1994 - Key the Metal Idol
If you asked me to describe Key the Metal Idol I’d say it was like Twin Peaks but with robots and cults and idol singers, a great soundtrack and heaps and heaps of disturbing imagery… and that still wouldn’t really be scratching the surface of this very strange and compelling OVA series.
Key the Metal Idol follows a supposedly robotic girl named Tokiko (Key for short) who, after her grandfather and ‘creator’ dies, is left a message by him telling her to go to Tokyo and make 30,000 friends in order to transform herself into a human girl… the only other option being to eventually break down without him there to repair her. She does just that, running into her childhood friend Sakura after a close call with some unsavory pornographers and decides the best way to accomplish her goal would to become an idol singer after seeing superstar Miho Utsuse on a television screen and becoming obsessed. Little does she know that Miho is backed by Ajo Industries which also produces remote controlled robots made for war, the head of whom seems to have some knowledge of her and also something to do with her grandfather’s death…
All those plot points are just the beginning notes of the mystery that is Key, and it’s an extremely absorbing one which unfortunately loses steam by it’s last two episodes (just like its source of inspiration Twin Peaks). But it’s still fantastic, foreboding and totally unique, its first 7 episodes being especial stand-outs.
Also the villain character D is basically what would result if you made a moe character tailored completely to me.