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Key The Metal Idol
Ver .3: Cursor II

Copyright: © 1994 Pony Canyon / Fuji TV (Japan), Viz Video (North America)
Length: 23 minutes
Rating: NR, Parental Guidance Suggested
Format: Subtitled / Dubbed (VHS), Original Japanese (LD/VHS)

Screenplay: Sato Hiroaki Director: Sato Hiroaki Animation Director: Kobayashi Toshimitsu Character Design: Tanaka Kunihiko Music: Terashima Tamiya English Version Producer: Yoshida Toshifumi Translation by: Karahashi Takayuki

[ plot summary ]

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Following a suggestion from Sakura, Key decides to take a shower -- only to find herself falling asleep in the cold water. A shaken Sakura discovers her, wondering what other perils may lie in store for her mechanincal friend. Meanwhile, Key becomes increasingly obsessed with the Miho Utsuse video -- so much so that she somehow manages to destroy the cash-strapped Sakura's television set. While wandering aimlessly about, she purchases a bouquet of roses -- and unwittingly finds herself at the Budokan, where Utuse is holding a concert. Somehow, a rose finds itself embedded in Utsuse, cutting short the concert. Backstage, Tamari witnesses the incident, and discovers not only Miho Utsuse's secret, but also that he's in a lot of trouble...

[ capsule review ]

The opening precursor to this episode is very revealing -- we see that Tamari has had success finding idol stars in the past... none other than Utsuse Miho. But what's chilling is what's happened to her. Like the industry that's created her, the phenomenon which is Utsuse is merely a myth -- a construct of marketing and technology. Similar to themes metted out in Macross Plus and so many others in the anime kingdom, there's a not so subtle warning inherent in this series. Perhaps most chilling is a scene involving Ajo's own obsessive behavoir around his mecha creations -- Ajo, we discover, is not just a greed driven businessman. Disturbing to say the least!

Some wonderful vocals supported by Spanish guitar are featured in the second half of this episode, as Utsuse Miho (played by Shibahara Chiyako) does a concert completely without electronic support. Once again, Key's interactions between other electronic devices becomes apparent -- in this case, the unfortunate television owned by Sakura, and later, the remote-controlled Utsuse drone. The visuals can be confusing at times. I'm not sure whether to interpret what is presented on screen as to be literal or figurative; the many cuts and transitions between past, present and imagination are at times bewildering. - AN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/R 3 stars N/A
Direction: N/R 3 stars N/A
Acting: N/R 4 stars N/A
Animation: N/R 3 stars N/A
Music: N/R 4 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 3 stars N/A
Overall Rating: N/R 3 stars N/A

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