|KEY THE METAL IDOL
Sakura Kuriyagawa; Miho Utsuse (left to right)
Tokiko "Key" Mima is a young, waifish female robot who had previously been living in a small, remote city with the old man who created her. All this changed with the man's death, and a message he left to Key, saying that she should make 30,000 friends. This brings her out to Tokyo, where she meets up with Sakura, an old friend of hers from school who lets her live in her place and helps her out with her quest in other ways. Apart from being kind, loyal and generous, Sakura is hard-working (three part-time jobs), proud, strong, streetwise...the sort of person you want on your side. Sometimes circumstances do get to her and she loses her temper, but wouldn't you if you were in her shoes? While she does meet the guide's criteria, her dress and manner downplay her chest much more often than not; as it should be, since her heart is obviously much bigger. However, the show's producers just couldn't leave it alone; in the second OVA, not long after she has to keep telling a sleazy adult video producer that she doesn't want anything to do with him, she has a undressing/shower scene (take note, Alanis--this is real irony). Including this show in the guide was a tough decision, since this aspect is only the tiniest sliver of what the whole show is about, but the aforementioned scene tipped the balance. What helps Key decide what her course of action should be is hearing about and seeing videos of popular idol singer Miho Utsuse. By the time Key got to actually got to see her perform live, she had changed her image into something less, erm, obvious than the cel here, but, you have to admit, this look and outfit did definitely make viewers take notice. Then again, that's idols for ya.
Out of print (previously on Viz Media (Censorship), LLC on bilingual DVD). Bought my DVDs used.
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