On September 1, 2022, the official Twitter account for the upcoming anime adaptation of Daisuke Aizawa’s The Eminence in Shadow (Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!) light novel series revealed three new cast members and the group that will perform the ending song.
The Eminence in Shadow is set to premiere in October 2022!
Who are the newly announced cast members?
The Eminence in Shadow new cast members include:
- Rina Hidaka – Claire Kagenou
- Saya Aizawa – Sherry Barnett
- Haruka Shiraishi – Rose Oriana
The three voice actresses will be playing students that attend the Midgar Royal Spellsword Academy.
Who will perform the ending song?
The seven voice actresses who are playing the “Seven Shades” (Asami Seto, Inori Minase, Suzuko Mimori, Ai Fairouz, Hisako Kanemoto, Ayaka Asai, and Reina Kondo) will perform the ending theme song titled “Darling in the Night”.
You can watch the latest trailer here:
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!
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 needs to be taken down and 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?
Who are the previously announced cast members?
The Eminence in Shadow previously announced 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
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 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 manga’s English version for release in North America.