The Guild’s Cheat Receptionist

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One day, due to God’s mistake, Tomoaki Akino’s life was accidentally snatched away. Though he gratefully accepted the cheat offered as an apology and reincarnated, he was reborn as a female elf! Then time passed, and Tomoaki now works as the intelligent and beautiful receptionist named Ilya in the Luneville branch of the Guild Association. In a world of swords and magic, her job in the guild begins today.

The Guild’s Cheat Receptionist average rating 4.1/5 - 214 user ratings
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Guild no Cheat na Uketsukejou
Ilya the Hax0r, Stays at the Guild's Reception
ギルドのチートな受付嬢
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09/17/17 Ziru’s Musings v2c3 part3v2c3 part3
06/26/17 Ziru’s Musings v2c3 part2v2c3 part2
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06/03/17 Ziru’s Musings v2c2 part7v2c2 part7
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04/30/17 Ziru’s Musings v2c2 part4v2c2 part4
04/28/17 Ziru’s Musings v2c2 part3v2c2 part3
04/23/17 Ziru’s Musings v2c2 part2v2c2 part2
04/02/17 Ziru’s Musings v2c2 part1v2c2 part1
03/26/17 Ziru’s Musings v2c1 part16v2c1 part16
03/18/17 Ziru’s Musings v2c1 part15v2c1 part15
03/05/17 Ziru’s Musings v2c1 part14v2c1 part14
02/17/17 Ziru’s Musings v2c1 part13v2c1 part13
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Cows
New Cows rated it
November 22, 2017
Status: v2c3 part3
I personally rate a novel out of it’s purpose. If it achieves what it wants to, I will consider that it is successful. (Or else you would rate Ero novels 0 stars right?). This novel purpose is to show a more realistic take on reincarnation stories (I think). You won’t get action. You won’t get yuri. You won’t get exciting adventures. The story was never meant to give you those.

The thing that Ilya did is something I would probably do to if I were to go to another world. ... more>> No person on our world would want to fight for their lives everyday being an adventurer. Instead they would likely choose to do desk work like Ilya. I also feel like the character interactions feel correct. Think for a sec, how often would you need to explain what is the characteristics of an adventurer in a world where the profession is one of the most popular? (Do I need to explain what a farmer or a doctor do?)

Another realistic point is how being a girl for 5 years make you act more like a girl. Because gender roles are usually things that is praised, being a girl that acts masculine and stuff is frown upon. When you face the pressure of society you will need to change in to what the society wants. Humans are a social animal, we can’t live by ourself. No matter how OP you are.

Talk about yuri is also quite likely unreal. I can put out many reasons regardless of gender why you won’t go out with a god-like elf. Such as age difference, Power gap, Feeling of uselessness, Social gap (Do you have enough balls to date a world saving hero?).

Tl;dr- This is a story that is very realistic. And reality is more boring than fiction. This is a realistic take on the isekai genre, it did what it suppose to do perfectly. For achieving it’s goal I give it 5/5. <<less
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Seigin
Seigin rated it
March 26, 2016
Status: --
He is more of a female though i’m not okay about that he/she says that he is a man but gets flustered about insects? But this novel is cute and fluffy like the other guy just said and I approve on the yuri part 5pts but I dont know how to rate xd
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Promethean
Promethean rated it
June 24, 2016
Status: v2 prologue
Gender bender. NOT A REAL FEMALE PROTAGONIST.

Yeah. Here I was hoping for a series with a female protagonist. Nope. Gender bender.

Unless the gender bender actually talks about issue of being a girl, and the trials and tribulations that come with that, either biologically, or with society... then it might as well not have been gender bender and just been a male protagonist.

Because seriously, there is no purpose for the gender bender than cheap comedy (which this one doesn't really have much of that you couldn't do with a male protagonist... more>> anyways).

You start at the end of the story btw. Not the beginning. So its like a slice of life epilogue. Now it would be interesting if it was a OP FEMALE protagonist. But nope, its just a male protagonist that was gender bent, and STILL acts like a male protagonist (so no point in that). (Boku girl is a gender bender, but deals with issues of being a girl and vice versa, such as s*xual attraction to males and the like). And yes, the majority of males who gender bent into females would start to feel attraction to males, and question their s*xuality, because they have become genetically FEMALE. And the majority of females are straight. It can't be that 100% of gender benders are just so "lucky" in their gender bending that they remain straight and not have any s*xual attraction toward males.

Is it too hard to ask for a deeply developed gender bender where they actually have to deal with problems of being a girl (instead of it just being a quirk that doesn't really matter to the story and could have been taken out entirely, if not for the s*xist belief that only females can be receptionists?)

Enough gripping about the genre.

Aside from the cheap gender bender gimick, the story... is well... non existent.

Its a slice of life with no real plot... but it isn't really that good. Maybe a manga version will speed things up a bit, but there is a lot of boring nothingness.

Stuff happens, but the MC is OP, so it doesn't really matter and you don't have any sense of crisis.

The comedy is okay. The MC is well, lacks any character development. I doubt his (I'm still going to call him a guy, because, at heart, he is still a guy, and isn't even in the least bit affected by his gender switch) character will change considering this is already an endgame series where all the generic hero becomes OP plot has already finished. So none of that.

Yeah. I don't have any other way to describe this other than a cheap way of drawing in viewers by have a guy turn into a girl, turning them OP and having them still behave un affected by the gender change, instead of just having a female, who acts like a guy, and turning OP.

I mean, that would be far better than just throwing in a gender bending because the author has no idea how to write a female character (just write them like a normal person regardless of s*x, but with a little understanding of how females are affected by society and biologically, but largely still remain the same as any other person).

If you take away the way everyone's accents, the pitches of their voices, and make all pronouns gender neutral, they would be generally the same regardless of s*x.

Yeah...

I would suggest Black Knight, its a REAL female MC that is slightly OP, and isn't really boring. <<less
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Aria
Aria rated it
June 3, 2016
Status: c3
Love this!!!

The beauty of this fic is that the MC is OP, knows she is OP, and understand the fact that she is OP. Yes I say both [know] and [understand].

Very charming MC, even though she insist on staying on the sidelines (as a mere guild receptionist), you won't get [boring-cause-lack-of-action story] nor [you're OP dammit! Show it!].
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Mr. B
Mr. B rated it
August 26, 2016
Status: v1 epilogue
For everyone who says "She's a fake female!" "She's OP, so she should go beat up crap", well go read something else.

This isn't meant to be about a OP protagonist going around beating up sh*t, it's a slice of life about a person who knows they're op, hides that from people around her, and tries to live out life. It's a novel spoken from the receptionist of a Guild rather than another adventure, which is a surprisingly nice change.

It's not exactly a story with a load of climax,... more>> but it's perfect for light hearted reading. <<less
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kamueee
kamueee rated it
April 10, 2016
Status: --
Prologue: OK

c1: Instant DISAPPOINTMENT. (With FAKE female protagonist all my future hopes died)

-What is happening? -Chaos.

... more>> I was expecting something simple, packed with positive feelings and different viewpoints than the mainstream novels but this is not like that.

*edit:
c2~~80%:
~10+% of the chapter is writing about how awesome MC is + some random 1 sentences nostalgias you have no idea what to do.
Story is too overcomplicated. I have no idea who knows what and why except MC knows everything.

conclusion:
mehh...
MC is the Japanese dream? HE is "Super Polite" everywhere, every-time, in every situation and emotionless?
Story is complicated and unfunny.

(Damn you fake female protagonist!!!!) <<less
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Hussey274
Hussey274 rated it
July 8, 2016
Status: v2c1 part2
I was honestly disappointed with the story. We have a reincarnated MC who was reincarnated as a girl with super OP powers. So she had apparently kicked ass and killed a lot of people but we don't get to read any of that. No, what we get to read is the MC who had completely given up on adventures and is basically staying behind a desk, playing office. She doesn't reveal to anyone about her OP powers and the people around her seems dense, that despite the MC meeting with... more>> super strong people, they still think she is a fragile person. She has too powerful abilities but she never uses any of them. She only advises people and thus the action is extremely boring, because there is hardly any.

The plot feels stupid too with random things happening and the author just neglecting about them later. There are too many things happening but none of them are explained. The hierarchy in the world isn't explained either. I was actually looking forward to some Yuri since its a guy reincarnated as a girl. But so far nothing. No romance what so ever. Not even when a girl throws herself at her. So overall this story is a disappointment. <<less
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raxadian
raxadian rated it
November 1, 2016
Status: v2c1 part9
Definitely one of the best Light Novels listed on this site, and I am not talking just about "Male to female, guy is a girl in another world story" but in general. The translation is beautiful done, the ilustracions are very good and the story is quite interesting.

Is very refreshing to see an overpowered character that uses her brains instead of her power and prefers to take a background role while giving advice.

Yes it has cooking but unlike other Light Novels is not a recipe book disguised as a Light... more>> Novel. The world building grows with the story and isn't an info dump.

And is not like the MC didn't go killing Evil Gods and being a hero, she did, got tired of it and decided to find out what she really wanted to do.

I just wish the MC admitted to herself that she is lesbian already but we can't have everything. <<less
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Hamsta
Hamsta rated it
October 13, 2016
Status: v2c1 part8
4/5
Tentative rating, decent enough to continue reading but too early for a definitive rating.

Ignore the reviews spouting junk about gender. (&Amp; Seigin they're monster insects. A 30 feet tall spider monster would be pretty freaky even if you didn't fear insects. Especially if you accidentally get an eye full due to your observation cheat. I find it stranger than more MCs don't get surprised/mildly shocked when they face Cthulhu like abominations/demons since most people tend to squirm just watching a gruesome accident IRL.)

1) Nobody knows how people will... more>> react to actually changing gender. Especially since nobody IRL has been forced to change genders, let alone race. Most likely said reaction will depend significantly on the personality of whoever is being gender bent. Also keep in mind he changed into an ELF, they're known for their low libido/birthrates. If you want to read that kind of stuff, go read some gender bender smut.

2) This is a slice of life story about an adventure weary MC who wants to live a quiet life without rocking the boat. Sort of like the generic "become a blacksmith/shopkeep/hunter/etc" that other reincarnation/fantasy novel MCs end up being after "The Quest" is complete. Here the MC has fallen in love with the simple receptionist life. (Which is pretty much a perfect fit for her.) This is especially evident in vol 1 where she does things to keep the status quo such as maintaining the ecosystem in mind (wants former comrades to not cause damage to the forest), keeping cheat information/knowledge from people (to watch the choices people make on their own but preventing them from rashly wasting their lives.) I'd argue this sort of novel is a more accurate depiction of fantasy/reincarnation novels. More people prefer to be an office worker instead of a firefighter risking their lives every day. Likewise most people would probably settle down instead of continuing to hunt down demon gods if they didn't have to.

3) I'd argue this is a more entertaining read that her exploits because she's so high spec/OP that most, if not all encounters would just end in a crushing victory for the MC. It's more interesting to see how she has to deal with raising a fantasy child (dragon kid), love advances (literally has to tone down her cheat level charm), dealing with others (reformation of assassins), and raising heroes to keep the balance (former comrades). <<less
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DevilScarlet
DevilScarlet rated it
March 3, 2016
Status: --
Cute and fluffy, a verry light read to calm you after some action packed shounen...
Original story with world transfer, world build, taming, yuri...

Bit strangly, even thought it's a gender bender, it's like the past life of our protagonnist never happened...

Look forward for more yuri, 5/5
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B055Y
B055Y rated it
March 7, 2017
Status: v2c1 part2
Gender Bender tag only seems to be there to pick up views, but that doesn't matter.

She's actually quite a tragic elf, because she gained a cheat upon reincarnation and as she's an elf they live for a long time so as time has passed you could call her one of the strongest beings to the point she actually has stuff that limits a majority of her power. That also means she's experienced a lot of things. Sad things included. So sometimes you feel yourself pitying her.

As for the story... more>> it's slice of life so don't expect it to progress fast with every chapter, but there is an underlying plot and a path in which it's headed towards. It's a slow but enjoyable read. You find yourself caught up with the characters, this tends to happen with slice of life. Even though she works as a guild receptionist, she's also an important person to those around her so she ends up getting caught up with troublesome things, as well as things from her past showing up unexpectedly.

If you want to read this just because you want to read about the gender bender then there isn't much point. A long time has passed. If you lived as a female for 10x longer than you were male then you'd become feminine as well.

If I were to compare it with another novel, then 'I’m OP, but I Began an Inn' would be an example. It's very fantasy and the adventure is great. Just check this out. It's long, might get a bit boring for you along the way but, it doesn't mean it's a bad read and definitely should be given a chance. <<less
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Ivan_1234
Ivan_1234 rated it
December 19, 2016
Status: v2c9
Writing for this year 2016, the light novel market is saturated with recent Reincarnation Stories to the point most of it share common key points such as;
A) Reincarnated/Summoned MC and others from Japan (Everyone reincarnates from there),
B) Stories starts with MC tasked with destroying current Demon Lord (which either MC accepts or rejects, which he will still do it either way through fate),
C) Depending on the route, the story starts off with an either dramatic tragedy or harem-filled comedy journey on a way to defeat... more>> said Demon Lord with a few twist here and there.
And the list goes on...

However, this story instead opts for the rarely written Post-Life Situation. So lets take a look at a few points which is based on my personal review.

A) Storyline/Plot ~ 3.5 / 5.0
I sincerely love the way the story progress with its Slice-Of-Life Genre and how it describe the world which the MC lives in. While putting aside the RPG-like system that the worlds run, the story progression slowly unfolds as the chapters progresses. Undeniably, they doesn't seem to be any clear plot on what is going to happen other than hints which are revealed in certain chapters which can be exciting, but can be a turn-off since it feels they are a lot of filler stories placed. Overall, it's a more suited and a great read for those seeking a light-hearted fantasy story and would't mind the fillers being placed.

B) Characters ~ 4.5 / 5.0
First and foremost, the MC is an Elf, a Female Elf to be precise which makes it unique and appealing in a certain way. And yes, the MC is OP and almost God-Like strong that you think she would be eliminating foes with ease and gets pulled into politics between kingdoms and such (Typical Hero Problem). Instead, it goes the other way round. Ilya Schultz (Name of MC), takes the backseat by acting more as a Adviser/Mentor to many while using her unique abilities only for certain situation, albeit in a subtle manner. Not only that, the author nudges the fact that having OP MC has it's up and downs in the fantasy world, which is shown through Ilya thoughts at some point of the story.

Lastly, the development of the MC is most interesting as the story progresses. As you read through the chapters, small bits of Ilya backstory is revealed when meeting new characters and such. This lead to the notion of How Was Ilya Past exactly? Since we know little of her other than the fact that she works as the receptionist in a guild.

To sum, Ilya past is one which is full of mystery and speculation that intrigues us to know more about her. The only downside is the other characters so far introduced and developed in the story seems bland by nature (and too fast) which I hope will improve as the story progresses.

C) Writing Style ~ 4.0 / 5.0
Straightfoward and easy to understand. This is one of the reason why the fillers introduced in the story feels vibrant and its almost easy to illustrate it many of the scenes using just our imagination.

To conclude, the series is great for those looking for something different from the mainstream and wants something more light-hearted, with focus on a role which is usually not depicted in may novels and literature and also give a sense of mystery regarding the MC despite being OP.

*P.S. While the tags does say Gender-Bender, it seems the MC has spend so many years as a Female Elf that she (or he?) has probably grown accustomed to it. So depiction of what you expect for a Gender-Bender Series is limited at best, but still interesting to read when it does happen. <<less
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calebra
calebra rated it
May 20, 2017
Status: v1 ss part2
Might not be for the people who wants the main protagonist to show off how powerful they are. This is a story about a Japanese boy reincarnated into a very powerful elven girl that she's basically like a god now if you read her specs and abilities. She decided to hide this fact from people though and live a comfortable and normal life as an adventurer guild's receptionist.

Because of her beauty and knowledge, she is popular with both male and females. We don't know if there'll be any romantic developments... more>> and whether she'll go with women because of her past life as a man, or go with men because of adjusting and accepting her new life.

It's a good read if you're okay with stories with the main protagonist hiding their abilities with a slice-of-life feel to it. <<less
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San-Kyu
San-Kyu rated it
April 24, 2017
Status: v2c2 part2
Its a mostly slow-paced story about a super bishojo elf girl trying to live out her retirement as a guild receptionist in a quiet backwater town. Writing is good and there's alot of backstory as well with the story starting well after the main character (said super pretty elf girl) had already finished her epic quests. She's as OP as you can get with the addition that she holds some passive buff that causes everyone around her to practically fall in love with her but she's very against using any... more>> of that and just wants to live quietly and peacefully, not that the world and the plot will ever let her. <<less
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shylight
shylight rated it
April 2, 2017
Status: v2c2 part1
One of the few novels where I don't mind an OP MC. Especially since her OPness actually causes her problems now that her adventures are over and she simply wants to live her life peacefully.

So far it's a cute and fluffy novel about a person that left the main stage to quietly support others. There seems to be some kind of underlying plot, but it's pretty hard to tell at this point.

Gender bender seems to be there simply as an explanation of MC's s*xual preferences, if you expect... more>> something else from this tag, you won't find it.

If I would to complain about one thing is that the novel is overbearingly Japanese at times. You know what I mean. Food, culture, etc being shoved right into your face. Thankfully there isn't too much of points like this so far. <<less
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NoobyReader
NoobyReader
December 23, 2016
Status: --
God my mind is conflicted on this since I am not open minded in this atleast author should have remove the past life lol.

MC is god damn too cute and very femininly for a guy. I wanna ask the author are you really sure ilya's past life is a guy??! High

I will not give a score since may I am clouded by biased thinking. For ppl like just think the MC is a high spec yurish girl to reduce your damage by 99%. Hahaha
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Neverim
Neverim rated it
September 8, 2016
Status: v1c3
Personally, I like game-like elements and gender bender which is why I started with this story.

It is cute, with easy and comfortable progression as well as a twist in the MC's background (not the gender thing, but their personal history). The slice-of-life fantasy atmosphere is average. There is also potential in the plot with the MC's past entanglements coming to 'haunt' her.

What's disappointing is this story follows the typical MtF gender bender Yuri route, the hermaphrodite thus far seems to be comic relief and an unclear plot which leads to... more>> a 'dragging' feeling by the end of Vol 1 instead of wetting your appetite for the next volume.

Perhaps it's too early for me to say, but my interest very much died down before I even finished this chapter. <<less
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shyevsa
shyevsa
March 26, 2017
Status: v2c1 part16
I love the premise and how the background story or the character is portrayed. However the story is largely without plot. The MC is passive (in a good way) and over-wise that sometimes not really playing the character right (like the latest swimsuit episode or the last two festival)

The gender-bender only make it more confusing too.
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