Ume Aoki

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Ume Aoki
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 pennames apricot+ for many of her dōjinshi,[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]
  • Binetsu Kūkan (微熱空間, lit. Feverish Atmosphere) (2014–present; manga published in Hakusensha's Rakuen (Le Paradis))[12]


  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. 
  12. ^ "Hidamari Sketch's Ume Aoki to Launch New Series". Anime News Network . Retrieved 27 September 2017. 

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