Key the Metal Idol - Recommendations

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Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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lantis lantis says...

If you liked the eerie malayse and mystery of Key, Lain has it in spades. Besides being another techno-head trip, Lain is just a good series to watch. Not for everyone, but worth a try at least.

ahuman ahuman says...

I'm surprised that Key doesn't get mentioned more with regards to Lain. Both are uncharacteristically dark series about characters who are forced to decide what's real and what isn't, and to eventually confront a secret about their own existences as well. They both also have fantastic stories that will leave you trying to pick apart exactly what you just saw. Key is a bit darker, but makes up for it by being more accessible.

ofall ofall says...

Both make you wonder who exactly is the main character, or what? The personalities of Lain and Key are similar, and they both have an air of mystery and are very techological anime. Another similarity is that is both, they have an upbeat friend that they end up dragging into their mess and causing them emotional and psychological distubances and eventually much worse than that.

Battle Angel Alita

Battle Angel Alita

Among the garbage dumped down from the mysterious aerial city of Zalem, a new life is found. Restored by a brilliant cyberneticist, a young girl named Gally struggles to find her own place in the world, to learn the extent of her own deadly abilities and to discover that which makes her truly human: love.

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VRDave VRDave says...

Both of these are a struggle of one girl to become what they really want to be and to discover what they really are. Both deal with robots and devestating effects of humanity.

sothis sothis says...

Truly, Key and Battle Angel Alita are frighteningly similar as far as plot and cyberpunk feel, but in general are both amazingly kickass series, period. If you like one, I guarantee you'd like the other.

ohtetsuo ohtetsuo says...

Key the Metal Idol and Battle Angel Alita are similar in both artistic style as well as story theme, despite being in drastically different settings. Both have to do with a robotic girl struggling to find their meaning in the world and the relationships they have with the people around them (and especially the father-daughter-like relationships with their respective creators.) Though Alita is more of a femme fatale-type character, the stories still have many parallels and would definitely appeal to eachother's fan-bases.

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

When popular pop idol Mima decided to retire from her group, Cham, and become an actress, she had no idea that one person's obsession would soon spiral out of control. With death threats, letter bombs and a forged website which details her every move, Mima finds herself slowly becoming trapped in a nightmare she can't seem to escape. With murders piling up and her mental state slowly degrading, can she discover who the culprit is, before she becomes the next victim?

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VRDave VRDave says...

Both have a very lonely feeling main character that involves being an idol singer or wanting to be one. Somewhat dark anime as well.

Dieter Dieter says...

Both series are about pop-idols and as a result, you'd never expect either one to be incredibly twisted, violent, and dark. If you liked the unexpected delight of a sick and twisted show that seems all butterflies and rainbows based on the plot synopsis, check out the other one.

PotatoWave PotatoWave says...

Both Key and Perfect Blue explore the dark side of fame, and the way that stars (especially female stars) are exploited by their producers. But each anime portrays fans differently. In Key, idols share a spiritual bond with their fans. In Perfect Blue, the fans are just as creepy and smothering as the producers. Both portrayals are two sides of the same coin.

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 lantis says...

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 SirSlarty says...

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.

Ceres, Celestial Legend

Ceres, Celestial Legend

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 sothis says...

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.

VRDave VRDave says...

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.

8 Man After

8 Man After

Hazama is a private detective, who becomes fatally wounded in a run-of-the-mill case. In order to survive, Hazama is tranformed into the legendary cyborg 8Man -- to put an end to the cybernetically-enhanced criminals' wave of crime. But as the death count increases, Hazama soon begins to question how much of his real self is left, and if the emotionless 8Man he becomes is really in control...

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sothis sothis says...

For a surprisingly similar violent look at how humans and machines can be integrated, emotions and all, check this out. I truly enjoyed both of these, so I know if you liked one, you'd like the other.. not only for the tone, but also the content and feel.

Zadillo Zadillo says...

Yet another very good series about human emotion and how it relates to cybords, etc. Deals with some similar themes, while also exploring other ones found in other anime from a different perspective.

Android Kikaider

Android Kikaider

After a terrible accident occurred at the lab, Professor Komyouji vanished - and with him, the hopes for completing his most recent creation: Jiro, a robot with a malfunctioning conscience circuit. With no memory of who he is or what is his purpose, Jiro is mentally lost; his saving grace is the Professor's daughter, Mitsuko, who - though afraid of Jiro - pledges to help him either repair his circuit or destroy him if his emotions become out of control. Unfortunately for Jiro, there is a far more sinister danger at hand: Professor Gill and the evil organization Dark are sending countless robots to destroy him, forcing Jiro to transform into his full cyborg self, Kikaider. With the help of Mitsuko, Jiro must ward off the forces of Dark while trying to discover what it means to be human...

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sothis sothis says...

I enjoyed Key considerably more than Kikaider, but both focus on a similar concept: a robot who has a soul (or wants to have one). If you like watching a robot come to terms with their own humanity, you'd enjoy either of these titles. Expect Key to be a lot darker, with a lot more character development.

faerieponey faerieponey says...

Both animes have as a main character a robot who is searching to become a human, and they both follow their adventures in seeking the imposible to make it possible

Saikano

Saikano

In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.

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aldat aldat says...

Saishuheiki Kanojo and Key the Metal Idol are both frail, beutiful stories with dark frame. There are similarities in animation, though that isn't exactly identical. Still, the animation and colours of both series give one the same kind of feeling.

Witch Hunter Robin

Witch Hunter Robin

STN is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their inate ability of the Craft. Its newest recruit is a young girl named Robin, who wields the same power that she is helping to control. While skillful at their ability to detain quickly, the number of witches keeps seeming to increase, and the misuse of power grows stronger, casting a shadow of doubt as to what is really going on. For STN, there is much work ahead, and for Robin, her troubles are just beginning...

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VRDave VRDave says...

Both of these series have some similar themes, that I won't say because it would spoil them, but the feeling is quiet similar. They both have that dark, self-searching feeling to them. Key has robots though and WhR has Witches.

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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lantis lantis says...

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.