Ume Aoki

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Ume Aoki
File:Ume sensei.JPG
Ume Aoki's Metapod persona, Ume-sensei, whom she voices in the Hidamari Sketch anime series.
Native name 蒼樹 うめ
Born August 3
Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Manga artist
Nationality Japanese
Alma mater Musashino Art University
Genre Fiction

Ume Aoki (Japanese: 蒼樹 うめ Hepburn: Aoki Ume?, born August 3) is a Japanese manga artist from Hyōgo Prefecture, though she officially romanizes her name as aokiume.[1][2][3] She illustrates under the pen-names apricot+ for many of her doujinshi,[4] and Apply Fujimiya (藤宮 アプリ Fujimiya Apuri?) for the visual novel Sanarara.

Aoki provided the voice for her Metapod persona in the Shaft anime adaptation of her four-panel comic strip Hidamari Sketch.[5] She later created the original character designs for Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a Shaft anime production.[6]


  • Hidamari Sketch (2004–present; original manga published in Manga Time Kirara Carat) – Voice of 'Ume-sensei' in anime adaptation[7]
  • Sanarara (2005) – Character design, artwork
  • Tetsunagi Kooni (てつなぎこおに?, lit. Hand Holding Little Demon) (2006–present; original manga published in Dragon Age Pure)[8]
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011–present) – Original character design[9]
  • Mado no Mukōgawa (マドの向こう側 lit. The Other Side of the Window?) (2012–present; original manga published in Manga Time Kirara Carino)[10][11]


  1. "Madoka Vol.1 Collection press photo". Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  2. "Ume Aoki's official twitter". Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  3. "Madoka Magica USA Facebook". Retrieved December 19, 2011. 
  4. "Aoki Ume's official home page". Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  5. "TBSアニメーション「ひだまりスケッチ」公式HP". (in Japanese). Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  6. "Bakemonogatari's Shinbo, Phantom's Urobuchi Launch New Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  7. ひだまりスケッチ (in Japanese). Houbunsha. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  8. "もう11月ですね…orz" (in Japanese). Fujimi Shobo. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  9. "New Shinbo/Shaft Anime to Be Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  10. "Houbunsha, Ume Aoki to Start Manga Time Kirara Carino Mag". Anime News Network. November 9, 2011. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  11. "Hidamari Sketch/Madoka Magica's Aoki Draws New Manga". Anime News Network. August 13, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 

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