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‘The Eminence in Shadow’ Anime 2nd Season Reveals New Recap AMV

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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.
© Daisuke Aizawa / KADOKAWA / Shadow Garden

It looks like Yen Press chose well with their pickup previously of The Eminence in Shadow in both its light novel and manga adaptation form as an anime adaptation is in the works. We learned back in February 2021 that an anime adaptation is in the works and it was set with an October 5th, 2022 premiere date.

With HIDIVE having set it as an exclusive for streaming, the show saw a two-cour run that ran consecutively with twenty episodes total as well. A second season is coming for it as well with a planned October 4th, 2023 premiere date for the show. With the show just about here, the official site has dropped a fun recap anime music video of the first season in digest form with the song “Blue Flash” as performed by Seiichiro Yamashita..

The opening theme song is “grayscale dominator” from OxT while Shadow Garden Numbers will perform the ending theme song “Polaris in the Night.”  The group is made up of a group consisting of Ikumi Hasegawa, Maaya Uchida, Mayu Minami, and Ryōko Maekawa.

Kazuya Nakanishi is directing it based on the scripts overseen by Kanichi Katou. Makoto Iino is handling the character designs with Nexus handling the animation production.

The Japanese cast includes Seiichirō Yamashita as Cid Kagenou / Shadow, Kana Hanazawa as Alexia Midgar, Yōko Hikasa as Iris Midgar, Asami Seto as Alpha, Inori Minase as Beta, Suzuko Mimori as Ganma, 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, Haruka Shiraishi as Rose Oriana, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Hyoro Gari, and Shin Matsushige as Jaga Imo.

The second season has added Tsuyoshi Koyama as Juggernaut, Shizuka Itou as Yukime, Tomokazu Sugita as Crimson, and Ai Kakuma as Mary along with Saori Hayami as Elisabeth and Miku Itō as 559.

The English dub has John Swasey as the ADR director working from the scripts by Kalin Black.

The English cast includes Adam Gibbs as Cid Kageno/Shadow, Christina Kelly as Alpha, Annie Wild as Beta, Elissa Cuellar as Gamma, Raven Troup as Delta, Ellen Evans as Epsilon, Dominique Meyer as Zeta, Genevieve Simmons as Eta, Liz Arends as Lambda, Cat Thomas as Nu, Kalin Coates as Chi, Skyler Sinclair as Omega, Christie Guidry as 665, Dominique Meyer as 664, Luci Christian as Claire, Olivia Swasey as Alexia, Donna Bella Litton as Rose/666, Patricia Duran as Iris, Shelley Calene-Black as Aurora, rianna Roberts as Elisabeth, Katelyn Barr as Mary, Dickie Sanders as CrimsonCourtney Lomelo as Yukime, Louis Galindo as Juggernaut, Chris Hutchison as Watchdog, Emi Lo as Marie, Greg Ayres as Po, Nathan Wilson as Skel, Justin Doran as Goldy, Andrew Love as Quinton, Shannon Emerick as Claudia, Kara Greenberg as Kana, Mark X Laskowski as Garter, Ian Sinclair as Gettan, Allison Sumrall as Natsu, Kira Vincent Davis as Kana, Blake Weir as Marco, and Adam Gibbs as John Smith.

Additional cast includes Andrew Love, Blake Shepard, Blake Weir, Brianna Roberts, Cameron Bautsch, Cat Thomas, Chris Hutchison, Courtland Johnson, Cyrus Rodas, Elissa Cuellar, Emi Lo, Genevieve Simmons, Heath Morrow, Jack Stansbury, Jay Hickman, Joe Daniels, John Swasey, Joshua Swasey, Jovan Jackson, Kalin Coates, Kyle Colby Jones, Liz Arends, Louis Gallindo, Mark X Laskowski, Patrick Marrero, Scott Gibbs, Shane Fenimore, and Shannon Emerick.

The light novel series from Daisuke Aizawa began in 2018. The manga has five volumes out as well while the side-story series will be releasing its second volume. Yen Press has the rights to all three.

Check out the official site and Twitter.

Plot Concept: Even in his past life, Cid’s dream wasn’t to become a protagonist or a final boss. He’d rather lie low as a minor character until it’s prime time to reveal he’s a mastermind…or at least, do the next best thing – pretend to be one! And now that he’s been reborn into another world, he’s ready to set the perfect conditions to live out his dreams to the fullest. Armed with his overactive imagination, Cid jokingly recruits members to his organization and makes up a whole backstory about an evil cult that they need to take down. Well, as luck would have it, these imaginary adversaries turn out to be the real deal-and everyone knows the truth but him!

Previous season 2 promos and visuals:

© Daisuke Aizawa / KADOKAWA / Shadow Garden

Previous season 1 promos and visuals:

© Daisuke Aizawa / KADOKAWA / Shadow Garden
© Daisuke Aizawa / KADOKAWA / Shadow Garden

© Daisuke Aizawa / KADOKAWA / Shadow Garden