The official website for the anime adaptation of Hirukuma’s light novel series, “Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon” (Jidōhanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyū ni Samayō), has recently announced the exciting news of a second season. To celebrate this announcement, Chief Animation Director Naoki Yamauchi has crafted a special illustration.
The conclusion of the first season arrived with its 12th episode, which aired on Wednesday. The anime originally premiered on July 5, gracing the screens of TOKYO MX and AT-X channels while also featuring on BS NTV. Crunchyroll provided a simultaneous streaming service during its airing, offering an English dub as well.
Overseeing this enchanting anime, we find Noriaki Akitaya (known for “Bakuman.” in all three seasons and “ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me?”) directing it at Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ. Tatsuya Takahashi, the mastermind behind “The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls” in both seasons and “Domestic Girlfriend,” handled the series scripts, while Takahiro Sakai, renowned for “Yuki Yuna Is a Hero” and “Ms. Vampire who lives in my neighborhood,” adapted Yūki Hagure’s original designs for animation.
The melodious notes of Yūta Uraki and Keita Takahashi graced the anime as its composers, while Slowcurve Co., Ltd. took on the role of producer. The opening theme song, “Fanfare,” is performed by BRADIO, while the ending theme song, “Itsumo no Soup” (The Usual Soup), is brought to life by Peel the Apple.
For those seeking to delve deeper into this fantastical world, Yen Press has made all three volumes of the light novels available in English. The narrative unfolds with the story of a middle-aged man, whose life takes a remarkable turn following a fateful traffic accident.
Instead of meeting his end, he is reborn as the very object of his admiration—a vending machine! However, this newfound existence thrusts him into the most challenging of circumstances: a monster-infested dungeon where he cannot speak or move independently.
Hirukuma embarked on this captivating journey by serializing the story on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website in March 2016, concluding it in December of the same year. Additional epilogue stories were serialized from January to February 2017. Kadokawa’s Sneaker Bunko subsequently began publishing the novels in print editions, featuring illustrations by Itsuwa Katō, with the first volume released in July 2016. The trilogy reached its conclusion with the release of the third volume in February 2017.
In August 2021, Kunieda initiated a manga adaptation of the novels in Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine. Yen Press has been digitally releasing the manga simultaneously with its Japanese serialization, ensuring a global audience can partake in the adventure.