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Key The Metal Idol DVD Vol. 1 (1997)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Viz Video
Genre: Anime, Science Fiction Anime
Running Time: 210 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
Her classmates at school called 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 peance and love in the world. But when that kindly old scientist passed away, poor Key was left behind, lacking even the ability to smile. There still is hope, however-a message lift behind for Key suggests a fantastic possibility. Could it really be possible for Key to become a real, live human, if she can only win the love of 30,000 people?

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Actually challenges boundaries by MrBunBun September 18, 2003 - 4:16 AM PDT
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6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Usually mecha and shoujo don't meet. However, I found that this anime really did bend genres, and not just because there was some girl and some 'robot' and even some supernatural/sci-fi stuff going on in the series.

There is definitely action in this series, but it is NOT an action series, it is more of a drama with elements of action, mecha, and sci-fi entering the mix.

The main reasons I continued watching this series to the conclusion is that it's actually *challenging* for an anime. I couldn't quite pin the genre down and I was interested in the anime as a work. And I admit, I really wanted to know what was up with Key!

The anime itself is one long mystery and very *human*. That's what drew me into it more. It's really an anime about the characters and especially Key's 'relationships' to them. You see everyday people as they are in a world where technology is quite advanced (like, uh... our world) and even the 'unexplainable' is right next to us, and yet we all remain just regular people amongst all this. Even with the 'far-out' elements and events that happen, it stays really firmly grounded and I just found that really interesting.

If you like shoujo OR mecha or sci-fi anime, I would recommend trying this title out.

Don't let the simple pinnochio-like premise fool you... This is an excellent series. by markhl April 16, 2003 - 11:45 AM PDT
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6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Key is not an android... or... is she? If Key is a robot, why do those around her treat her like a real girl? If Key is human, what has led her to believe that she is not? The questions build and build, with few answers, to an impressive climactic finish.

This is a compelling series that cannot be classified simply into the "standard" anime genres that we are accustomed to. First of all, It is not pinnochio. And it does not really deal with the human-cyborg-society type of questions that many seemingly-similar anime deal with (i.e., Ghost in a Shell, Armitage). Key is certainly not a "mecha" anime. So what is it? It's something that deserves to be judged in its own right so see for yourselves.

Two miscellaneous comments: 1) The themes of Key are excellent and may become stuck in your head for days (or longer), and 2) The second-to-the-last (fifteenth?) episode may require a little patience to watch.




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