To Be a Power in the Shadows! by Aizawa Daisuke

Synopsis and Starting Chapter
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 52
Chapter 53
Chapter 54
Chapter 55
Chapter 56
Chapter 57
Chapter 58
Chapter 59
Chapter 60
Chapter 61
Chapter 62
Chapter 63
Chapter 64
Chapter 65
Chapter 66
Chapter 67
Chapter 68
Chapter 69
Chapter 70
Chapter 71
Chapter 72
Chapter 73
Chapter 74
Chapter 75
Chapter 76
Chapter 77
Chapter 78
Chapter 79
Chapter 80
Chapter 81
Chapter 82
Chapter 83
Chapter 84
Chapter 85
Chapter 86
Chapter 87
Chapter 88
Chapter 89
Chapter 90
Chapter 91
Chapter 92
Chapter 93
Chapter 94
Chapter 95
Chapter 96
Chapter 97
Chapter 98
Chapter 99
Chapter 100
Chapter 101
Chapter 102
Chapter 103
Chapter 104
Chapter 105
Chapter 106
Chapter 107
Chapter 108
Chapter 109
Chapter 110 - Her Master
Chapter 111 - Mission Complete
Chapter 112 - There’S No Helping It When The Left Hand Begins To Ache
Chapter 113
Chapter 114
Chapter 115
Chapter 116 - Do You Really Think So?
Chapter 117
Chapter 118 - Golden Retreiver
Chapter 119
Chapter 120
Chapter 121
Chapter 122
Chapter 123
Chapter 124
Chapter 125
Chapter 126
Chapter 127
Chapter 128
Chapter 129
Chapter 130
Chapter 131
Chapter 132
Chapter 133
Chapter 134 - Rumor Of The Counterfeit Bills
Chapter 135 - All Met His Expectations
Chapter 136
Chapter 137
Chapter 138
Chapter 139
Chapter 140
Chapter 141
Chapter 142
Chapter 144
Chapter 145
Chapter 146
Chapter 147
Chapter 148
Chapter 149
Chapter 150
Chapter 151
Chapter 152 - The Princess’S Mob Friend
Chapter 153 - Evil Encroaching
Chapter 154 - Looks Like We’Re Done.
Chapter 155 - Soul Searching
Chapter 156 - Sorry, Ya Lost Me.
Chapter 157 - Action Spy
Chapter 158 - Cut Down Anything!
Chapter 159 - Beacon Of Revolt
Chapter 160 - I Can Hear Him But From Where…
Chapter 161 - My Time To Shine?
Chapter 162 - The Ringleader Is Here!?
Chapter 163 - Sigh, Really Didn’T Want To Make A Scene, Man~
Chapter 164 - The Power Of Diabolos
Chapter 165 - Where Is He?
Chapter 166 - Demon Lord Unleashed
Chapter 167 - Mordred
Chapter 168 Part 1
Chapter 168 Part 2 - What Were Ideal Powers In Shadows In My Mind? (Part 2)
Chapter 169 - In This Troop You Will Earn A Lot Of Money
Chapter 170 - The Dream Of Two Men
Chapter 171 - Mob Character’S Field Trip
Chapter 172 - Three Ojisans
Chapter 173 - Vow Of Black Rose
Chapter 174 - Don’T Upstage Me
Chapter 175 - Do Not Kick The Platform
Chapter 176 - Evil God・Instant Kill・〇〇〇 Sword
Chapter 177 - Died On The Spot
Chapter 178 - So-Called Master
Chapter 179 - The End Of Mob Character
Chapter 180 - A Small Part Of The Abyss-Like Plan
Chapter 181 - She’S The Type Of Person Who Always Exaggerates
Chapter 182 - The Other Side Connecting The Past, Present And Future
Chapter 183 - Infatuated With That Courage And Insight
Chapter 184 - We Are Friends After All!
Chapter 185 - If He Was Born Before A Thousand Years Ago
Chapter 186 - Terrible Interests
Chapter 187 - Two People With Social Phobia
Chapter 188 - Epsilon’S Secret Recipe
Chapter 189 - Epsilon In Gorgeous Disguise
Chapter 190 - Take A Walk In The Forest
Chapter 191 - Everything Is Connected, All Of Which Meets His Expectations
Chapter 192 - Let Me Show You Perfect Magic Control
Chapter 193 - It’S Not My Fault The Shot Went Awry
Chapter 194 - Great Sacrifice For World Peace And Science
Chapter 195 - The Secret One Wants To Hide The Most
Chapter 196 - A Natural Phenomenon Of Unknown Cause Or A Paranormal Phenomenon
Chapter 197 - Battle Of Darkness
Chapter 198 - Forget To Close The Door
Chapter 199 - It’S All The Americans’ Fault
Chapter 200 - Mysterious Architect Eta Lloyd Wright
Chapter 201 - The Only Food Left Is Dx
Chapter 202 - Fraudulent Company
Chapter 203 - Seems Like Never Coming Back
Categories Genre: Action, Adventure, All, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Harem, Martial Arts, Ongoing, School Life Status: Ongoing Tags Authors: Alternative names: Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!, The Eminence in Shadow, 陰の実力者になりたくて!,


Total Chapters in book: 203
Estimated words: 275030 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 1375(@200wpm)___ 1100(@250wpm)___ 917(@300wpm)

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Alternative Titles:

Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!, The Eminence in Shadow, 陰の実力者になりたくて!

Book Synopsis / Detail / Information:

Just like how everyone adored heroes in their childhood, a certain young man adored those powers hidden in shadows. After hiding his strength and living the mediocre life of a mob character by day while undergoing frenzied training by night, he finally reincarnates into a different world and gains ultimate power. The young man who is only playing at being a power in the shadows, his misunderstanding subordinates, and a giant organization in the shadows that gets trampled…. This is the story of a young boy who had adored powers in shadows possibly eventually reigning over the world of shadows in another world.

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Chapter 1

I don’t remember what was the trigger. All I know is that ever since I can remember, I’ve always yearned after “powers in the shadows.”

Was it because of anime? Manga? Or movies? Actually, it doesn’t really matter. As long as it was a power in the shadows, it didn’t matter what it was, I loved it.

Not the hero. Nor the last boss. I’m talking about those existences that work their interference and flex their true strength only from the shadows.

I adored them, and wanted to be one of them.

What heroes were to everyone else was what powers in shadows were to me. That’s all that was.

But unlike those children who adored heroes, mine was not a short-lived passion. It  was something much deeper, something that burned from the depths of my heart, and it continuously propelled me forward.

Karate. Boxing. Kendo. Mixed martial arts. And more. To become strong, I threw myself into learning everything I would need, all while hiding my strength. For the sake of the day when I would get to reveal myself.

At school, I was mediocrity itself. Harmless to man and beast, one and all. Mob character A.

But on the flip side of my everyday life was grueling training.

That was my youth, and that was my school life.

But as time passed and I grew older, unease pressed upon me. It became time to face reality.

The reality that all my effort was meaningless.

No matter how many martial arts I master, I would still be far from the overwhelming power possessed by those powers hidden in shadows depicted in stories.

The most I could achieve would be the strength to beat up a few punks. If firearms came into the picture, things would get tough. And if I got surrounded by soldiers wearing full equipment, well then, that’d be game over.

Power in the shadows that gets beaten up by soldiers. How laughable.

Even if I spent several more decades in training, even if I became the world’s strongest martial artist, if I got surrounded by soldiers, I’d still get beaten up. Mm, or maybe I would be able to handle it somehow. Perhaps, with enough training, humans might possess the potential to beat up soldiers even if originally surrounded.

However, even if I could beat down every single soldier, if a taepodong fell on my head, I’d get vaporized. That is the limit of being a human.

(T/N: ‘Taepodong’ is a North Korean ICBM.)

This alone I could say with utmost certainty. The power in shadows that I adored would not get vaporized by a mere taepodong. Which means that I, too, had to become a human who wouldn’t be vaporized by a taepodong.

What is it that I needed such that a taepodong wouldn’t be able to vaporize me?

Punching power?

A sturdy body?

Endless stamina?

Of course not.

I would need something different, an altogether different kind of strength.

Magic, mana, qi, aura, anything was fine. I would need to acquire a mystical power of some sort.

And that was the answer that I had arrived at, after facing reality.

If there was someone searching for real magic, I’m sure everyone would doubt that person’s sanity.

So would I. Of course he’s insane.

But, well, how is it really?

In this world, no one has yet been able to prove the existence of magic. But on the flip side, neither has anyone been able to disprove, with utter certainty, that magic does not exist.

Sanity would not grant me the strength that I sought. It for sure is something that lies beyond the realm of insanity.

From that point on, my training became much more difficult.

Magic. Mana. Qi. Aura. No one knew how to learn any of these.

I meditated Buddhist-style, I meditated under waterfalls, I meditated quietly, I fasted, I mastered yoga, I converted, I searched for spirits, I prayed, I even affixed myself to a cross.

There was no correct answer. My only option was to keep going down the path that I believed in, all alone in the darkness.

With the passage of time, I finally approached the last summer of my high school era.

I still had yet to find magic or mana or qi or aura……


After finishing the usual training, I realize that the sky has become completely dark.

I put on the underwear that I’d dropped next to me before threading my arms through my school uniform.

I still had yet to grasp a mystical power. However, I feel like I’m making some progress in my recent training.

Such as right now.

Having just finished a training session, there is a bright light flickering on and off inside my head, and my vision is wobbling unsteadily.

Either magic…… or perhaps aura……

I am definitely feeling the effects of either one of those.

I can say that today’s training was meaningful indeed.

By taking off all my clothes while in the forest, I was able to feel myself becoming one with nature. By continuously banging my head against a thick tree trunk, I was able to purge my mind of distracting thoughts AND stimulate my brain to encourage it to awaken to mystical powers.

It is a perfectly logical training menu.

Aah, my vision is blurring over.

It’s almost as if I’m suffering from a cerebral concussion.

With floating steps – it’s as if I’m almost floating through the air! – I come down from the forest.

Abruptly, I see a swaying light.

Two lights actually, swerving through midair.

How mysterious they are! They seem to be guiding me, inviting me.

“C-, could it be…… magic?”

I approach with tottering steps.

It must be! It’s magic!

Finally! I have finally found a mystical power!

Before I knew it, my steps have turned into a dash. There are tree roots in my way, but even when I trip I continue rolling towards the lights, simply plunging forward like a wild animal.

“Magic! Magic! Magic! Magicmagicmagicmagicmagic!!!”

I jump out before the two lights, and grab……


The headlights dye my world pure white.

The sound of screeching brakes reverberate inside my head.

The shock penetrates my body, and I…… my…… magic…………


In conclusion, I did find magic.

When I woke up, my surroundings was filled with magic. It’s a bit different from those two lights that I saw at the end, but hey, who cares about the insignificant details.

Oh right, and another insignificant detail is that I apparently reincarnated. Perhaps it was because I found magic that the gate of reincarnation opened for me. Or whatever. Again, who cares.

At the moment, I am a baby of several months. It was only recently that I came to be fully aware, and my sense of time is still a bit blurry, so I’m not sure of the exact details.

Above anything else, I don’t understand the language. All I do know is that this world has a medieval European-like culture, which, well, I suppose is good enough.

Because what actually does matter is that I have finally gotten my hands on magic.That is the be all and end all. The process and other extra details are of no interest to me.

As soon as I’d come to, I had noticed the magic. The sight of those glittering particles floating around in the air is exactly like what I had felt while running through a field of flowers buck naked as part of my training in my previous life.

That training was by no means pointless. The proof of that is the fact that I’d immediately been able to sense magic, and that now I’ve become as proficient with it as with my own hands and legs. This feeling is just like that time when I had affixed myself to a cross while buck naked…… no, it is like when I had repeatedly converted religions and danced in prayer while buck naked…… I’m sure every bit of my training is now bearing fruit.

I’ve already confirmed that physical strengthening is indeed possible.

Pouring all the free time that a baby is blessed with into training, this time for sure I will become a power in the shadows…… ah, gonna poop.

Speaking of which, I’d learned somewhere that birds are incontinent, but so are human babies. No matter how much my reasoning tells me to resist, my instinct screams at me to let it out. However, with the physical strengthening that I had spent days and nights training up, I constrict my anal sphincter to buy time, during which…..


…… I call for help.


Total Chapters in book: 203
Estimated words: 275030 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 1375(@200wpm)___ 1100(@250wpm)___ 917(@300wpm)