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
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05/17/19 WangMama c174
05/15/19 WangMama c173
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
04/28/19 Anonymous c166
04/28/19 Anonymous c165
04/28/19 Anonymous c164
04/28/19 Anonymous c163
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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 retard 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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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 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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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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junjunjey rated it
September 7, 2018
Status: c37

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 asshole 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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Ixcez rated it
June 1, 2018
Status: c73
This is a story about a boy stuck in his chuunibyou and pretty much becomes a mental patient because of it. Who then get's teleported to a world and tries to outlive his fantasies

To be the power in the shadows! The man behind the man!

Settings minor spoiler

... more>>

So after rescuing a random girl on a whim the MC explains to her what his reason for doing all of this is. Which is to defeat the evil organisation who is in control of the world and trying to ruin the heroes decendents who the girl is one of!

This is all made up by the MC to outlive his fantasies and get the girl to play along.

However not known to the MC is that all his made up stuff is real and the girl in turn goes on to create a huge shadowy organisation to fight this evil (their all girls btw since only the female decendents of the hero becomes cursed since the heroes were all female) so while the hero thinks their all just playing games the girls are all seriously fighting this organisation.

While believing the MC to be all powerful since he keeps pulling stunts like being shown a map of enemy hideouts and asked which one to go hit. Then he random throws a knife on the map and the knife just happens to hit a secret base the girls hadn't found yet and which is the correct one to hit.


The MC is seriously mental though since he truly believes everything is just make believe and while thinking such he kills people left and right. At the same time he doesn't care if he is the hero or the terrorist the only important part is to act like a power in the shadows this comes from a guy who has a mental age of a 33-34 year old but after 20 years playing as a shadowy power he still acts the same as a 13 year old.

The humour is thick, at times it is to thick which clogs the humour. The MC is OP as in unstoppable go cry at yo mommah kind but because of wanting to act cool he almost always act so that there will be monologes and some struggle before killing above minion D.

He also seems to like to prop up enemies so that his power in the shadows can become more notorius and mysterious.

The harem is pretty large but at the moment mostly there as an author/reader fullfillment or something.


There are 7 starting girls for his power in the shadow who are all crazily in love with him from what has been shown, on top of this there are at the very least 100+ girls in the group who see's him like a god like exsitance and would do anything for him.

His big sister is a serious brocon and loves him dearly, he has two princesses and a scientist girl who are all in love with him. So yeah all in all he has about 120+ harem members in the first 60ish chapters.


So yes this is a great downtime read when someone is looking for something lighter and funny. The downside being the oversized harem and that the humour is to much up in your face at times <<less
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bluerogue rated it
May 13, 2018
Status: c25
I stumbled upon this LN looking for a new LN to read and have set up this account specifically so I could write a review. This LN is a quick favorite. The source material is excellent, but I feel the humor is aided by a very capable translator. The jokes are very funny!

Tenshi translations deserves props! I feel as if the way he/she translates involves a lot of writing skills. Your work makes this LN very fun to read, please keep it up.

Summary for the uninformed - a chuuni reincarnates,... more>> makes up a chuuni story, trains so he can be a protagonist in said story, poses as a weakling to fill out his backstory, and coincidentally ends up having the story be real. This is a trope I've seen a few times in other novels, but this is the first time I've seen it executed so damn well. I think the source material brings it halfway and the translation gives it that extra push to make this a hilarious and worthwhile read. I hope the translator keeps trucking along, because I don't think I'd want to see this series handed off :* ( <<less
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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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Bakaleaf rated it
April 27, 2018
Status: c40
I rarely comment Japanese novel now a days especially tag with harem as majority of them are fake and just put it there to attract reader.

Now although this novel is still far from being a harem since MC has yet to fall in love but the chemistry of misunderstanding and seriousness of his surrounding is fun.

Others might call MC idiot or dumb but all I can see is an MC being true to his self through his own action. It was stated at the very beginning on what the things... more>> he admire most and although he arrive to an answer and was a bit disappointed he still chooses to continue hoping that one day he can make a difference.

It's not really a bad novel who ever written this must be a genius, no more weak to strong MC the common trend here we have strong to weak MC which is more unique. And how he is so pro on his action as a mob (side) character is really funny despite all his action became epic in the eyes of his followers and all of them are merely coincidence.

And the last thing that make this novel great is its simplicity, you can see scheming every now and then but it is to simple that is makes one read it with satisfaction.

sadly I stop reading at chapter 40.....

the pain of waiting another chapter lol it has been awhile...

falloutexile3 - when he did that did you not read that his follower made a follow up on his guess? although he might did that in random but since it was proven with a fact then I say what is wrong with that? <<less
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oblueknighto rated it
April 17, 2018
Status: c30
This is a fantastic novel about a foolish chuunibyou. He's utterly delusional and that makes his interactions with the others hilarious. A novel full of great misunderstandings that the the main character will never resolve.

It's comedy though so I some people might get irritated at how ridiculous his actions are.
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Tsukuruya rated it
April 11, 2018
Status: c24
Imagine, a chuunibyou who enjoys “hiding his power level”, into scripted DnD sessions, and always wishes to be badass edgelord, all bundled up into a reincarnation isekai series.
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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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wss171 rated it
March 30, 2018
Status: c12
Thank you, translator!

This is good! I like very much the fact that what he imagine turns out to be the actual reality of the world he's living, but he finds it too unbelieveble.
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thorlong rated it
March 24, 2018
Status: c7
An excellent example of a web novel worthy of a manga. It is an interesting storyline that few take advantage of. While it develops fast for a web novel that just means that it just needs refining, something to look forward to in a few years. It is geared in a way that even if the misunderstanding is resolved on the MC's side he can just roll with it, that takes a literary talent to accomplish and likely the reason for the early fast paced development.
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Moon29Shadow rated it
March 22, 2018
Status: c5
Can't say much about how it will go, at start atleast this novel got me hooked. For now upto c5 you get a glimpse of the plot which has quite the high potential.

Depending how it goes my rating may change (I hope I don't have to) but for the interesting start I will give it 5 stars.
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Amplify rated it
May 1, 2019
Status: c142
To be a power in the shadows is a decent novel, the premise is somewhere at the junction between Overlord, One Punch Man and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Overlord - because the main character has an incredibly powerful giant organization at his back, filled with absolutely loyal members who worship the very ground he walks on.

OPM - because the main character is ludicrously overpowered compared to everybody else, though few people (outside his organization) realize it at all and he's only truly gotten serious a small handful of times.

Haruhi Suzumiya... more>> - because for all his delusions and play acting the main character does, he does not even realise that he has an incredible organization or near unlimited wealth at his fingertips, he doesn't even realise that the enemy he pretended was real at the start is indeed real or really realise much of anything at all. He pretends that many incredible things happen or that he knows everything and he is accidentally right about it all, while living a fairly mediocre life and worrying about money constantly.

It's certainly an entertaining read I will give it that, but there's one major fault with it that means I'll be stopping reading it here: in Overlord the main character does his mediocre best and his minions love him and the results he accidentally gets, while they attribute the successes to his (perceived) intelligence and the end result is the MC feels moe and loveable. In this novel however the way the MC has done things has more than a few times caused the seven main girls closest to him (among a few others) to cry tears of frustration or sadness through some of his misunderstandings. This, if nothing else, is unforgivable.

I can't punch this idiotic riajuu in the nuts and he does usually make it up to them one way or the other sooner or later, but those tears cannot be taken back and it doesn't leave me feeling good about the MC at all. <<less
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