The Eminence in Shadow (Volume 4) – Battles Are Like a Conversation

The Eminence in Shadow Volume 4 Cover

Cid defeated Lutheran Barnett but decided against telling Sherry that he killed her mother. He had more pressing issues to deal with when Alpha left him a letter telling him to go to Lindwurm, the Sacred Land!

The Eminence in Shadow (Volume 4) – Battles Are Like a Conversation

What happened?

It turned out that Sherry’s foster father, Lutheran Barnett was the one behind the terrorist attack on the school. He did it to unit the Eye of Avarice which Sherry had been able to complete. Cid confronted him, revealing that he normally tries not to concern himself with anything other than his initial goals. However, this time, he was pretty annoyed about what Lutheran did to Sherry’s mother. Lutheran attacked, forcing Cid into the flames. That was when Shadow appeared and quickly took care of him. Lutheran told him that Shadow Garden would take the blame for what happened. Shadow didn’t care. He was prepared to take on all the world’s sins in order to complete his mission. Sherry burst into the room as he walked away from Lutheran’s body. He decided not to tell her what Lutheran did.

Later, Cid received a letter from Alpha telling him to come to Lindwurm. He considered running there but decided to go the normie way and catch a coach. That was when Rose Oriana spotted him and gave him a ride in her carriage. She spoke about their future and the Goddess’ Trial. How they will face objections because of his standing in society. Cid wondered if he should have run there. However, Rose put him up in a fancy hotel so that made up for the troubles. In Lindwurm, he found Beta selling books that she had written based on the stories she told her from his past life. She passed him a coded note, but he couldn’t read it. At the Goddess’ Trial, much to his surprise, Cid’s name was called. If he went in and a powerful spirit was summoned, it would blow his cover, so he entered as Shadow. Aurora, the Witch of Calamity answered his call!

The Eminence in Shadow Volume 4 Shadow doesnt tell Sherry who killed her mother

What did you think?

It gets harder and harder to tell if Cid is aware of what he’s saying or whether he’s just saying what he thinks will sound cool. The fact that usually, it’s just him and his opponent makes it that much harder. He had no idea Alpha was listening to him. I’m glad that the manga told us who entered Cid into the Goddess’ Trial. I had my suspicions that it was Rose, but it could have equally been Alpha. Either way, that told us a little more about Rose and how she feels about Cid. Too bad, he’s completely oblivious to things like that or rather he just doesn’t care.

There were two big fights in this volume and while both were entertaining, they didn’t match up to the anime. That’s clearly where the anime has the advantage and we’ve seen it with stories like Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Animation tends to bring these events to life, but manga can take its time to reveal more. That’s the reason I feel compelled to watch the anime and read the manga. This volume ends somewhere between episodes 11 and 12 of the anime. There are currently three more volumes so it’s going to be interesting to see just how far it goes. I’m looking forward to learning more about the story.

The Eminence in Shadow Volume 4 Alexia and Cid in a hot pool

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Series Information

English TitleThe Eminence in Shadow
Japanese TitleKage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!
AuthorDaisuke Aizawa
ArtistAnri Sakano
GenresAction, Comedy, Fantasy, Isekai, Magic


Season One
SeasonSeason One
ReleasedFall 2022
Animation StudiosNexus
Bonus Posts
AnalysisHow Much Does Cid Know?
ListsFive Best Fights
Season Two
SeasonSeason Two
ReleasedFall 2023
Animation StudiosNexus
21The Lawless City
22The Haven
23The Hour of Awakening
24The Mask of Falsehood
25He Who Pulls the Strings
26John Smith
27Something Precious
28The Dragon’s Tears
29The Key
30Caged Bird


1We Lurk in the Darkness and Hunt Down Shadows
2I Am Atomic!
3Hidden Normie Technique
4Battles Are Like a Conversation
5A Memory I Never Want to Lose
6What Beautiful Swordplay…
7A Fancy Bandit Slayer
8The True Aberration!!!
9He Who Destroys All and Rebuilds it Anew!

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