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.

Associated Names
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Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!
The Eminence in Shadow
Related Series
Tilea’s Worries (12)
My Death Flags Show No Sign of Ending (9)
I Got Reincarnated And Mistaken As A Genius? (8)
Overlord (LN) (7)
Is it Tough Being a Friend? (3)
There Was No Secret Organization to Fight with the World’s Darkness so I Made One (In Exasperation) (3)

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05/17/19 WangMama c174
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05/13/19 WangMama c172
05/10/19 WangMama c171
05/08/19 WangMama c170
05/06/19 WangMama c169
05/01/19 WangMama c168 part2
04/29/19 WangMama c168 part1
04/28/19 Anonymous c167
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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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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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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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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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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 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


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

4.8/5.0 <<less
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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 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 d*ck 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 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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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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keishanmirra rated it
January 15, 2019
Status: c115
I notice many of the reviews, good and bad, seem to be missing something great about the MC.
He is a genius... and an idiot. Just from his descriptions of himself in the initial chapter, you can infer that he is both driven and solitary, possibly a bit lonely, extremely smart and capable, but also very, very (ad infinitum) "socially inept" (read Dense). Throw in a lot of jabs at common tropes for comedic relief, and make it a harem-style with an oblivious... nay, disinterested, MC and this LN is... more>> GOLD.
1. He has had the same passion and goal since childhood.
2. He works extremely hard at not APPEARING to work hard ("day-job")
3. Purely dedicated to his Night Training. (Who says you can't take it with you? Wink wink)
4. Using random information from two separate worlds, contrived an excellent story (excuse) for the purpose of his dream... That just happens to be NEARLY entirely correct.
5. He really has cut out pretty much everything else in pursuit of his dreams. Notices the hotness of the females around him... gives zero *you know what*. Gets insulted constantly... No skin off his back, he knows his own worth. Even his fighting styles point to him shucking the chaff and refining down to the essentials.
6. Has a great sense of humor, sometimes even self-deprecating humor. Nothing funnier than this guy's inner monologue, but his Mob life experiences are a close second. (*for the readers* 33/47 left, and does he look like a pet to you?)
7. He knows everything and yet he knows nothing. Is vigilant yet unobservant. Now, that is skill. The MC is an oxymoron in and of himself.
8. He is apparently a Master at explaining things... just think about it.
9. In pursuit of his dreams, he hasn't grasped that he has already fully realized his main one, with a little help from his friends.
10. Finally, Lady Luck smiles upon this bass-turd in such a way that he gets to experience many great moments, walk around oblivious to the Big Picture, and still come out looking like a Saint and Smelling of Roses.

I hope I covered it without spoiling it. So, this isn't just an idiot MC with luck who comes upon things through pure happenstance (though, that happens, too)... The guy is a skilled genius... with quirks.
PS- Everyone who has a problem with his armor (most especially his sword)... you don't need to be a Blacksmith to forge a malleable magic weapon/armor. In case you didn't notice, he has had since infancy to learn control of magic, has been able to take in and retain vast amounts of information since birth, and over the course of 15+ years, through hard work and experimentation and some basic understandings and theories from his previous "years", has managed to figure out a few things to his advantage.

The MC is OP, people. The reason this LN is so enjoyable is that he is also a dingus. Even better, for me, is that this anti-hero accidentally on purpose is really a super hero, but doesn't see himself that way. Meaning; everything he does makes him a super hero, and he does everything with a purpose, but the results are often accidental (read: Hero Worship, Dedicated Followers). <<less
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SpinelesS rated it
January 2, 2019
Status: c114
Fun story - I even enjoyed how dense the MC is. Tenshi Translations also did a great job translating. Unsure as of yet with the new guy (only 2 chapters so far 1 great, 1 not so great EDIT: apparently 2nd chapter is currently unedited...)

Also, when I say the MC is dense, I mean Super Dense, and not just about the ladies.
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pre-given rated it
August 22, 2018
Status: c91
Some people may not get this but the fact that "everything works out without him even trying" is the joke. The MC is just playing make-believe and doesn't realize everything he does is backed by real power and consequences, this makes for pretty good comedy when great schemes set into motion by huge organizations and kingdoms are brought down with a flick of his sword. Everyone thinks he is playing chess when he is really playing checkers, it reminds me of one-punch man.
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Renaxan rated it
July 2, 2018
Status: c88
A great type isekai with a lot comedy, misunderstanding and batman wanna be. We got MC who are try to looking edgy, but looking cool by others perspective which actually MC does it in purposes and we, the reader know MC just a chuuni kek. Somehow MC action always right in this world, which his real intention not that far so yah misunderstand comedy plot happen a lot. So far this is keep entertaining despite im sure the plot keep repeating but who's care if its enjoyable?

Also the translation and... more>> community so good and active which is surpluss things about this novel. <<less
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June 21, 2018
Status: c67
The best part of this novel is actually the ability to make this novel really interesting, I mean the misunderstanding between the MC and the girls is so hillarious thay I can’t speak anything about that.. but overall it’s good, so its worth it to read this if you’re into harem + misunderstanding...
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xxluna rated it
June 18, 2018
Status: c87
I'm so immersed on the seriousness of the story that I always forget that the MC is a chuuni in role play. Other than the, sometimes, short chapters/updates, overall a very entertaining read and I always look forward for more!
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CrispCrusp rated it
June 7, 2018
Status: c48
Very fun constructed coincidences. With the way the main character carries himself and how everyone around him sees that as make for a very fun read.
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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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jacqrogue rated it
May 20, 2018
Status: c60
This is an awesome novel. We must fund this novel. If we compare this to Chinese light novels, this LN is on par with the Library of Heaven's path or more like the Strongest system.
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Suzzie rated it
April 10, 2018
Status: c23
If you disregard the bull sh*t that the main character is inexplicably able to do, you will enjoy the novel. I personally enjoy the novel. Although, I sometimes find it annoying that he has to 100% act out his mob role. This means he'll basically act like a pu**y in public (which can be painful to read at some points), but becomes a badass at night

... more>>

so basically people are salty that he's able to predict everything without knowing anything. He basically bullsh*ts about being a "hero" and that an organization is hell bent to destroy them and release the demons. He happens to "persuade" the other "heroes" to blindly follow him and help him eradicate these evil pests. Basically he kind of bullsh*ts his way through things and they somehow all happen to end up true

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