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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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For many generations, angels have watched over the keepers of Earth, monitoring their progress, achievements, and failures. Chihaya, a positive-checker cursed with black wings, must report the good deeds of these Earthians to Eden, while Kagetsuya, his partner and a negative-checker must pay attention to man’s ill actions. What starts as simple observatory assignment leads to the heavenly duo becoming involved in a sinister operation of biomechanical proportions, which may end up destroying the Earth and all its children for good!

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It's fairly creepy how similar Key and Earthian actually are. It wouldn't be easy to explain why without spoiling parts of both series, so lets just say that plot-wise, they match quite well. Both are quite dark once you get down to it, though might be overlooked for the older animation style.

Hand Maid May

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Kazuya Saotome is an electrical engineering student with a passion for computers, building his robot squid, and programming. One day he receives May, a hand sized cyberdoll, in a package from Cyberdyne Co. as a revenge tactic planted in a CD from his rival. With a little help from May to clean up his act, he may even be able to win over the heart of Kasumi, his landlord's daughter.

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More of the same as Mahoromatic. A lot more comedic, but you have a teeny robot chick/human romance, and lots of saucy and interesting characters. Watch it and have fun already!

Humanoid, The

Humanoid, The
  • OVA (1 ep x 45 min)
  • 1986

Alan and Erik are space pilots on a supply run to the base on Lazeria, but something goes wrong in their approach and they are forced to crash land in the forest. Unfortunately for them, Governor Proud is carrying out secret research in nearby ruins, and meddling outsiders don't fit into his plans. Alan and Erik escape with their lives and make their way to the base, where their friend Dr. Watson and his robot Antoinette reside. Meanwhile, the Governor’s scheme is nearing completion...

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Both plots involove an andriod that start to take on human characteristics and even take romantic interests as they interact with humans. 

The humanoid is more a cheesy 80s Star Wars knock off and Key the Metal Idol has more violence, gore and nudity, but if you're interested in an artifical intelligence taking on human characteristics then they make a good match.

Mahoromatic

Mahoromatic

She cooks, she cleans, and is a lethal fighting machine. Mahoromatic, former Vesper battle android, has chosen to give up her weapons, extending her remaining life from 37 to 398 days. As Misato Suguru's maid, she fights battles of another sort, fending off an amorous teacher on one hand, ecchi magazines on the other. Can Mahoro save Suguru's innocence?

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Mahoromatic is a bit more over the top than Key, but if its robot girl action/Dromedy you seek, then look no further. And yes its by Gainax, but its good all the same.
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Metropolis

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  • Movie (1 ep x 109 min)
  • 2001

Metropolis is a grand high-tech city-state populated by humans and robots alike. It is in these streets that Detective Shunsaku Ban and his sidekick Kenichi search for the rebel scientist Dr. Laughton who unbenounced to them, is developing a super android named Tima as a tool for the Duke of Metropolis. What starts out as a normal case turns into mayhem as the scientist is murdered, and the true plans of the Duke are finally revealed...

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Tima and Key are both more powerful than their naive selves could ever imagine, and because of that, they are being persued by powerul, evil men who want that power. Also, you're never a hundred percent sure what they are! Are they human, robot, or something in between?