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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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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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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Celsica rated it
April 29, 2018
Status: c42
I usually write longer reviews, but I'll keep this one short. If you're an avid light novel reader who's getting dissillusioned with the bullsh*t getting published out of Japan these days, you'll be able to appreciate this parody. The humor is absolutely on point. The translation is good, and quick.

The poor reviews with serious explanations about how unbelievably lucky the MC is, or other such nonsense... It's clear who's dense here.
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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 ***** 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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ichibaka rated it
April 1, 2018
Status: c14
At first the MC was funny, but eventually his I-must-act-like-a-mob mentality goes so far that his act just become stupid, and he just debase himself into an unlikable hetare that takes suffering and humiliation like the most rewarding job in the world. Simply insufferable idiot.
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June 10, 2019
Status: c180
For me this novel is really good although there are novels like this that the world revolves around the MC everything he said and do happens. He even made up a cult and a story then it came true, he shows up n something important happen it that was connected or important to the story it was like everything is about him anyway there are many cliche happen in this novel or even harem although he did not know that he had a harem. To sum it up I really... more>> like this novel so please ignore those idiot who says bad thing about your translation or work just continue please!!!!!🙏 <<less
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leprosus rated it
May 8, 2019
Status: c150
What can I say about this novel?

It's absolutelly marvellous at the start, fresh, fun, one of the best comedies in WN but you know,.... nothing stays forever. About chapter 100 it starts to decline more and more, it became repetitive, doing the same jokes again and again and finally the novel became extremelly boring. (mostly because there are zero evollution on the characters and their relationships).

When you don't knpe where stop and put an end in your novel this kind of things happends. That's pretty common on web novels.
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AutumnSnowz rated it
May 5, 2019
Status: c157
This novel is great at the beginning but once you read so many chapter it starts to get annoying. The annoying part is the MC is so dense and in his own delusional world so much that it not funny anymore after so many chapters. I know it's part of the story but the author making him so dense make you lose interest in the story because after so many chapter its just not funny anymore. He so dense that he hurt his ally trying to fulfill his own delusional... more>> desires. He unknownly make a bunch of girls fall for him and has no remorse on doing w.e he wants and doesn't even think about how they would feel because he's just that dense. I can tolerate dense MC but being dense to the point of hurting ur ally and making them cry is just to much. And one of the worst thing is that he's so far into his delusion that he'll wait for people and/or allies to get hurt or even kill so that his entrance to the scene could look cooler. How badly must someone delusion be to do something like that. The story line and plot is actually pretty well written and interesting. The flow of the story isn't bad either and the story progress is neither slow nor fast and just at the right amount for me.

My overall rating would have to be a 3.5. Would at least be a 4.5 outa 5 if the MC wasn't so dense. <<less
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Elivi rated it
April 2, 2019
Status: c133
Pretty good. The beginning of the novel is a bit lame and crappy but the more it process, the better the author writing skill. Later arcs are filled with nice action scenes, believable character development and edgy-ness, good one to be exact.

The author seems to know that he is writing an edgy, self-satisfying type of novel so he level-headedly approach it with good characters, nice story procession and a lot of comedy, making this novel quite the stress-reliever.

In the end, this novel is quite niche and not for everyone but... more>> I think it has done it job quite well, being an edgy novel that is pleasant to read. <<less
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Richard Fox rated it
February 11, 2019
Status: c177
A hilarious novel without most of the usual isekai garbage. The MC is oblivious and in a world of his own pursuing his own dreams of what he believes to be the supreme 'super hero' in the shadows. His associates are oblivious to his lack of knowledge as they pursue (what the MC perceives as fictitious) a dark organisation that interferes with the world. By combining absurd timing with this absurd scenario we get a light-hearted comedy. There are several characters and none of them are explored to deeply so... more>> it's good that the harem and romance have been subtle so far. Don't go expecting a fulfilling, deep novel exploring the meaning of the world, but to spit your coffee at the absurdness!

There are weekly updates on syosetu, and the eng. Translations vary. <<less
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February 2, 2019
Status: c167
My rating would be closer to 3.5/5.

The 5* and 1* reviews are both basically correct.

It's a fun story and an interesting setting with interesting characters and a decent amount of funny moments (misunderstanding comedy, mostly, with some slapstick). The way the author expands the world with each arc, uncovering a bit more about the enemy facing Shadow Garden, is acceptable.

But the protagonist is unforgivable in a lot of ways. The merchant war arc especially lowered my opinion of him, but even before that he only thought about the "scenario" in... more>> front of him and how he could "act" in an interesting way.

This person has seen first-hand how dangerous everything is in this world (not for him, but the people around him), but he hasn't changed (except in the latest arcs, being even more callous and self-absorbed).


So if you don't mind reading about a protagonist who treats everything as a game, it's a pretty good story. If you don't like that kind of protagonist, give it a hard pass despite the high rating. <<less
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sleed rated it
December 28, 2018
Status: c114
Hmm, one is the few novels that are solid in their own way.

I wanted to read something creative and with an original sense of drama, I was satisfied; this is a light hearted comedy.

The cherry on the icing is a natural plot; it's reason: the characters premises.

An honest story but with casual premises.

And where characterization calls for it; author wont compulsively laught it off.

Author doesn't make comedy the end ; it just happens in a good natural way.
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2Girls1Cupcake rated it
November 10, 2018
Status: c112
There isn't much to say, this is a brilliant novel. There's a reason it's first place on syosetu.

The premise of this novel is in part misunderstandings, this has been seen many times before, but in this there's a very nice balance between misunderstandings of the power of his organisation and their activities and his actual own strength which he is fully aware of, this means that it isn't just a gag story, there's something more here and it's all well balanced. This, together with his intentional mob character persona which... more>> embodies every cliché encounter, action or outcome normally seen happening to characters in similar situations in other novels and the witty dialogue between the MC and the people around him are some of the highlights of this novel.

The plot is actually pretty good, the fights are finished in mostly no time at all, since it isn't the focus of this story, yet there are quite a number of them at times and they are handled in a way that still makes them enjoyable and besides that we're yet to see how OP the MC really is, there seem to be strong individuals out there.

The MC isn't just your standard JP MC that's just being pulled along, he has his own goals and opinions, he has actual depth, the same with the side characters, at first glance they seem like mindless robots just following the MC, but further along we come to know some of their background and personality, they take on a life on their own.

Lastly the writing is very professional and the translation likewise, definitely top class on novel updates. <<less
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fearthedeep rated it
November 9, 2018
Status: c113
This started off as annoying, the characters density was driving me crazy. But soon after I started reading it grew on me. And now I find myself wanting more.

You have to read it like a gag story of sorts and even its action scenes which lack comedy are pretty enjoyable. You get a good mix between the silly and the action.

I'm sad that I've caught up and there hasn't been another translation for a bout a month. Hope to see more again soon.
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