To Be a Power in the Shadows! (LN)


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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
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Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!
The Eminence in Shadow (LN)
Related Series
To Be a Power in the Shadows! (WN) (Web Novel)
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Master’s Smile (2)
To Be a Power in the Shadows! (WN) (1)
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04/29/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c4 part5
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04/16/21 Dobelyu Wai v4c3 part3-5
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13 Reviews

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
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Jul 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.
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Jul 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
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Sep 22, 2021
Status: --
imagine an idiot. Like an absolute f*cking dimwit, actually, he is better described as a sociopath. Not mentally handicapped, but mentally ret*rded, and in an entertaining way (r/ImNotLikeTheOtherIsekais lol), now give him a dream. Not a regular dream, like a good job or a fulfilling life, give him the most bullsh*t aspirations to exist. Now give him many talents and working capabilities, let him train for a few years, and then kill him and reincarnate him into another world with magic (and no systems, what a surprise!). Now, after he... more>> is in another world, give him a f*ck ton of luck and for some reason a bunch of big tittied girls followers/ worshippers (because isekai), and a single smaller tittied one, and let him do whatever he wants. Now watch as he accidentally ruins (but actually saves) the world on impulse.

If you followed all of these steps, you would get the eminence in shadow. It may sound like I am making fun of the series, but believe me when I say it's one of if not the best novels I have ever read, and everything I have said in the first paragraph plays beautifully into the story and makes it better.

The eminence in shadow is a novel about a boy who wants to be an eminence in shadow, a secret, final boss with power, capital, and influence exceeding that of the demon king and hero (not that they exist in this series, yet), all while being completely hidden from the outside world.

Cid (the mc) is capable of getting the power, but relies (by accident) on his followers to get the other two, using sheer coincidences, luck, and strength to make his bullshitting come true, while thinking everyone else is aware of his 'act', while they are acting along.

This series is a parody of isekai, and the author likes to use generic isekai tropes while making them interesting. The only complaint I have is that he put too many women and too few men, but it's alright since unlike every other isekai, every character has a personality and doesn't exist just to fulfill fantasies or just for plot convenience.

also, if I didn't emphasize it enough, Cid's 'edginess' goes beyond a normal edgy personality since he is (probably) clinically insane (very cool), he may not be aware of other people's behavior and expectations, but I feel like he just doesn't care, which leads to some entertaining scenarios.

All in all, Cid is based and will totally commit war crimes for some pocket money.

(this review is a 5 star, idk why I put 4 stars before and idk how to edit it) <<less
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Jun 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.
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May 04, 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.

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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
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Feb 03, 2022
Status: --
Personally, I love it. It is not a serious story, especially to Cid's eyes.

I like how the story flows, the prose, and the jokes. It is one of my few favorites. I also like how the author replicates every cliche plot of how a master puppeteer/shadow broker acts. I find the coincidences Cid ends up funnily expectant, He is the kind of Japanese dense MC that would surprise you with his morals. Though everything appears to be a joke, he takes it seriously if it involves fighting, he is a... more>> battle junkie and I am an addict to action sequences even in a light novel. Even how unrealistic the MC's mind is, the extremes depicted in the light novel are something I can imagine in THAT WORLD filled with mystical elements. Maybe the coincidences happening to Cid are all dictated by destiny. Some might argue that it is too far-fetched, but I dare disagree, that's why this is fiction in the first place.

His perspective of goodness is very direct, of black and white, of a bandit or not. In fact, I find his thoughts of Diablos being bandits kind of satirical and invokes some philosophical thoughts in me. For me, it was worth the read, since it makes me laugh, anticipate and tickles my imagination. <<less
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Jul 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
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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?

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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...

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Feb 08, 2022
Status: v2
Alright, this series is just straight-up boring, gave it a try cuz of the good reviews I saw but honestly considering its chuuni I can't expect much since the targeted audience are delusional "kids". MC got reincarnated, trained hard to be strong which is nice and suddenly found a way to maximize his power and can move at light speed.

Female characters a likable and loyal but the whole plot is just downright bland. The only thing I like in this series is that the MC is not showing off his... more>> skills despite being OP unlike other series out there and is not cringe

Comedy is for 12 y/o and if you enjoy OP edgelord MC who decimates every enemy he faces you gonna like this. <<less
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Jan 28, 2022
Status: v4 short story
Novel is great, I look at this novel as something like one punch man, where the MC is unreasonably op from doing rediculious shit. But with an addition of good plotlines and comedic scenes. Especially the misunderstanding parts are particularly my favorite! The way the scenario somehow connects and made into an actual plotline, literally an unintentional move results in something bigger than you would expect, lmao. I'd say that there's supposed to be some background force manipulating the world around the MC (author? Lol), cuz everything MC does whether... more>> intentional or not somehow lines up with his imagination or even exceeding it. Still, somehow the conclusion of every arc still gives me goosebumps! Author plz keep up the good work <<less
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Jun 06, 2022
Status: --
A good read. My only qualm is why the enemies seem all fearless? I mean as long as the characters are not blind or utterly without brains they can see clues that MC is ridiculously powerful for their league. It looks every character think they themselves are the strongest which too absurd
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