Each year brings with it a ton of anime releases, some of which have long-awaited releases, while others are hidden gems that require a bit of peremptory digging. The Eminence in Shadow is likely one of those enjoyable ones which are good for a self-satisfying chuckle. Based on the rumors floating around several internet spaces, the possibility of striking an anime adaptation in the Winter release of 2023 is all too possible.
“The Eminence in Shadow” is a Japanese light novel series written by Daisuke Aizawa and illustrated by Tōzai. The English publisher is Yen Press while the serialized magazine spin-off version was handled by Comp Ace. The series follows the story of Cid Kagenou, a high school student who is obsessed with being a “shadow master” – someone who controls events from behind the scenes and remains unnoticed. Despite having no actual skills or connections, Cid decides to create a secret organization and becomes its leader, using his knowledge of pop culture and media to guide his actions.
The light novel series has been adapted into a manga series, which is illustrated by Yamauchi Yasunobu, as well as an anime series produced by studio Signal.MD. The anime adaptation premiered in Japan in April 2021 and consists of 12 episodes.
The story of “The Eminence in Shadow” is a blend of comedy, action, and parody, and has been well-received by fans of the light novel, manga, and anime.
As the matter stands the anime adaptation is set to be handled by studio Nexus with the release slated for sometime in October 2023.
“The Eminence in Shadow” Plot
The protagonist is introduced to us as an aspiring individual who wishes to excel at all he could to become the ideal “shadow broker”. From training his mind to bulking himself up and teaching himself several martial arts, the question of becoming truly invincible strikes him. Thinking magic to be the answer he accidentally moves towards a pair of lights in the distance. A cameo by Truck-Kun is inserted, promptly dispatching our protagonist to another world.
His 8th-grader syndrome runs wild with the limitless possibilities presented before him leading him to create a made-up tale of an ancient organization that dedicated itself to preventing the resurrection of Diabolos. Though the said tale was based upon a child’s fable, it held true and Cid Kagenou, our protagonist finds himself locking horns with members of the Cult of Diabolos with the aid of his team, the Shadow Garden. He recruits several female members of the elf race, each with unique powers of their own and a name loosely based on the Greek alphabet.
Is The Eminence in Shadow anime adaptation release happening in 2023?
The anime adaptation for “The Eminence in Shadow” has been expected to release in the latter part of the year, preferably sometime during October 2023, when the Fall season for anime sets in. The Eminence in Shadow release date is listed as Fall 2022 on MAL.
Given the definite release that has been scheduled, it is possible that several streaming sites like Crunchyroll, Hulu, or even Netflix might be interested in doing the honors.
“The Eminence in Shadow” is getting ready for a live event on February 22, 2023. There are reasons to believe that the franchise will announce renewal for another season. Fans are anticipating considering the success of Season 1 as well as the fact that there is enough material to continue adapting the work. An insider has revealed a timeline – Fall 2023 and it fits into the speculations.
How many episodes will The Eminence in Shadow Season 2 have?
As per the leakster, @oecuf0, the run of The Eminence in Shadow 2 episodes will be less than that of Season 1. He further said that there will be a total of 12 episodes. It makes more sense as the anime has already adapted 2 of the 5 volumes of the light novel.
The Eminence in Shadow Anime Trailer
The official trailer was featured on the channel JP Anime with the declaration of having sold as many as 1.5 million copies and the expectation of having an anime adaptation in 2022.
A second trailer was released as well on the 26th of March 2022.
Check out the key visual of The Eminence in Shadow TV anime
The anime The Eminence in Shadow has come back after a year with a third teaser trailer released, by Kadokawa. It brings out four main characters, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, and Eta. Cid’s quartet of companions namely Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, and Eta are voiced by Fairouz Ai, Hisako Kanemoto, Ayaka Asai, and Reina Kondo respectively.
The Eminence in Shadow Cast
Besides having a look at the foreseen character art the list of voice actors was also mentioned for the Japanese dub.
- Shadow’s CV: Seiichiro Yamashita
- Alpha’s CV: Asami Seto
- Beta’s CV: Inori Minase
- Gamma CV: Suzuko Mimori
- Delta CV: Ai Fairouz
- Epsilon CV: Hisako Kanemoto
- Zeta CV: Ayaka Asai
- Eta CV: Reina Kondo
Shadow’s CV, Seiichiro Yamashita has also featured in Horimiya and 86. The chances of having our expectations filled in the voice actor department can be reassured thus.
The Eminence in Shadow Manga
As of now 40 chapters have been written and posted online. Finding an English translation might sound tough but the results prove otherwise. Several individual translators have put up scanlations of the original material prepared by Daisuke. For those of you who prefer to go by the manga head over here.
The story is currently being marketed along the lines of a Seinen. Hopefully, the story isn’t punctuated with way too many harem inflections which would ruin an otherwise interesting premise. Although, the turn of events is somewhat unpredictable since the lure of putting out fan service can be hard to resist. If the show does go down such a path, stick to the manga. It’s refreshing enough with most harem references being passing mentions.
The rating discussion has been going on for a while too. A post on Reddit puts forward the possibility of a 7.5-7.8 rating which is somewhat nice, given that OG Naruto scores a 7.97 on MAL.
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