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 in the Neon Genesis Evangelion series and Sentō Yōsei Yukikaze. The designs for Yukikaze were originally drawn as recreation as well as Sentō Yōsei Shoujo tasuke te! Mave-chan.
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