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Key the Metal Idol

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Murao Mima has created a robot daughter named Key, but after raising her for a very short time, Mima dies, leaving behind cryptic messages telling Key how she can become human. Key must struggle alone to learn the harsh lessons of life and search for the 'key' to her own dream: the power of 30,000 friends to make her a real human girl.

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Keiichi ISHIKURA Character Design
Hiroaki SATO Director
Tamiya TERASHIMA Music
Hiroaki SATO Original Manga Creator
Shigehiro SUZUKI Producer

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Title Author Score Date
Key the Metal Idol roriconfan 5.5/10 Jul 17, 2012
Key the Metal Idol skankfish 4.3/10 Jun 10, 2010
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Ayashi no Ceres

Ayashi no Ceres

There is a legend of an angel who fell to Earth many years ago, and was forced to marry a man because he held the key to her only way home. Hundreds of years later, sixteen year old Mikage Aya is the reincarnation of Ceres, the vengeful angel, who must now fight for her life against her family and her own twin brother Aki, the reincarnation of her past evil husband...

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sothis
Although Ayashi no Ceres is seemingly about a very different topic, they both hold a sinister background plot that becomes revealed far into the series. Unfortunately, I can't explain what that is, else the series will be spoiled for you.. but in general, Ayashi no Ceres has a very dark, almost gruesome feel to it, just like the darker parts of Key. Ayashi no Ceres does have much more emphasis on romantic encounters and love triangles, which is good if you like that sort of thing.
TheBurningCrow
The only thing that makes these series both really unique and really good is that they both have really weird messed up stuff that happens. A female main character with strange powers, etc. Also there is a scene in both towards the end that is fairly similar in them. Key I liked a lot better, they were both dark series, but Key seemed darker and more depressing.

Chobits

Chobits

Having failed to earn admission to a university, Hideki Motosuwa has moved to the big city, determined to study his hardest for next year's exams. However, an unusual distraction presents itself one unsuspecting day in the form of Chii, a robotic young girl that has been discarded in the trash. In a world where an increasing number of people turn to these 'persocoms' for company, the bonds and limits of human relationships are tested as flesh manages to fall in love with the machine itself...

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lantis
The similarities draw themselves. Despite the fact that I haven't finished Chobtis, I imagine that the dark and somber undertones become more prevalent in each series. But don't take my word for it. If you liked Key, you will definitely like Chobits. And its by Clamp, so whats not to like?
SirSlarty

Both series draw from the mystery of the main female lead coming to terms with who they are. Key is more dramatic while Chobits is more comedy.

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All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku

All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku

Ryunosuke and his father are running away from his crazy mother when, feeling the urge to answer nature's call, Ryunosuke finds a cute little alley cat and decides to keep it. Almost immediately after, they are caught in a fire fight with his mother's lackeys. Tragically the poor cat dies and Ryunouske is heartbroken, but luckily his inventor father just happened to bring along a deactivated robot. By placing the cat's brain in the robot, Nuku Nuku is born! Now all they have to do is teach Nuku Nuku how to behave like a normal girl instead of a super-strong, cat-brained robot, while trying to avoid a mother's wrath!

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AnarchicQ

Think about it. Both have two cute little robot girls with wacky, wacky hair. Key has a much darker feel, and more of an actual story. Nuku Nuku is almost "Key Lite".

Armitage III

Armitage III

The year is 2179: humans and robots have colonized Mars. A newer Third-Type robot has been designed to interact undetected in human society. That is, until a man named D'anclaude discovers their secret and starts a movement to wipe them out. Armitage is a Third-Type that works for the police with her partner Ross, and now these two must rid the planet of D'anclaude and his evil plans.

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sothis

While Key is very, very old looking and Armitage is gorgeous, both are very dark and cyberpunk (Armitage moreso than Key) and both completely kick ass. If you liked either Key or Armitage, you'll surely like the other.

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Bubblegum Crisis

Bubblegum Crisis

The year is 2032. Tokyo has been destroyed by a great earthquake and a new city, MegaTokyo, has risen from the ashes. Humans now live side-by-side with androids known as Boomers who perform many of the menial and laborious tasks that humans despise, but these artificial servants come with a price: they have a tendency to go haywire and attack those they were built to serve. The A.D. Police force was created to try and stop this menace, but its weapons can do little more than annoy the Boomers. Hope lies with the Knight Sabers, four young women with high-tech, armored suits and enough firepower to stop an army - but will it be enough to stop MegaTokyo's greatest threat?

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lantis
Key the Metal Idol has many underlying Asimovian themes(i.e. are intelligent and self aware robots human?). Bubblegum Crisis is much of the same, but with more action and less head games. That and its a classic anime inspired by Blade Runner. How can you miss with this one?