Key the Metal Idol

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Alternative Titles

English: Key the Metal Idol
Spanish: Key la Ídolo Metálica
French: Key the Mental Idol
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 15
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 16, 1994 to Jun 18, 1997
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MusicMusic, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 34 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.891 (scored by 48994,899 users)
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Ranked: #43832
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Popularity: #4220
Members: 19,696
Favorites: 112

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Tokiko Mima, nicknamed "Key," is a 17-year-old girl living in the Japanese countryside who, despite her human-like appearance, is a robot. When Key's grandfather Dr. Murao Mima passes away, he leaves her a dying message, telling her that she can become a real girl if she is able to make thirty thousand friends. Thus, Key moves from the quiet Mamio Valley to the busy streets of Tokyo, where she soon runs into her childhood friend Sakura Kuriyagawa.

Key quickly becomes enamored with idol singer Miho Utsuse and wonders if becoming a singer will allow her to make the amount of friends needed for her to become human. But Miho carries a ominous secret: she is connected to Jinsaku Ajou, an old rival of Dr. Mima trying to make new a breakthrough in robotic weaponry. As Key works to become a real girl, Ajou sets a dangerous plan into action, and it turns out there's much more to Key than meets the eye.

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Key the Metal Idol won the Packaged Work Award at the 1996 Animation Kobe Awards.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Sato, Hiroaki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Original Creator, Screenplay
Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Watanabe, Takashi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Mizuno, Kazunori
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"In the Night" by Sario Kijima

Ending Theme

1: "Watashi ga Soba ni Iru" by Sario Kijima (eps 1-13)
2: "Passenger" by Tamiya Terashima (eps 14)
3: "Galaxy in my Hands" by Junko Iwao (eps 15)

Oct 23, 2009
Hayato_Matsuo (All reviews)
I first heard of this anime in an old RightStuf catalogue I got in high school. After reading the description, I knew it was a must see.

Even though most people would rather see the japanese sub, I highly recommend the english dub. Not only the VAs were decent, but the music has all been remade to english, and is some of the most beautiful music of the mid-late 90s.

Storywise, this had a great storyline. You could say this anime has a bit of a Pinocchio complex, as the main character (Key) is trying to become a human. How she does this is to simply make read more
May 27, 2016
Fear_the_Reefer (All reviews)
Throughout your tenure as a student, you probably met a diverse assortment of people... You made friends with those you connected with, feuded with those you hated, and largely ignored those that fell by the wayside. However, there’s an incredibly likely chance you met someone you couldn’t easily categorize... Someone who challenged your perception of how a fellow classmate should act and interact with the people around them. Someone like Tokiko Mima, a quiet, strange girl who speaks in a flat, inflectionless voice, carries a broken speech pattern, and seems to have no interest in the world around her. Now, read more
Jul 9, 2008
FALLEN101 (All reviews)
Story: The story for Key the Metal Idol is relatively simple at first. It's the generic 'go on a quest' type. For Key she has to get all these fans so she can change from a robot into a human, relatively blah right? Yeah, it kind of is.

The story does get really good at the end but getting there takes forever and the pacing of the series isn't good. It's relatively boring for about three or four episodes and then BAM! something just exciting enough happens so you keep watching the series a little longer to see how it read more
Jun 3, 2020
ToShiStar (All reviews)
I'm not really an avid anime watcher, as if you leave out pokemon, yugioh and sailor moon I've only watched maybe 3 other full animes, but this one drew me in just by the title.The title which I think could be understood as idol in all definitions. The more I watched the more confused I got but as it was drawing to a close everything I was confused about got answered.

I had a great time watching this anime and would recommend it to anyone. It is quite dated, as my boyfriend loved to point out. He'd say things like "Whoah, that is so read more

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