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The Eminence in Shadow Episode 18 – Quick Summary

In The Eminence in Shadow episode 18, “Betting on a Moment,” Cid might have miscalculated a little. His sister, Claire, wasn’t just mad at him. She was transcendentally furious with him. So much so that it looked doubtful that Cid could keep his neck intact without using a suspicious amount of power. Can he appease his older sister and keep his spine unbroken? Will he even survive to compete as Mundane Mann? And would Annerose feel disappointed if he forfeited the match because his sister and put him in the grave?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from The Eminence in Shadow Episode 18

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 18: Cid was pleased that he'd set just the right tone for Mundane Mann

Cid’s shows enviable focus. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

I really admire Cid’s dedication to his goals. He wanted to make sure Mundane Mann was an underdog that went under the radar, even as he amassed more wins. But it’s really hard for Cid to judge his success, because as a background character, he doesn’t get a chance to mingle much.

Claire inadvertently helped him in this episode. She gave him her ticket to the VIP section, where he could mingle with people like Iris. She and two other nobles discussed the competitors. Cid casually asked about Annerose’s upcoming opponent, Mundane Mann. One of the nobles thought he was fast, but that was about it. The other said Mann was not “main tournament material.”

“Yes!” Cid said to himself in triumph (08:44). “I have cultivated Mundane’s reputation to perfection!”

I also admire his enthusiasm.

Favorite Moment from The Eminence in Shadow Episode 18

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 18: Annerose accepted defeat gracefully

Annerose’s grace in defeat is just beautiful. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

Setup: Surviving the Wrath of Claire

I’m curious about how Cid’s going to survive the Wrath of Claire in the next episode. We all know Cid could overpower her, but the question is: how is is going to do it without her learning just how powerful he is?

I mean, just imagine: she totally digs him now like the shameless brocon she is. What if she realizes he’s even more amazing than she thought? The Flames of Brocon might rival Cid’s Atomic powers! At least on a tactical level.

So we have that to look forward to.

My favorite moment in this episode was quick. We all knew Annerose could not prevail against Mundane Mann. Because of that, I wondered how she would react. She seems like a sweet-tempered soul, insofar as a warrior can be sweet-tempered. But she was also wildly capable. she had to be proud of her abilities. How would she accept defeat?

Well, we got to find out. As Mundane Man shambled back to his locker room (or wherever combatants go), she caught up with him. I am a bad man for even thinking this, but she looked very attractive in bandages. She obviously takes care of her skin.

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 18: Annerose has a beautiful smile

I joked about how attractive she looks – but in reality, it’s her gracious smile that does it. She has a beautiful attitude. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

If I had any worries that she’d be bitter in defeat, she swept them aside almost instantly. She acted almost cheerful. She told Mundane she’d been traveling to get stronger, and she had thought she had peaked. But now he had shown her a glimpse of another level of strength. She even offered to shake his hand to congratulate him.

Delivery: Grace in Defeat, Grace in Victory

It’s hard to know when Cid’s acting and when he’s being sincere. Actually, it’s hard to know if Cid can be sincere, even to himself. But the smile he showed on Mundane Mann’s face sure looked authentic. Reaching out to take her hand, he said (18:23), “That was the first time I removed my shackles. You have nothing to be ashamed of.”

And they shook hands.

The Eminence in Shadow Episode 18: Mundane Mann was graceful in victory

Cid, through Mundane Mann, seemed to genuinely want Annerose to feel good about her performance. If she only knew who and what she had really gone up against… Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

That’s the way competitions should be. Those two competitors respected each other. They didn’t feel a need to denigrate the other. Even in the spirit of mutual respect, Cid didn’t really need to mention that he took his weights off just for her. But he wanted her to feel good about the preparations he had made for her.

Well, maybe for Cid, that’s exactly what he had to do. But did you see her smile when he shared that with her? She was delighted. You could see her quiet joy at having found a new goal for her life.

That moment made me realize how much I miss that spirit in too many aspects of life in the USA. Maybe the reminder will help me do what I can to increase the frequency of that kind of thing, at least at my local level. Gotta start somewhere, right?

What did you think of Claire’s smile at the end? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to share in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “The Eminence in Shadow Episode 18: Favorites

  1. If there’s a Best Girl, IMO it’s still Alexia, since I feel we have yet to see her at her best.

    But damn, Annerose really put herself out there as a prime contender for the spot! So graceful in both battle and defeat, and so sweet! I was actually annoyed more than amused that Skel interrupted her scene with his ravings. Call 1-800-Gambler my dude!

    I also think we’re about to see the polar opposite of Annerose’s grace. Something tells me Iris will *not* be so happy about being beaten by Mundane Mann! She’s not at this tournament to grow; she believes she’s already the best.

    1. If you have seen episode 19, then you know how Iris’s battle played out. I think it’s safe to say, without spoiling anything, that your prediction of “polar opposite” was pretty much spot on!

      I like how you said “If there’s a Best Girl…” This series has too many contenders! Which is a fantastic problem to have.

  2. Annerose has moved into waifu material for me. I like her because, unlike the Shadow girls, there’s no worship or subordination, just respect.

    The names of the competitors are funny.

    1. Respect is cool. Very under-rated! The more I think about it, the more I like that scene.

      And the names… I’m having too much fun with this show!

  3. We have learned that Cid’s sister is *also* absolutely off her rocker. And given a certain spoiler which google and wikipedia made known to me – do *not* look it up if you do not actively want to know – I’m just going to say that it actually fits, and it is extremely fortunate for Cid that she isn’t even worse.

    A bit *less* fortunate is how HE FREAKING FORGOT WHAT HE WAS DOING IN THE VIP SEAT IN THE FIRST PLACE! Oh, she gonna be pissed! RIP, Cid! That or flee for dear, sweet, salient life!

    I, too, very much appreciate Annerose, both her smile and her humility. If we can ever count her among the harem, then that just might make her my favorite. (and thus end this infernal several-way deadlock I got in my head!)

    Cid’s little game may soon be unveiled, perhaps. I mean, a prince associated with the Cult is looking into Mundane Mann, if only to avoid stepping on the toes of anyone who might be backing this mysterious fighter. How long before he finds out that the real Mundane Mann is dead, and they have an imposter on their hands?

    1. Of course, we know Claire isn’t going to kill Cid, because she can’t. What I really want to know is how he’s going to stop her. Because you’re absolutely right — she is going to be royally pissed off that he didn’t watch her!

      Annerose would make a great fit in Shadow Garden. But she’s had serious competition for my favorite. I’m having a hard enough time deciding if I prefer Alpha or Beta. I’m leaning towards Beta, because I love her sense of humor and her writing. Still, as a viewer who loves strong women characters, Shadow Garden has captured my imagination.

      I’m curious about where Lord Asshat’s (that name still cracks me up) will take him. I doubt he could threaten Cid or anyone in Shadow Garden. And I suspect his showdown will be with Rose. Still, I like how the show is keeping my interest, especially those close to the end.

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