Yoshifumi Kondo, the Whisper of the Heart director who sadly passed in 1998, is having his beautiful animation and character designs displayed in an Osaka art exhibition during Golden Week this year. From April 27 to May 9, the Hankyu Umeda Gallery will hold 500 of his Studio Ghibli works, created alongside Hayao Miyazaki and the dearly missed Isao Takahata. Storyboards, image boards, key animation art and sketches for Anne of Green Gables, Grave of the FirefliesKiki’s Delivery ServiceOnly Yesterday and Princess Mononoke will be there, among others, to be admired by his and the studio’s fans, and taken home as clear files and postcards.

Whisper of the Heart original cell (1995)

© 1995 Aoi Hiiragi/Shueisha, Studio Ghibli, NH

Only Yesterday key animation drawing (1991)

© 1991 Hotaru Okamoto, Yuko Tone, Studio Ghibli, NH

Anne of Green Gables LD box illustration (1992)


Grave of the Fireflies image board (1998)

© 1998 Akiyuki Nosaka, Shinchosha

Clear files and postcards


For anyone who can make it to this tribute to the hard work and heart Kondo put into Ghibli’s anime, the admission fee for adults is 900 yen, with a 700 yen concession for high and junior high school students. Children below elementary school age can enter for free, and the clear files will be sold at 324 yen, with postcards at 162 yen each.

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