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Tataki Suichi confronts Priest Snake Eyes about his cult's interference with Key's career.


Key The Metal Idol
Ver .12: Virus I

Copyright: © 1994 Pony Canyon / Fuji TV (Japan), © 1997 Viz Video (North America)
Length: 23 minutes
Rating: NR, Extreme violence and nudity, Recommended for Mature Audiences
Format: Subtitled (VHS)

Screenplay: Sato Hiroaki Director: Sato Hiroaki Animation Director: Ishikura Keiichi Character Design: Tanaka Kunihiko Music: Terashima Tamiya English Version Producer: Yoshida Toshifumi Translation by: Karahashi Takayuki

[ plot summary ]

vhs jacket

The enigmatic star of Production Minos, Miho Utsuse is releasing new material at an upcoming concert... a concert choreographed and conceived by none other than Tokiko's new mentor, Tsurugi Hikaru. Key decides that she must attend, and begs Tsurugi to take her to the concert. But unexpectedly, the volatile artist refuses...

Tataki Shuichi is still trying to comprehend the events depicted in a picture obtained at the old Mima household. While wandering the streets, he accidentally runs into a man carrying leaflets -- leaflets warning people not to get involved with Mima Tokiko. The man is none other than the Priest...

Meanwhile, Sergei (D) continues to try to crack into the host mainframe, and finally succeeds. With free access to the system computers, he is able to escape from the cell that Ajo has placed him. Ajo has plans of his own as well. The upcoming Miho concert will feature two new things: a totally new song by the star, plus the debut of Miho's successor: Komori Beniko.

[ capsule review ]

Miho Utsuse in her 1993 tour.

Tataki accidentally runs into Priest Snake Eyes.

Suichi notices something in the photograph taken from the Mima residence.

Sakura worriedly awaits Suichi's arrival for the Miho Utsuse concert.

This series has several strengths: great acting, great music, great directing and imaginative script writing. Sato Hiroaki has put together a great story line, with enough substance to keep your interest, and he spoon-feeds this material at a carefully planned rate as not to spoil the end. Take particular notice of the way you're shown the picture taken from Key's room: you're given brief, panned glimpses of the picture, providing you with tantalizing snippets of an image, but not quite enough to ascertain its significance. The net result is that you feel the frustration facing Tataki as he tries to comprehend what really happened in the Mamio valley. It's a highly effective and innovative technique which really deserves notice.

On the other hand, the animation itself has not been stellar in this series, and in this particular episode. Take note of the scene in which Tataki, wandering aimlessly through the streets, accidentally knocks himself into some garbage. Where did his lower extremeties go, and is all the debris levitating? Or did the animation director just miss this entirely?

Tsurugi Hikaru's role in the show continues to be a bit of a mystery. We discover that he's the conceptual artist for the upcoming Miho concert, and we also discover why he's so interested in Key. But what is driving his emotional instability? It's remarkably like Sergei's reaction to gel withdrawl... could it be that... And speaking of unknowns, just what is the Priest's role in this series? He continues to show up in some key scenes, but how everything is to come together is still unclear. Remarkably, even after 12 episodes, I find myself anxiously waiting for the next.
- AN, 98.05.07

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/R 4 stars N/A
Direction: N/R 4 stars N/A
Acting: N/R 4 stars N/A
Animation: N/R 3 stars N/A
Music: N/R 4 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 4 stars N/A
Overall Rating: N/R 4 stars N/A

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