Key the Metal Idol Vol. #2 (Mania.com)

By:Brian Shea
Review Date: Thursday, February 14, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2000



The Review!
Video:
The video was pretty average, no complaints here. While pretty good looking, the quality wasn't good as other Pioneer releases like Serial Experiments Lain, due to the amount of episodes they put on the DVD.

Audio:
Technically, the audio was perfect, no noticable complaints. I listened to the japanese track first, then when back and listened to the dub. The japanese one is easy to love by just about all anime fans, as most are. As for the dub, it'll probably depend on your preferences. If you're a fan of Ocean Group (early seasons of DBZ, Gundam Wing, Escaflowne, etc...) like myself you'll love it. If you're not a big fan of there's you'll probably hate it, although it is one of their older dubs so those of you who don't like their recent stuff like Escaflowne and Mobile Suit Gundam might find it acceptable. One thing interesting to note is that Ocean dubbed all the songs as well (including the opening and credits) which sounded pretty good to me.

Packaging:
Another interesting cover featuring Key. The back features a short summary, just like the previous volume. Although the cover isn't as good as the previous one, the overall package is better, so it gets a higher grade than the previous volume.

Extras:
The Extras didn't work at all on this disc, resulting in it getting an N/A. Everything else worked fine.

Menus:
The menus are pretty good, using scenes (and music) from the opening theme in the main one, with other cool designs and music used for the minor menus. Rather simple, but they look fine if you ask me.

Content:
This disc contains 6 episodes, one less than on the previous disc, but its still the best deal you're gonna find on DVD. When this series was first released in Japan in early 1995, it was put at a lower price than what you'd expect for an OVA series. Luckily Viz & Pioneer decided to follow suit on the Region 1 DVD release and released the entire series on 3 discs.

The 6 episodes on this disc continue the story started on disc 1. Key and Sakura kick their plans for Key to become an idol singer into high gear and with help from Tataki showcase Key to various people in the industry. Due to Key's lack of emotion and Prince Snake Eye's tampering, everything falls through. Key is lucky enough to be seen by prodigy Hikaru Tsurugi at one of the auditions however and he decides to instruct Key. Tsurugi isn't as 'sane' as he first appears to be however...

This disc also continues the story of Production Minos, the company behind the famous idol singer Miho. With Sergei critically injured after his battle with Wakagi, Ajo and his staffers have to try some new methods to perfect the PPORs.

Thats as far as I'll go. This disc is immensely entertaining, and a worthy continuation to the first part of the series found on the first DVD. The finale to the series can be found on the third and final DVD.



Review Equipment
Panasonic DVD ROM, 16 inch monitor, Cambridge Soundworks speakers



Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: A
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 180
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Key the Metal Idol