[[quoteright:150:[[HidamariSketch http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ume_sensei_at_desk_3964.jpg]]]]
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}}'' (NekonekoSoft) and Apricot+ for various doujinshi she makes. She also provides the voice for her 'caterpillar' persona in the anime version of ''HidamariSketch''. Aoki also provided the original character designs for the anime production, ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', developed by [[Creator/StudioSHAFT Shaft]].

!!Works Made by/worked on by Ume Aoki:

* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'': Original manga, and also did the voice of Ume-sensei in the anime version of it.
* ''TetsunagiKooni'': Original manga.
* ''{{Sanarara}}'': Character design/artwork
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Original character design
* ''TwoSmilingFaces'': Story and art.
* ''MadoNoMukogawa'': Original manga.

!!Tropes associated with Ume Aoki:
* BreakTheCutie: Her reactions to {{Creator/Gen Urobuchi}}'s trolling during the production of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She's not any taller than [[HidamariSketch Yuno]]. In the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' Blu-Ray commentary Creator/ChiwaSaito asked her and Creator/AoiYuuki (who's shorter than Ume) to form a "minimum squad."
* OneOfUs: Is an enormous fan of the VideoGame/MonsterHunter series. Her caterpillar persona is also clearly based on [[{{Pokemon}} Metapod]].
* PuniPlush: Her art style.
* SuperDeformed: Her distinctive "widefaces."
* YuriFan: She has publicly admitted she ships Homura X Madoka and Kyouko X Sayaka, from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.
** If a {{Doujinshi}} she made is anything to go by, she also seems to like [[CrackPairing Mami X Charlotte]].
** And, of course, there are the strong yuri undertones in ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', particularly between Sae and Hiro.