No Hero Manual Included

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No Hero Manual Included is a story written by Ogiwara Saki. It ran in Issue 27 at, and is mirrored at


A man who makes magical instruments (who is definitely not an ex-evil wizard) makes an harp for a hot hero he used to date (but is totally over), and gets wrangled into helping him deliver it as well.

From "evil sorcerer’s apprentice gets stuck (literally, via magic spell) to the hero, discovers he likes music more than evil, and settles down to a life of selling enchanted musical instruments. and then he has to deal with the hero being famous and heroic and awkward everywhere."

From "Piper is a former evil sorcerer's apprentice. He owns a music shop now! Henry the Queen's Hero is his ex he had a proximity curse with for a while. There are ADVENTURES."

I knew immediately when renting the property that it'd be trouble. I'd tried to ask for a shop on South Street instead, or even tucked in the corner of the Nook where burly men with very large knobby clubs tended to patrol. Anything other than Hero's Square. But nope, this was the only property available that met my specifications, and I was told I should have been glad for it. It was prime real estate.

With a prime view of the square as the Queen's Hero returned home.

External Reviews[edit]

  • "This is a delightful and fun story, written with energy and an obvious love for the genre of both fairy tales and slash. A joy to read! Great if you need a pick-me-up, too. ^^V"