He, who was an authentic Vending Machine maniac, died from a traffic accident while protecting a vending machine. He, who had expected that his life was finished, woke up in a lakeshore surrounded by abundant nature. He didn’t understand what had happened to himself. He only knew that he had become a vending machine, alone in the labyrinth of another world. As he wanders alone, he met a lonely girl, and which caused the drastic change to the world!
Isekai vending machine, pans out exactly as how one might expect from such a crazy title. The main character is a vending machine maniac that got reincarnated into a vending machine, in another world where monsters and magic is commonplace. The concept of the story is
unique and feels like a breath of fresh air from the list of rpg and fantasy series in the genre. If you like isekai novels that are lighthearted and comical, then this book is for you! But if your into world-building and OP characters, then this might not be your cup of tea.
There’s really nothing much you can say about the art style. But in terms of compatibility, the lively and energetic character designs, really fits in with the overall mood and tone of the book. Personally, I really like the character designs for Boxxo and Ramiss.
The characters are all unique and entertaining. Stereotypical characters such as Shirley and Suori doesn’t really get in the way of storytelling that much, and are mostly in it for the comedic relief. Aside from the other characters, what really stood out for me was the way the main characters were written. Personally, I really like the fact that the protagonist and the main heroine’s role get’s thrown upside down throughout the story.
Personally, I really enjoyed the story and the way the characters interact with each other. And if you compare it to other series of the genre, it could easily hold it’s own against other titles with the same premise such as Kumo desu ga nani ka?, and surprisingly stand toe-to-toe, with isekai comedy such as Konosuba. Honestly, with the increasing demand for isekai anime, It wouldn’t really be surprising to see this novel get an anime adaption, within the next 3-5 years at best. Come to think of it, I wonder how they’ll handle the coca-cola and mentos scene in the anime? (laughs)
Vending Machines are big and heavy, but they offer a huge amount of different items. What would happen if one suddenly showed up in a fantasy world? Pringles and Coke for everyone!
Story: A man is crushed to death by a falling vending machine while trying to catch it from hitting the ground, and is reborn as a vending machine in a fantasy world. Now he sets out on a journey to see the world. The problem being that he can't move. Or talk. Or transform into a Mecha Robot (I mean, it would make some sense if he could?). He's just a vending machine that
can think, and that's the whole goddamn point of the story. A woman called Lammis comes along, she's kind enough to care for him and strong enough to be able to travel around carrying the vending machine along with her. And so the partner combo is created.
Art: First of all, this art is super sexy. Like, seriously. Color pages of the first volume are so ecchi that it's mental torture for a healthy young man to even see it. But it is also generally high quality drawings with good character designs, even if you do not include all these sexy women. (animal girls doesn't just have a tail and ears, they are literally animal females. How hilarious is that!?)
Characters. Okay, so this Vending Machine can barely be called the protagonist. But sure lets go with that. Boxxo the Vending Machine is a kindhearted metal box, it will do what little it can to save people in need. But it's mostly cold and calculative in order to make sure it makes enough profit to survive. Boxxo is the most likable "protagonist" any light novel has ever had.
Then there is Lammis, the super-mega-awesome beautiful girl who's so strong that she can probably beat the Hulk in arm wrestling. But Lammis is also so ridiculously kind that she talks to a metallic box that looked lonely, and asked if it wanted to come along with her. She is the back-bone of this story, as well as the human main character.
There's also a gentleman Bear with glasses and a hat, and plenty of other characters that are so damn well made that you wonder why the hell every other light novel story has such a boring cast compared to this Vending Machine series...
Overall, it's hard to review this story because it's just so original. There's not very much comedy, it's more of a heart warming slice of life with a Vending Machine in the center. There's the occasional fighting arc, and that's the only problem. Lammis is super strong, but she's actually not a good fighter. In most fights, the vending machine manages to somehow turn the battle around by using some ridiculous tactics. The strong point really is just the average day-to-day life.
+ Original Story Idea
+ Lammis is very likable
+ Nice Illustrations
+- No actual goal of the story (yet?)
- Fights turns weird when Lammis needs help by Boxxo
In the end, Lammis and Boxxo makes a great team. The fantasy world is not too exaggerated, it's pretty down to earth and the supporting characters are all well made. So the question is if you can handle the super silly ways that Boxxo the vending machine handles the fights when it turns rough.
When I was walking into Barnes & Noble. Skimming through selves of manga and LNs. This LN caught my interest. I read the small summary on the back and the whole idea of an Isekai in which the protagonist is reborn as a Vending Machine sold me. I am a huge fan of the Isekai genre and whenever I see an LN or a manga I usually pick it up. This LN took about a week to finish, note that I work and have school so the only time I had to read the novel was during breaks and lunches. So I am pretty sure
anybody else can read the novel less than the week I took to read it. I would 100 percent recommend this LN to anyone who is interested, likes, or loves Isekai. The Chapters are well slipt so before you know it one would have already finished reading the novel. Hirukuma did an amazing job telling this story and in a way gives an entirely new take with the Genre. A Vending Machine Maniac killed by what he loves and then reborn into another world as a Vending Machine. Granted, with a protagonist being a Vending Machine; one would think the novel/story would be terrible. Well in a small percentage that person would right, but at the same time totally wrong. It is one of the cases where you can say don't judge a book by its cover. The beginning is a little slow but once the author starts to explain that "Boxxo", the main Protagonist, has traits and skills he can acquire. The story starts to get interesting from there. A brief rundown on how it all works for "Boxxo" is he able to take currency from that world and converted to Yen which then he converts into skill coins. I won't get into further detail about how these skills coins are used since it might be considered a spoiler but overall it made everything make much more sense. The characters are what you'd imagine from an Isekai. Ranging from the goons who have nothing better to do than to steal and cause havoc. Waifu(s), since at the moment they are three girls well actually four if people want to count a tsudere loli type. Of course your fantasy races but for volume one, it is limited to Frog, bear fiend's, and serpents. And of course, the locals in which "Boxxo" interacts with at a daily basis. Once I finished the LN, I felt accomplished and the read was very much enjoyable and a blast to read. If anyone is interested in reading this Isekai I would highly recommend it.