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Key: The Metal Idol 

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:
Junko Iwao ...  Key (Mima Tokiko) 15 episodes, 1994-1997
Miki Nagasawa Miki Nagasawa ...  Sakura Kuriyagawa 15 episodes, 1994-1997
Hiroshi Yanaka Hiroshi Yanaka ...  Tomoyo Wakagi 15 episodes, 1994-1997
Toshiyuki Morikawa ...  Shuichi Tataki 15 episodes, 1994-1997
Jûrôta Kosugi Jûrôta Kosugi ...  Sergei (segment "D") 15 episodes, 1994-1997
Shô Hayami Shô Hayami ...  Jinsaku Ajo 15 episodes, 1994-1997
Michael Dobson ...  Staff C / ... 15 episodes, 1994-1997
Paul Dobson ...  Komoda / ... 15 episodes, 1994-1997
David Kaye ...  Tomoyo Wakagi 15 episodes, 1994-1997
Megan Leitch ...  Sakura Kuriyagawa 15 episodes, 1994-1997
John Novak ...  Jinsaku Ajo 15 episodes, 1994-1997
Nicole Oliver ...  Tokiko 'Key' Mima / ... 15 episodes, 1994-1997
Ward Perry Ward Perry ...  Staff A / ... 15 episodes, 1994-1997
Eken Mine Eken Mine ...  Janome Oji 12 episodes, 1995-1997
Don Brown ...  Janome Oji / ... 12 episodes, 1995-1997
David Sobolov ...  D / ... 10 episodes, 1994-1996
Saffron Henderson ...  Miho Utsuse / ... 10 episodes, 1995-1997
Ian James Corlett ...  Shuichi Tataki 9 episodes, 1994-1996
Brian Drummond ...  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.


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Japan | USA


English | Japanese

Release Date:

10 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Key: La idolo metálica See more »

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Crazy Credits

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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Unconventional, but GREAT series!
16 August 2000 | by slowbroooSee all my reviews

Key is easily one of my favorite anime series. Although it follows the anime style, it is quite unconventional for an anime. After watching the first couple tapes of this series, I had no idea what genre it was; it obviously has sci-fi elements, some action scenes (thought not many) and it is full of dramatic elements and that dark, melancholy mood that Key does so well. There are so many reasons to watch this series: incredible character design, quality animation and great cinematography, and most of all a plot that forces you to watch the series to its very end. If you have only seen the first few episodes or haven't seen this series at all yet, watch the whole thing!! This is a very unique series that everyone should check out. 9/10

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