Key the Metal Idol

Key the Metal Idol is a fifteen part OVA series released by Pony Canyon as part of their tenth year anniversary. The story is grouped into four parts, "Program One" through "Program Four." There are seven 25-minute "versions" (episodes) of Program One, six episodes in Program Two; Program Three is the 95-minute Version 14 and Program Four the 95-minute Version 15.

First Program was released in Japan starting January 1995 withthe seventh episode released in August 1995. The Second Program was released at one per month, starting 2/7/96. LDs were released every other month (March, May, July). The videocassettes and laserdiscs are both very amicably priced, in contrast to the characteristically high Japanese pricing. The first LD of Program One, for example, contains three 30-minute episodes, priced at only Y6000 (approx. $60). This is the price often associated with just a single episode of a given series. Further LDs contain two episodes each and are priced at Y5000 ($50). Videocassettes are priced at just Y2500 ($25), far below standard pricing in Japan.

For Program Three, the 95-minute LD and video will be Y9500. The LD box with v.14 LD will be Y11,000.

VHS / LD

  Program One: LD1, PCLG-00022; LD2, PCLG-00023; LD3, PCLG-00024
  Program Two: LD4, PCLG-00031; LD5, PCLG-00032; LD6, PCLG-00033
  Program Three: LD7, PCLG-00034
  Program Four:  LD8, PCLG-00407

  Program Two Release Dates:

  Ver.8  (VCT)                       1996.2.7
  Ver.9  (VCT), Ver.8 & Ver.9   (LD) 1996.3.6
  Ver.10 (VCT)                       1996.4.3
  Ver.11 (VCT), Ver.10 & Ver.11 (LD) 1996.5.2
  Ver.12 (VCT)                       1996.6.5
  Ver.13 (VCT), Ver.12 & Ver.13 (LD) 1996.8.6

(Production delays forced vers. 13 and the 12/13 LD to an August release) Program Three Release Date: Ver.14 (LD+LD BOX) 1997.3.5 (Y11000) Ver.14 (VCT, LD) 1997.3.21 (Y9500) Program Four Release Date: Ver.15 (VCT, LD)) 1997.6.18 (Y9500)

CD

(BGM)
  Key the Metal Idol BGM Data Disc for First and Second Program
    Pony Canyon catalog # PCCG-00345, released 1995.10.4 (Y3000)

  Key the Metal Idol BGM Data Disc II for Third Program
    Pony Canyon catalog # PCCG-00394, released 1997.2.21 (Y2500)

  Key the Metal Idol BGM Data Disc III for Final Program
    Pony Canyon catalog # PCCG-00405, released 1997.5.16 (Y3000)

Vocal

 Key the Metal Idol Vocal Data Disc for First and Second Progam 
    Pony Canyon catalog # PCCG-00350, released 1995.12.16 (Y3000)

  Key the Metal Idol Vocal Data Disc II for Radio Program
    Pony Canyon catalog # PCCG-00407, released 1997.6.18 (Y3000)

 Key the Metal Idol OP/ED CD Single (vocals: Kijima Sario))
    Pony Canyon catalog # PCDA-00698, released 1997.2.16 (Y1000)

  Key the Metal Idol Complete Volume Purchase Present: "Key no Lullaby"
    Pony Canyon catalog # DMP-1214, mail-in offer (expired 1997.9.1) 

Drama

  Key the Metal Idol Radio Program #1 [Tomodachi]
    Pony Canyon catalog # PCCG-00367, released 1996.12.16 (Y2500)

  Key the Metal Idol Radio Drama #2,
    Pony Canyon catalog # PCCG-00370, released 1997.1.18 (Y2500)

  Key the Metal Idol Radio Drama #3,
    Pony Canyon catalog # PCCG-00398, released 1997.3.21 (Y2500)

  Key the Metal Idol Radio Drama #4,
    Pony Canyon catalog # PCCG-00402, released 1997.4.18 (Y2500)

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