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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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The following text at the end of the credits: Thank you for watching "Key the metal idol" See more »


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

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A true masterpiece
22 May 2003 | by ojiruSee all my reviews

About 3-4 years ago, I've fallen for a new genre of cartoons, the anime, it automatically caught my eye. 2 years ago I stumbled upon this series, only 3rd eppy was in, so I rented to see how it was, it was the cover that really made me want to see it, the second the credits started rolling, I was in love with this series. They used the old story of Pinocchio as the plot; they succeeded greatly in the remake of the old fairy tale. The beautiful character design, the amazing art, the deep plot that makes you beg for more, and the mystery so deep you will have to watch it again and again to understand it. This kind of quality I have never seen in anime, it's truly magnificent. It has nudity in about every episode, some violence, and blood, it's not all too bad though, and a 10y/o could watch it. It is a must see series, regardless of age, and the fact that it's an anime (and I know how many Americans hate anime, think it's stupid, and pointless). I strongly recommend this series to all. 13.5 stars out of 10 :p

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