Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!

The Eminence in Shadow

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Synonyms: Shadow Garden
Japanese: 陰の実力者になりたくて!
English: The Eminence in Shadow
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Type: TV
Episodes: 20
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2022 to Feb 15, 2023
Premiered: Fall 2022
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 22:30 (JST)
Producers: AT-X, BS NTV, Kadokawa, NewGin, Aiming
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Nexus
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy
Themes: IsekaiIsekai, ReincarnationReincarnation
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.301 (scored by 293795293,795 users)
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Ranked: #2582
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Popularity: #369
Members: 571,189
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For as long as he can remember, Minoru Kagenou has been fixated on becoming as strong as possible, which has led him to undertake all kinds of rigorous training. This wish, however, does not stem from a desire to be recognized by others; rather, Minoru does everything he can to blend in with the crowd. So, while pretending to be a completely average student during the day, he arms himself with a crowbar and ruthlessly thrashes local biker gangs at night. Yet when Minoru finds himself in a truck accident, his ambitions seemingly come to a sudden end. In his final moments, he laments his powerlessness—no matter how much he trained, there was nothing he could do to overcome his human limitations.

But instead of dying, Minoru reawakens as Cid, the second child of the noble Kagenou family, in another world—one where magic is commonplace. With the power he so desired finally within his grasp, he dons the moniker "Shadow" and establishes Shadow Garden: a group whose sole purpose is to combat the enigmatic Cult of Diablos, an organization born from Cid's imagination. However, as Shadow Garden grows in both membership and influence, it becomes increasingly apparent that the Cult of Diablos is not as fictional as Cid had intended.

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Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute! was released on Blu-ray and DVD in four volumes from January 25, 2023, to April 26, 2023.

The anime adapts volumes 1 and 2 of the light novel series.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kagenou, Cid

Yamashita, Seiichirou


Fairouz Ai


Seto, Asami


Minase, Inori

Kagenou, Claire

Hidaka, Rina

Midgar, Alexia

Hanazawa, Kana


Kanemoto, Hisako


Mimori, Suzuko


Kondou, Reina


Asai, Ayaka



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Dec 7, 2023
Although it isn't, I could argue that this is one of the greatest isekai ever.It's similar to witnessing our long-forgotten childhood fantasies or dreams that were never supposed to come true. However, this anime is our fantasy; trust me, it's a crazy anime. The anime is entertaining, and the main character, who is edgy and hilariously crazy, makes it worthwhile to watch. It reigns supreme among degenerates. It is arguable that it is not worthwhile but , if you are fan of bad isekai or want to enjoy a anime wholeherartedly You should definitely watch it if you enjoy unusual isekai.In general, it's worth seeing.
Nov 4, 2023
Mixed Feelings
It's one of the "Damn, I've seen/read the novel/manga version and this didn't match the expectation" animes.
Maybe it's the budgeting that couldn't fit in all the funny scenes or perhaps it's just poor decision-making on what to alter in general despite it having 20 episodes, but once watching the anime, it definitely cooled my excitement a lot right from the get-go.

The gist of the story is centered around a boy who never outgrew his chunnibyou-phase, but miraculously managed to obtain powers that transcend human limits after his truck-kun isekai to pursue a higher and ultimate version of edge lords.
It's intentionally cringy, that's what makes it ...
Dec 6, 2023
Baki if it was bad and if it was an isekai.

Where Baki shines in making fun of every stupid shounen and fighting anime in making the characters bullshitting everything more and more after each episode while all believing in their words like it's absolute truth, here we get an anime where the main character is a chuunibyou and is kind of obviously a parody. The problem reside in the fact that the drama of the situations supposedly being too serious that you can't give a damn about it makes it just like another bad isekai anime.

In the end, it's just another isekai anime for the ...

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