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Anime Profile: Key The Metal Idol

USA Info
Japanese Info
Key The Metal Idol Key The Metal Idol Key The Metal Idol
15 OVA episodes 15 OVA episodes
1997–1998 1994
Viz Hiroaki Sato/Pony Canyon/Fuji TV/FCC/Studio Pierrot
  Hiroaki Sato
  Hiroaki Sato
Mecha Mecha
Beniko Kemori Beniko Kemori
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Hikaru Tsurugi Hikaru Tsurugi
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Jinsaku Ajo Jinsaku Ajo
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Miho Utsuse Miho Utsuse
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Amazon, and on VHS at Amazon.

Anime Characters: Key The Metal Idol

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

Anime 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.

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