Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon

Alt title: Jidouhanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyuu wo Samayou

TV (12 eps)
3.462 out of 5 from 3,213 votes
Rank #7,049

After dying in a traffic accident, I find myself standing near an unfamiliar lake. My body won’t move, I can’t hear my voice, and when I try to shout in confusion, words that I never expected come out! I-it seems I’ve turned into a vending machine… How am I going to survive some fantasy world’s dungeon like this?!

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There are many kinds of isekai out there. Either the MC is reincarnated into a skeleton, a spider, or a witch... but in this case, they become a vending machine in their next life.   Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon is about a vending machine fanatic who, while riding on his motorbike, sees a vending machine about to fall! So, he, being the Good Samaritan, saves the machine...only to get crushed to death by it because, of course, that is what happens when you try to catch a 200-ton inanimate object. Ironically, he becomes the very thing he was obsessed with in life.   As ridiculous of a premise as this is, I personally love the show what makes it work for me is the friendship between Boxxo and Lammis. We have a boy and his dog (or Chainsaw Devil) for instance, but their relationship is wholesome albeit weird since she is friends with an inanimate object. While the show progresses, you see the extent to how much they care about each other: for Boxxo it is because she was his first customer so he would feel protective of her. In regards to Lammis some of it delves into the personal losses she suffered in life and felt that she was indebted to him.   For a show that is about a sentient vending machine, it delivers. What makes it interesting is how Boxxo transforms himself in situations when needed. Like one time he shapeshifts into a container of mentos and diet coke to get out of a sticky situation. Most of this comes with the curiosity of seeing what he turns into next.


Story with crazy premise of vending machine enthusiast reincarnating into fantasy world as a vending machine. It might be reward for his attempt to save one from destruction at the beginning. Unlike sword reincarnation this series sticks quite strictly to the concept. Main character can’t talk, but he can communicate. He has few prerecorded messages such as “Welcome”, “Thank you, come again”, etc. Prerecorded lines one would expect from a vending machine. Luckily some characters in the story recognize his intelligence and manage to communicate in yes/no question answer format. Movement on the other hand is big issue. He has to be carried around [1]. What about source of electricity? His body runs on magic points earned from sells he makes. The points also serve to unlock abilities [2] and most importantly new types of goods. He can see through his built-in security camera. Visually the series look good for the type of story it aims for. MC has sort of cute face to show facial expressions for the viewer, but characters in the anime see him as faceless vending machine. Soundtrack is nice, OP and ED already forgot that. The story is slice of adventurer’s life isekai. It’s about MC interacting with other characters and friends he makes. It has usual occasional fights against monsters and comical moments. The choice of twist on MC is unique, but the story doesn’t feel overall that different from typical isekai adhering to this particular trope (slice of adventurer’s life). If you like the atmosphere balancing between serious, wholesome and comical this series has, it can be enjoyable. It helps there is also likeable second main character Lammis [3]. It has some sort of overarching story, but it’s bit on slow pace. While it had good moments for me it wasn’t overall that great as I would like it to be. Towards the end there were points I didn’t even want to watch, but I did it for the sake of review. I’ve got bit rewarded by the final episode, which was quite exciting. I recommend try one or two episodes. There is no significant difference between the rest imho. Spoilers [1] Later on he gets abilities, which make it easier to be carried around and way to protect from fall damage. [2] Protective shield, ability to change temporarily into different type of vending machine - ice machine, wash machine, clothing selling machine, etc. In the final episode he gains ability to control the item he dispenses. This instance does defy the concept imho. [3] She is strong enough to carry MC around.

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