Ume Aoki (蒼樹 うめ Aoki Ume?, born August 3) is a female Japanese mangaka from Hyōgo Prefecture. She also illustrated under the pen-names Apply Fujimiya, for the visual novel Sanarara (Nekoneko Soft) and Apricot+ for various doujinshi she makes. She also provides the voice for her 'caterpillar' persona in the anime version of Hidamari Sketch. Aoki also provided the original character designs for the anime production, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, developed by Shaft.
Works Made by/worked on by Ume Aoki:
- Hidamari Sketch: Original manga, and also did the voice of Ume-sensei in the anime version of it.
- Tetsunagi Kooni: Original manga.
- Sanarara: Character design/artwork
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Original character design
- Two Smiling Faces: Story and art.
- Mado No Mukogawa: Original manga.
Tropes associated with Ume Aoki:
- Older Than They Look: She's not any taller than Yuno. In the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Blu-Ray commentary Chiwa Saitou asked her and Aoi Yuuki (who's shorter than Ume) to form a "mimimum squad."
- One of Us: Is an enormous fan of the Monster Hunter series.
- Puni Plush: Her art style.
- Yuri Fan: She has publicly admitted she ships Homura X Madoka and Kyouko X Sayaka, from Puella Magi Madoka Magica.