Upcoming ‘The Eminence in Shadow’ Anime Heads To HiDive

‘The Eminence in Shadow’ is a dark fantasy isekai light novel series written by Daisuke Aizawa and illustrated by Tōzai. Originally conceived as a web novel, the series would be published by the Japanese publisher Enterbrain. They recently announced that the Tokyo-based animation studio Nexus would be developing an anime that is set to premiere in Japan in October 2022 with HiDive picking it up for North American release.

The streaming service said on its website that had obtained “exclusive” rights.

“The series is produced by studio Nexus (Granbelm, Chivalry of a Failed Knight) with Kazuya Nakanishi (animation director of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World) serving as series director. Makoto Iino (Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town) handles character design while Kanichi Kato (Black Clover) provides series composition. The light novel is published in English by Yen Press,” HiDive added.

You can watch the trailer below:

Wikipedia describes the synopsis as follows,

“A boy in modern-day Japan desires to be a mastermind who exerts power from the shadows, but in the process of training, gets hit by a truck and dies. He reincarnates in a fantasy world under the name Cid Kagenou, where he maintains a perfectly mediocre appearance as to not stand out but instead pursue his dream of manipulating from the shadows. One day, he stumbles upon an elven girl infected by a mysterious disease and cures her. Cid makes up a story, explaining that this world is secretly run by the Cult of Diabolos, and his secret organization, Shadow Garden, are the only ones that can fight them. The elven girl, now named Alpha, joins this organization and begins recruiting new members. However, the stories Cid made up were actually true, but he believes it to be total delusion. Cid continues fighting the Cult of Diabolos under the alias Shadow, completely unaware that he is involved in a complicated power struggle.”

Kadokawa Shoten publishes a manga version of the isekai illustrated by Anri Sakano. There is a spin-off titled ‘Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute! Shadow Gaiden (The Eminence in Shadow! Shadow Side Story)’ that has been created by Seta U. Both are serialized in the ‘Comp Ace’ magazine.

Jacob Airey

Jacob Airey is a writer, nerd, YouTube host, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started the website StudioJakeMedia.com in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, music, and faith. He is also the author of The Seven Royals fantasy novel series.

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