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Key the Metal Idol

Key the Metal Idol
The first volume of the American DVD release
キィ・ザ・メタル・アイドル
(Kii Za Metaru Aidoru)
Genre Drama, Mecha, Science fiction, Supernatural
Original video animation
Directed by Hiroaki Sato
Produced by Shigehiro Suzuki
Written by Hiroaki Sato
Music by Tamiya Terashima
Studio Studio Pierrot
Released December 16, 1994August 7, 1996
Runtime 25 minutes (each)
Episodes 13
Original video animation
Directed by Hiroaki Sato
Produced by Shigehiro Suzuki
Written by Hiroaki Sato
Music by Tamiya Terashima
Studio Studio Pierrot
Released March 5, 1997June 18, 1997
Runtime 95 minutes (each)
Episodes 2

Key the Metal Idol (キィ・ザ・メタル・アイドル Kii Za Metaru Aidoru) is an original video animation (OVA) anime series that was released in Japan from 1994 to 1997. The series consists of fifteen episodes divided into four parts. First Program consists of episodes 1 through 7. Second Program is 8 through 13. Third Program and Final Program are films 1 and 2 respectively. Key is a serious and somewhat dark drama with elements of science fiction, supernatural, and action.

The central character of the story is Tokiko Mima (nicknamed "Key"), who believes herself to be a robot crafted by her scientist grandfather, Murao Mima. Every year, on her birthday, Key believes Dr. Mima builds Key a new body, each one size larger. Upon his deathbed, Mima records his will on audio tape, revealing that Key can become human with the aid of 30,000 friends. Key believes she must do this quickly before her battery runs down, but in truth, Key is a human girl whose robotic persona is a coping mechanism and a response to severe childhood trauma. The series details the slow unraveling of truth of Key's identity, the reasons for the subversion of her human identity, and a secret conspiracy bent on controlling her and unique

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