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There have been thousands of new anime in recent years amongst the massive success of the medium. Whenever there’s a massive boom of something, there’s going to be the good, the bad, and the… odd. This isn’t to say that the anime this article covers falls objectively into any of these categories. The value of art is in the perception of the viewer. But one isekai anime has certainly caught the attention of the internet recently. And that’s because it’s about reincarnation and vending machines. Yes, this is real.
The Vending Machine Anime
The anime is called Reborn As A Vending Machine, I Now Wander The Dungeon. Your first thoughts upon observing that are likely either “sorry… what?” or “that title seems a bit long”. You’re not wrong for thinking either of those things.
This new anime comes from a light novel that has a surprisingly vocal fanbase who sing the story’s praises. The synopsis is that it’s about a man who is crushed to death by a vending machine. He is then reborn in a strange world as a sentient vending machine that is unable to move but has unique powers. He goes on adventures around his new world with a partner, Lammis, whose super strength allows her to carry the vending machine around with ease.
“Isekai” is a Japanese term referring to a particular subgenre common in Japanese fiction. An isekai is a story that centers around a protagonist who must deal with a strange world foreign to their own. They are typically taken into this world suddenly and against their will with no perceivable way back home. This obviously isn’t exclusive to Japanese fiction. Stories like Alice In Wonderland can rightfully go in the category of “American isekai”.
As far as Japan goes, there tends to be a lot of rebirth and long titles involved in their own isekai. Reborn As A Vending Machine, I Now Wander The Dungeon is far from the first as far as this goes. One of the most popular isekai of all time has the title That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime. There’s another with the title Reincarnated As A Sword as well. It’s a big genre in the anime community with a lot of fans. So it’s possible that this new vending machine series could be great and really popular. It’s already got the hype behind it with all of the memes coming from its wild concept.
Reborn As A Vending Machine, I Now Wander The Dungeon is coming to Crunchyroll in July 2023.