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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' AuthorAvatar in the anime version of ''Manga/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.
* ''VideoGame/KiraraFantasia'': Character design/artwork for the protagonist Kirara and the redesigned ''Hidamari Sketch'' cast.

!!Tropes associated with Ume Aoki:
* BreakTheCutie: Her reactions to {{Creator/Gen Urobuchi}}'s [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/File:Ume_meet_Urobuchi.jpg trolling]] during the production of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She's not any taller than [[Manga/HidamariSketch Yuno]]. In the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' [[DVDCommentary Blu-Ray commentary]] Creator/ChiwaSaito asked her and Creator/AoiYuuki (who's shorter than Ume) to form a "minimum squad."
* 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.