The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 synopsis, screenshots, and special Overlord collab revealed

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 screenshot, featuring Cid Kagenou.
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 screenshot, featuring Cid Kagenou. Pic credit: @shadow-garden.jp

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 release date is on October 5, 2022. The Eminence in Shadow Season 1 will be streaming on HIDIVE.

On October 3, 2022, the official website for the anime adaptation of Daisuke Aizawa’s The Eminence in Shadow (Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!) dark fantasy, isekai light novel series released a synopsis and screenshot for the first episode.

You can watch the latest trailer on Kadokawa Anime’s official YouTube channel here:

The Eminence in Shadow trailer.

What is the plot of The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1?

Episode 1 begins by showing the double life that Cid Kagenou is living in the sword-and-sorcery world he was reincarnated into. By day he is a mediocre magic student, who is underestimated by his peers, but by night he is the leader of the mysterious organization known as Shadow Garden.

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 screenshot, featuring Alpha.
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 screenshot, featuring Alpha. Pic credit: @shadow-garden.jp

Cid is living his dream of being a powerful man in the shadows – a dream he’s had since childhood. The members of Shadow Garden, who are Cid’s loyal pawns are introduced. They are known as the Seven Shades. What will Shadow Garden’s new mission against the evil Diabolos Cult be? You’ll have to watch Episode 1 in order to find out.

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 screenshot, featuring Beta and Gamma.
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 screenshot, featuring Beta and Gamma. Pic credit: @shadow-garden.jp

The greatest isekai duo is Ainz-sama and Shadow-sama

In celebration of The Eminence in Shadow’s imminent premiere the anime collaborated with popular dark fantasy, isekai anime Overlord in a commemorative illustration, which includes the voices of Ainz-sama (Satoshi Hino) and Shadow-sama (Seiichiro Yamashita).

The narrated illustration was shared on The Eminence in Shadow’s official Twitter account, along with the statement, “From the ruler of death to the power behind the shadows. Look at the majestic figures of Ainz-sama and Shadow-sama.”

What is the plot of The Eminence in Shadow?

Great heroes and diabolical villains are the types of imaginary characters people dream of being, but not Cid Kagenou. He longs to become the true mastermind behind it all, pulling the strings, and having his machinations drive the entire story. In his previous life in modern-day Japan, he was not able to achieve his goals. But now, he’s been reborn into a world of magic, and is determined to show the true eminence of shadow!

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 screenshot, featuring Zeta and Delta.
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 screenshot, featuring Zeta and Delta. Pic credit: @shadow-garden.jp

Cid pretends to be an average mob character (minor character) and creates a fake organization, which he names Shadow Garden. Armed with his overactive imagination, Cid makes up a whole backstory about an evil cult lurking in the shadows that need to be taken down… and starts to recruit members for the cause!

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 screenshot, featuring Eta.
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 screenshot, featuring Eta. Pic credit: @shadow-garden.jp

Interestingly enough, these imaginary adversaries turn out to be the real deal and call themselves the Diabolos Cult. Only Cid knows the truth – that everything was supposed to be a joke, and that their organization is fake. But if a fake organization manages to save the world from an evil cult is it really so imaginary?

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 screenshot, featuring Epsilon.
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1 screenshot, featuring Epsilon. Pic credit: @shadow-garden.jp

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Who are the cast members?

The Eminence in Shadow cast members include:

  • Seiichiro Yamashita – Cid Kagenou / Shadow
  • Kana Hanazawa – Alexia Midgar
  • Yoko Hikasa – Iris Midgar
  • Asami Seto – Alpha
  • Inori Minase – Beta
  • Suzuko Mimori – Gamma
  • Ai Fairouz – Delta
  • Hisako Kanemoto – Epsilon
  • Ayaka Asai – Zeta
  • Reina Kondo – Eta
  • Rina Hidaka – Claire Kagenou
  • Saya Aizawa – Sherry Barnett
  • Haruka Shiraishi – Rose Oriana

Who are the production team members?

The Eminence in Shadow production team members include:

  • Original character design – Touzai
  • Director – Kazuya Nakanishi (chief animation director for Darwin’s Game)
  • Series composition – Kanichi Kato (Black Clover, Those Snow White Notes)
  • Character design – Makoto Iino (Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town, Demon Lord Retry!)
  • Animation production – Nexus Studio (Darwin’s Game, Granblem)
  • Production – Shadow Garden

Where can I read the light novel series or manga?

In May 2018, The Eminence in Shadow light novel series began serialization online on the user-generated novel publishing website Shousetsuka ni Narou (Let’s Become Novelists). Since November 2018, Enterbrain (a division of Kadokawa Future Publishing) acquired the series for publication and four volumes have been released.

In December 2018, a manga adaptation with art by Anri Sakano began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten’s seinen manga magazine Camp Ace. The manga’s chapters have been collected into 7 volumes by Kadokawa Shoten.

In July 2019, a spin-off manga by Seta U titled Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute! Shadow Gaiden (The Eminence in Shadow – Shadow Side Story) was serialized via Comp Ace as well. Two volumes of the spin-off have been released.

Yen Press has licensed both the light novel series and manga’s English version for release in North America.

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