To Be a Power in the Shadows!


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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.

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Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!
The Eminence in Shadow
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New onnyfp
July 13, 2019
Status: --
Came for the laughs, stay for the plot.

If you like Overlord, you will like this novel. Just like how Ainz is just bluffing his way through to keep the image of a perfect ruler, so was Shadow. He's really just bluffing his way through the story, acting all mysterious and all knowing about the story, which turn out to be real.

Now, you may think this guy is so chuuni, but that's the point. He knows he's acting chuuni, he's intentionally chuuni. He thought everyone just play along with him. But... more>> it turns out everything he said about Diabolos was true, and people treat him seriously. <<less
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New Elphus rated it
July 11, 2019
Status: v7c1
Chuuni fantasy novel that's comical but relies too heavily on its own theme of "chuuni is right but doesn't believe his own bullsh*t"

Main guy makes sh*t up, his followers believe it, and then it all comes true for some reason, but he thinks it's all a game or something. It's good if that's what you're into but the majority of character development for everyone else is off-screen from what I can tell.

Will eventually read the LN when YenPress publishes it, but I'm doubtful it'll change very much unless it rewrites... more>> a vast majority of scenes. <<less
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KanadeTenshi rated it
March 23, 2018
Status: c41
Hi, I'm Tenshi, the translator.

I picked up this series cus I found the comedy really funny.

You know how the whole concept of chuunibyou is that the character is convinced he's involved in some great conspiracy and there's powers and all that, but then everyone around knows that it's all not real?

Well, this story is the exact opposite. The main character thinks he's just playing at being chuunibyou, but actually it's all real, and everyone else around knows it's real, but only he doesn't know that it's real. And because he's... more>> pretending like it's real, nobody knows that he doesn't know that it's real so nobody tells him that it's real.

Seem convoluted? Yep, that's what makes this series great.

It's a comedy series based on misunderstanding and coincidence, and there is lots of kick-ass action (cus the MC did reincarnate into another world with magic). But be forewarned, there is A LOT OF cringe, cus the MC is playing at being chuunibyou.

So yea, if that kind of comedy is up your alley, then please check it out! <<less
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Gin_Hindew rated it
March 30, 2018
Status: c195
An awesome meta comedy

The MC just rolls with his delusions but the world seems to be very willing to roll with him, he has his whole "regular guy at day, power in the shadows at night" plus a humour that recognizes the tropes of all the situations he encounters so he can do jokes on it, he is mostly a deadpan snarker who acknowledges his chuunibyo as a choice but also self aware enough to understand the tropes on other characteres

Is a good story and there are misunderstandings... more>> but they are part of the plot instead of excuses for contrived developments as the MC puts a lot of planning and effort on his goals and the concidences land in the same direction

As an example here is a line of a regular LN said after the MC has filtered it by his personality


She has shoulder-length silvery white hair, and her red eyes are enchantingly..... arg anyways she has pretty eyes too, and..... her brows are, um..... screw this, I give up, she is pretty


Both being a mob character and being a power in the shadows are his personas so he can be very amusing under both scenarions


"Heeh~, do I look like a guy who would wag his tail for money?"

So I say while crawling on the ground and carefully picking up the gold coins piece by piece.

"Yes you do."

"You've got a good eye."


I really like honest stories and here the author is very honest about getting himself loose for fun and asking us to go along with his idea, just roll with it and it will be awesome <<less
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Syntax_Error rated it
May 19, 2018
Status: c60
This novel is taking coincidence way to far. It's in a whole of level that nobody could comprehend anymore. The Plot felt like it was forced as if the world was literally rolling for the MC.

Trust me, your brain cells will commit suicide one by one per chapter... that is unless you read this novel under the pretext that its a COMEDY/HAREM NOVEL.

I did it and surprisingly despite my strict preference I came to like it in its own way.

If you're gonna criticize this novel strictly based from a... more>> profound criteria while saying that 'this novel is stupid', sorry to tell you but you are just making yourself look more stupid than the novel itself. There's no need to indicate the clear fact that this novel is stupid because if you look it thoroughly, it's easy to tell that being stupid is all within the novel's intention for the sake of comedy.

If you fully grasp that logic, then like me, you'll enjoy the novel.

In the end of the day, just don't treat this novel way too serious since it was designed just for laughs. <<less
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Kevadu rated it
April 4, 2018
Status: c18
I liked it at first but it's kind of a one-trick pony. The premise is genuinely funny at first, but any joke will get old if you repeat it too many times. And repeat this novel does.

It becomes increasingly hard to swallow how every single random BS rationalization the MC pulls out of his ass just happens to be 100% completely true. Yet of course he never actually realizes it because that would involve character development.

It's also pretty hard to understand why the MC is so obsessed with staying hidden... more>> in the shadows in the first place. Yeah, I get it, he's a chuunibyou. But you the reason chuunibyous fantasize about having hidden secret powers is that every knows--including themselves deep down--that they don't have any real power. But here we have an MC who is positively brimming with power. He's completely OP. Yet he's obsessed with keeping it hidden and behaving like a mob character all because of what's basically a game to him seeing how he hasn't even realized that the evil forces he's fighting against are real. Even as web novel rationalizations for a MC hiding his power go that's some pretty flimsy reasoning.

Of course everything always works out for the MC in the end even if the course he takes to get there makes absolutely no sense. Which just lowers my investment in the story even further since there's never any tension.

Maybe I'm being too harsh. It's honestly a pretty original take on a genre (OP isekai reincarnation) that has been so overdone in recent years it feels like there are no original ideas left. And it is actually quite funny at first even if the premise gets old. But I see all these people raving about this novel and giving it fives... and it's no five. Actually if it had been written more as a short story or novella I think it could have worked fine. The problem is the longer the author makes the story the more stale its jokes become and the more strained the reader's suspension of disbelief. <<less
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hawlol rated it
June 16, 2018
Status: c86
Supreme Chuunibyou should be the name of this novel. Overpowered but boring MC that keeps doing things just because he thinks it's cool like a kid.
He dreams to be some kind of ruler in the darkness but does everything in a flashy hero-like way delivering cliche punch lines.

He's obtuse and dumb but does everything right by accident (throwing knife at map and discovering kidnappers hideout, always doing something random that saves the day), except when he's fighting, because then he is god incarnated and no one can hold a... more>> candle to him with no explanation but 'because he's strong'.

Was a little funny at first time but got boring quick. Really overrated series.

Edit: I just wanted to add that my biggest problem with this novel is the fact that midst everything I've said above, there is a serious plot. If this was a pure slapstick comedy it would be fine, but the fact that the author joined the absurd with a serious plot (expecting us to care about it) broke everything apart. <<less
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FlareZVector rated it
May 23, 2018
Status: c64

This story is a gag story.

I absolutely like this. Think of the MC as a very childish Saitama with Rikka levels of Chuunibyo and has more luck than Kazuma. The misunderstandings in this story beats Gamers and the coincidences happening are more coincidental than cheap rip-offs of games. The plot moves forward at a steady pace with a few jabs and hooks to your face. I like how the MC uses a Taepodong (North Korean ICBM) as a standard for strength.

This story is chaotic in a good way. I... more>> recommend it.

On the other side of the coin, the MC has a severe level of chuunibyo. It's f*cked up because he's playing make believe while killing. One of the aspects I like about the story. <<less
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Kennylatale rated it
April 21, 2018
Status: c34
This is a parody. If you read it seriously, it makes no sense. So don't. The main character acts retarded because he is. If you dont get the first few chapters, the rest of the story is not for you. The comedy fits my tastes so I enjoyed it.
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Raneday rated it
March 22, 2018
Status: c47
The novel was a series of MC doing coincidental things and the people around him/his subordinates would misunderstand it and would lead to them worshiping him more. The story has a good pacing, no extra filler chapters and a novel that's worth to read it one sitting, and in all honesty I was just planning to skim read till chapter 10 but I did end up to read it till the latest chapter as of now.

Well regarding the relationship with people, MC has a lot of loyal followers mainly his... more>> seven main ones; Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma and so on... and the things that MC do which he thought was just inconsequential was actually in fact a big thing in the whole picture.

I wish I could write more things but I'm bad at expressing on what I want to tell, soooo I'll just say that if you liked a good pace action novel you might like this one <<less
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GabeZhul rated it
September 18, 2018
Status: c91
This is probably the best misunderstanding-comedy I have read in years.


The protagonist used to be a modern Japanese kid who was fascinated by "powers in the shadows". To unpack this term: it is an amalgamation of being an anti-hero leading a secret society, hiding one's power and identity while living a normal life, and being absolutely over-powering and showing up at the nick of time when the "heroes" are in trouble. This kid grew up to be a spirited, if retarded, adult obsessed with obtaining power, but without magic,... more>> all he could do was to train his body to the pinnacle of human limits. He then began searching for magic anyway, which lead to him getting a concussion during a training session and the having a fateful meeting with Truck-kun. Afterwards he wakes up as the newborn second child of a baron in a fantasy world, where he decides to live out his fantasies, adopting the alter-ego of Shadow and forming a secret society while also maintaining a meticulously crafted public identity of an average, not particularly talented noble youth. However, due to the unwritten laws of misunderstanding comedies, it turns out all the chuuni scenarios he was feeding to his loyal followers turned out to be 100% on the mark, which put them in collision course with a millennia old secret society.


    • A very good misunderstanding comedy, where the MC is just dense and ridiculously lucky enough to get things rolling, but sensible enough to play his role as Shadow perfectly to fix the situations.
    • This is also a really good power-fantasy. We know that the MC is overpowered, but he knows it too, and it is just a lot of fun seeing him act out his childhood dreams of being the OP expert that shows up in the nick of time.
    • The female characters are actually decently written, with each of them having a distinct personality and aspirations beyond their archetype.
    • The writing is surprisingly tight, with way more twists, turns and epic moments than one would expect from the genre.

    • There is a harem shaping up around our unsuspecting donkan protagonist, which might turn some off. It also doesn't help that, while the possible love interest are all decently fleshed out, there are like fifteen of them already.
    • The contrived coincidences that are a staple of the genre can sometimes clash with the overall fairly down-to-earth and, dare I say, dark plot.

    • The worldbuilding is pretty weak, mainly because most of the story is told from the POV of the MC, and he is too focused on his "living out my childhood dreams" adventures to pay attention to the larger world.
    • The pacing is that of a gag-series, while the overall story is closer to a low-fantasy epic told from an unusual perspective, which makes the story feel rushed at times.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this work. It takes a couple of chapters to get rolling, but once it does, it is a joy to read, <<less
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CrowFX rated it
May 11, 2018
Status: c54
This novel is a gem.

Expect a Shounen archetype story, but with the shounen elements perverted into oblivion.

Don't read this for the fights, but read this for the theatrical actions that is done often because of stupid reasons or the 'WTF' reaction from the antagonists and the casts outside of MC's harem-but-too-chuuni-to-realize circle.

Expect common Shounen tropes like waiting for enemies to ready their final form, talking when fighting, etc, but don't let this hinder you. The novel uses these tropes to bring more hilarious situations.

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laneofmagic rated it
May 17, 2019
Status: c107
MC the only thing bad in this novel. The main story is good, the characters are likeable, the setting is interesting. Unfortunately half of it is ruined by how dumb and dense the MC is. I used to think Ichika Orimura from Infinite Stratos is the densest object in the universe, but this novel's MC takes it to a whole new level, which utterly ruined the novel for me. He's strong but is a scumbag, douchebag.

Quite a few reviews mentions that there's a 'Comedy' tag for a reason. Honestly, I... more>> fail to see where exactly is the comedy reading about an immature entitled piece of trash to whom people's lives are mere toys to play out his wild delusions. Sure there are some comedic moments but it gets stale quite fast. Also the fact that half the jokes are repeated again and again, till you're fed up of them.


There's even that part where his elder sister is actually in mortal peril, and he's trying to show off his douche-ness to one of his comrades. Even during the vampire arc, he's off to his own fun walk around the town while his poor sister is desperately worried about him.


Long story short, a good storyline ruined by a terrible terrible MC. Easily one of the worst MCs I've ever witnes
sed. <<less
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Konstantin rated it
March 2, 2019
Status: c117
This one reminded me One Punch Man more than anything else. Fun comedy based on misunderstandings with OP MC who have a peculiar personality. IDK why people compare it to Overlord, there are hardly any similarities between novels other than the names of certain subordinates.

But don't get it wrong - MC isn't a happy-go-lucky guy, the story isn't fluffy, rather - both characters and world are somehow dark and cruel. MC is borderline crazy, he is psychopath who kills people as "game" (even though they are bad people, but still),... more>> basically he lives with only one purpose - To Be a Power in the Shadows, and there is nothing more important to him, he is abnormal on level of MC from Dungeon Defense. The difference is MC here is clueless in intrigues and whatnot, he just solves any problems with his power even when he doesn't even understand wtf is happening. Like "IDK what is going on, but I will just kick enemy's ass and be cool power in the shadows".

If you like fast-paced OP MC comedy with some dark elements in it then it is definitely for you.

As for "bad writing" comments. This novel just doesn't have any unnecessary description of each little thing, like original OPM manga has bad art without anything unnecessary. It just tells you the story the author wants to tell with all little details removed. In the first 10 chapters of this novel happened more things than in 100 chapters of some "good written slow-paced" ones. It isn't "good or bad", it is just completely different genres of writing. <<less
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falloutexile3 rated it
April 9, 2018
Status: c4
Any MC that plays around with his own loving family member's life deserves to be shot.... more>>

In chapter 4 after his older sister is kidnapped, the MC pretends to skim over "ancient documents" he admits in his mind he can't really read, throws a dagger at a random place on a map and says "she's there". It would be one thing if MC has a special ability he keeps hidden, or is clever enough to put a tracker of some sort on his sister, but neither seem to be true.

MC just Bull-$#!ts things and they just inexplicably happen to be true. I can't see how anyone can accept this as a story.

Don't get me wrong, comedy and parody has its place but playing with your family's lives? That's where I draw the line with any "story". <<less
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turk128 rated it
October 1, 2018
Status: c112
What if Saitama never got out of his chuuni phase, instead went at it 100%... then got isekai to a fantasy land.

This isekai very much owns much of it's humor and special brand of misunderstanding from One Punch Man but it's not a rip-off but more a very well done homage. It very much develops its own brand of storytelling and humor from the core homage thou.

Like many others point out, it's amazing how well written this novel is, it has yet to get old 100+ chapter in!
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Arumanfi rated it
July 5, 2018
Status: c88
Love it! Highly recommended as its also full of classic cliches mixed with original dramas and exciting foreshadows for the main storyline.

The protag is not your usual japanese isekai MC and the misunderstandings even though its cliches, the translator did a great job of translating it up into the story in an entertaining way, so much so that it reads really good on the eyes.

again, highly recommended.
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Krazyguy75 rated it
May 14, 2018
Status: c57
tl;dr: So absorbing that I only slept 4 hours and was intentionally late to class the week before finals.

Don't read this for anything but humor. The MC is a mary sue, the plot is generic, the other characters are one dimensional, and the world building is relatively tame. If absurd humor alone isn't your thing, this book isn't for you.

However, if it is... this is funny as hell. Everything is blown out of proportion. The MC is so oblivious he doesn't even realize that all the people he is fighting... more>> are from the same organization, despite all his followers knowing it. The MC is trying so hard to look like a unimportant character he has secret techniques to look weaker than he is, that do things like make him spiral through the air spraying out blood. His followers are leaving him secret messages in codes he can't even read, and he acts like he understands while thinking they are just playing around, despite him controlling a massive shadow organization he doesn't understand the scope of at all.

It's ludicrous, and funny. I give a hard recommendation. <<less
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shinidoshi rated it
March 5, 2019
Status: c31
After reading a few chapters (in the light novel, and what little chapters the manga had) I picture the MC as the love child between Kazuma and Megumin. He is kinda chuuni, but at the same time he's a schemer (common sense included). He takes a Batman approach to his "Power in the Shadows" persona, which at least doesn't make him suffer the pain of public cringe. However, some people might be itching for the MC to show off his true power. He is the protagonist of an isekai novel,... more>> after all. I don't see the MC folding to emotions easily, so I imagine he won't reveal his power level. If you read/watched One Punch Man, you would get a good idea on this whole "underestimated/hidden power level" shtick is. The plot however, is quirky in of itself: dramatic irony, self awareness, and satire. These are the three ingredients that make this misunderstanding-driven novel more easier to digest. I can forgive the MC for being dense, because it brings in a lot of entertainment value for me. However, I could imagine a few people getting annoyed. If you dislike a dense MC or fed up with them, then keep your hopes low on this one. <<less
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ydim rated it
September 22, 2018
Status: --
Let's be clear: the main premise is the protagonist is obsessed with enacting his chuunibyou fantasy to the point of pursuing power to withstand a nuke. If this does not establish that he is insane and a gag character enough for you, I don't think anything else could do it. So if you do read the novel, keep your expectations within the bounds of the first few chapters and what their setting. A good novel usually follows through with their premise, as does this one.

I'm taking the time to write... more>> this only because many here seem to be complaining that the main character is this or that, when, as described above, all those choices were intentional so you either have to take it or leave it.

That is all. <<less
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tfate rated it
September 7, 2018
Status: c120
This novel makes fun of all the cliche in harem novels. It's actually very funny, so I see people complaining about info dump, but it doesn't even feel like an info dump cause it's still entertaining to read.

I think some people are taking this novel seriously even though It's a comedy, if you're an edge lord who doesn't like humor then this novel isn't for you.
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boritosh rated it
August 3, 2018
Status: --
Some people seem to be mistaking this comedy novel as a serious piece of fantasy, even if it's already an isekai. Don't take the story seriously and it's pretty funny. It's not one to get invested into but it is definitely one that makes the hours fly by when reading.
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