Key, the Metal Idol


Distributor: VIZ Media
[Key, the Metal Idol]
Key is an android who has been growing up, but only when the doctor exchanges her artificial body for an older one. When her creator dies, Key is trapped in the body of a teenage girl who will never age or die, and even though she doesn't really understand how to act human, it is her most treasured dream to become a real girl. Key pins all of her hopes on her creator's last message, which suggests that to become human, she must win the love of 30,000 people...
OAV Series: 15 episodes

Average Rating

Average Ratings: 77
Number of Review Sites: 11
Above Average

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"...I felt quite satisfied with Key: The Metal Idol and would not hesitate to recommend it."
Akemi's Anime World (Legion) - 4 (out of 5)

Vol. 1-2 - "...takes the bizarre, the frightening, the catchy, and the absurd, and spins them all into gold."
Anime Jump! (Mike Toole) - 4 stars (out of 5)

"Ultimately the build up, while skilled, reaches a conclusion that indicates the writers had been flying blind and making it up as they go along for quite some time. "
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - flawed

Vol. 1 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - A-
Vol. 2 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B
Vol. 3 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B
Anime on DVD

"...very deep and thought-provoking..."
Animetric (Rowena Lim Lei) - 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)

Vol. 1 - "I love Key the Metal Idol."
IGN (Emily) - 8 (out of 10)

Vol. 1-2 - "Key's pacing is exquisite, but the poetic imagery is even more compelling..." (Tasha Robinson) - A+
Vol. 4 - Read the review (Tasha Robinson) - A+
Vol. 5-6 - Read the review (Tasha Robinson) - A+
Vol. 7 - Read the review (Tasha Robinson) - A-
Vol. 8 - Read the review (Tasha Robinson) - B-
Science Fiction Weekly

"You just don't see a lot of series with this much going for it."
T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews (Carlos Ross) - 4 stars (out of 5)

Ep. 1 - "Wow. From the very opening credits, you know that this is a very different production." (Akio Nagatomi) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 2 - Read the review (Akio Nagatomi) - 3 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 3 - Read the review (Akio Nagatomi) - 3 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 4 - Read the review (Akio Nagatomi) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 5 - Read the review (Akio Nagatomi) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 6 - Read the review (Akio Nagatomi) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 7 - Read the review (Akio Nagatomi) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 8 - Read the review (Akio Nagatomi) - 4 stars (out of 5)
The Anime Cafe

"...Key, the Metal Idol is a brilliant anime."
The Anime Critic (Pete Harcoff) - 5 stars (out of 5)

Vol. 1 - "There is a little something in this show for everyone...drama, romance, action, you name it."
The Anime Review (Jason Huff) - B+