On the official Twitter account for the anime adaptation of the light novels written by Daisuke Aizawa and illustrated by Touzai, The Eminence in Shadow (Kage no Jitsuryokusha nor Naritakute!), it was announced that the series will have a total of twenty episodes that will air consecutively. This confirms the previous leak and that the premiere is scheduled for next October 5 in Japan, while HIDIVE will handle its distribution in the West.
Aizawa and Touzai began publishing the light novels through the publisher Kadokawa in November 2018, with a manga adaptation by anri sakano being published in the magazine Monthly Comp Ace since December 2018. Finally, a spin-off manga written and illustrated by Seta U, titled Kage no Jitsuryokusha nor Naritakute!: Shadow Gaiden (The Eminence in Shadow: Shadow Side Story) is published through the journal Monthly Comp Ace since July 2019.
- Kazuya Nakanishi (Darwin’s Game) is in charge of directing the anime at the studios nexus (Darwin’s Game, Granbelm).
- Makoto Iino (Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town, Demon Lord, Retry!) is in charge of character design.
- Kanichi Katō (Black Clover, Those Snow White Notes) is in charge of writing and supervising the scripts.
- Kenichiro Suehiro (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, Enen no Shouboutai, Goblin Slayer) is responsible for the composition of the soundtrack.
Synopsis for The Eminence in Shadow
Great heroes and diabolical villains are the kind of characters that people yearn to be, but this is not the case with Cid Kagenou. He aspires to become the mastermind behind it all, pulling the strings and making his machinations drive all of history. In his previous life in Japan he was unable to achieve his goals, but now, reborn in a world of magic, he will show the true eminence of the shadow! While Cid pretends to be just another filler character, he recruits members of his (fake) “Shadow Garden” organization, with the goal of taking down a mysterious cult that he lurks in the shadows. His (fake) organization against the disgusting (but surprisingly real) Cult of Diabolos.
Font: Official Twitter Account