye. He then worked as a free agent on such shows as The Mighty Orbots, Rainbow Brite, and Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears. His first work with Studio Ghibli was as a key animator on Castle in the Sky. After working on the Gainax film The Wings of Honneamise and the OVAs Devilman and Meikyū Bukken File 538, Kondō began to be known for the high quality of his work. Kondō collaborated with Ken'ichi Sakemi on a manga retelling of the Joan of Arc story, as well as doing the character designs for the Jade Cocoon video game series. He also collaborated with Sakemi by creating the character designs for the 1990 NTV TV movie Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (based on Sakemi's novel Kōkyū Monogatari), which tells the story of a young country girl who is chosen to become one of the Emperor's concubines. He also worked with Tomomi Mochizuki on the NHK Minna no Uta music video titled Kaze no Tōri Michi, produced by Ajia-do Animation Works for Sayuri Horishita. In 2007, he was announced as the supervising animator of the Studio Ghibli film Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. He also wrote the lyrics for the film's theme song. Description above from the Wikipedia article Katsuya Kondō, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Production

House Hunting

2006

As Animation Director

Princess Mononoke

1997

As Animation

My Neighbor Totoro

1988

As Animation

Only Yesterday

1991

As Animation Director

The Path of Wind

2004

As Character Designer

The Aurora

2000

As Character Designer

Like the Clouds, Like the Wind

1990

As Character Designer

Like the Clouds, Like the Wind

1990

As Animation Director

Ocean Waves

1994

As Character Designer

Howl's Moving Castle

2004

As Animation Supervisor

When Marnie Was There

2014

As Key Animation

From Up on Poppy Hill

2011

As Character Designer

The Journey Continues

2016

As Director

Encounter

2016

As Director

Balance

2016

As Director

Castle in the Sky

1986

As Key Animation

Earwig and the Witch

2021

As Character Designer

The Wind Rises

2013

As Key Animation

Ocean Waves

1994

As Animation Director

My Neighbors the Yamadas

1999

As Key Animation

Ponyo

2008

As Animation Director

Porco Rosso

1992

As Key Animation

The Secret World of Arrietty

2010

As Key Animation

Pom Poko

1994

As Key Animation

Howl's Moving Castle

2004

As Key Animation

Amon Saga

1986

As Key Animation

The Boy and the Heron

2023

As Key Animation

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