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: Pierrot
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MusicMusic, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 34 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.871 (scored by 61986,198 users)
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Ranked: #47852
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Popularity: #4423
Members: 25,292
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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.

Characters & Voice Actors


Sato, Hiroaki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Original Creator, Screenplay
Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Watanabe, Takashi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Abe, Masashi
Episode Director


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)

Episode Videos


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 ...
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, ...
Feb 15, 2023
To be frank, Key the Metal Idol isn't a great anime, nor does it get anywhere close. Conceptually speaking, it definitely had potential, but this would go largely unrealised. Given the fact that Key's final two episodes are each an hour and a half long, it's possible that scheduling and/or finances are the reason/s for this squandered potential.

Key's story is a fairly obvious criticism of the idol industry in Japan. As a Western viewer, it's hard to deconstruct this aspect of the story in any meaningful way since idols (in this context) are a cultural phenomenon exclusive to Japan. That being said, it is interesting ...

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