Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!
The Eminence in Shadow
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Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 陰の実力者になりたくて!
English: The Eminence in Shadow
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Dec 26, 2018 to ?
Genres: Action Action, Comedy Comedy, Fantasy Fantasy
Serialization: Comp Ace
Authors: Sakano, Anri (Art), Aizawa, Daisuke (Story)


Score: 8.251 (scored by 1176311,763 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #3242
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #404
Members: 33,299
Favorites: 1,236

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Great heroes and diabolical villains are the types of characters that people long to be—but not Cid Kagenou. He longs to become the true mastermind behind it all, pulling the strings, and having his machinations drive the entire story. In his previous life in modern-day Japan, he was not able to achieve his goals. But now, reborn into a world of magic, he will show the true eminence of shadow!

As Cid pretends to be just another average mob character, he recruits members to his (fake) organization Shadow Garden, aiming to take down the mysterious cult who lurks in the shadows. With plenty of ad-libs, Cid leads his (fake) organization against the foul (yet surprisingly real) Diabolos Cult.

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Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute! has been published in English as The Eminence in Shadow by Yen Press since November 23, 2021.

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Aug 29, 2019
SiriusTimeKeeper (All reviews)
Not an Isekai trash/ Chunibyo to the MAX/ Dark Comedy

Before I read this manga, I thought this is just another normal Isekai or Isekai trash with harem… little would I know, after reading 8 chapters, that this manga is currently sitting at one of the top of my “must follow” list.

Before you read this manga, Cid knows that you will enjoy this manga because he has already "envisioned" it. Everything is according to his plan. He "knows"!

*Minor Spoilers*
Q: What happens when a person (with symptoms of Chunibyo) talks sh*t randomly and say something imaginary to act cool?
A: He is f**cking stupid, ignore him.
Q: But read more
Oct 1, 2019
dirtyuncle (All reviews)
The protagonist is a psychotic chuunibyou version of Haruhi in a fantasy world. Most of his delusions turn out to be true, but he isn't self-aware enough to realize it. If that sounds absurd, that's because it is - but man, what a ride!

Although the story essentially relies on one joke, it remains consistently hilarious, and later on, in a strategy similar to One Punch Man's, we see a bigger focus on the side characters, so whenever the protagonist makes an appearance with his chuuni antics, it's always a treat.

The manga also pokes fun at isekai tropes which should get a laugh out of any read more
Sep 5, 2019
trivia_lover (All reviews)
TL;DR - Hilarious. Recommend to everyone.

The isekai genre is known for being a hackneyed and predictable genre that has dominated the manga market in an attempt to be the next big thing, but ended up all being different variations of the same blank slate main character, the same harem with the same harem stereotypes, the same backstory and lore, and a plot so simple that one might think they were all written by the same three year-old.

Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute completely disregards all of these notions. In fact, whenever a stereotype shows up in this manga, it intentionally pokes fun at it in various, read more
Mar 28, 2020
tomateunmate (All reviews)
There is a certain type of japanese comedy where they are intentionally stupid and just play along with it, I think it's one of those things that you either like or you don't. Judge if you want to read this based on that first. Bottom line: Funny man accidentally badass in an uncool way but so earnestly that it becomes cool.

Isekai is currently the most popular genre in fantasy, to the point that we don't have just direct parodies doing the opposite of what's expected but a full range of absurd takes on the concept. You have the land of the failure that is Konosuba, read more


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