Born in 1973 in Ishikawa-ken, Japan, Hiromasa Yonebayashi studied Business Design at the Kanazawa College of Art. During college, he worked part-time drawing caricatures and working on animation for television commercials. In 1996 Yonebayashi joined Studio Ghibli and worked as an In-between Animator on Princess Mononoke (1997) and My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999), and as Key Animator for Spirited Away (2001), The GHIBLIES episode 2 (2002), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008). He was also the Assistant Supervising Animator for Tales from Earthsea (2006).
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