HIDIVE announced on Monday that it will begin streaming the English dub for the television anime of Daisuke Aizawa‘s The Eminence in Shadow (Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!) light novel series on December 26 at 12:00 p.m. EST.
The English cast includes:
Additional voices include Jay Hickman, Dominique Meyer, Joe Daniels, Annie Wild, Andrew Love, Ellen Evans, Elissa Cuellar, Michael Wronski, Raven Troup, Shelley Calene-Black, Brandon Hearnsberger, Courtland Johnson, Jeremy Gee, Hilary Haag, Liz Lucio, Donna Bella Litton, Kyle Jones, Cyrus Rodas, and Josh Swasey.
John Swasey is directing the English dub. Kalin Black is writing the sript. Brent Marshall is handling the English mix. Patrick Marrero is the audio engineer.
The anime premiered on October 5 on the AT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS NTV channels. HIDIVE is streaming the anime.
HIDIVE describes the story:
Some people just aren’t suited to playing the part of the flashy, in-your-face hero or the dastardly, mustache-twirling villain with larger-than-life panache. Instead, they operate in the shadows and pull the strings of society through wit and cleverness. That’s the role Cid wants to play when he’s transported to another world. Cid spins a yarn or three and becomes the unlikely leader of the underground Shadow Garden organization that fights against a menacing cult (which he totally made up). However, there’s a catch even his wild imagination didn’t see coming: the cult he concocted actually exists, and they’re beyond displeased that his power fantasy just got in the way of their evil plans!
Kazuya Nakanishi (chief animation director for Darwin’s Game) is directing the anime at Nexus (Darwin’s Game, Granbelm). Makoto Iino (Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town, Demon Lord, Retry!) is adapting Tōzai‘s original character designs for animation. Kanichi Katou (Black Clover, Those Snow White Notes) is overseeing the series scripts. Kenichiro Suehiro is composing the music.
The anime stars Seiichirō Yamashita as Cid Kagenō/Shadow, Kana Hanazawa as Alexia Midgar, Yōko Hikasa as Iris Midgar, Asami Seto as Alpha, Inori Minase as Beta, Suzuko Mimori as Gamma, Ai Fairouz as Delta, Hisako Kanemoto as Epsilon, Ayaka Asai as Zeta, Reina Kondo as Eta, Rina Hidaka as Claire Kagenou, Saya Aizawa as Sherry Barnett, and Haruka Shiraishi as Rose Oriana. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Shin Matsushige join the cast as Hyoro Gari and Jaga Imo, Cid’s friends at the Midgar Royal Spellsword Academy.
The seven voice actresses for the Seven Shades characters (Asami Seto, Inori Minase, Suzuko Mimori, Ai Fairouz, Hisako Kanemoto, Ayaka Asai, Reina Kondo) perform the ending theme song “Darling in the Night.”
Yen Press licensed both the light novels and the manga adaptation.
Aizawa began serializing the story on the “Shōsetsuka ni Narō” (Let’s Become Novelists) website in May 2018, and Kadokawa began publishing the story in physical volumes with art by Tōzai, beginning with the first volume in November 2018. Anri Sakano launched the manga adaptation in Kadokawa‘s Comp Ace magazine in December 2018. Seta U launched a spinoff manga titled Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute! Shadow Gaiden (The Eminence in Shadow – Shadow Side Story) in Comp Ace in July 2019.
The Eminence in Shadow: Master of Garden game launched for iOS, Android, and PC on November 29. Crunchyroll Games released the game in English.