To Be a Power in the Shadows! (LN)


Links are NOT allowed. Format your description nicely so people can easily read them. Please use proper spacing and paragraphs.

Just like how everyone adored heroes in their childhood, a certain young man adored those powers hidden in shadows. After hiding his strength and living the mediocre life of a mob character by day while undergoing frenzied training by night, he finally reincarnates into a different world and gains ultimate power. The young man who is only playing at being a power in the shadows, his misunderstanding subordinates, and a giant organization in the shadows that gets trampled…. This is the story of a young boy who had adored powers in shadows possibly eventually reigning over the world of shadows in another world.

Associated Names
One entry per line
Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!
The Eminence in Shadow
Related Series
To Be a Power in the Shadows! (WN) (Web Novel)
There Was No Secret Organization to Fight with the World’s Darkness so I Made One (In Exasperation) (2)
I’m the Evil Lord of an Intergalactic Empire! (2)
To Be a Power in the Shadows! (WN) (1)
Master’s Smile (1)
Recommendation Lists
  1. Interesting Action
  2. benrec
  3. Must read list
  4. Actually good isekai/reincarnation list
  5. Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! - Top 10 LN of 2020

Latest Release

Date Group Release
05/15/21 Dobelyu Wai v4 short story
05/15/21 Dobelyu Wai v4 epilogue
05/11/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c6 part7-9
05/10/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c6 part4-6
05/07/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c6 part1-3
05/05/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c5 part7-9
05/04/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c5 part4-6
05/01/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c5 part1-3
04/29/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c4 part5
04/27/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c4 part3-4
04/24/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c4 part1-2
04/21/21 Dobelyu Wai v4 intermission...
04/20/21 Dobelyu Wai v4 intermission ...
04/16/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c3 part3-5
04/13/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c3 part1-2
Go to Page...
Go to Page...
Write a Review
9 Reviews sorted by

New er3z rated it
September 22, 2021
Status: --
This story is an obvious parody on stereotypical isekais, the author made the story trigger some iskeai red flags (not every, because the story would be shit) and he is generally shitting on other isekais


  • Dense MC, the twist is that he isnt actually dense but just doesnt give a single molecular f*ck about anything than being the eminence in shadow (and generally is s*upid or at least doesnt make effort thinking)
  • Power fantasy, the twist is that it makes sense and its not lazy writing like other stories that just throw some cheats or systems onto the character and calls it a day (here you could see how he built up his power, unlike other stories just saying they just got it lol!)
  • Love fantasy, MC makes every girl in a 30 meter radius a water fall but the twist here is that he just doesnt care, he also doesnt act like a virgin, and unlike other stories the girls have a real reason to fall for him, albeit still unrealistic
  • his sister is every isekai MC in exsistance, born from minor nobility, overprotective over family, friends with royalty, strongests in their school, thinks they have some "hidden power" within them, and overall really c*cky and a bit arrogent
  • The MC is 'edgy', but in a way that doesnt want to make you pluck out your eyes from cringe. Unlike other stories where it looks like the author is forcing the MC to be edgy, in this story it feels like cid is acting like that due to his personality
All in all the story is good and the pacing (for me at least) is spot on.

Read this (also the manga) its really good
1 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
May 15, 2021
Status: --
People need to stop compairing this to overlord and how to not summon a demon lord.

Maou is a guy who is to much of a coward to say things not in a chuunye way which for him is arrogant.

Overlord is a character who is accepting where he is and acting in a way he thinks is best but keeps getting surprised by his subordinates leaps of logic from the normal things he says.

Cid is a guy who outright ignores the facts clearly laid out for him with idiot logic. Oh... more>> villain is monoging about his evil goal that sounds like a story I made up years ago that he has no way of knowing about. He must be a bandit that wants to play act. <<less
7 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
DMR rated it
May 4, 2021
Status: v4c5 part4-6
Well, while the premise and the characters themselves are fun and interesting, the story kinda gets convoluted... there are just too many elements, and frankly, each element themselves could be their own story.

It's like 3-4 stories mashed into 1... not the best choice.

... more>>

There is a cult to beat, a mystery of the heroes thing, trying to juggle getting along a school, kingdom politics and even an invasion of Earth.


It's just a lot of stuff and kinda gets boring after a certain point.

And that's without considering the fact that the MC's denseness and the overly serious world kinda clash a bit.

Like, I get that it's supposed to be a comedy series, but at some points, it just doesn't work and the joke get's stale... <<less
4 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
Klasie rated it
June 15, 2021
Status: --
The light novel is a disappointment.

In the web novel Cid does not care whatsoever about anything that is happening around him aside from one thing. He only cares about playing out his make believe plot, which he states is just roleplay, pretty much.

Now in the light novel the author has made Cid interested in what is happening, even if just to foward his delusional ideas. It's such a contrast to the WN since he didn't even know what was going on and just played along in that.
3 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
Buskervile rated it
July 29, 2021
Status: C204
The reviews here are so funny. Thats all I can say. This is supposed to be for the novel section only. Anyway, I already knew that this story is best delivered in a webnovel format since his chuuni acts as well as the misunderstandings during cool scenes are being highlighted. Im also sad that the author succumbed to the complaints of the readers regarding cid being too heartless. For me that was his selling point that got me hooked in to reading this. If cid stops being the former cid,... more>> then this will just be another isekai tr*sh to me.

I will still give this a 5 star since the others are unfair with the ratings and also for the reason that reading the wn was extremely fun. <<less
2 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
Azure02 rated it
July 16, 2021
Status: v3 epilogue
Your prime wish fulfillment type of novel. It's ultimately comparable to Mishima Yomu's novel, if you're familiar with Sevens or Otome Game Mob.

Maybe if you ignored the fact there is absolutely no suspense considering everything is being lay-out for the main character, ... more>>

(like when the old ass hero prophecy turns out to be matching with his random blabbering)

then you can probably enjoy this one. Which I can't.

It's ridiculous to see how the main character doesn't seem to notice what's happening around him. And he doesn't seem to care either. All he wants is to have fun and bask in his own delusion. It's in the realm between ignorance & indifference. Right in the middle of it.

Even if someone dies, even if something really dangerous is occuring to his closest person, even if he betrayed them, he just doesn't seem to notice or care. Which is worse than being heartless, straight inhumane-like. But in contrast to that, the overall perspective from the novel is just like, "okay sh*t just happened but it's nowhere nothing sick (literally) or brain damaging". It's unbearable when you have to read all those parts.

And it wouldn't be a big problem if he's like got a special case of mental problem or just have a good reason behind it, but he's heavily ret*rded because he's got extreme dose of middle school syndrom? Oh my god. <<less
2 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
Dhrizh rated it
May 29, 2021
Status: --
First I wanna say, I really like some story like this, and for someone who wanna know what's MC like, you can read my spoiler.

Thank's for author, who's change the story and upgrade the arc (Its not same like WN, I mostly like the LN arc.)

... more>>

If you asking, why the MC so powerfull, besides of how he became so that's OP... You will know the basic rules of Reincarnation right? So his soul might powerfull then other soul, and he have basic or advanced teory from modern world, he have many knowledge of how become powerfull (the minus of he so weak in previous world, weak I mean is he will die if got shot by nuclear or heavy gun, if you read Vol 4 his world has been change to accept Mana.

And why he really act like idiot? That's an effect of chuu... Yeah just watch him until last arc if you really wanna know it... And its still 4 Vol man...

2 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
bronx819 rated it
May 21, 2021
Status: v1
I should've gone into this LN thinking it'd be a comedy, but as it stands this is one of the worst localized light novels I've ever read, its only marginally better than those at the bottom of the barrel. I love the isekai genre so it's not a problem with that.

I like edgy characters and dont mind villains as MC's. What I don't like is how OP Cid is, how much of an idiot he is, how everything magically falls into place for him with little to no effort, every... more>> attractive female falling for him, and how he makes a powerful organization in a quarter of a volume then doesn't do anything with it.

And that's just the protagonist, the side characters and antagonists are all bland and one dimensional. The villains in particular are so stale and seem to repeat the same trope and lines, almost word for word, as the previous ones. Not to mention the god awful pacing, everything happens too fast and the author skims over major events and almost ignores minor ones.

I don't normally write reviews but I just had to say how bad this is. I'm a bit biased because I don't like OP protagonists unless they work for it, and though it's listed as a comedy the only comedic part is how Cid died, everything else is him being dense and trying to be cool while everyone thinks he's a genius.

It doesn't even explain how he gets so strong so fast, all it says is that he killed thousands of slimes and made a body suit out of it that can turn into unbreakable swords anywhere on his body and expand to any length? That's the most asinine explanation I've ever read, and he can somehow shoot a beam that vaporizes anything while before that magic was only said to enhance physical attributes with absolutely no explanation? Am I being punked? How is this tr*sh of an LN so popular?

2 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
Kwetzal rated it
July 23, 2021
Status: c174
A lot of reviews complain about the character but Cid himself chose to be a chunnie. He actively ignores logic and simply rolls with his bullshit, and the world rolls with him just like the people beside him. Cid himself also thinks the people beside him are chunnies and playing along with him for shits and giggles. Idk how to explain the fights tho.
0 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
Leave a Review (Guidelines)
You must be logged in to rate and post a review. Register an account to get started.