HIDIVE announced that it will host the world premiere of The Eminence in Shadow 2nd Season in Los Angeles, California at next month’s Anime Expo. The premiere will be presented in partnership with Kadokawa and feature separate English subtitled and dub premieres of the second season’s first episodes, respectively.
In addition, each premiere will include a post screening Q&A session. The July 1 subtitled premiere will include Japanese cast member Seiichirou Yamashita (voice of Cid/Shadow), while the July 4 dubbed premiere will include English dub cast members Adam Gibbs (voice of Cid/Shadow) and Christina Kelly (voice of Alpha).
The full details for the English subbed and dubbed premieres are as follows:
The Eminence in Shadow 2nd Season World Premiere (Subtitled)
Episode 1 Screening followed by Q&A with Seiichirou Yamashita
Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 12:15 PM PST
Main Events Hall – Los Angeles Convention Center
The Eminence in Shadow 2nd Season World Premiere (Dub)
Episode 1 Screening followed by Q&A with Adam Gibbs and Christina Kelly
Saturday, July 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM PST
Petree Hall – Los Angeles Convention Center
The returning production staff for The Eminence in Shadow 2nd Season includes Kazuya Nakanishi (Comic Girls assistant director, Vivid Strike! main animator) as director, Kanichi Katou (Those Snow White Notes) as series screenwriter, and Makoto Iino (Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town) as character designer. Nexus is handling the animation production for the series.
The anime is based on the isekai light novels by Daisuke Aizawa, with illustrations from Touzai. It was first published by Kadokawa on November 5, 2018 and has released five volumes as of December 2022. The light novels are published under the Enterbrain label and have inspired a manga series by Anri Sakano and a manga spin-off by Seta U.
The 20-episode first season aired in Japan from October 5, 2022 to February 15, 2023. HIDIVE streamed the first season and describes the synopsis as:
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!
Source: press release