If you think you’ve seen every Isekia POV, think again! Hirukuma’s light novel series Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon (Jidōhanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyū ni Samayō) is getting an anime adaptation slated for July. The official website of the anime revealed the main cast and staff for the series along with a teaser promo video, and key visual. Crunchyroll will be streaming the series as it airs.
The series stars industry veteran Jun Fukuyama and singer/voice actor Kaedo Hondo. Fukuyama had voiced many notable roles like Lelouch Lamperouge of Code Geass, Grell Sutccliff of Black Butler, and Yukio Okumura of Blue Exorcist among many others while Hondo is known for her roles as Shio Hikawa of Strike the Blood, and Sakura Minamoto of Zombie Land Saga. Fukuyama will be voicing Hakkon (Boxxo), the story’s vending machine protagonist and Hondo will be voicing Lammis, a young, energetic but clumsy hunter who is blessed with incredible strength, and Hakkon’s primary love interest.
Jun Fukuyama as Hakkon (Boxxo)
Noriaki Akitaya who directed all three seasons of Bakuman is directing the anime at Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ. Tatsuya Takahashi who wrote the script for Domestic Girlfriend and both seasons of The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls is overseeing the script and Takahiro Sakai, who did the character designs for Yuki Yuna Is a Hero and Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood is adapting the original designs of Yūki Hagure for the animation.
All three of the light novel’s volumes are released in English by Yen Press, and this is how they sum it up:
A middle-aged man with only one passion in his life meets a fitting end in a traffic accident. That’s where most stories would end, but instead, this is when his story begins when he’s reborn as what he admired the most in life–a vending machine! But his new lease on life(?) happens in the worst place possible–what can a vending machine do in a monster-infested dungeon when he can’t speak or even move on his own?
Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon started as a light novel series written by Hirukuma and illustrated by Itsuwa Kato. The series first began its serialization in the user-generated novel publishing website Shousetsuka ni Narou! (Let’s Become Novelists!) in March 2016 and was later acquired by Kadokawa Shoten. The first volume of the novel was printed in July 2016 and the third and final volume was shipped in February 2017. In August 2021, Kunieda’s manga adaptation debuted in Dengeki Daioh, ASCII Media Works’ shounen manga publication.