Eminence in Shadow: Marie’s Role, Voice Actor & Cid’s Ties


In “The Eminence in Shadow” (Kagejitsu), Marie is among the popular female characters. She captivates fans with her charming presence as a tavern owner and her dark past. This article delves into Marie’s profile, her voice actor in the anime, and her past and relationship with Cid Kageno (Shadow).

Marie in The Eminence in Shadow: The Cute Tavern Owner

Marie is the tavern owner in “The Eminence in Shadow” (Kagejitsu). Known for its array of cute female characters, Marie has particularly garnered fan popularity and support. This article focuses on Marie from “The Eminence in Shadow.” We will explore her profile, past, her relationship with Cid Kageno (Shadow), and the voice actress who portrays her in the anime adaptation.

Information about The Eminence in Shadow (Kagejitsu)

“The Eminence in Shadow” (Kagejitsu) is a so-called “Narou” type light novel. Among many Narou series, this work stands out due to the protagonist, Cid Kageno, who prefers to stay out of the spotlight yet exhibits cheat-like abilities. As a result, the series has been adapted into manga and anime, drawing significant attention and discussion. This chapter will cover detailed information about “The Eminence in Shadow.”

  • Overview of The Eminence in Shadow (Kagejitsu)

“The Eminence in Shadow,” written by Daisuke Aizawa, has been serialized on “Shosetsuka ni Naro” since January 2018. As of April 2024, the series is ongoing, and due to its popularity, a light novel version with illustrations by Touzai was published by KADOKAWA starting in November 2018 (currently up to volume 6). There are also a manga version drawn by Anri Sakano (12 volumes published) and a successful anime adaptation that has aired for two seasons.

  • Synopsis of The Eminence in Shadow (Kagejitsu)

Minoru Kageno has always dreamed of being not the hero, but the one supporting the hero from the shadows. He lived a double life, secretly training while being a student. However, during the summer of his final year in high school, he hallucinated on his way home from training and was hit by a truck, leading to his death. When he awoke, he found himself in another world, reincarnated as Cid, the eldest son of the noble Kageno family, and decided to pursue becoming an eminence in the shadows in this new world.

Profile of Marie

In “The Eminence in Shadow,” Marie is a female character who owns a tavern in the Kingdom of Oliana. She is depicted as a beautiful woman with pinkish hair and green eyes. We will discuss her past in detail later, but it has been revealed that she originally worked as a prostitute in the lawless city. Her life changed after meeting Shadow (Cid Kageno), and she became a tavern owner. Marie is said to have a quiet fan following.

Voice Actress of Marie in “The Eminence in Shadow”

The TV anime adaptation of “The Eminence in Shadow” aired its first season from October 2022 to February 2023, and its second season from October to December 2023. The anime has been released on disc and is also available on streaming services. The series has drawn attention for featuring a cast of popular female voice actresses. In this chapter, we will focus on M・A・O, who voices the character Marie in the anime.

Profile of M・A・O

M・A・O, real name Mao Ichimichi, was born on February 1, 1992, in Osaka Prefecture. She has blood type O and is affiliated with Yellow Cab Next. She uses the stage name M・A・O for her voice acting career. She debuted as an actress in 2010 and gained popularity for her role as Luka Millfy (Gokai Yellow) in the 2011 tokusatsu TV series “Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.” She made her voice acting debut in 2012 and has been active in both fields ever since.

Main Roles and Characters Voiced by M・A・O

  • “Teasing Master Takagi-san”: Yukari Amakawa
  • “Slow Start”: Shion Kyozuka
  • “Aho Girl”: Mitsuki Aihara
  • “Dropkick on My Devil!”: Beto
  • “Symphogear XV”: Vanessa
  • “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime”: Shion

M・A・O has voiced characters in a variety of genres, from contemporary drama to fantasy, and has been highly praised for her acting skills both domestically and internationally. She is considered one of the actresses and voice actresses whose future activities are highly anticipated.

The Relationship Between Marie and Cid in “The Eminence in Shadow”

Daisuke Aizawa’s hit light novel “The Eminence in Shadow,” illustrated by Tozai, is known for its engaging battle scenes featuring Cid Kageno (Shadow). The drama woven between Cid and the female characters is also a popular element. What kind of relationship do Marie and Cid have? This section will focus on Marie’s past and her relationship with Cid Kageno (Shadow).

Spoiler #1: Marie Was Saved by Shadow in Her Past

As previously mentioned, Marie had a past as a prostitute. She was sold into servitude at the age of 13 and spent five years enduring hardship in the lawless city. During a mass outbreak of ghouls caused by a red moon, the brothel where Marie was working was attacked. It was Shadow who rescued her in this dire situation. Although Shadow was suspected in the city of unleashing the ghouls, Marie came to see him as her savior through this experience.

Spoiler #2: Marie and Cid’s Reunion

Shadow, or Cid Kageno, came to the Kingdom of Oriana to avoid a request from Delta. He hid himself at Fort Saisho and visited a tavern. The owner of the tavern was none other than Marie. Marie shared her past in the lawless city and expressed her desire to thank Shadow, who had saved her. While Cid was slowly recalling the past, an unexpected interruption put Marie in danger.

Spoiler #3: Cid Retrieves the Tavern’s Sales Money

Soldiers from the masochistic faction arrived at Marie’s tavern. When they tried to attack Cid with a bottle, he fought back and defeated them. To save Cid, Marie handed over the tavern’s earnings to the soldiers. However, when they were about to leave triumphantly, Cid ambushed them. This time, Cid went all out and quickly subdued them. He retrieved Marie’s earnings and left them at the front of the tavern, slipping away before she noticed.

Spoiler #4: Does Marie Have Feelings for Shadow?

It is suggested that Marie has feelings for Shadow, who not only saved her life but also lifted her from her past as a prostitute. When rumors spread that Shadow was responsible for unleashing the ghouls, Marie vehemently defended him. Even after opening her tavern in the Kingdom of Oriana, she eagerly awaited a reunion with him. Although it seems she did not realize that Cid Kageno was Shadow, when the sales money was returned, she believed that he was indeed Shadow.

Summary of Marie in “The Eminence in Shadow”

This article has featured Marie from “The Eminence in Shadow” (Kagejitsu). Although she appears only a few times in the series, she is known to have a hidden popularity. Keep an eye on Marie as you watch “The Eminence in Shadow.”

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