The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 preview, story synopsis teases Cid’s new admirer and a suspicious tournament

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 screenshot, featuring an enamored Sherry.
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 screenshot, featuring an enamored Sherry. Pic credit: @shadow-garden.jp

The staff for the anime adaptation of Daisuke Aizawa’s The Eminence in Shadow dark fantasy, isekai light novel series released two teaser trailers and screenshots for Episode 7, which will air on November 16, 2022.

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

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 normal trailer.

In the trailer, Sherry has been affected by Cid Kagenou randomly giving her chocolate and believes he has feelings for her. This gets her to start thinking about him and she begins to develop feelings for him. Sherry decides she will confront Cid to find out how he really feels, but Cid is swept up into a swordsmanship competition that may be more than it at first appears.

The second trailer, which featured narration by Cid Kagenou and Gama can be watched on Kadokawa Anime’s official YouTube channel here:

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 special trailer.

The trailer hints that Cid is determined to remain a “mob character” by showing lousy skills in the swordsmanship contest, but has this all been a ploy to make him reveal his true strength?

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 screenshot, featuring one of Cid's classmates participating in the swordsmanship tournament.
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 screenshot features one of Cid’s classmates participating in the swordsmanship tournament. Pic credit: @shadow-garden.jp

What is the plot of The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7?

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 screenshot, featuring one of Cid's classmates looking pensive.
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 screenshot features one of Cid’s classmates looking pensive. Pic credit: @shadow-garden.jp

In a swordsmanship tournament, Sid ends up competing against Rose, the princess of the Kingdom of Oriana.

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 screenshot, featuring Princess Rose about to kick Cid's butt.
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 screenshot features Princess Rose about to kick Cid’s butt. Pic credit: @shadow-garden.jp

He lets himself get his butt soundly kicked and causes an uproar in the coliseum with his perfect mob-like performance.

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 screenshot, featuring Cid getting his butt kicked on purpose by Princess Rose.
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 screenshot features Cid getting his butt kicked on purpose by Princess Rose. Pic credit: @shadow-garden.jp

Meanwhile, a mysterious group of black-clad individuals control magic with an artifact and suddenly take over the school. Will Cid be forced to reveal his true powers in order to save his classmates? Or will Shadow Garden come to his rescue? We’ll have to wait until The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 in order to find out!

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 screenshot, featuring a shocked Alexia.
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7 screenshot, featuring a shocked Alexia. Pic credit: @shadow-garden.jp

What is the plot of 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!

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 he starts to recruit members for the cause.

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?

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 Shosetsuka ni Naro (Let’s Become Novelists). Since November 2018, Enterbrain (a division of Kadokawa Future Publishing) acquired the series for publication.

In December 2018, a manga adaptation with art by Anri Sakano began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten’s seinen manga magazine Camp Ace. 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.

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

Are you enjoying The Eminence in Shadow? Are you shipping Sherry with Cid? Who do you think the mysterious black-clad people are? Let us know in the comment section below!

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