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Key the Metal Idol


Alternative Titles

Japanese: KEY THE METAL IDOL

Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 15
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 16, 1994 to Jun 18, 1997
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Original
Duration: 34 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 7.091 (scored by 2,473 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #30632
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3297
Members: 7,916
Favorites: 46
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Episodes: /15

Synopsis

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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Background

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

Characters & Voice Actors

Mima, Tokiko
Mima, Tokiko
Main
Iwao, Junko
Japanese
Iwao, Junko
Mima, Murao
Mima, Murao
Main
Kitamura, Kouichi
Japanese
Kitamura, Kouichi
Kuriyagawa, Sakura
Kuriyagawa, Sakura
Main
Nagasawa, Miki
Japanese
Nagasawa, Miki
Komoda, Aoi
Komoda, Aoi
Supporting
Ootsuka, Akio
Japanese
Ootsuka, Akio

Staff

Sato, Hiroaki
Sato, Hiroaki
Director, Screenplay
Watanabe, Takashi
Watanabe, Takashi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Iwao, Junko
Iwao, Junko
Theme Song Performance
Terashima, Tamiya
Terashima, Tamiya
Music


Edit Opening Theme

"In the Night" by Sario Kijima

Edit Ending Theme

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




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Hayato_Matsuo
Oct 23, 2009
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
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Quiddity131
Mar 13, 2016
Key the Metal Idol’s basic premise is very similar to Pinocchio. Tokiko Mima, nicknamed Key, is a robot girl who lives in the Japanese countryside. When Key’s grandfather, Dr. Mima passes away unexpectedly, he leaves her a dying message about how she can become human by making herself 30,000 friends. In order to fulfill this goal, Key heads to the busy streets of Tokyo where she quickly encounters her best friend, Sakura Kuriyagawa who had moved away years before. Thus, the two begin a quest to help Key become human, believing the best way to do so is to make Key an idol singer, like read more
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FALLEN101
Jul 9, 2008
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
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Fear_the_Reefer
May 27, 2016
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
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