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
陰の実力者になりたくて!
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tfate
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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Zackarov
Zackarov
May 15, 2019
Status: c144
If you're edgy you might like this, but I don't so.

this is the first novel that I read that goes from 5 stars to 1 star gradually.

it was interesting at first, but then it slowly becomes a pain in the butt to even read a sentence.

what I like about misunderstand story is when the misunderstanding slowly gets resolve over time. But this one is "you got misunderstand, here a bigger one, here more pile of sh*t, and another one, etc."
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graydragon12
graydragon12 rated it
May 4, 2019
Status: c43
If you like the gag, repetitive jokes, misunderstanding taken to the extreme then look no further than this novel. A story about a guy suffer from extreme chuunibyou syndrome. It started out quite interesting with MC spewing crap about a secret cliche organization in a typical Isekai world whose goal is to revive the long dead demon lord. After years of picking up orphans, destroying countless of their lairs MC brain is still too stupid to even think of the mere chances his crap may have so truth in it.... more>> I mean after the xth cave you blow up that all of your "underling" claim it contain sign of demonic summoning, blood sacrifice, every enemy you fight spewing stuff like "you can stop me but you won't be able to stop his revival", MC might have figure out something but nope, nope not happening. He is still the idiotic moron who think everything is a elaborate play made by his lovely underling and all the villain he kill also suffer from extreme chuunibyou syndrome.

The reason why all of his underling never found out why he is a moron cause everything he did miraculously turn into a good thing. Got lost after entering the bad guy cave ? The big bad boss came running straight at you. Don't know what the villain up to ? Spew some crap like "if I am them, I will be kidnapping the princess" and what do you know, the castle got blown up and the princess been kidnapped. This dude don't "do" anything. He just say crap and the author make it happen. If you are here to follow the gag then sure it is a nice read but after the umteenth time it happen and the MC is still behaving like a blabbering buffoon, I just give up. <<less
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boritosh
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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Kyself
Kyself rated it
April 15, 2018
Status: c20
The main character is a full-blown, off-the-walls chuuni. It was fun to read in the beginning how he tries to justify the existence of magic and ends up losing it, all in the quirky voice of his inner monologue. My one gripe is his ability to create overpowered and over-efficient equipment. Training is one thing, but snowflake-y craftsmanship doesn't feel like it belongs here. I appreciate how good the translation quality is at the very least.

EDIT: The writing really is quite stylish and fun to read, but you'll be disappointed... more>> if you want something with some sort of dilemma or character growth.

EDIT 2: So far it's only happened once, so I wouldn't worry about crafting ALL THE THINGS. The author is absolutely crushing it with his writing style. The quips come very organically. <<less
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aratacchi
aratacchi rated it
January 1, 2019
Status: c41
Almost similar to overlord setting when there's an MC who lead powerful bunch of ppl that think their leader is the supreme leader who can do anything. But the truth is their leader is only strong, it's just that! But the thing that makes this LN different is the MC keeps thinking all the thing that he do are just a chuuni roleplay so "it's not real. Bad organizations? No that is just my imagination", while Overlord MC knows that all the things that happened around him is "real".

OP MC... more>> : check

Harem : check

Lucky MC : check

Smart MC : No

Just for the sake of his roleplay, this MC choose an edgy option everytime. Moreover his ignorance about the real shadow world around him is really annoying. He keeps thinking that all the thing that happened are just an accident that somehowe suits his chuuni role play.

"This is just roleplay, and those guys are a normal bandit/bad guy so no biggies. Demon lord? No no that's just a fairy tale" Aww come on! When will this MC open his eyes to see the truth in front of him??

If you somehow can stand this MC attitude, maybe you'll enjoy this LN. <<less
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josh1002
josh1002 rated it
June 5, 2019
Status: c180
TL;DR - If you want to enjoy the story to the max, put all your prayers of happiness and safety to the girls surrounding the MC. You will NOT - and likely cannot - relate to the MC, because he is what a chunibyo would be to a homosexual so far in the closest, he's in Narnia.

If you're tired of every single familiar trope made in LN and want to make fun of it, then you'll enjoy this story... But you might cringe at the MC.

I personally enjoyed the story... more>> and am personally invested in a few of the girls. The greatest, most glaring problem I have though... Is the MC himself.

Cid, the protagonist of this story, is a psychopath/sociopath in that he has abandoned everything for sake of his chunibyo dream of being a [Power in the Shadows]. And unfortunately, he abandoned logic and common sense in this as well, so now you have a comedy!

The thing that ticks me off is how little the MC cares for about other people. For example, Alpha, the first girl he finds and helps? He wasn't actually out to help her, but rather, was thinking of experimenting on her and he accidentally cured her of her disease. You will find that with each of the girls, this will be the same damn thing happening again and again.

Often, you as the reader, will be rooting for the protagonist to succeed in his goals right? That, after his struggles, you wish he will find happiness.

Well, you won't in this story. You'll be hoping something wakes Cid up from his delusions and start caring about the girls he has met. You will be rooting for the girls happiness and safety, while taking pleasure in the MC's suffering. I don't mean to sound like a sad*** for wishing misfortune on Cid, but the bastard already has what he wants and he only needs to open his eyes to see it.

So go and read the story. You'll end up rooting for the people that surround Cid, and take pleasure in the MC's pain. <<less
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Poppukko
Poppukko
May 9, 2019
Status: --
This novel starts out AMAZING, one of the best out there for the humor and action. And then it gets repetitive, rinse and repeat. Initially, the misunderstanding is what draws me to read this whatwith the MC being completely oblivious that his LARP-ing is actually a reality instead of his mere chuunibyou delusion. But the author, just like most JP LN writer, makes our MC to be a re**** in anything but battle just like most JP LN/WN protag out there for no reason than to try to be funny,... more>> which works for around fifty chapters and then it just downright repetitive and stupid. Misunderstanding (from MC part) only works for so long before he looks like a complete idiot instead of being funny. If you want a good misunderstanding story, I'd recommend reading Bakarina or Trash's of The Count Family because the former offers you all out misunderstanding in an obvious parody story that WORKS and the latter is a misunderstanding that doesn't make the protag looking like a moron and even uses the misunderstanding for his own benefit. <<less
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Bizmatech
Bizmatech rated it
April 21, 2019
Status: c128
It starts of as a satirical comedy, but quickly becomes the same thing it was originally making fun of.

The villains in the plot go from "something the MC made up and doesn't take seriously" to "something he's actively fighting against" with out much explanation. He also frequently gets distracted by side quests that he basically makes up on his own.

Most of the side characters are also boring, one dimensional, and serve no purpose other than to talk about how great the main character is.

If you want an empowerment fantasy where... more>> the hero embraces his OPness, I suggest looking elsewhere. It's been done better in other series. <<less
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GoGoInTheA55
GoGoInTheA55 rated it
April 1, 2019
Status: c13
Very stupid, very immature, very unreal and very obnoxious novel.
I just can't handle the utter stupidity and dumbness this novel exudes. I get it that this is a comedy novel and need to be taken lightly, but it frustrates me how inconsistent the MC is in his role. Two opposing traits cant exist together. The MC is sometimes very smart and sometimes very stupid whenever the situation needs it.

As for the world surrounding him, its even worse as it feels empty and unneeded. And the diary like format doesn't... more>> help in the least. Throughout all the chapters I read, I don't remember any thing of remembrance in this story.

As for the side characters, they... I don't know what to say. Its worse... they are actually worse than the MC, I didn't find any one engaging as they only get a short paragraphs dedicated to them and are forgotten instantly. The characters personality is also pretty bland but consistent at least as they are given the job of praising the MC and licking his **** all the time.

As for the main story... it exist because the author wants the story to exist. The whole thing about underworld organisation being true all along and other stuff... I don't care for it nor would you after reading it. They are just the big bad villain in this story and nothing more than that.

I get it, this is the power fantasy of many readers and the author himself. They just want to live this fake chunni life through this novel. Hence anyone who have come here for comedy or a story... stray away from it.... it doesn't give any of those... better to read anything else than this piece of sh*t novel!! <<less
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RarestProGamer
RarestProGamer rated it
April 1, 2019
Status: c57
What truly killed the story for me is that MC never ever tries to clear the misunderstanding, that pure satisfaction that comes after clearing all doubts and the side characters realizes that you are actually strong not weak and pathetic never comes. As the story takes the whole gag just too far that it becomes dry and stale and no longer enjoyable!

-The MC is a hardcore Chuunibyou and I highly doubt that the author is ever gonna cure it because of the title of the story which begs the question... more>> that the characters who misunderstood him are ever gonna realize? I don't think so because our MC just tries way too hard to keep his mob character and maintain the BS status quo. I would love to give it another try if there is a chapter in future where at least one character realizes that he is no what he shows he is but I neither have the patience or time to wait that long but what's TRULY FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN FOR ME it is that the protagonist is dense as bricks. There should be a tag for the novels "dense protagonist" & "ultimate dense protagonist" and our protagonist of the said novel falls into the later category. So you have a main lead who has incurable 8th grade syndrome, is dense as goat and lady luck whoring around him which turns into every prediction he makes in the story out of his ass ends up right (which is most of the plot)

Final Verdict:- If you are looking for a underdog story with misunderstood main character and has a secretive personality BUT also knows when to stop the whole act and not drag it any further then keep looking because I went into this novel with that expectations. <<less
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0infinit
0infinit rated it
July 1, 2018
Status: c88
This novel is really enjoyable, the author knew how to write it to be light and at the same time complete.

I say this because I am a regular reader of many novels and I can say that's this novel idea have an incredible potential and the author is being able to give to us the best of it (at least for the moment).
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sadmanex
sadmanex rated it
June 7, 2018
Status: --
Overrate although good stories to past time but definitely overrate

OP MC but still chuuni and live in denial. Many innocent die but he think the enemies actually cool for doing it like that which he thinking to join them. Yet he want to be hero in the dark. This problem start when he goes to school. I dont know what the MC actually want to be

Need to remind that the MC are not a kid when he die
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optjam
optjam rated it
January 29, 2019
Status: c112
Wow, binged this one so hard. I could not stop reading.

One of my new favorite novels. So much fun, action, and slice of life feels going on. Love how the MC just rolls through life with his antics and everyone else loves him for it.
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junjunjey
junjunjey rated it
September 7, 2018
Status: c37
EXTREMELY SHALLOW!

Imagine you're watching a movie, but there is no screen at all and all you get is the sound of MC monologuing his thoughts and impressions. That's the kind of novel this one.

Author is immersing himself as the MC in his mind except he doesn't even try describing in detail what he perceives in his imagination and only writes his dreary monologue and thinking while he's living in his own story.

... more>> The text mostly filled with the thought and impression of MC regarding stuff, and not the story itself.

This novel is not even a novel, at least I can't bring myself to call it one. This not-novel contains of 98% telling (not showing), info-dumping, and blatant lazy-writing journal-like summary right into the story body; and 2% actual shown-depicted story.

And the MC is a***ole to the core. He's playing with real people's life as if they're just NPC in a game for the sake of his wish-fulfillment.

A writing of a thoughtless and immature Author driven by hormone. <<less
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Lemeres
Lemeres
April 30, 2018
Status: c8
Summary of the image- imagine Batman fighting the Illuminati. And there are 7 bat girls.

This is not a summary of the setting... But the protagonist doesn't actually pay attention to the setting. The protagonist has a literally fatal case of chunni, he reincarnated, and the he continued playing Batman while making up a fake setting.

The joke of the series is that his setting was accidentally true, and he creates a powerful secret organization to save the world... All while assuming that he is just playing Batman and catching random bank... more>> robber #261. <<less
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SeventhTale
SeventhTale rated it
April 29, 2018
Status: c42
This novel is a combination of "pretending", "misunderstanding", and "coincidence". It's like a combined story of "The Deadbeat Master and Genius Disciple's Misunderstood Workshop" and "Master's Smile".

My first impression here is a bit chuuni-type of story. The early chapters is a bit annoying, but then I realized that this one is not a serious type of novel where our MC pursue his dream of becoming a power in shadows. This story is a serious/comedic type, where our MC really want to act/play as a character in the shadow. But with... more>> his OP abilities that he polished even in his past life, he successfully manage to fulfill his role, though with the power of coincidence and development, the supposedly idiotic way of life became a huge development that is real.

The author's style of introducing the characters is really likeable, even with time-skip, he one-by-one introduced the subordinates (heroines?) with their own POV and how they see our MC.

The misunderstandings here is the middle-level, it's tolerable since it's cause desirable developments. I really like this story. All of it started from our MC's very chuuni dream but turned into a bigger scale that involves schemes, and clash of organizations. It's serious but at the same time funny. This is why there are some things that the readers may not be able to accept, in MC's actions, personality, or development of the story. Still I really recommend this one for those whose looking for unique stories.

One last thing

Spoiler

I found it idiotic to to complain in a gag story.

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4.8/5.0 <<less
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L-a-w
L-a-w rated it
March 26, 2019
Status: c131
In all honesty it was great at the beginning had soo much to offer but then it turned into pure BS, every strong person in the novel is female other than MC and the organisation, he had build a harem/army of females while he believing all this to be an act, and every arc is basically the same, starts with slow life while he is trying to be a mob, well tbh the easiest way to be 1 is just not doing anything at all, but whatever he tries to... more>> be a mob and think that the whole order thing is just a joke between him and his harem ?and they are playing with his imaginary order / plots and whatsoever, and ends with him as " shadow appearing and destroying everything , but it's not a bad novel per say if you are looking for humor/fun/comical novel you will have a great laugh, but from the first chapter I excepected different more hardcore novel not a comical 1, the MC is an OP idiot that takes everything as a joke and tryhard mob wannabe that's spouting nonsense all the time and turns out to be believed by his harem thinking that he is omnipotent or some BS which is nerving. <<less
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GronkJuice
GronkJuice rated it
February 4, 2019
Status: c117
I would of giving this story a 5 star if they stayed on track after the tournament arc. Would of still giving it a 4 star if the zombie arc was the only one that was the WTF arc. But I really wanted to give it 1 star when the damn merchant arc happened. Almost everything else in the story makes sense logically. You can fathom people loving the new merchandise from the new merchants, you can understand the 8th grade syndrome that the MC embodies to 5000%, you... more>> can even appreciate the funny notion of everything that he lied about was true, or even the shear luck this bastard has. But I drew the line when These idiots added bank notes.

Bank notes where one of the hardest things that the elite was able to implement into society to date. The rice wanted a system in place that they could siphon off from the working class, and the governments wanted that juicy extra tax from them as well. In the past it was impossible to tax the poor and the worker cause cash money exchanged and it was back by itself, no trail, no way to prove that anyone traded, no way to tax. Even bartering was a hard system for governments and the rich, as it made it harder and harder to siphon off funds from others.

The banking system failed, if memory serves me right, about 4 times before England forced the note, making a law that prohibited the use (or maybe ownership) of the gold coin. This now centralized the money of the nation and make it possible to siphon from the poor and workers, without them knowing. Charging exchange fees, storage fees, handling fees, etc.

I know that I shouldn't pay so much attention to the story, but if what I am being told in the story is to believe. I need to know that the author at least does SOME research on what WOULD and WOULD NOT work. But it is just another one of those, 'This happens now so it HAS to be better' novels. Where nobody even challenges things, everything modern is like golden youth ponds to the masses, and the rich and powerful are stupid as sh*t. Sigh.

If you read this, stop at the part where you hear john smith, you will do yourself a favor. <<less
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sodapoplagski
sodapoplagski rated it
January 26, 2019
Status: c112
Absolutely hilarious novel and it's incredibly saddening how slow it's being translated nowadays, as the chapters are really short.

A lot of the comedy in the novel stems from misunderstandings, which I usually hate. That's because it usually involves some character being incredibly stupid and incapable of communicating, making it incredibly frustrating. Here however the misunderstandings only happens because the main character doesn't give a single sh*t, making me not give a sh*t either. Not sure if that works for everyone, but it should work for some.

Originally I was really bothered... more>> by how the MC's predictions were constantly magically correct, and the harem being huge and boring at the start of the series.

The former however is toned down greatly further in the series. It's still there, but it's not nearly as common, at a point where it doesn't get annoying.

With the latter, technically the harem is bigger, but functionally it isn't, as we barely see any of the 'mob' haremettes. Most importantly though, the harem is done for comedy now. Almost all harem aspects of the later series are really damn funny, and I thus have come to find the harem aspect of this novel a rare huge plus.

I've seen the common critique that it starts getting boring, but I haven't gotten remotely burned out so far.

The main character is the selling point of the series. He's completely insane and oblivious as hell, but lovably so. He also has some really cool moments at times despite his usual attitude. Side characters and story are pretty good for a series focused so much on its comedy, though they're still largely there to set up jokes. The different viewpoints is something I find to be one of the series' strongest points. It has good jokes, good pacing, and is seemingly structured well and clearly.

That's not to say it's flawless, but I experienced no particular recurring flaws worth mentioning besides the two I mentioned were only problematic at the start. Take my review with a pinch of salt however, as I have done no detailed analysis of the series. <<less
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