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Title
Key The Metal IdolKey The Metal Idol
Released
15 OVA episodes15 OVA episodes
Dates
1997–19981994
Company
VizHiroaki Sato/Pony Canyon/Fuji TV/FCC/Studio Pierrot
Creator
 Hiroaki Sato
Director
 Hiroaki Sato
Genre
Mecha, Sci-FiMecha, Sci-Fi
Characters
Beniko Kemori βŠ•Beniko Kemori βŠ•
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Hikaru Tsurugi βŠ•Hikaru Tsurugi βŠ•
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Jinsaku Ajo βŠ•Jinsaku Ajo βŠ•
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Miho Utsuse βŠ•Miho Utsuse βŠ•
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Amazon, and on VHS at Amazon.

Characters: Key The Metal Idol

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Beniko Kemori βŠ• Beniko Kemori βŠ• Sergei "D" βŠ• Sergei "D" βŠ•
Hikaru Tsurugi βŠ• Hikaru Tsurugi βŠ• Shenichi Tamari βŠ• Shenichi Tamari βŠ•
Jinsaku Ajo βŠ• Jinsaku Ajo βŠ• Shuichi Tataki βŠ• Shuichi Tataki βŠ•
Miho Utsuse βŠ• Miho Utsuse βŠ• Tokiko "Key" Mima βŠ• Tokiko "Key" Mima βŠ•
Murao Mima βŠ• Murao Mima βŠ• Tomoyo Wakagi βŠ• Tomoyo Wakagi βŠ•
Prince Snake-Eye βŠ• Prince Snake-Eye βŠ• Tsukiyama βŠ• Tsukiyama βŠ•
Sakura Kuriyagawa βŠ• Sakura Kuriyagawa βŠ•    

Description: Key The Metal Idol

Clocking in at 13 30-minute OVA episodes and 2 95-minute OVA episodes, Key The Metal Idol is a must in any sci-fi fan's collection. This thought-provoking anime pushes the boundaries of man and machine, all the while giving new meaning to the phrase "virtual idol".

Tokiko Mima, nicknamed Key, is a robot. Just about the only people who believe her are her grandfather, Murao Mima, and her bodyguard, Tomoyo Wakagi. When Key's grandfather mysteriously dies, he leaves a message to her... that in order to become human, she must make 30,000 friends.

So Key heads for Tokyo, under the watchful and secret eye of Wakagi, and rooms with her old classmate Sakura Kuriyagawa, who for some reason is always nicknamed "Ms. Chugawa" by her crush Shuichi Tataki. Key's objective is to become an idol singer like the famous Miho Utsuse who has mysterious ties to Jinsaku Ajo, the president of Ajo Heavy Industries who is interested in capturing Key for his own military purposes.