Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon

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Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon
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The cover of the first light novel, featuring Boxxo and Lammis
自動販売機に生まれ変わった俺は迷宮を彷徨う
(Jidōhanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyū ni Samayō)
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Isekai
Novel series
Written byHirukuma
Published by Shōsetsuka ni Narō
Original runMarch 3, 2016 – present
Light novel
Written byHirukuma
Illustrated byItuwa Kato
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher Yen Press
DemographicMale
Imprint Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
Original runAugust 1, 2016 – present
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
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Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon(自動販売機に生まれ変わった俺は迷宮を彷徨う,Jidōhanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyū ni Samayō) is a Japanese light novel series written by Hirukuma and illustrated by Ituwa Kato. The series was originally published in 2016 as a web novel by the author on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. Later on the same year, it was acquired and then publish by Kadokawa Shoten. It has been licensed in English by Yen Press.

Light novel style of Japanese novel

A light novel is a style of Japanese novel primarily targeting high school and middle school students. "Light novel" is a wasei-eigo, or a Japanese term formed from words in the English language. Light novels are often called ranobe (ラノベ) or, in the West, LN. The average length of a light novel is about 50,000 words, the equivalent size of an American novel, and light novels are usually published in bunkobon size, often with dense publishing schedules. A distinguishing characteristic of light novels is that they are illustrated with anime and manga art style, often being adapted into such media. They are mainly published in separate book volumes, while some of them have their chapters serialized in anthology magazines before collection in book form, comparable to how manga are published.

Shōsetsuka ni Narō is a Japanese user-generated novel publishing website created by Yusuke Umezaki. It was launched on April 2, 2004. Users can upload their novels free of charge and the novels are also free to read. The site hosts over 400,000 novels, has near 800,000 registered users and it receives over 1 billion page views per month.

Kadokawa Shoten Japanese publishing company

Kadokawa Shoten (角川書店), formerly Kadokawa Shoten Co., Ltd., is a Japanese publisher and brand company of Kadokawa Corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. It became an internal division of Kadokawa Corporation on October 1, 2013. Kadokawa has published both manga such as Sora no Otoshimono and magazines, such as Newtype magazine. Since its founding, Kadokawa has expanded into the multimedia sector, namely in video games and movies.

Contents

The light novels follow its titular protagonist who, after being crushed to death by a vending machine, is reincarnated as a sentient vending machine in a fantasy dungeon world. Shortly after, he meets and befriends Lammis, a young female hunter, who names him "Boxxo" and starts carrying him around on her back, and the two start their adventures in the dungeon together. Reborn as a Vending Machine has received positive reception from reviewers, with particular praise being directed at the novels' unique take on the isekai genre.

Vending machine machine which automatically dispenses products or unlocks device to customers

A vending machine is an automated machine that provides items such as snacks, beverages, cigarettes and lottery tickets to consumers after money, a credit card, or specially designed card is inserted into the machine. The first modern vending machines were developed in England in the early 1880s and dispensed postcards. Vending machines exist in many countries, and in more recent times, specialized vending machines that provide less common products compared to traditional vending machine items have been created.

Isekai fantasy subgenre

Isekai is a subgenre of Japanese fantasy light novels, manga, anime, and video games revolving around a normal person from Earth being transported to, reborn, or trapped in a parallel universe. Often, this universe already exists in the protagonist's world as a fictional universe, but it may also be unknown to them, as is the case with Sonic X. The new universe can be an entirely different world where only the protagonist has any memory of their former life, as in Saga of Tanya the Evil, or one that they reincarnate in. It may also be one where a formerly virtual world turns into a real one, such as in Log Horizon and Overlord.

Synopsis

The then-unnamed protagonist, a Japanese vending machine otaku, is crushed to death by a falling vending machine. He then finds himself reincarnated in a fantasy world dungeon as a sentient vending machine. He can see and hear but is immobile, with his speech being limited to stock Japanese vending machine phrases, such as "Welcome" or "Too bad". [1] As a vending machine, he discovers he can dispense any item he has bought in his previous life, and can convert such sales to points thus sustaining his existence. [1] He is also able to use excess coins to add additional features to his vending machine body, and is able to choose which items he stocks or the prices of the items. [1] He is also able to use some magical abilities, including a defensive force field. [1]

<i>Otaku</i>

Otaku (おたく/オタク) is a Japanese derogatory term for people with obsessive interests, particularly in anime and manga. Its contemporary use originated with Akio Nakamori's 1983 essay in Manga Burikko. Otaku may be used as a pejorative; its negativity stems from a stereotypical view of otaku and the media's reporting on Tsutomu Miyazaki, "The Otaku Murderer", in 1989. According to studies published in 2013, the term has become less negative, and an increasing number of people now self-identify as otaku, both in Japan and elsewhere.

Stuck in the middle of the wilderness, he encounters Lammis, a young, busty hunter girl. Lammis has a skill known as the Blessing of Might which makes her ridiculously strong, but is still a novice at managing her own strength. [1] The two quickly become friends after he dispenses some food items to the hungry Lammis. Calling him "Boxxo" (the protagonist's real name is never revealed), she starts carrying him around on her back, which allows Boxxo to move, with his weight allowing her to more easily control her strength. [1] The light novels chronicles their adventures as they start exploring the world's dungeon, and the characters they meet on the way. [1]

Background

In the afterword of the first volume, Hirukuma describes his envisioning and road to publishing Reborn as a Vending Machine. [1] He at first helped out with his father's independent business, though, after the death of his father from a high fall, he closed down the business and began pursuing his ambition as a writer. [2] He described his father's death as giving him acrophobia, and recalled thinking "I don't know when I'm going to die like my father did. One question went through my mind: Have I done everything I've wanted to in life?" [2] On a site titled Let's Become Novelists, a site for submitting novels, he submitted several works of fiction including another isekai piece and a battle-themed novel set in the near future, but was initially unsuccessful. [3]

An afterword is a literary device that is often found at the end of a piece of literature. It generally covers the story of how the book came into being, or of how the idea for the book was developed.

Acrophobia An extreme or irrational fear of heights

Acrophobia is an extreme or irrational fear or phobia of heights, especially when one is not particularly high up. It belongs to a category of specific phobias, called space and motion discomfort, that share both similar causes and options for treatment.

He described Reborn as a Vending Machine as his final effort after four years of unsuccessfully getting his novels published. [3] Hirukuma wrote that "[it was] one that was fantastical and original, and one that I wanted to write [...] This wasn't a novel where I adjusted for the readers' needs, or had to think long and hard about constructing a plot. Instead, I pursued my own style for it, and it garnered the most popularity of all my work". [4]

Characters

Boxxo(ハッコン,Hakkon)
The titular protagonist of the light novels, Boxxo was reincarnated as a vending machine in a fantasy world after being crushed by a falling vending machine in Japan. As a vending machine, Boxxo can only communicate in stock vending machine phrases and cannot move by himself, but is able to sell and dispense items, which then rewards with him with points he can then use to upgrade himself. [1]
Lammis(ラッミス,Rammisu)
Lammis is a young, energetic Hunter with the skill Blessing of Might, which makes her incredibly strong, though she is clumsy at controlling her own strength. Lammis is Boxxo's primary love interest. [1]
Hulemy(ヒュールミ,Hyūrumi)
A childhood friend of Lammis, who behaves more like an older sister towards her, Hulemy is a talented magical item engineer and has a tomboyish personality. [5]
Director Bear(熊会長,Kuma kaichō)
A (literal) bear who is the director of the Hunter's Association on the Clearflow Lake strata of the dungeon (where the series is primarily set). [5]
Shirley(シャーリィ,Shārī)
A cordial, beautiful woman who runs a "business of the night" on the Clearflow Lake strata. [5]
Suori(スオリ,Suori)
The daughter of a rich tycoon, Suori is selfish and strong-willed yet has taken an interest in Boxxo. [5]

Volume list

Originally Hirukuma published the series online as a web novel on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō in March 2016, until Kadokawa Shoten acquired the series to publish it as a light novel.

The first volume was published by Kadokawa Shoten on August 1, 2016. [6] Yen Press announced during the Anime Expo 2017 that they had licensed the series for an English release. [7]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 August 1, 2016 [6] ISBN   9784041047286 April 24, 2018 [8] ISBN   9780316479110
2 October 1, 2016 [9] ISBN   9784041047293 August 28, 2018 [10] ISBN   9780316479134
3 February 1, 2017 [11] ISBN   9784041051740 December 18, 2018 [12] ISBN   9780316479158

Reception

Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon has received positive reception. Theron Martin of Anime News Network reviewed the first volume positively, praising its unique take on the isekai genre, Hirukuma's writing style, and the relationship between Boxxo and Lammis, which he found to be impressive and not having to "resort to hackneyed gimmicks". Summarising that "this novel's bizarre concept is what will catch people's attention, but the writing is good enough to keep it", some criticism was directed at the light novel's fanservice, which Martin found to be forced, and the RPG elements typical of isekai series. [1] Similarly, Robert Frazer of UK Anime Network found Reborn as a Vending Machine to be "a blast of fresh air to flush out the stale isekai genre", as "it’s fun and different to defeat the villain with Diet Coke and Mentos instead of just firing a Saiyan blast at a higher powerlevel". [13]

Rebecca Silverman and Lynzee Loveridge, in Anime News Network's Spring 2018 Light Novel Guide, also praised the setting but found the writing to "read like fan-fiction-level quality". They ultimately found the volume to "still [be] an engaging read", and compared it to So I'm a Spider, So What? and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime . [14] Loveridge further included the protagonist's "Death By Vending Machine" on her list of the "7 Strangest Isekai Deaths". [15]

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