Fantasy light novel 'Management of Novice Alchemist' gets TV anime and manga adaptations

Written by: Nicole Castro

Published on: September 18, 2021 at 18:00 PHT (GMT+8)

Kadokawa's Fantasia Bunko imprint has announced that the fantasy light novel Management of Novice Alchemist by Mizuho Itsuki is getting a television (TV) anime adaptation.

The story features protagonist Sarasa, an orphan girl who has just graduated from the royal alchemist training school. She receives a store to manage from her master as a gift, but her expectations are flipped upside down when she realizes how run down the shop is deep in the countryside. There, Sarasa practices alchemy at a leisurely pace, working hard at collecting, smelting, and selling metals to become a respectable alchemist.


As of writing this article, no specific dates have been provided regarding the release of the anime. Details such as premiere date, cast list, staff list, etc. will be provided once available.


In addition, the light novel is also inspiring a manga adaptation by artist kirero. The first volume will be released on October 8, published by Comic Valkyrie.

About Management of Novice Alchemist

"Management of Novice Alchemist" (新米錬金術師の店舗経営, Shinmai Renkinjutsushi no Tenpo Keiei, literally "Novice Alchemist's Shop Management") is a Japanese light novel series written by Mizuho Itsuki and illustrated by Fuumi. It began serialization online in November 2018 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. A revised and illustrated version of the series has been published by Kadokawa since September 20, 2019 under its Fantasia Bunko label.


Synopsis from Crunchyroll:

For a lonely orphan, there is almost only one career path to success. That is to get a national qualification as an alchemist. After graduating from the Royal Alchemist Training Academy, which requires nothing but ability, Sarasa is presented with the rights to a store by her master. After being sent off by her generous mentor, Sarasa sets off on her journey, dreaming of a slightly elegant life as an alchemist, but upon arrival, she is shocked to find that the countryside is even more rural than she had imagined. However, even in such a place, she has to manage a store somehow to make a living.


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Source: KADOKAWA anime official Twitter, Comic Natalie, Anime News Network

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