Tokiko "Key" Mima's is a completely human looking robot that lives in a farming valley in present day Japan. Her grandfather has just died in an "accident". He makes a tape recording ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
 Key (Mima Tokiko) (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
Miki Nagasawa ...
 Sakura Kuriyagawa (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
Hiroshi Yanaka ...
 Tomoyo Wakagi (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
Toshiyuki Morikawa ...
 Shuichi Tataki (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
Jûrôta Kosugi ...
 Sergei (segment "D") (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
Shô Hayami ...
 Jinsaku Ajo (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Staff C / ... (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
Paul Dobson ...
 Komoda / ... (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Tomoyo Wakagi (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Sakura Kuriyagawa (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Jinsaku Ajo (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Tokiko 'Key' Mima / ... (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ward Perry ...
 Staff A / ... (15 episodes, 1994-1997)
Eken Mine ...
 Janome Oji (12 episodes, 1995-1997)
Don Brown ...
 Janome Oji / ... (12 episodes, 1995-1997)
 D / ... (10 episodes, 1994-1996)
Saffron Henderson ...
 Miho Utsuse / ... (10 episodes, 1995-1997)
 Shuichi Tataki (9 episodes, 1994-1996)
 Hikaru Tsurugi / ... (8 episodes, 1996-1997)


Tokiko "Key" Mima's is a completely human looking robot that lives in a farming valley in present day Japan. Her grandfather has just died in an "accident". He makes a tape recording telling her his final wishes and how to become human. Key needs to make 30,000 friends to make the transformation. Helping Key are her mysterious powers and her friends who believe that she is just a delusional girl who thinks she is a robot because she grew up in a house full of robots. They believe that the 30,000 friends will snap her out of it. Their only obstacle is the mysterious corporation that killed her grandfather and their robots that are fueled by the same power as Key's. Written by CyberSkull

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Key needs 30,000 friends to become human.







Release Date:

10 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Key: La idolo metálica  »

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After the credits, there is a short scene that takes place in a hospital. See more »


Referenced in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) See more »

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3 May 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Pinocchio-esque Key, an android whose creator has been murdered, leaves her idyllic small town to travel to the big city in order to discover her purpose, despite having been raised in isolation and thus having never acquired a normal set of social or emotional responses, let alone anything like urban survival skills. Her responses to what happens to her in the saga of misadventures and heartbreaks that follow are uniquely innocent verging on messianic, in this beautifully drawn, sadly compelling, very unusual anime series.

After so many soulless fighting giant robot adventures, it is refreshing to watch a series which makes a technological creation so intimate and heartfelt and which focuses on personal existential growth rather than just using cutting edge robot technology to bash stuff.

Highly recommended, especially in its original Japanese.

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