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Key the Metal Idol

Ver .15

© 1994 Sato Hiroaki, Pony Canyon, Fuji TV, FCC, Studio Pierrot
© 1998 Viz Video

Color / Stereo / 95 minutes / Japanese Language / English Subtitles / English Dub



Her classmates at school named her Key, as in the "key" to a strange mystery. Key's "grandfather" was a kindly old scientist wanting to use his skill in robotics to create peace and love in the world. But when the kindly old scientist passed away, poor Key was left behind, lacking even the ability to smile. There is hope, however -- a message left behind for Key suggests a fantastic possibilty. Could it really be possible for Key to become a real, live human, if she can only win the love of 30,000 people?


Key's secrets have been explained, but her story is far from over. As her dearest friend Sakura lies in dedly danger, held hostage by Ajo to lure Key into his complex, Key's powers begin to manifest themselves in earnest. An increasingly unstable Ajo, terrified of her powers is both ready and able to use the battery of high-tech equipment at his disposal to drain the gel of every member of the audience at Miho's next concert. Now everything hangs on the tiny hope that Miho's fan club can muster enough interest in the mysterious new singer "Key" to challenge Ajo's plans, even as Key's awakening as a human is teetering on the brink.

Finally, it's time for everyone to hear Key's song.

cast list

  • Mima Tokiko (Key): Iwao Junko
  • Tataki Suichi: Mirokawa Toshiyuki
  • Kuriyagawa Sakura: Nagasawa Miki
  • Wakagi Tomoyo: Yanaka Hiroshi
  • Tsurugi Hikaru: Miki Shinchiro
  • Maestro: Kimotsuki Kaneta
  • Ajo Jinsaku: Hayami Sho
  • Sergei (D): Kosugi Jyurota
  • Mima Toyoko: Inoue Kikuko
  • Miho Utsuse / Komori Beniko: Shibahara Chiyako
  • 'A': Ogata Mitsuru
  • 'C': Sugawara Junichi
  • Tamari Senichi: Ono Kenichi
  • Komoda: Nakamoto Daiki
  • Tsukiyama: Horimoto Hitoshi
  • Prince Snake-Eyes: Mine Eken

production info

  • Story and Direction: Sato Hiroaki
  • Producers: Shirakawa Fumiko, Tanuma Atsushi, Aoki Eriko, Tsuno Ryunosuke
  • Character Concepts: Tanaka Kunihiko
  • Animation Director: Ishikura Keiichi
  • English Version Producer: Yoshida Toshifumi
  • Translator: Karahashi Takayuki
  • Executive Script Editor: Trish Ledoux

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